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The idiots are winning.

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tethersend Fri 09-Oct-09 21:45:48

From the Metro this morning.

<Holds head in hands and rocks silently>

tethersend Fri 09-Oct-09 21:46:52

If the link prompts you for an email address, make one up.

FlamingoBingo Fri 09-Oct-09 21:49:08

Which bit are we meant to be looking at?

DiamondHead Fri 09-Oct-09 21:49:43

The link shows two whole newspaper pages. Is there a particular article to look at.
Apologies if I've missed something obvious.

tethersend Fri 09-Oct-09 21:59:25

Sorry, should've been clearer- the headline on the letters page on the left...

...Please tell me you see it too?

PurpleEgluggedblood Fri 09-Oct-09 22:05:03

OMG! That is terrible.

FlamingoBingo Fri 09-Oct-09 22:06:24

Flippin' nora! Fools!

LowLevelWhingeing Fri 09-Oct-09 22:11:40

huh? Am I thick?

DreamsInBinary Fri 09-Oct-09 22:12:38

Ughhhh

tethersend Fri 09-Oct-09 22:12:41

It's not only online- it went to print.

I nearly choked on the tube this morning. No-one else seemed to notice.

jasper Fri 09-Oct-09 22:20:00

I can't read the small print size or get it to enlarge.
Please tell me what it says

theyoungvisiter Fri 09-Oct-09 22:25:58

I gave them the benefit of the doubt and read the article to check if it was about trifle. But no grin

Although you don't expect much from the Metro. I saw a piece the other day in a broadsheet - might have been The Times? - about a breach birth.

[bangs head]

tethersend Fri 09-Oct-09 22:27:14

'Just deserts but why no jail?'

My fingers are crying after typing that.

theyoungvisiter Fri 09-Oct-09 22:28:47

no hang on, I was thinking it was just desserts/deserts. But they have the correct spelling.

Please enlighten me - which headline are we supposed to be looking at?

tethersend Fri 09-Oct-09 22:29:58

Breach birth?

Christ on a bike.

theyoungvisiter Fri 09-Oct-09 22:30:19

Oh we are talking about the same piece.

Sorry but "just deserts" is the correct spelling. The word comes from the same root as "deserves".

Just Desserts is the error.

theyoungvisiter Fri 09-Oct-09 22:30:59

or are we talking jail/gaol?!

Now I am v confused grin

LowLevelWhingeing Fri 09-Oct-09 22:33:18

But that's right isn't it?

Or am I seriously missing the point here?

tethersend Fri 09-Oct-09 22:35:29

theyoungvisiter- Er, no they don't!

Deserts are large areas of sand or areas with little rainfall.

Desserts are eaten after a meal.

The correct phrase would be 'Just desserts', as in they got what was coming to them.

'Just deserts' implies that there were only vast sandy plains hmm

theyoungvisiter Fri 09-Oct-09 22:37:44

Erm, no!

Sorry to correct you but the phrase has nothing to do with desserts!

see here from Wiki and here from the OUP

Just Deserts is the correct spelling.

Just Desserts is often used as a pun but is NOT correct. Honestly.

LowLevelWhingeing Fri 09-Oct-09 22:38:14

Dictionary - desert - 7 entries.
1. Noun - That which is deserved; the reward or the punishment justly due; claim to recompense, usually in a good sense; right to reward; merit.

BiteOfFun Fri 09-Oct-09 22:38:28

It's not a desert anyway- it's an urban jungle out there wink

tethersend Fri 09-Oct-09 22:39:40

Fucksticks!

You're right!!!!

On the plus side, it means the idiots aren't winning...

On the down side, it appears I am one of them blush

Anyone got a cab number?

<Puts on coat>

theyoungvisiter Fri 09-Oct-09 22:40:48

however it's interesting that because I was expecting the error, I actually saw it as Desserts when I opened your link (hence my quip about trifle).

It was only when I went back and re-read that I realised they'd spelled it correctly. The error is now so common that I read somewhere that it is more often spelled incorrectly than correctly.

BiteOfFun Fri 09-Oct-09 22:40:50

Origin of the phrase

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