A young farmer had a ewe-ge surprise when her sheep gave birth to six healthy lambs in a “very rare” event.
BBC News Online, March 18, 2023
I cannot believe that the BBC, allegedly staffed by adults, thought that this effort was acceptable. Pathetic doesn’t begin to describe it.
BBC News online, March 1, 2023
Is there anyone left who understands the difference between ‘when’ (ie at the same time) and ‘after’ (ie later)? This heading means that two trains collided and dozens were killed at some later time. It’s nonsense.
i newspaper, February 27, 2023
This is a classic example of the lack of curiosity I am always moaning about. How can you possibly send this through without saying how many wins he already has? You might as well not use the story. For the record he has 723 wins so needs another 77. Incidentally it looks to me as it this is an agency story as the identical wording appears in the Mail. The ‘i’ sub has cut it above the paragraph about the number of wins he already has. This is lazy and incompetent.
“I find all Mr Kirwan did outside the supermarket, when the defendants were by the trollies, was to admonish them for their trouble-making and anti-social behaviour in the lavatories.” Mr Justice Fraser said.
BBC News online, February 16, 2023
This is a common error – the plural of words ending in ‘ey’ is ‘eys’, not ‘ies’. Thus trolleys, flunkeys, lackeys, donkeys etc. Also storeys for a building in Britain, but in the US it is spelled ‘story’ so there the plural would be ‘stories’.
Note the careless punctuation error in the BBC piece, a full point at the end of the quote instead of a comma. Sigh.
The Times, January 15, 2023
This is by Martin Samuel, a highly paid sports writer who in this autobiographical piece repeatedly refers to his ‘bent’ for English. One would therefore think he would know how to spell the name of Philip Larkin, possibly the best known British poet of the 20th century. If he doesn’t, the sub certainly should. This is ignorance of a high level.
Actually, if you a connoisseur of journalists who think they can write, this is a good example of the genre. Pure gibberish. You can see it here.
Times, December 13, 2022
In my day every child over six knew that Pompeii was devastated by Vesuvius, but I imagine the sub in this case thought Etna was near enough.
Times, December 13, 2022
Spot the difference between the heading, the intro and the caption. That’s right, there isn’t any. This is pathetically poor practice. The heading could have been
Hoaxer Lewis-Smith dies
The caption could have been
Lewis-Smith: Targeted Princess Diana
Sunday Times, December 4, 2022
Just to be clear, this is the Sunday Times, which proudly proclaims at the top of the front page that it is ‘Sunday newpaper of the year’ (according to whom? Readers of the Dandy?) I don’t know where to begin with this shocker. ‘Pray’ is a verb without a noun form, so it can’t go with a possessive noun. It is like saying ‘Lion’s die’. Is it meant to be a pun on ‘prey’? If so, it doesn’t work. I really have no idea what went on in the ‘brain’ of the person who wrote this piece of gibberish, or those who passed it, but no doubt they said ‘Yes, that’s great! Well done!’ You could have got away with ‘Lion’s prayer’ or ‘Lions’ prayer’ if you were determined to go with the line, but I would have made it something like ‘Let us prey . . . on Senegal’. Heaven knows there’s enough room.
i newspaper, November 23, 2022
Funny that this is about a sort of goldfish, a species which is supposed to have a three-second memory. This is a myth (they have good memories), but obviously it applies to the sub who handled this and failed to notice that the fish weighed 28kg at the start of the piece and 30kg at the end.
The reader has no need to be told in the headline that the angler was British. Unless told otherwise, one can assume the subject of a story in a British newspaper is British, not Mongolian.
The ‘i’ has the annoying feature of putting a tag above every headline (I think this is a device to soak up space so that it can get away with processing fewer words in copy). Was ‘People’ really the best tag? On a story about a fish?
Lastly, isn’t this a story that cries out for a picture? Is it worth using without? This is how Sky News did it (the story is almost equally bad but I have run out of energy).
Times, November 21, 2022
This is like another regular nonsense, ‘the priceless diamond worth £5million’. It beats me how you can write/let through the word ‘counts’ and have forgotten it six words later.