Do Ads For Newport, RI’s New App Have You Cringing?

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Settle down Grammar Nazis; ‘Report It!’ is okay.

The City of Newport has a mobile app called Report It! Newport. It allows residents to report all sorts of issues and even commend city employees. Here’s a sample of the issues it can be used to deal with…

  • Traffic Sign Issue
  • Roadway or Sidewalk Issue 
  • Pothole Issue 
  • Graffiti Issue
  • Natural Gas Odor Issue
  • Missed Trash or Bulky Waste Collection Issue  
  • Snow Issue (seasonal)
  • Public Restroom Issue
  • Cliff Walk Issue 
  • Beach Issue 
  • Street Light Issue
  • Recreation Facility or Sports Field or Park Issue
  • Playground Issue
  • Other
  • Thank a City Employee

So that’s all well and good. Nice to see city government embracing technology and all that jazz.

Now this is the ad that is being posted online…

Newport Report It

Now, the slight disagreement between the plural “potholes” and the singular “It” is enough to make English teachers all over the city whip out their red magic markers and go to town on their computer and phone screens…but they don’t really have to. In this case, “Report It!” is the title of the app and therefore a proper noun. Of course, even after knowing that, we’re sure a lot of you are still going to be feeling something like Nathan Fillion does here.

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Don’t worry. It’s all good. You’re just going to have to let that raw nerve deaden and die.

Now just download the app and start reporting potholes.

In the meantime, we’re going to resist the urge to make a snarky remark about how someone found it necessary to mention that snow issues are seasonal.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Grammar Correspondent


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