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Are You the Lone Male They Seek?


Somebody in one of my networking groups sent me this photo.

IMG_0657.JPGWhen I first saw this photo, I thought that this store caters to humans and goats. But my friend pointed out that only one male is part of the desired clientele.

Well, this is a women’s clothing store. Maybe it’s intentional. The I looked on the website and found Fred Levine, men’s buyer.

I tried to call the store during normal business hours to see if it was intentional. No one answered.

Thanks to Richard C. for the photo.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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February 8, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not Wrong, but Not as Clear as Possible


There is a good reason the New York Times is considered one of the world’s top newspapers. With 122 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other paper, and with the largest  combined print and online circulation (and with Donald Trump often calling it “failing New York Times”), it’s the paper to which all journalists should aspire. It’s historic (witness its landmark Supreme Court libel ruling New York Times v. Sullivan and its Pentagon Papers ruling New York Times Co. v. United States) and it’s credible.

I didn’t originally understand the following paragraph, written by Maureen Dowd and appearing in the Feb. 3, 2018 edition. It’s in a story about Uma Thurman talking about Harvey Weinstein.

“Pulp Fiction” made Weinstein rich and respected, and Thurman says he introduced her to President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser as the reason he had his house.

Huh? He had his house because he introduced her to a president? Wow. I didn’t know Obama was in the habit of giving out houses because of introductions.

OK. I know what the intent here is: “Pulp Fiction,” was so successful that it made Weinstein enough money to buy his house. But when I first read the paragraph, I took it to mean that the reason he got his house was because he introduced Thurman to Obama. Then I thought that Weinstein was crediting Thurman with Weinstein’s house, which is only indirectly true (the real credit should go to everybody who helped make the movie the success it was, starting with Quentin Tarantino).

The reality is one has to be really careful to make sure what’s written is exactly what is meant, and it’s not easy to do when you’re the writer.

Thanks to Richard C. for the idea.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

February 6, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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