Is it just me? Lately many of the things I read contain glaring errors. It first hit me while reading Tim Tyler's Memetics.

"If memetics explains only explains the imitation of observed behavior, ..." (p 96)

"Perhaps biological an cultural differ..." (p 173)

"Genetic engineers can now take information form wherever they like..."

"However, not everyone seems agree that ..." (both on p 184)

"The upright gait hypothesis hypothesis is interesting for several reasons." (p 206)

I thought, "Didn't the editor even read this? Who was this?" But, lo, no editor was credited. There was no editor! Is this a new cost-cutting trend in publishing?

But the news lately has been just as bad.

It is original from the Andean area of South Africa and widely grown in both the north of Chile and Argentina and the south Mexico, especially Ecuador.

A Promising Fruit: The Tree Tomato

That sample was from today's Science Daily. Yesterday I noticed four or five glaring errors. This is disorienting, even a little scary. Has literacy decline has crossed a tipping point?

Tags: writing literacy decline

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Aye dont remember whut Inglish in skool wuz like, but they must've done something rite.

Sometimes people do the right thing for the wrong reasons. There's the "security guard" who earned his quotation marks (shared earlier in Hang With Friends) and there are the Bibles labeled as fiction by a Costco warehouse.

This example, which I saw today, is also apropos to No Nonsense Atheists and to Health and Fitness.

This label for a homeopathic drug (Arnica) uses quotation marks correctly! It says, among other things:

Drug Facts: Active ingredient listed above. Use for symptoms listed below.... These "Uses" have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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