Dumbass Pitches: USA Today Beats NYT For Grammarly Award


By Eddie Scarry Comment

Coming only just behind the Grammy Awards in terms of prestige are the Grammarly Awards. USA Today won three this morning.

Actually, no one’s ever heard of the Grammarly Awards because it’s not a real thing. It’s a corny little pitch that was sent out today by Grammarly, a grammar-checking software, using last night’s Grammy Awards as a hook.

But despite being so dopey, it was kind of charming. And it’s worth noting that USA Today beat out other publications, including the NYT, in several categories like “Most Accurate Writing.”

“Grammarly, which checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and suggests citations, audited ten top news publications for accuracy in grammar, spelling, and punctuation,” the pitch says. “We learned that news outlets are not as accurate as one would think.”

Well, it depends on which “one” you ask and which “news outlets” you’re referring to.

Nonetheless, here are the results:

Most Accurate Writing

  • USA Today (winner)
  • New York Times (runner-up)

Best Grammar 

  • USA Today (winner)
  • The Economist (runner-up)
Best Spelling…
  • USA Today (winner)
  • The Economist (runner-up, tie)
  • Wall Street Journal (runner-up, tie)

Best Punctuation

  • Fast Company (winner)
  • USA Today (runner-up)

Most Long-Winded 

  • Newsweek/The Daily Beast (winner)

Most Concise

  • Fast Company (winner)