by new word in vocabulary
A Correct to: “Chapel absence
letter suprises many”
The latest issue of The Collegian (dated
November 20, 2000) went great lengths by touching on a wide variety of
campus and national issues, commenting on current popular entertainment,
and even coaxing readers to get into the Christmas spirit.
However, as in the other “Collegian Correction”
of this semester, an unfortunate, gleaming mistake somehow found its way
into the student paper. Even worse, the mistake appeared in the first
headline of the front page.
The article deals with the mid-semester crisis
involving mistakes in school records of chapel attendance. Perhaps
it is fitting that an article concerning mistakes is capitalized by a headline
that contains a mistake- “Chapel absence letter suprises many.”
Apparently, The Collegian staff has
once again overestimated its power. It is preposterous to assume that the
world will actually believe that “suprises” is a word.
You guys are great at reporting news of interest
to students, providing an arena for discussion, and establishing a basis
for opinion on issues, but come on, you can’t just make up words whenever
you feel like it and start using them like they’re already in the dictionary.
Just because you see people in the cafeteria reading The Collegian,
that doesn’t mean that they’ll just accept your new vocabulary. Who
died and the made The Collegian staff Daniel Webster?
Believe me. I’ve even read your mission statement
that’s printed in every issue of the paper, and it says nothing about “The
Collegian staff will strive to thrust its made-up words into American
So what’s next? First, new words. Next
thing you know, some editor over there will say, “Aw heck. Why don’t
we just make up our own language? Eeska wotu cajr nokcka.” --
article was intended for parody purposes only.
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