For example, a simple hyphen creates a huge difference between “An American journalist encounters a man eating crocodile in the Australian outback,” and “An American journalist encounters a man-eating crocodile in the Australian outback.”
“A murder spirals into a menagerie of sinister motivations and dark betrayals.”Well, not so much a menagerie as a mélange.
“The Superstore unequalled in size, unmatched in variety, unrivalled inconvenience.”
Just one space is all it needs!
“This is an opportunity for companies to practice what they preach and kill two birds with one stone.”Nothing like a mixed metaphor to really cover all possibilities!
“Skills: Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail”“Experience: Chapter president, 1887-1992”“I am a 'neat nut' with a reputation for being hardnosed. I have no patience for sloppywork, carelessmistakes and theft of companytime”“I am fully aware of the king of attention this position requires”
And finally, some newspaper headlines:
“Crack found in man's buttocks”“One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers”“New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group”“Heat Wave Linked to Temperatures"
"Illiteracy an obstable, study finds"
"Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25"
"Federal Agents Raid Gun Shop, Find Weapons"
"Homicide victims rarely talk to police"
"Marijuana issue sent to a joint committee"
Perhaps the sub-editors were having off-days.
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