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I'm sarcastic, therefore I'm brainy
12 January 2022
According to David Robson, writing for BBC Family Tree, a teenager's sarcasm reflects their intellect. Fortunately for me, my sarcastic teen, Emily, doesn't read the BBC. (more…)
The great escape
7 January 2022
The BBC might like to consider pulling their homepage text from the same source as their article headlines. That way, they would only have to correct any errors once. Of course, BBC editorial competence being what it is, the downside is that they could have the same error twice. (more…)
Frohes Neues Jahr!
2 January 2022
While those lovable French set cars alight, the Germans take an altogether more sedate approach to welcoming in the new year. I have it on good authority that they like nothing more than throwing fireworks at each other in the street. Consequently, news that there has only been one death in Germany seems like a stroke of good fortune; except to the victim's family, that is. (more…)
Live. Die. Repeat. Or not.
16 December 2021
It's a sad story. So I feel bad that my first thought, when spotting the link on the BBC homepage, was puzzlement as to how one Indian housewife repeatedly kills herself. (more…)
'X' for Latina
13 December 2021
For some inexplicable reason, there's a remake of West Side Story, for anyone who considers the 1961 classic to be somehow inadequate. I wasn't aware that this was something that the world had been clamouring for. Neither were cinema audiences, it seems, who stayed away in droves when it debuted last weekend: Steven Spielberg's effort hasn't performed sensationally at the box office. (more…)
Leper colony
12 December 2021
In the current dinky butthurt climate, is it no longer acceptable to refer to leprosy sufferers as lepers, and a colony of them as a leper colony? Or is this just the BBC's usual low-intellect shenanigans? (thinking) (more…)
The ol' one-two
1 December 2021
Okay, so I promised to never again question the BBC's disdain for national adjectives, and I think that I've been pretty good of late. That's not to say the BBC's editorial staff haven't transgressed, they have. But I've been the bigger person, looked the other way, and moved on. (more…)
All of you
24 November 2021
Writing for BBC Worklife, Bryan Lufkin informs us as to Why more people are saying 'y'all'. For those of you who didn't know that they were, apparently they are. So there's something new that you've learned, and we've barely started! (more…)
Bemmoth
1 November 2021
Another of those I know how it is moments. (more…)
Parisian
27 October 2021
While looking up the possessive form of James, I came across this example at GrammarHow. (more…)
D1 R6 D1 S6
26 October 2021
In an otherwise dull and TLDR article, on the discovery of a planet candidate outside our own galaxy, one thing struck me. The name of one of the researchers, Dr Rosanne Di Stefano, is remarkable for its periodicity: D1 R6 D1 S6. (more…)
Lost in translation
5 October 2021
Squid Game is predicted to become Netflix's most watched original series. Filmed and set in South Korea, it's dubbed/subtitled into English. But, all is not what it may seem. (more…)
From India with love?
4 October 2021
Daizy Priscilla contacted me, inviting me to submit my blahblah to her yadayada. None of it stood out of the ordinary, except she's another lowlife at the gutter publishing house that is Remedy Publications LLC. Daizy must be besties with Alyssa, who works out of the same office address. (more…)
Learnons-nous Franglais avec BoJo
22 September 2021
In the wake of French outcry over the Aukus military pact between Australia, UK, and the US, Boris Johnson demonstrated linguistic skills that match his capacity for tact and diplomacy. Speaking from Washington, en Franglais, he had this message for Emanuel Macron: (more…)
What's in a word?
30 August 2021
Garbage-tier click-bait site, BuzzFeed, is running out of venture capital and heading towards financial collapse. In an effort to keep afloat, it's trying to reinvigorate itself through a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC. (more…)
WASPish
23 August 2021
You know how sometimes you know something to be true, so much so that when you find it to be otherwise it's difficult to believe? For years I've known that WASP is an acronym for wealthy, Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Except, it's not. (more…)
IncIS
13 August 2021
After a mass shooting in Plymouth in which five people were killed by a man who described himself as being beaten down and defeated by life, the UK general population has been introduced to an emerging subclass of society, the incel. (more…)
Nun the wiser
12 August 2021
It's just occurred to me that Merkans can spell prey, but not grey. (more…)
A glimmer of hope?
11 August 2021
I have, in the past, highlighted the BBC's inability to use proper national adjectives, but have since ceased as I walk the path to being a better person. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to point it out when they at last get it right. (more…)
Take me home, racist roads
10 August 2021
Tucked into US President Joe Biden's expansive infrastructure bill is a plan to knock down racist roads - but its success is an open question. (more…)
Verbing
6 August 2021
I was musing on people turning non-verbs into verbs. (more…)
Yours competently
4 August 2021
In The coded language that holds women back at work, Christine Ro explores words keeping women down, or something like that. It's a fairly typical fluff piece for BBC Equality Matters. One that I don't doubt was previously published elsewhere, and which I didn't find sufficiently interesting to finish reading. But I did skip-read this far: (more…)
Hooked!
18 June 2021
Oh, the irony! The BBC reports that Insider Voice, a US news website, has referred to Leicester Tigers' hooker, Tom Young, as a prostitute. Despite having been advised of the error, the headline hadn't been corrected a week later. (more…)
A hard habit to brake
17 June 2021
Prosecutors say the emergency break, which could have prevented the accident, had been intentionally disabled. (more…)
I give up!
