Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
I decided to join my new homeland.
I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
I know, we all do it. As a non-native speaker of the English language, I probably do it more often than others. But I still would expect that news outlets to use the correct spelling and grammar in their writings.This
article caught my eye because it used bad grammar to talk about one of my favorite topics: taxes.
First, the title:
Madison Voters May Face A Third Pricey Referenda
'Referenda' is plural of 'referendum'. So the title should have read
Madison Voters May Face A Third Pricey Referendum
Then, the first paragraph reads:
Madison Metropolitan School District voters could face a third referenda question in May -- this one for an extra $8.6 million or more.
It's clear that the author (or the editor) thinks that 'referenda' is the correct word to use.
Then, there is this paragraph:
Voters are already facing referendums to build a second Leopold Elementary School for $14.5 million and continued money for maintenance ($27 million).
Although I prefer 'referenda', 'referendums' is probably acceptable when talking about more than one 'referendum'. By now it would seem that the author really thought that 'referendums' was plural of 'referenda'.
But then the last two paragraphs point not only to bad grammar but also to a complete lack of consistency; or to multiple authors (editors).
If there is a third referendum to keep current service in place, the potential cost to the owner of a $200,000 home is an additional $163 in property taxes. That's in addition to the cost of a new Leopold school.
The board will be taking public comment on the cuts during the next 3 months, but must decide the question of a third referendum by March 14.
I almost forgot. Taxes are bad. Here, I said it.