Posts Tagged ‘Journalists’

“A Journalist,” said the Great Napoleon…

January 19, 2012

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“A journalist,” said the great Napoleon, “is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a hundred thousand bayonets.”

The Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) Mar 5, 1858

The Pedant Says, “Oh! My Prophetic Soul!”

February 16, 2009


“Grain of Gold.”

“To-morrow is Easter Sunday.” — Gazette of last evening.

Oh! my prophetic soul! Talk about grammar! That’s worse than the JOURNAL is capable of. To-morrow will be, but is, oh! Do no pick at your neighbors any more.

Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) Apr 1, 1877


The “Journal’s” Grammar.

Editors Gazette: — Being the unlucky compositor who originated the brevity “To-morrow is Easter Sunday, etc.,” which appeared in the local columns of the Gazette Saturday evening, and which called forth such a weight of criticism from the morning daily, I wish to back my seeming ignorance of grammatical forms by the authority of several grammarians that the expression is both proper and allowable, although perhaps not preferable. Being morally certain that in some instances similar forms may be used without serious injury to the lives or property of anyone and that the rate of insurance on my life will not be augmented thereby, I shall continue in my reckless career and use grammar of that description on or about Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Christmas and on state occasions, merely out of spite to the critics.

Having been taught in early life the maxim which says something about not heaving bricks at your neighbor’s little blue glass shanty, especially when your own habitation is built of like material, I was surprised and pained by noticing in close proximity to the criticism before spoken of, the follow – touching example of the beauties of English (according to the style adopted by the Journal):

Mr. McCarnish has some ribs broken and otherwise injured night before last at Pyramid by falling on the sidewalk in front of Walker’s store.

Oh, my prophetic soul! “Worse than the Journal is capable of!”  The poor man has his ribs broken and otherwise injured, and then the confounded things go and spill themselves all over the sidewalk, reminding one of the poet’s little speech where he says:

“–stern disaster
Followed fast and followed faster.”

I pity Mr. McCArnish, but cannot forbear remarking that his ribs might be guilty of such conduct at Pyramid, while it would not be allowed in any incorporated town.   A.L.B.
Reno, April 2d, 1877.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Apr 2, 1877