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ooh no wonder the journo in the torygraph did not see fit to put a name to this - spot the awful error

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SuziSeis · 12/04/2009 21:27

they should be

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thisisyesterday · 12/04/2009 21:29


"Later in the day when she was informed that Bailey had no tumour, but had eaten 17 objects including a piece of towel."

makes no sense

and they have used "there" instead of their

and they miss the "e" off the beginning of "even"

SuziSeis · 12/04/2009 21:31

how could anyone get to be a dt journo with that sort of error

and dont they have proof readers?

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Dumbledoresgirl · 12/04/2009 21:32

This isn't good grammar either: "We've had Bailey for seven years since he was a puppy and he always go for his annual check."

SuziSeis · 12/04/2009 21:35

agree Dumbledoresgirl

crap article altogether but am really shocked at grammatical mediocrity

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senua · 12/04/2009 21:35

tut tut, Suzi.
Number one rule in pedants' corner: triple check and proof-read your own posts.

SuziSeis · 12/04/2009 21:36

lol senua ( it is noa btw!)

is it an apostrophe error?

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senua · 12/04/2009 21:38


Why are you 'Suzi'?

SuziSeis · 12/04/2009 21:38

I am loving suzi quatro so took a familial slant on her name!

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senua · 12/04/2009 21:40

Well you are bang on trend with the current music scene.

SuziSeis · 12/04/2009 21:43

laugh out loud!!

Great lyrics to 'if you cant give me love'

Lovely lecture to my teens - disguised

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SuziSeis · 12/04/2009 21:44

really must learn not to be lazy with apostrophe

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senua · 12/04/2009 22:00

Hope they still think that it is relevant and not outmoded because there is plenty of TV etc that gives the opposite message.

SuziSeis · 12/04/2009 22:13

i could go further and start pointing out the errors in the lyric but that might be a step too far!

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Worldsworstmummy · 30/04/2009 22:02

just to defend journalist, the piece will have been sub edited and rejigged possibly to fit space, so not necessarily the fault of journo. When I did journalism I used to hate the liberties subs took with my copy and grammar to render message in space allotted.

Quattrocento · 30/04/2009 22:05

Shocked by apostrophe abuse in pedants' corner

Worldsworstmummy · 30/04/2009 22:36


Quattrocento · 30/04/2009 22:41

Nah, the OP. Not shocked to the core but you know, mildly astonished.

Worldsworstmummy · 30/04/2009 23:25

ah, yes. perhaps the shock of the DT piece addled her brain momentarily.

AllFallDown · 02/05/2009 09:54

It's almost certainly a piece from a wire service that has briefly been tinkered with to go straight to the Telegraph website. The Telegraph is increasingly putting any old crap - much of which does not make sense - on to their website in order to ramp up page traffic figures, especially those with good "keywords" (which is why the DT website has so many stories that manage to mention Britney, Brad Pitt, Obama and large breasts in the opening par). I bet this didn't go in the paper, where standards remain higher.

edam · 02/05/2009 10:01

Telegraph has recently sacked most of the subs, so hardly surprising this kind of thing gets through.

The other papers are doing the same - standards will drop. It's all very well expecting reporters to write accurate copy, but they can't possibly make it fit on the page. That's like expecting a TV reporter to guess how long all the other stories will take.

PuppyMonkey · 02/05/2009 10:04

PMSL at newspapers having "proof readers".

LadyGlencoraPalliser · 08/05/2009 12:14

They are all getting rid of their subs desks now. Roy Greenslade was even opining in the MeejaGrauniad recently that it was a good thing - well, yes, Roy because nobody except us few huddled pedants notices the egregious errors that are being committed by the fucking illiterate reporters now that they no longer have a proper subs desk to hide behind.

jujumaman · 08/05/2009 12:29

What argument did RoyG use in favour of banishing subs, LadyG? Am

LadyGlencoraPalliser · 08/05/2009 13:10

Can't find the original piece but here is a response to it.

jujumaman · 08/05/2009 14:58

Annoyingly my pc doesn't like links to grauniad but thanks for trying

The Torygraph is declining faster than my 4yo can wolf a chocolate bar. Very

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