Some people confuse bad grammar with different accents, or maybe it’s good grammar with bad accents


A long time ago I questioned the use of the word “overnighted” as a verb by the Guntersville Advertiser-Gleam. I should not have questioned this usage. The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary lists “overnighted” as a verb.

According to Merriam-Webster. the use of “overnighted”as a verb dates back to 1891. It means to stay overnight, which is exactly the way the Advertiser-Gleam used it.

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And then there was this headline from The Birmingham News in 1999 that was submitted to the Alabama Press Association for the award of being the most interesting headline in a while: “Ancient dung reveals fresh data.”

The story was about a research team in Germany that found “a bit of 20,000 year-old of DNA that would provide analyses of dung from an extinct sloth” containing recognizable fragments of long dead creatures and their genes.


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