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shoddy english on bbc news website

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nizebaby, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    "A bag was thrown from a a window that was found to contain firearms."

    Call me a pedant but, honestly, can't they do better than that? This is just an example of the sort of shoddy english with which the site is rife.
  2. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    Lol, so did the bag or window contain the firearms?!
  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Just. Don't.

    A bag, subsequently found to contain guns, was thrown from a window.

    What is the point of this?

    To tell us about a bag. Not just any old bag. It was full of guns! And it was thrown from a window. So that's how you construct the sentence.

    Visually it goes thusly:
    Ooh, a bag
    What? Chucked out of that window!
    OMG, it's got guns in!

    So I am also happy with.
    A bag was thrown from a window. It was later found to contain firearms.
    peter12171, Norsemaid, nomad and 3 others like this.
  4. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Spot the mistakes in this one ...

    A mum-of-six says she can't afford to feed her family because of the "punishing" cost of school uniforms.

    Chloe Adomatis says she's had to cut back on food for her family as buying school uniforms will "break the bank".

    And the 27-year-old's finances will soon take another hit, with four of her children set to start secondary school in the space of two years.

    Her kids are 10, 11, 13, 16, 17 – plus two aged nine - and saving accordingly is proving to be difficult.

    “I’ve got six of them so it’s not the easiest thing when you have one but when you have six it’s a lot more difficult,” she said.

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  5. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

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  6. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    My father loved the mistakes in our local paper - all those 4-birth caravans!
  7. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    What irritates me most about the beeb news on radio is when you can tell that the person reading it not only didn't write it but didn't bother to read over it first either so the stress and sometimes even pronunciation is all wrong.
  8. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    Like watching Trump try to read something off the auto-cue: simultaneously cringe-worthy and infuriating.
  9. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Not too good at maths, either.
    *bites typing finger to avoid comments regarding wisdom of almost annual childbirth when you are skint*
  10. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Trump can read??
    Marshall and sabrinakat like this.
  11. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Especially if you start when you are 10 years old ...
    Duke of York, Marshall and nizebaby like this.
  12. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    After a lifetime of marking English, nothing surprises me any longer.
  13. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Thank you for posting this example.
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  14. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    A couple of them look remarkably well fed to me!
  15. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Fried chicken takeaway every night?
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  16. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Ooh careful, you'll get 'called out'. Especially if you point out that you and other taxpayers are actually paying for the uniforms (and whatever food the little uns are having), not the woman in question
    BetterNow and nomad like this.
  17. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Well, I wasn't going to point that out but, yeah, innit! People on a low income receiving benefits such as tax credits or Employment and Support Allowance might be able to get help with some of the costs of sending the six (or is it seven) children to school, including school meals, transport and uniform.
  18. celago22

    celago22 Established commenter

    Some people on benefits earn more than us teachers. What a sad world!
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  19. afterdark

    afterdark Lead commenter

    Earn? Are benefits earnings these days?
  20. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    My daughter has just kitted out grandson for secondary school, Fair enough. New YR7.

    Granddaughter has had 2 new shirts. YR4. Daughter tells me some (ineffably stupid) parents buy a whole new set of school clothes every year. Why?

    A. It's not exactly Eton.
    B. The local demographic is - suffice it to say that my daughter lives in an ex-council house and that's par for the course - not particularly well-off
    C. Do none of them see how wasteful it is?

    Maybe clear English is also important to these parents. I hope so. The quality of writers at the BBC gives me no confidence. These are probably mostly Russell Group interns etc. Yet they can't write!

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