Introducing the great 'I've just been humiliated in front of 1,200 people' sub. You choose the bread, the filling, the salad and the sauce. However you feel, whatever you want - we've got a sub for that.
The first par shown needs to be broken up - it took me three reads to get the sense of it. Then there's the apostrophe in Tim Berners Lee's name. And of course the stray 'his' in the third par.
The rest of the article is little better - particularly this short par:
Despite this, people like former US Vice-President Al Gore is an online optimist.
To be honest, I'm not shocked or offended at all - it's just nice to be reminded that nobody's perfect.
Having recently succumbed to an iPhone, I’ve inevitably being looking for apps to load. I feel utter disgrace at having considered this shocker, as reviewed on the iTunes App Store. The review warns -
“Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/mild alcohol, tobacco, drug use or reference to these.”
And the product? AA – Best of Britain, a hotel, restaurant and pub guide!
'Get a few quid' perhaps, but never 'receive quid'. I think I'm safe in saying that this copy wasn't written by a native British English speaker.
In fact, Google gives only 576 results for "Receive Quid" (and almost all of those follow their 'quid' with a 'pro quo').
Unfortunately, the ad changed before I thought to click on it - and no matter how many times I refresh StatCounter it won't come back. So I'll probably never find out how to receive quid from the government.
I wouldn't know what to do with 11,286 quids anyway.
This is obviously a daft (if effective) PR stunt so I won't dwell on it too much, but I would like to look at a particular quote that has appeared in a lot of the coverage around this story. The quote, attributed to Dr Chris Idzikowski of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, is as follows:
There's plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts at the beginning of the night when body temperature starts to drop. A warm bed - approximately 20 to 24 Celsius - is a good way to start this process whereas a cold bed would inhibit sleep.
"There's plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts at the beginning of the night" - what exactly does this mean? If by 'night' we generally mean the time that we are asleep, then yes, sleep does usually start at the beginning of the night.
Here are a selection of sites using the quote or a version of it:
I am out of the office now for the rest of my life.
She searched for 'DIKW' on her university library website and got this:
I could hear her laughing from two rooms away.
It seems strange to me that the title is placed between the authors' names. The novel could almost be called 'Worst Case & Michael Ledwidge'.
Transport News Brief reader Owen Ryder of Cummins recently bought a birthday card for his baby daughter. On the front it read "Happy Birthday To A Special Girl On Your First Birthday". On the back it said, in small print "Not suitable for children under 3 years old". He's now not sure for whom this card is suitable.
At first I assumed this was a typo, but Googling 'Nursey Nurse' throws up the following vacancy on guardianjobs:
And Nursery World Jobs is carrying an advert for a "passionate nursey nurse":
I could go on, but it's past my beddy-byes.
Patrick Walsh and his accomplices were jailed for a total of 94 years
However she did not say how many accomplices there were.
If Walsh had 20 accomplices, that figure of 94 years would seem on the low side; conversely, if he had only two, it would seem rather high.
So it's almost meaningless to be told the number of years without also being told the number of accomplices.
(According to the East London Advertiser, Walsh had five accomplices.)
Incidentally, I was amused to hear the gang referred to as "international drug smugglers". Unless told otherwise, I assume that drug smugglers smuggle drugs from one country to another, making them by default "international".
But that's just my interpretation.
'Waitperson' - is this a common word? I'd been under the impression that 'waiter', like 'actor', was increasingly being used gender-neutrally. Or can I expect to come across 'actperson' soon?
The Oxford English Dictionary does list 'waitperson' (as an American English term) - the first quotation is as follows:
1980 N.Y. Times 3 Aug. (Long Island Weekly section) 13/1 The young waiters and waitresses (referred to as ‘waitpersons’ on the menu),..wear a preppy uniform.
And I'd also like to share this snippet from the pre-course information:
We will be using real-life situations in skills practice. There will be no role-play, only real-play!
One of these was a book titled How to Make Your Own Web Site for the Older Generation.
Unfortunately, the "for the older generation" part of the title refers to the book itself, not to any websites that might be built using it. In other words, it doesn't tell me how to build a website that appeals to OAPs.
(The cover of my copy is identical to the one pictured, except that mine has "Web Site" in the title instead of "Website".)
It's very difficult to make out, but the small text underneath the coffee mug reads: "Food photography for visual purposes only."
So there you go - you're not allowed to sniff or eat the photo.
Bizarre cricket? Could the Beeb mean Twenty20?
(OK, here's the real story.)
I didn't know the UK was suffering from icy playground shortages!
First, the headline: "Human waste found in soda fountains". Well, the body copy says the fountains "contained coliform bacteria, which is a group indicative of fecal contamination". But it doesn't say anything about actual human waste being found.
And then the standfirst: "Virginia researchers find 70 percent of drinks contaminated". The body copy says "nearly half of all beverages" contained the bacteria - so where does this figure of 70% fit in?
Incidentally, the story refers to "a study" carried out by "experts" and "researchers", and also indirectly quotes "microbiologists". Names and details, please!
"Civilian deaths unleash emotions in Afghanistan" - which emotions? Awe? Lust? Joy?
Of course not, but it wouldn't hurt to be a bit more specific.
"A Twitter winemaking project for literacy around the world"? I couldn't see the connection between winemaking and literacy, or indeed winemaking and Twitter.
But according to the Fledgling Wine website:
The Fledgling Initiative aims to make awesome wine for the benefit of Room to Read, a non-profit organization extending literacy and educational opportunities to children worldwide. Every case sold will provide approximately 60 local language children’s books and promote education in the world’s poorest regions.
So that's the connection between literacy and winemaking. I'm not entirely sure where Twitter fits in, but the introduction on the Fledgling Wine website is written by Biz Stone and Evan Williams, two of the co-founders of Twitter, so I'm guessing there's a very close link.
Just reading about an aspiring brewer who decided that what he needed was “of course, a premisis to brew in.”
Now Clutchslip didn't want to embarrass the brewer so I won't do any naming and shaming either (feel free to Google, though).
But I can say that 'premisis' isn't that new a word, at least judging by this GrammarBlog post.
Thanks - and I hope you like the new look.
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1. Police seize nipple clamps in council offices
2. Have fun with homonyms!
3. The Apprentice and Lorraine Tighe's eyes
4. Yao Guai Bear!
5. Timothy Taylor steak and ale pie
6. Due to the bad weather
7. Six-yearly, bi-monthly, every two months
8. Beware the escalator of death
9. Word of the day: bustitution
10. Google Maps wants me to swim to Glasgow
So - reality TV, pies, Xbox games, portmanteaux and funny pics. You lot have very similar tastes to me...
So to kick things off I'd like to mention the blog Words Between the Spaces, written by a magazine copy editor in the US.
Having a background in consumer and business mags myself I'm always pleased to see a magazine copy editor or sub blogging - especially as most editing blogs seem to be kept by newspaper journos.
I'm adding Words Between the Spaces to my blogroll (in the 'Favourite Blogs' section, if only provisionally).
Red text on dark grey? Maybe. Black text on dark grey? I can't read that at all.
(To be fair, when I forwarded the newsletter on to one of my other email accounts the black text showed up there as white. It's a mystery to me.)