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Damning or damming?

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purepurple Thu 29-Oct-09 07:50:56

Watching the BBC news at ten, last night, and the report into the Nimrod crash was accompanied by the subtitle 'Damming inquiry'
I said to DH "Surely that's wrong, there is a 'n' in damning"
He replied "I don't know" (why was I surprised?"
Isn't damming what beavers do to rivers?

FlamingoBingo Thu 29-Oct-09 07:57:19

Damning I had always thought, as in it 'damns'.

FlamingoBingo Thu 29-Oct-09 07:57:59

we're right

shock at the BBC!

OrmIrian Thu 29-Oct-09 07:59:19

Yes. You are quite right. And your DH was very very wrong for not caring <tsk>

A damming report would be a report on the progress of the construction of a dam. So there.

purepurple Thu 29-Oct-09 08:00:18

Naughty BBC grin

AMumInScotland Thu 29-Oct-09 09:59:33

I was shocked by the BBC last night too - I half thought for a moment "Was it a report written by a Mr Damming?" But no, just illiteracy striking again...

purepurple Thu 29-Oct-09 10:05:36

I was -asleep- resting my eyes and I woke up and there was this spelling mistake.
If I can spot it in my half concious state then why didn't anyone at the BBC?

DadInsteadofMum Thu 29-Oct-09 10:25:49

Damn is short for damnation, so unless the report was about correct construction of barriers across rivers to create reservoirs and artificial lakes, it was incorrect.

DadInsteadofMum Fri 30-Oct-09 12:48:38

The Guardian has picked up on this today here.

This is the same columnist that referenced mumsnet earlier in the week.

Do we think Michael White reads Mumsnet?

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