Rhapsody Relinquishes DRM Protection

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nduanetesh

Does anybody else find that to be a really awkward use of the word "entials"?

 

It seems like the overall proofreading/grammar has really gone to hell since the site upgrade.  What's up with that?

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opulent_rigs

Although its always good to be corrected, but there seems to be nothing wrong here. First of all, you could have paid a fleeting visit to dictionary.com and checked its meaning and usage, and secondly, you really didn't help matters by spelling entail the wrong way, that too, with strings attached. 

 

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nduanetesh

Nice work catching my typo.  However, in correcting me you used the wrong form of "it's" in your opening sentence...so, we're both establishing a pretty crappy track record here.

I did not say that the way the word "entails" was used in the article was "wrong".  I said it was awkward.

As a matter of fact, I did take a trip to dictionary.com to have a look before I posted my comment, and based on the first definition there, you could say that the way the word is used in the article is technically correct. However, that doesn't make the usage any less awkward.  It's technically correct to say of a person drinking a soda through a straw, "hey, check out that guy drinking that soda through a PIPE."  But that doesn't mean it's not awkward.

This particular example aside, though, my main reason for posting is because typos and language errors seem to be running rampant with the high volume of postings since the site upgrade.  I subscribe to the "everything" RSS feed and it seems like about 1 in 3 of the posts has some sort of error in it.  That's not the kind of average professional journalists should be shooting for.  

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opulent_rigs

Maybe you find it awkward but I can recollect "entail" serving as a direct replacement for "means" or "implies". But I do see where you are coming from. Once a veteran editor told me he found the use of "hustings" awkward - that too in political writing. An NYT article couldn't convince him that the word is, after all, not terribly out of place in North American writing. Maybe our literary perspectives and proclivities are at odds.

As for the typos that you say are strewn across the site, I haven't read all the posts myself. But still can testify that the online editor, Norm, is worth his salt  - grain for grain - and is quick to point out any errors. We have successfully undergone a beta phase. However, if there are any errata still, you can expect them to start declining as days pass us by.

Keep providing your feedback, strictures and backpats, they are invaluable!

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nduanetesh

I'll admit, I had to look up "hustings".  That's definitely a fifty cent word, as my grandfather used to say.  

 

Slipping "strictures" in there at the end, though...that was just braggadocio.    ;-)

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