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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Townsend (BLS): Houston paper apologizes for quoting Carlos Gomez’s broken English

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What’s not arguable, though, is that Smith should have used better judgment in quoting Gomez within his article. Gomez, who comes from Santiago in the Dominican Republic, does not speak English as his primary language. He speaks well enough English though that his words are understandable and translatable, yet Smith elected to quote Gomez’s broken English word-for-word.

  “For the last year and this year, I not really do much for this team. The fans be angry. They be disappointed,” said Gomez as he roamed center field against the team with which he spent 2008-09.

As many have noted, quoting people whose speech is marked by dialect or incorrect grammar can present difficult choices for writers. However, they have to know that when the line is crossed, it can be needlessly embarrassing to the person while serving no real purpose to accuracy of the story. 

And yes, there is to be said for getting an accurate quote. There’s also something to be said for empathy and understanding that a player is doing his best to communicate, and in this case own up to his struggles on the field.



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