The world of the blog seems to attract people who write well. My blog is surrounded by people who write well, that is they can express themselves well in good written English. Let me tell you, it has made me pull up my socks, even though it may take me longer to write something than in the early years of my blog. I focus much more on sentence construction now. What might be correct and clear, can also be ugly, and rearranged to read much more nicely. Yes, of course I get things wrong at times and I get great pleasure at wonderful blog writers occasionally missing a typo in their own writing.
I have used the word sic in posts. It is a useful tool when writing, but I have never used it inside quotation marks.
I think I may have used who's instead of whose once or more when writing, even though I know the difference.
A mother is grieving for her lost son and her husband was killed in a car accident not so long ago. I find it patronising and just plain nasty on the part of the writer of this piece to insert sic inside a quotation written by the mother's sister.
Ellen Lutton, or your sub editor (do they still have sub editors?), you may very well always get who's and whose correct, but please don't patronise the grieving who's writing skills may not be as quite as good as your own. In fact, how dare you!
A Facebook page that Daniel McNamara’s mother had set up in his memory after he died now includes Michael’s name as well.
“It was a long and frantic night searching for Michael since
about 6pm last night and that bright little boy, who's (sic) smile lit
up the world around us, is now no longer on this Earth,” Michael’s aunt
wrote on his Facebook memorial page.