Friday, February 4, 2011

BBC don’t do grammars

One in five workers fears losing job, survey suggests

The article starts: "One in five UK workers are fearful for their jobs, a survey has suggested. In the public sector, that figure rises to nearly one in three workers, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said..." And the BBC ignores the most basic rule of all - be consistent. In the title they say "One in five IS" and in the article they say "One in five ARE"

Posted by mark wadsworth @ 07:48 AM (1360 views)
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10 thoughts on “BBC don’t do grammars

  • ” And the BBC ignores the most basic rule of all – be consistent. In the title they say “One in five IS” and in the article they say “One in five ARE” ”

    “One in five ARE” does not appear in the article!

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  • This would be explained, but maybe not excused, by the fact that the headline is often written by a different person to the article.

    The ‘standfirst’ for an article may also be written by a different author, in the press generally.

    Web publishing is also sometimes done at higher speed than print!

    Someone who has done research on headlines and articles, mentions the different authorship here:

    Gresham College: Press Coverage of Mental Health and Suicide
    http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/press-coverage-of-mental-health-and-suicide
    ( at 15:03 mins, and 18:50 mins )

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  • @MW

    Surely you have better things to do with your time than on pointing out grammatical errors? There again, you spend so much time on here crying about missing out on the fruits of the property market … that your approach indeed makes sense. What shall ever happen if you ever manage to spend time on more fruitful endeavours? Buy a decent house perhaps instead of criticising and blaming everyone else because you missed out on getting ahead on the property market when you had your chances?

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  • Only 1 in 5?

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  • In other news 1 in 5 people work for the government. More if you count all the government suppliers charging the government £65 for paper clips.

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  • lostfocus have we?

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    So, how many bottles of wine does that equate to?

    *Scratches head*

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Lostfocus, you really don’t have a clue do you? Before launching into personal attacks, at least know something about the person you are attacking.

    “Buy a decent house perhaps instead of criticising and blaming everyone else because you missed out on getting ahead on the property market when you had your chances?”

    We rent a decent house paid for with the interest we earn on the embarrasing amount of money we made from BTL and selling to rent; prices are drifting gently downwards and all is running according to plan.

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  • You may possibly be right Mark, in that I may just not have a clue. So, what’s the issue? You owned before and had BTL. You took the capital from that and plopped that into the bank – no complaints there I guess with the capital realised between buying and selling or was this given to a worthwhile charity? What was the hope? That property prices would fall through the floor and that you would earn a nice sum of interest on your capital whilst you waited for the 40% price drops so many of the HPCers have been going to about for untold years but have never materialised? I guess none of us can have the cake it eat it too. I guess I haven’t got a clue, as I have only ever rented and never owned a property, saving my money for a property – I never got to ride the boom in prices and the money I had saved is as you know, is now sitting in account making little interest and being eaten away by inflation. Go abroad could be the answer but hang on, the manipulation of the currency to fiat money has actually caused a crash…. not in headline terms but in currency terms. 10 years ago the £ would buy you over $3Australian… now it gets you half that, with a a 40% drop just over the past 2 years. I’m afraid the government will now allow property prices to fall too far. Should they start to fall, listen to the printing presses to print some more cash and watch the £ fall and steal away the value of those with cash sitting in the bank. So, being a non-property owner who has made the error of saving and being responsible, I will be forever renting – but that was my mistake for not being reckless as I wasn’t smart enough to realise that the casinos (banks) would always be covered for their risky plays by the governments – whoever is in power. Thus, a grammatical is the least of my concerns.

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