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A dry cough…


Your shower may be blasting you with germs: study

Mycobacterium avium is linked to pulmonary disease, causing symptoms such as a persistent drug cough, breathlessness and fatigue, and most often infects people with compromised immune system but can occasionally infect healthy people.

Your article uses the phrase “persistent drug cough” but I think you mean it to read “persistent dry cough.”

David M.

Yes. We corrected: GBU Editor

Festival-goers shower at the Paleo music festival in Nyon, Switzerland, July 24, 2009. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

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The game was scoreless, 7-7…


Super Bowl champs Steelers get winning start

The opening game of the new NFL season was a grueling physical battle and stood scoreless at halftime after normally reliable Titans kicker Rob Bironas missed one field goal and had another blocked.

Was anyone from Reuters really at the game?? Or perhaps they had a few too many Iron City Beers. :)

Who invaded whom?


New York’s September 11 museum to play martyrdom tapes

But former New York Governor George Pataki canceled the Freedom Center after critics, including survivors and relatives of the nearly 3,000 who died, said the museum should instead be dedicated exclusively to the day known as 9/11 and the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trace Center.

As an example of what will be included, Daniels said the 1979 invasion of the Soviet Union by Afghanistan was vital in understanding “the roots of Al Qaeda.”

That’s not how you say it…


His name is pronounced Ben-mow-SHAY, not Ben-mosh.


Several readers pointed this out to us. We subsequently redid the narration to get the name right: GBU Editor

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Towing what?


China urges U.S. to halt surveillance near its shores

In June, a Chinese submarine collided with an underground sonar array being towed by the destroyer USS John McCain, near Subic Bay in the Philippines.

There is no such thing as an underground sonar array… obviously you meant to say “underwater sonar array”.

The wrong word…


Suspect in U.S. model murder found dead in Canada

Local media said Jenkins hung himself, but Canadian police refused to confirm details of his death after finding his body in the motel room on Sunday.

Please remind your reporter and editor that in the English language, pictures are “hung” and people are “hanged” to death. If the rope was around his neck, then the English word is hanged.

Something about Mary


In your report the commentator states that it is believed by Christians that Mary ascended into heaven.

This is not true. It is believed by Catholics. Non-Catholic Christians do not believe Mary ascended into heaven because it is not mentioned in the Bible.

Unveiling a mistake?


Shouldn’t this¬†headline be¬†either one of the following:

New Bentley revealed in USA
New Bentley unveiled in USA

What an embarrassment.


Sigh. I guess we may also have been trying for reviled? We corrected it to say unveiled: GBU Editor

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More harder?


U.S. home foreclosures set another record in July

Making timely payments keeps getting more harder for borrowers who have lost their jobs or seen their wages cut.

Has Reuters’ use of English sunk this low??


If you want the American public to take your journalists seriously, at least hire people who have basic grammar skills.

Sore subject…


Costa Rican president has swine flu

“Apart from the fever and a soar throat, I feel well and in good shape to carry out my work by telecommuting. I expect to return to all my duties on Monday,” he said in a statement.

So who is it that can’t spell? Soar is to fly. Sore is pain.

Lee F.

No matter whose mistake it was, we shouldn’t have let it through. We corrected: GBU Editor