26 May 2021
The BBC's journalists and editors really do not like adjectives. Picking apart their linguistic shortcomings is like painting the Forth Bridge; an unending and thankless task. It doesn't achieve anything and, after a while, I'm starting to sound like a broken record, irritating and boring. (more…)
Quinoa
16 May 2021
Beyond subsistence, what's the point of quinoa in a modern diet? It doesn't taste of anything, let alone anything interesting, and you can't eat it with a fork. If flavours were colours, it would be something inoffensive and dull, like beige or pale-to-mid grey. Yet restaurants, bistros, and supermarkets insist on including it in salads, where all that it adds is bulk. (more…)
The new Thinkpol in training
5 May 2021
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head teacher at Anderton Park primary school, is instilling a nice little Orwellian ethic in her pupils. Children have been taught to call out sexist language and even to identify sexist stereotypes in books and worksheets. And the programming training starts at the age of three years in the nursery school. (more…)
Able was I
6 April 2021
Sara Nović, writing on behalf of BBC Equality Matters, admonishes you on The harmful ableist language you unknowingly use. You heartless bastard! (more…)
Curfew quarrel
25 March 2021
Following the abduction of Sarah Everard in south London, police officers working on the case in the area advised women not to go out alone and to be careful; which doesn't seem too unreasonable, since the perpetrator was still at large at the time. But Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb's response in the House of Lords upset a number of people, and was widely ridiculed: (more…)
The speed of film
4 March 2021
How fast is a film? I'm sure that's a question you've never thought of before. And neither had I until today, when I read, courtesy of the BBC, of Demon Slayer, an anime that: (more…)
If you can't get it right, do it wrong
11 February 2021
I don't know whether to file this under idiot cheats or idiot editors, so I'll tag it with both. (more…)
The name game
15 January 2021
Mithering on behalf of BBC Worklife, Zulekha Nathoo explains Why getting a name right matters. If you can't be bothered to read the whole article, you're not alone. It's just another whinge about mispronunciation of names, and how it's your fault if you struggle with someone's name. (more…)
Excitable BBC 'journalist' in overstating the case shock!
7 November 2020
According to Zoe Kleinman, the T&C for several popular apps are longer than Harry Potter, which sounds daunting. The reality, as is so often the case, is more prosaic. (more…)
Be careful what you (don't) wish for
21 October 2020
During protests in Lagos, Nigeria, against police brutality, several demonstrators have been killed instead by military brutality, in what Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, termed an unfortunate shooting incident. (more…)
A dog with no name
16 July 2020
RAF Scampton—the home of 617 Squadron, The Dambusters—has replaced the gravestone of the squadron's mascot, a black Labrador named Nigger, who died on the night of the famous raid on the Ruhr dams in 1943. Squadron Leader Guy Gibson, whose dog he was, named him because, at the time, nigger was not a derogatory reference, rather simply the name for a shade of black. (more…)
Random whinge
20 February 2019
Because it's not really a rant. (more…)
Must try harder
18 November 2018
In yet another BBC fluff piece, Alex Rawlings lists ten personality traits that are identified in foreign languages that cannot be named in English. He, or she, didn't try very hard. (more…)
Seeing double
21 September 2016
Another day, another black man killed by US police. It's so every day that it doesn't bear comment. But I am angry at the abuse of the English language by a woman claiming to be Keith Lamont Scott's sister: He didn't have no gun, and He wasn't messing with nobody. (more…)
Ingrish
27 June 2013
Hoji Takahashi, 71, is seeking 1.4 million yen ($14,300; £9,300) in damages from Japan's national broadcaster, NHK, for mental distress resulting from excessive use of loanwords borrowed from English in their news and entertainment programmes. These include such commonly used English words as toraburu, trouble; risuku, risk; shisutemu, system; kompulaianse, compliance; kolaborasion, collaboration; dejitaru, digital; and taoru, towel. (more…)
Hubris: how gay!
9 November 2012
In a perhaps unguarded moment during a light-hearted radio interview, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key referred to a presenter wearing a gay red top. This outraged some who construed it as a slur against the homosexual community. Key later defended himself, stating that he used the word gay to mean weird rather than as a deliberate offence; although the Oxford Dictionary only notes its use in this manner to mean foolish, stupid, or unimpressive. (more…)
Saudi Arabia is not feeling .gay
15 August 2012
Saudi Arabia has objected to several new gTLD, including .gay, on the basis that they may offend, or promote practices that are counter to their religion. The poofs, on the other hand, counter that .gay is needed for support. (more…)
Oooops! Well, it could happen to anyone!
6 June 2012
So, imagine that your plane crashes into a busy city suburb, killing all 153 people on board, and an unknown number on the ground. How would you describe this? (more…)
Herstory
29 October 2010
I can't recall how I came across herstory, but it made me laugh anyway. As a politically correct term for history viewed through a feminist lens, or a demasculinisation of history, though, it's nonsensical. It seems to be predicated on the notion that history is somehow innately masculine. (more…)
Sorry I'm out of the office, but in Welsh
1 November 2008
All official road signs in Wales are bilingual. So, when Swansea Council needed a translation of a road sign, they sent an email to their in-house translation department. The reply was then dutifully written on the sign. Except that the reply was actually an out of office message, in Welsh! (more…)
Sequel, the first
27 December 2004
Structured Query Language, or SQL, is the programming language used to interrogate relational databases. But how does one pronounced SQL when discussing it? (more…)
Legalese
10 November 2003
I was reading a message from a lawyer this morning. It wasn't a legal document as such, just an email to update a domain name registration. And it got me thinking…who, other than a lawyer, would use anything like pursuant in everyday communication? (more…)
Translation translation
1 September 2003
I used Google to automatically translate an Italian Yahoo site and it came up with this: (more…)