my grammar could hit the target from that distance

The revolution has begun. No longer will we put up with dodgy speeling, misplaced apostrophes' or improper; punctuation? P.S. pointing out bad grammar in postings is banned. To justify this I'm applying a form of grammatical 'absolute privilege', as the public interest in publishing mistakes far outweighs the cost to the public of making further mistakes. Call me a hypocrite if you will, but it works in Westminster.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Glass house, throwing stones

As our dear leader Robbie has said previously, finding mistakes in the Guardian is like finding a rosary on the Pope, but this one nearly burst my irony gland.

From a piece in the Media pullout entitled In praise of the subeditor:

"Newspapers have often found it difficulty to recruit subeditors over the last few years"

(NB It was corrected on the website.)


At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There should also have been a hyphen in sub-editors.

The reason papers find it hard to recruit is because the pay is lousy - subbing is a highly skilled job, performed under enormous pressure. Until the press recognises that skill deserves proper reward, it will remain hard to recruit talent.

Must be why I'm a freelance...

At 2:04 AM, Blogger Geordie said...

I think the hyphen thing's a point of house style, choosing to run the words together instead of hyphenate (is that a word?) them.

At 5:13 AM, Blogger Matthew said...

Yeah, Geordie, that's about right. I hypenate a lot of stuff when I'm copy-editing, but the magazine that comes to mind for getting rid of hyphens entirely is Edge. They don't hypenate everything. Eventually hyphens will vanish, I think. To-day becoming today, and etc and indeed so forth.

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