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.


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  

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