i newspaper, June 26, 2018

Imagine you are a sub on the i newspaper, and a story comes up containing the name ‘Forthland Road’. Do you think:

(a) ‘Hmm, that’s an unusual name, I’d better check it’;

(b) ‘Well, if Simon Kelner wrote it, it must be right’;

(c) ‘Who cares? I certainly don’t’.

As every Beatles fan knows, the correct name is Forthlin Road; there is no road in the country called ‘Forthland’.

The word for a house in a continuous row is a ‘terrace’ house. ‘Terraced’ refers to sloping land carved into level steps for cultivation. I am sorry to say that many authorities get this wrong, but now you can get it right.


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