Grammatical blunder

To the Editor:

It's common for conversational language to employ slang and grammatical gaffs, but I believe the written word by a staff writer deserves better. The Record, Thursday, December 13, 2012, page A3, contains "Fast Acting Neighbor Averts Fire Disaster" by Staff Writer Paul Hayes. The third paragraph contains the line: "He found a snow shovel laying (sic) nearby...." Please instruct your staff writer to learn the distinction between "laying" and "lying."

John H. Mead

Monroe, N.H.

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