Flight. 34, n ° 6: Olympic Games

July 13, 2021 10:16 p.m. ET

Tokyo 2020 ?!

The Games are starting, and if you can believe it, the International Olympic Committee still calls it Tokyo 2020 for marketing purposes (because that’s when they were supposed to take place, before a one-year postponement. for Covid-19).

However, in Wall Street Journal coverage, we’re going to avoid this oddity with the year and generally label the Olympics coverage as Tokyo Olympics or Tokyo Games.

A ‘Tokyo 2020’ banner this week, apparently a year late.


Jae C. Hong / Associated press

In the meantime, a reminder that the case is the Games, Summer Games and Winter game. (As the style book notes, lower case any reference that isn’t really the Olympics: Olympic arm wrestling games.)

The Games will be held from July 23 to August 8, although, as the Associated Press points out, some football, softball, archery and rowing events will take place early, before the opening ceremony, as often happens. And watch out for the mascot’s spelling: The blue checkered creature is Miraitowa. The pink version, for the Paralympic Games, or the Paralympic Games, is Some.

Encourage this

We continue to believe that incite is overused, better to leave it to business jargon. But we continue to use it. Some examples:

  • To encourage teamwork, companies have started to incite “project metrics” that reward individuals for accomplishing specific project goals.
  • Amazon said it was devoting significant resources to preventing fake or prompted notice to appear in his store….
  • He noted that leaving too much choice in return-to-work arrangements may inadvertently to discourage women to opt for work in person….

Better choices: underline / encourage / promote/promotional (although it is true that Amazon.com uses the term “incentive review”). Or on the contrary, in the third example: to discouragee.

Decisions and reminders
  • The former JC Penney Co. filed for bankruptcy last year and the reorganization process was completed this year. The department store chain can be referred to by its brand name, JCPenney, now operated by a private company called Penney OpCo LLC, controlled by Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management Inc. In an article where ownership is relevant, just refer to JCPenney, controlled by Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
  • The possessive is Emirates (not that of Emirates) for the United Arab Emirates. But for the abbreviation, United Arab Emirates. This is the same as we do for the United States’ (although we rarely spell it anyway) and the United States.
  • We probably use force / forced too vaguely, notes editor Jamie Heller. Businesses, governments and schools are making choices. We can say alternatively under pressure, or leading to, but forcing should be reserved for a court or other decision.
  • Dinner time is a word.
  • For daily bitcoin price movements, don’t say it’s “closed” at a price, as it’s like conventional currencies by not having an official close time (we usually take the price of 17 hours). Instead of, installed or just rose / grave or strengthened / weakened in an article, text seems to work best.
  • Business fines: Like we do with profits, it can be helpful to put a penalty in context with a company’s annual profits and / or sales. To witness it: Luxembourg’s proposed fine would represent around 2% of Amazon’s reported net income of $ 21.3 billion for 2020, and 0.1% of its $ 386 billion in revenue.
Heads above others
  • “Uranium Investors Are Too Responsive,” by Jinjoo Lee.
  • “Payment expected from informant, Got Zilch”, by Bart Fraust.
Heads that make you go ‘hmmm’
  • “’Do we need to be in Hong Kong? Global companies are considering the exit. Our spelling is ogle, but it’s also a headline cliché that should be avoided.
Notifications above the rest

Here are some of the top mobile push alerts, both on the native WSJ app and through Apple News. Our goal is to highlight the storytelling our editors do on locked screens, typically 140 characters or less.

  • Vaccinated people die from Covid. Here’s why scientists aren’t surprised.
  • $ 180,000 in student loan debt, and two years later still less than $ 30,000. Elite masters who don’t pay.
  • The greatest wealth transfer in modern history has begun
  • Big companies want to hire remote workers, as long as they’re not from Colorado
  • It got so bad in Ketchum, Idaho that a council member doesn’t have a house and the mayor has suggested a tent town at a local park.
  • 16 years and $ 1.7 million in sales. How Max hit hard during the pandemic.
  • Epic neighbor-neighbor war unfolds in Nantucket, the summer home of billionaires and celebrities
  • A human skull has been hidden in an abandoned well for 85 years. The discovery of Dragon Man could change decades of evolutionary thought.
  • On a summer Friday afternoon, Dan Kamensky launched a series of angry text messages and phone calls. “Maybe I should go to jail,” he said. He reported to the prison on June 18.
Quiz (find the flubs)
  1. In addition to acquiring more autonomy on How? ‘Or’ What their job is done, the last year has seen many employees have more control over when their job is done.
  2. According to Kastle Systems, fewer than three in 10 white-collar workers worked in the office on average in 10 major US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
  3. Mr Johnson said at the time that a bill to create paid leave for 2 million federal employees should not pass without debate and amendments.
  4. Taiwanese national security officials fear being seen as helping Hong Kong fugitives could be used as a pretext by Beijing to justify an invasion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
  5. As the first black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, her promotion was historic …
  6. Recently, Mr. Boyer and his wife Elaine established trusts for their five grandchildren with donations of $ 25,000 each, an amount they plan to donate annually for at least a decade.
  7. The next step [in AI for automated driving] is rules-based learning and reasoning (i.e. what to do at a stop sign).
  8. Many workers who set up their home offices later in the pandemic say the key to avoiding buyer’s remorse is slow.
  9. The Business Club started out by creating malware that could transfer money from a bank account while waiting for the victim to log into their bank’s website, then secretly hijacking the connection.
  1. Suspended participle. Better: in addition to acquiring more autonomy on How? ‘Or’ What their job is done, last year’s employees had more control over when their job is done.
  2. Less than, not less, since we are referring to an average that is between two and three. We reserve ourselves less than for whole and countable numbers.
  3. There was of them million people, not a number. We use numbers for measurements like 2 million miles.
  4. Intended: pretext not pretend.
  5. Reads like a dangler; some call it a disjointed appositive. As the first black female CEO, she (not her advancement) is bowing out.
  6. Him and his wife, Elaine, put them in place. Commas are required; otherwise, we say he has more than one wife.
  7. for example., not ie (Quick tutorial, from reader David E. Gold: ie = This is; for example = for example.)
  8. A common idiom, although agrammatical. We could be slow but would go slowly.
  9. Better like the the bank’s website (rather than theirs). We use the singular they / their, with a short explanation, if an individual uses the neutral pronoun. But we still see it as bad grammar in broad references like this.

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