#504

The Times, October 9, 2019

In a packed field, this emerges as the front-runner for the title of worst intro of the year. I am sure the sub was not to blame – this writer is in second, third and fourth places too. But someone has to say to him that this would disgrace an eight-year-old.  Writers who think they can write are a menace, and if they are treated as untouchable they get worse.

#503

The Times, October 7, 2019

By now I am used to newspapers using the wrong words, but this is fairly unusual: a word that doesn’t exist. The Knicks are a basketball team properly called the New York Knickerbockers, and ‘knicks’ is a short form for a lady’s underwear. If you try a spellcheck for ‘knick’ it will come up with nothing, which is what this sub should have done when he or she meant ‘nick’.