Saturday, January 26, 2013

Who's Doing the Work? Redux

Back in August, I wrote a post about who really does the work in determining the cause of fires. Well, it’s happened again.

At the end of a report about a fire, an unnamed reporter said that his/her local news station “is working to find out what caused the fire.”

To which an astute commenter replied:

“I suggest you leave that to the professional fire investigators and concentrate first on good reporting.”

See? I’m not the only one who notices these things.

The same writer also said “firefighters sprung into action.” Spring, sprang, sprung. I believe the correct usage here is “sprang,” although personally I would have found another way to describe the action.  

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