Blooper Patrol Laps Up Lapses

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The ever-vigilant Word Guy Blooper Patrol has been working overtime to apprehend examples of erroneous English:

1. "Not every relationship must somehow hue to a predictable path." Some can even make you blue. (Spotted by Judy King, Farmington, Conn.)

2. "Hopewell Valley Regional School District plans to tackle mental health 'epidemic.'" Is mental health breaking out all over? (Skip Livingston, Hopewell, N.J.)

3. "The hostages from the American Embassy in Iran ... were bussed through town on their way to the Thayer Hotel in West Point." Hugs and kisses for all. (Chris Ryan, New York City)

4. "(Gabby Williams is) a two-time All-American who took on a number of rolls with the Huskies." She's especially good at the shake-and-bake move. (Anonymous, via email)

5. "The company's streaming services, including CBS All Access and Showtime, are on tract to reach 8 million subscribers." Well, each Showtime drama does have its own plot. (John Rounds, Lawrenceville, N.J.)


6. "The world got its first peak (at Prince Louis)." He'll get by with a little 'alp from his friends. (Kay Davidson, West Hartford, Conn.)

7. "Daisy gained a new leash on life after Guzuman spotted her running on railroad ties on a bridge." But isn't that what Daisy was trying to avoid? (Dottie Lasley, Princeton, N.J.)

8. "Brian Bednard of East Granby adds some extra lines to secure his 38-inch power boat at Harbor Hill Marina." Why didn't he just pick it up and carry it inside? (Gretchen Hall, Storrs, Conn.)

9. "An appellate court ruled again that the sentence was 'a hair's breath away from illegal.'" A breath of fresh hair? (Moreland Houck, Trenton, N.J.)


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