On the Periphery

Things change. Life throws us curves and changeups. It's good to have a place to vent.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Recent AP headline found online: "Less M.D.'s Hours Doesn't Cut Death Rate."

What's wrong with this picture? The whole thing, from "less" (which should be "fewer" as in "fewer hours") to the use of the singular possessive for M.D. (which probably shouldn't be possessive anyway, as the M.D. could be used as an adjective describing the kind of hours) to the lack of agreement from "doesn't" ("fewer don't). It could be argued that the "doesn't" refers to the entire subject phrase, used as singular, but the rest is just wrong, wrong, wrong! The whole title should have been rewritten to be clearer and more accurate.

Sigh. If you can't trust the AP. . .


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