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Wrong adjective…


Large Libyan convoy arrives in Niger – sources

AGADEZ (Reuters) – A large convoy of Libyan armoured vehicles escorted by the Nigerian military arrived in the northern Niger desert town of Agadez late on Monday, a French military source and a Niger military source told Reuters.

The story described the convoy as being escorted by the “Nigerian Military” which is the military of Nigeria.

If you meant the military of the Niger Republic, you would say “Nigerien Military”.


Indeed. It was correct to begin with in most of our news feeds, but unfortunately was changed to Nigerian on one of our online news sites. We corrected it: GBU Editor

Cramping our style?


Nadal collapses after win at scorching U.S. Open Moments later, Nadal suddenly stopped talking, then covered his face with his hands and slumped to the floor.

Please!!! Nadal did not collapse… he cramped.

Try to be responsible with headlines. Drop the drama. This only reinforces media stereotypes.



Berlin mayor criticises nostalgia for Berlin Wall

Wowereit said the Wall, toppled in 1989, should serve as a reminder of freedom and democracy around the world. Church bells peeled while trains and traffic came to a standstill at noon across Berlin for a moment of silence for the victims.

In the story on Berlin’s mayor commenting on nostalgia for the Berlin Wall, it is stated that “…bells peeled…” Bells PEAL, not PEEL!

To air is human?


Polanski, Madonna films to air at Venice festival ROME (Reuters) – Madonna’s film about King Edward VIII’s relationship with an American divorcee and Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” are set to be among highlights at the 2011 Venice film festival.

“To air” means to be broadcast over the airwaves, on television or radio.

These films will screen, play, premiere, and/or be shown at the festival. It’s an easy mistake to make if you don’t know the euphemism, but I wouldn’t want it to catch on.

Taking a swipe at our headline


Driver swipes L.A. police cruisers, injures 4 officers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four Los Angeles police officers were injured on Saturday, one of them critically, when a 64 year-old woman who may have been asleep at the wheel struck their cruisers, police said.

Your headline is misleading. It would lead one to believe the driver stole the police cars, rather than hit them in an accident.

Who’s celebrating?


New York state celebrates first same-sex marriages

NEW YORK/NIAGARA FALLS, New York (Reuters) – Wedding fever hit New York on Sunday, as hundreds of gay and lesbian couples lined up to be married on the first day that same-sex marriage was legal in the state.

Regarding this, the people of NY state are not “celebrating” as you unconditionally describe it; rather they are evenly split, with many polls showing less than a majority support it.

Unlovely description?


Special report: Murdoch affair spotlights UK’s dirty detectives

LONDON (Reuters) – In a small, semi-detached house overlooking a park in the unlovely south London suburb of Croydon, Jorge Salgado-Reyes sits at a glass-topped desk in his living room plying his trade as a private eye.

Croydon is a huge borough of 350,000 people covering a vast area that spans the boundary between suburban south London and the rural countryside of the Surrey Downs. Much of the landmass is green belt, and despite having a small area in the centre of the town that is dominated by large office blocks the rest of Croydon could at worst be described as ‘average’, but in many parts genuinely beautiful.

Winning a medal?


Army Ranger to be second living Medal of Honor recipient

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to award a Medal of Honor on Tuesday afternoon to Army Ranger Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Petry, the second living soldier to win the military’s highest decoration for actions in Afghanistan.

Petry, originally from New Mexico, is among nine servicemen from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to win the award — given for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

Not an infant…


Casey Anthony trial turned into media frenzy

Yet when a Florida jury announced on Tuesday that the young mother was not guilty of murdering her infant daughter, talk-show host Julie Chen cried on national television while CBS and ABC speed-raced to air hour-long nightly specials.

This was a mistake.

The child was not an infant. The child was 2-1/2 years old.


Indeed, Caylee was not an infant: GBU Editor

Casey Anthony sits in court during her sentencing at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida, July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool

The wrong words…


Roche undeterred after FDA’s Avastin rebuff

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG had nothing to lose by giving Avastin another role of the dice, and by doing so showed the world it still believes the drug should be used in breast cancer.

“…another role of the dice….”

Really? Which role will the dice now play?

Helping You Help Yourselves

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday July 1

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index is seen opening flat to lower on Friday, pausing for breath after a strong run this week, at the start of a new month and quarter, with investors focusing back on fundamentals as immediate fears over the Greek debt crisis reside.