Tuesday, October 19, 2021

She is a teacher?

First, we will identify the writer, Linda Sheffield Miller, who says: “Grew up at Beale Air Force Base, California. I am a Habubrat. Graduated from North Dakota State University. Former Public School Substitute Teacher, (all subjects all grades). Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). I am interested in History, especially the history of the SR-71. …”

(Four incomplete sentences.)

Now, the offensive writing, from The Aviation Geek Club:

“David Peters is a (sic) SR 71 pilot who was excepted (sic) to the program in 1976 (sic) he (sic) flew until 1986 when he retired. He is originally from Tacoma, Washington. When he first saw the SR (sic) 71 it was 1967, (sic) he was flying the F-4’s (sic) had a fuel problem and had to land at Navy Fallon in Nevada. It was there that he saw something he had never seen before. (sic) An (sic) SR 71, (sic) it just so happened that John Storie and George Bull (both SR 71 pilots) where (sic) flying the” (sic) B “(sic) model and also had a fuel problem and had to land. Dave said to his backseater, ‘Someday I’m going to fly that plane.’”

Each “sic” is a grammatical or punctuation error. Errors could have been – should have been – eliminated by any editor who could read. The quoted paragraph is possibly the worst piece of published writing I have ever read. Apparently, editors at the Aviation Geek Club have no interest in accurate writing.

The most egregious error is that "excepted to the program." Excepted.

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