25 August, 2008

Everything just gets worse and worse

Speaking of the decline in educational standards (as Dulwich was on Friday), I recently saw the following howlers - one in the Guardian, one in the Observer and one in some Barbican promotional material: "discretely" for "discreetly", "practiced" for "practised" and "centenery" for "centenary". I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you. I hope Carnaptious ensures that such appalling errors never appear in his esteemed publication.

2 Comments:

Blogger Icedink said...

My present publication has them all the time, the management having decided some little while ago that the word "quality", which still appears, I think, below the masthead, is merely ornamental.

My next publication is castigated in the present edition of Private Eye for reporting a judge's comment that the word "grievous" was spelt wrongly in court papers and then spelling it "grevious" a few pages later. Its an consonant bottle.

Meanwhile, I am delighted finally to be clear on the difference between marinate (v) and marinade(n), a common misuse that I shall never let slip again after listening to Clement Freud on Just A Minute yesterday. Isn't Radio 4 marvellous?

9:18 am  
Blogger Tiny said...

Oh, that's very bad if they can't spell correctly in public media.

12:07 pm  

Post a Comment

<< Home