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Saturday, September 03, 2016
Saturday, January 09, 2016
Saturday, November 14, 2015
For several years now, the emails have shown up within hours — sometimes within minutes — after NPR posts or broadcasts news about one Southeast Asian nation.
They would say something such as this:
Please stop telling us Myanmar is "also known as Burma." We get it!...
Saturday, September 19, 2015
There's been a "mass exodus of Syrians," one of NPR.org's headlines declared earlier this month.
President Obama said in August that the U.S. should boost domestic energy production and rely less on "foreign imports."
A state lawmaker in Illinois had a "temper tantrum," The ...
Saturday, August 29, 2015
How much, if any, of the shocking sights and sounds should newsrooms report when two people are murdered on live television and the video whips around the world on the Web?
Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two local TV journalists, were gunned down while on the air Wednesday. ...
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Editor's note: The headline on this post tips our hand. But just to be clear, we're discussing language that some readers don't want to hear or read, even when it's bleeped or not spelled out.
This question came up in the newsroom: Should an NPR journalist say during a podcast ...
Saturday, July 04, 2015
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
It's Independence Day. Let's take a break from parades, patriotic songs and pyrotechnics to think ...
Friday, June 12, 2015
#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.
This week, ...
Monday, June 01, 2015
If you think the English language is going to hell in a handbag, you won't be happy as a clown after you're done reading this post.
On Saturday, we asked folks to send us examples of the "eggcorns" they love or hate. An eggcorn, as we reported and ...
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Please pause if you're about to tell us our headline should say "spread like wildfire."
We intentionally slipped an eggcorn into that line — something we couldn't have done a week ago because, frankly, we'd never heard of eggcorns.
But thanks to Merriam-Webster, which included eggcorn among the ...
Saturday, April 25, 2015
As NPR and other news outlets report about the hundreds of people killed this month when the ship they were on went down off the Libyan coast, the stories are referring to those who died as "migrants."
There's a case to be made that the word "refugees" also ...
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Eight months after a notorious group of fighters in Iraq and Syria became regular characters in the news, NPR still begins most of its reports with words such as these:
-- "Self-declared Islamic State."
-- "Self-proclaimed Islamic State."
-- "The group that calls itself the Islamic State."
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Wednesday's attack at the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is thought to have been the work of killers who believe cartoons can be so offensive that they justified the murder of 12 people.
News organizations and people around the world obviously believe the opposite — that no ...
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
We asked for nominations for "most misused word or phrase," and they came pouring in. Weekend Edition listeners and NPR.org readers have many gripes about the grammar gaffes they see and hear every day.
From nearly 450 story comments, 500 emails and more than 900 Facebook posts we ...
Saturday, December 06, 2014
You're ready to check out at the supermarket. There are only eight items in your cart, so you look for the express lane.
The sign above says "10 items or less."
-- Head for the register without a second thought?
-- Rue the decline of the English language ...
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Do you sigh when you hear someone begin a sentence with "so?"
Have you given up correcting people who say they're going to "lay down for a while?"
Are you curious about why NPR refers to the militant fighters in Iraq and Syria as the "self-proclaimed Islamic State?"
Starting today, ...
Friday, April 25, 2014
The Two-Way is just shy of its fifth anniversary, on May 13.
This blogger has written just over 9,700 posts for NPR — almost 9,500 of them for The Two-Way.
It seems like a good time to move on.
Next week, I'll be on vacation. When I return to work ...
Friday, April 25, 2014
The biggest sports story of the week for millions of football (soccer) fans around the world was the sacking of David Moyes as manager of England's Manchester United, one of the two most valuable sports franchises on the planet.
Friday, April 25, 2014
The news Friday from the site of South Korea's ferry disaster includes word that:
-- "At least 185 passengers had been confirmed dead, with 117 others still missing." (Yonhap News)
-- Prosecutors have "officially attributed the sinking ... to an improper stowage of cargo and a loss of ...