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May be spinning would be good for this item!
« on: July 08, 2010, 04:08:51 AM »
The BBC is usually renowned for its "correct" English and I'm not saying that the text on this page is not correct, however, it's certainly different. Have you ever heard of gardeners amorously tending a capricious flower, which is "mortally pale"  and with a scent of "gentle levity"?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/10551223.stm

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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010, 05:28:14 AM »
Meg,

This is so weird. Kids in the old colonies grew up considering BBC to be the benchmark.

Here is one more example from the same story:

"There are only two speciments(sic)".

Moreover, the author also counts 92 years from 1908 to date instead of 102 years.

And this is not a story filed from Africa or the Far East but the British Isles.

It's all very shocking.

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010, 01:40:47 AM »
Meg,

This is so weird. Kids in the old colonies grew up considering BBC to be the benchmark.

Here is one more example from the same story:

"There are only two speciments(sic)".

Moreover, the author also counts 92 years from 1908 to date instead of 102 years.

And this is not a story filed from Africa or the Far East but the British Isles.

It's all very shocking.

Regards
SNM




The BBC has obviously been reading the JL forums.   ;D They have updated the length of time to 102 years, instead of 92. They have corrected the spelling of "speciments", to "specimens" and changed the amorously tended plant to lovingly tended (on their main site). They have just left it at "tended" on the link page. The plant, however, is still mortally pale, has a capricious flower and a scent of gentle levity. I have certainly been laughing at it!  ;D

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/10551223.stm

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2010, 02:52:46 AM »
mortally pale with a hint of gentle levity!?  Sounds to me like a wine snob at play!

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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2010, 02:55:02 AM »
mortally pale with a hint of gentle levity!?  Sounds to me like a wine snob at play!

LOL - you're right!  ;D

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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2010, 06:53:04 AM »
It only gets better. The article has been modified again, because the original facts were wrong (presumably). Now, it has been looked after (as opposed to amorously tended) for 91 summers, since 1919, instead of since 1908!

The heading is "An ancient Chinese proverb tells us that with patience a mulberry leaf eventually becomes a silk gown."

Maybe that should be changed to "With patience and much thought, web site articles will eventually read logically and correctly, even if we can't guarantee accuracy."  ::)

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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2010, 07:19:19 AM »
Meg,

Thank you. I needed this laugh today. Thanks to the others who answered. After 214 years ( or maybe215...or maybe 213), we still can't get away from the Kings English (no offense to the readers from UK). When I read Meg's post, I started laughing and wondering whether she had been peeking at her tattered copy of Lady Chatterly's Lover. Then, when I saw BBC, it all became clear.

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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2010, 07:37:19 AM »
Meg,

Thank you. I needed this laugh today. Thanks to the others who answered. After 214 years ( or maybe215...or maybe 213), we still can't get away from the Kings English (no offense to the readers from UK). When I read Meg's post, I started laughing and wondering whether she had been peeking at her tattered copy of Lady Chatterly's Lover. Then, when I saw BBC, it all became clear.

Steve Benedict



LOL, you're welcome.

Lady Chatterley's Lover - gosh, that book used to be on the banned list! The court case was during my days at school. I remember reading parts of it in school, hidden behind a copy of one of Enid Blyton's books - not pc these days (Blyton), but certainly very family friendly! I think one of the Sunday newspapers serialised LCL after it was published, but my parents removed the "offending" pages before we were allowed to read the paper! D H Lawrence was a very good author; I have read many of his books and enjoyed them all, even the ones that weren't originally on the banned list!   ;D

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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2010, 07:51:46 AM »
Meg,

Interesting reading.

You have certainly enlightned me about that court case, which I was not aware of.

I am told today's parents in Britain are not so careful about children's tastes anymore.

And you have the tabloids today.

Market orientation at work perhaps.

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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2010, 09:18:28 AM »
Meg,

Interesting reading.

You have certainly enlightned me about that court case, which I was not aware of.

I am told today's parents in Britain are not so careful about children's tastes anymore.

And you have the tabloids today.

Market orientation at work perhaps.

Regards
SNM

We had tabloids (even if they were broadsheet size) in my parents' day too. I could read quite well from a young age and my parents vetted their choice of Sunday newspaper before I got to read it. I remember one time seeing a particular article highlighted on the front page banner but being unable to find the relevant page inside!  ;D My reading tastes are different from theirs (I'm not interested in the "runaway vicar" type stories) and I don't buy those papers  ::) The internet provides enough info for me!  ;D