Monday, February 14, 2011

Mentor Monday--Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is Valentine's Day! It's one of those holidays on which Americans overindulge--with cards, flowers, jewelry, and other gifts. It comes somewhere behind Halloween and Easter in the candy department, but still, the people at New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) are happy to see it roll around each year! They make tons of candy message hearts.

So does Brach's. But this year, someone there messed up! A report on the Business Insider website tells this story, "12-Year-Old Girl Finds An Obscene Message Printed On Candy Heart."

The word was "tits." Obscene? Hardly. In poor taste, yes, but not obscene.

Sometimes when you write you can get a little carried away. The person who wrote the headline obviously got a little carried away.

Let this be your Mentor Monday lesson for today--know when hyperbole is necessary and when it is not.

A tall tale is the place for hyperbole. A nonfiction piece is not!

Now for a Valentine's treat without any calories: click here and have fun!


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