St. Catharines, Ontario
April 2, 2013 12:32pm CST
I was reading the morning paper and came across an article about a literary festival here in Hamilton. It's called gritLit. Not once in the article did it explain what that meant. I looked it up online, and even their own website doesn't give a definition of "gritLit". The nearest they came to enlightening me was mentioning that Hamilton is "often thought of as a gritty city". This is just one example. Often in notices of upcoming events, date and time may be mentioned but rarely an address other than, say, such-and-such hall. Not to mention the price of admission. (Oh, wait, they don't mention the price of admission. Guess that would be free advertising.) And I have read some articles where a person is only referred to by their last name. What are they teaching in journalism school these days?
• Orangeville, Ontario
3 Apr 13
I read so many articles that use short forms or initials but don't explain what it means. They don't have to say it a dozen times, just at the beginning when they first mention the event or organization. Everything is assumed which in this day and age is much harder to do. How long did it take you to know what BTW means? There are still a lot of people who don't know what LOL means, so what makes writers think everyone knows what GritLit is? KidLit, ChickLit... those are givens. I can only assume that GritLit is a form of horror... unless they are just referring to stories that take place in Hamilton.