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Why Can’t the White House Write English?

Here’s an announcement that just came out of the bowels of the press shop:

ADVISORY: OMB ACTING DIRECTOR JEFFREY ZIENTS TO DISCUSS IT REFORM IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA FRIDAY

Really?? They’re doing IT reform in Northern Virginia Friday? Will they be doing IT reform in East Lansing, Michigan Saturday?

As is so frequently the case, the sentence modifiers are all screwed up. I mean, guys, put a little effort into it please. Let’s hope the wordsmiths over there aren’t in charge of tracking down Osama Bin Laden or fixing the economy. Wait a second, maybe  . . .

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7 Responses to Why Can’t the White House Write English?

  1. My favorite Indianism was in a story on freelance writing. It advised writers to have a financial cushion, which was funny unto itself–but it said “pillow of money.”