One of the tricks I use for making sure my writing is reasonable is to read it out loud.  When I do that, the bad constructions really stand out.

Cincinnati’s WCPO could have used that advice today.

In a story about a for-profit college closing down, they include this sentence:

At least one location in 30 states is slated to be shuttered.

No, no, no!  That sentence says that one very large location – a single location that spans thirty states – will be closed, and maybe more locations.

What they meant to say was

Thirty states have at least one location that is slated to be shuttered.

Reading out loud, thinking about your words – it’s the opposite of how I like my steak.  It’s surprisingly rare.

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