Janet and a Two Errors in Diction: “being that” and adverse/averse

June 1, 2006

Being that the FCC is adverse to the broadcasting of profanity and nudity, the commission issued fines totalling over half a million dollars to television stations that aired Janet Jackson's exposure of her breast during the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl.

This sentence contains two errors in diction.

The phrase "being that" is colloquial and inappropriate in formal speech and standard written English. Use "because" or "since" instead.

The word "adverse" means "unfavorable to one's interests, harmful." Replace it with "averse," which means "reluctant about or opposed to."

The sentence should be written as follows:

Since the FCC is averse to the broadcasting of profanity and nudity, the commission issued fines totalling over half a million dollars to television stations that aired Janet Jackson's exposure of her breast during the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl.

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