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It's not a disease of the illiterate you know! FLU not FLUE - the latter is a pipe to let fumes out

(20 Posts)
whomovedmychocolate Fri 17-Jul-09 22:51:53

Sorry but it's such a short word, actually an abbreviation for influenza - so I can see where people get confused but it's on every newspaper for goodness sake. Come on people, you may all be dying but please maintain some standards hmm


whomovedmychocolate Sat 18-Jul-09 09:36:22


TDiddyIsaMan Sat 18-Jul-09 09:38:16

you mean it's definitely not spelt FLEW?

SlartyBartFast Sat 18-Jul-09 09:40:13

shoudl it be 'flu?

bigchris Sat 18-Jul-09 09:42:42


this should be on pedants corner

SlartyBartFast Sat 18-Jul-09 09:51:53

every time i google it, i type flue,

did you mean swine flu? is the pat answer

TDiddyIsaMan Sat 18-Jul-09 10:39:22

I was state educated you see!

BecauseImWorthIt Sat 18-Jul-09 10:40:18

I know it's flu. But my fingers always type flue!

cornsillk Sat 18-Jul-09 10:43:16

No excuse for flue. Diarrhea is a tricky one though. Hence frequent references to the shits.

TsarChasm Sat 18-Jul-09 10:43:32

Lol! Yes Swine Flue - I'm imagining a chimney with a pig waving out of it grin A sort of surreal Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.

Elibean Sat 18-Jul-09 10:53:18

I thought it was diarrhoea? grin starting to get visions of flying pigs: flue induced hallucination?

SlartyBartFast Sat 18-Jul-09 11:10:08

and one of the symptoms is rhinorrhea!


runny nose to the majority of us grin

yappybluedog Sat 18-Jul-09 11:22:06

"did you mean swine flu? is the pat answer"

ha ha, yes, google is just so smug, isn't it? grin

SlartyBartFast Sat 18-Jul-09 11:22:50


cornsillk Sat 18-Jul-09 11:39:05

Elibean it probably is diarrhoea. My spellcheck is always 'correcting' words to the US version. I have slapped it but it still does.

cornsillk Sat 18-Jul-09 11:39:28

rhinorrhea - eh?

SlartyBartFast Sat 18-Jul-09 11:55:20

runny nose

squeakywheel Sat 18-Jul-09 19:45:30

A great bit of spelling from the Express here (it's in the headline too):

I haven't seen any previous flu stories in the Express, are they usually this bad?!

whomovedmychocolate Sat 18-Jul-09 21:04:44

squeakywheel - that is particularly horrific - considering they got it right at least once. Maybe the subs are all busy oinking!!!!

Elibean Sat 18-Jul-09 21:06:39


No, really, Sir Trevor would have a heart attack.

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