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|>>|| No. 5996
Has anyone else noticed schoolboy mistakes on the BBC website?
|>>|| No. 5998
It would say bad things about your attention to detail if you hadn't. This goes for more or less every major news organisation one reads regularly.
|>>|| No. 5999
All the fucking time. It's the main reason why I don't read the news on the BBC website anymore.
|>>|| No. 6000
Those are live blog posts as far as I can tell, which are prone to errors for obvious reasons.
|>>|| No. 6001
More importantly, the BBC and other big media increasingly seems to opt for clickbait.
|>>|| No. 6009
What really bothers me is that BBC news thinks that the only superlative that exists is "massive".
|>>|| No. 6010
Don't worry, John Whittingdale's going to get on at them about giving undue bias in favour of all that which is massive soon.
What? He's the Culture Secretary. Look it up if you don't believe me.
|>>|| No. 6012
It's true. I saw him on the telly on Sunday handing over a trophy of some kind.
|>>|| No. 6014
It is what happens when you sack the sub-eds: journocunts are not renowned for their use of language, that is the editor's job. Feel free to substitute "journocunt" for "author" as well, should you wish.
|>>|| No. 6120
I'm going to admit my own ignorance here because I see that all the time in print journalism and assumed it was an accepted style of open-form quotation.
|>>|| No. 6122
You should probably find something better to do with your life than misidentify errors in BBC news articles.
|>>|| No. 6125
Has anyone else noticed schoolboy mistakes on the gs website?
|>>|| No. 6137
50/50 ball. Strictly should be "A" but will be pronounced "An" in speech.
|>>|| No. 6138
Well 'an' is not just for vowels, but for vowel sounds.
'F' can be argued to have a phonetic vowel sound in it: 'an FBI investigation..' etc. The same way that Americans will say 'an herb' because their pronunciation of 'h' can sometimes carry a vowel sound.
|>>|| No. 6139
>Well 'an' is not just for vowels, but for vowel sounds.
"Federal" does not begin with a vowel sound.
|>>|| No. 6141
In speech, but not in writing. In writing, unless it's an acronym, the abbreviation replaces what it stands for.
|>>|| No. 6145
I stand corrected. In which case it should be "a FBI" since the pronunciation "fibby" starts with a consonant sound.
|>>|| No. 6146
Look m8 I've watched all nine series of the x-files in the last couple of months and they all say "eff bee eye" all the time.
|>>|| No. 6147
I've gotten stalled on series 5. Those monster of the week episodes scare me. Not because they're frightening, just because it feels like a lucky dip of quality.
|>>|| No. 6148
So then it ain't an acronym after all. Fuck's sake, make up your minds, lads.
|>>|| No. 6149
I don't know what series it is in, but there was a guy who could talk on peoples illnesses, ailments and diseases. I first watched it when I was 15 and I remember thinking If I had it I could save my Grandad, who raised me, from cancer and because I was younger I'd have a better chance of fighting it off. When I told him this, it was the first time I ever seen the man cry.
|>>|| No. 6150
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
F.B.I (eff bee eye), you daft cunt.
|>>|| No. 6151
I'm getting confused here. I've said it isn't an acronym, and you seem to be agreeing that it isn't an acronym, having just posted the evidence that it isn't an acronym.
|>>|| No. 6152
I'm not sure you know what an acronym is, lad.
"An acronym is an abbreviation, used as a word, which is formed from the initial components in a phrase or a word. Usually these components are individual letters (as in NATO..."
or you know.... FBI.
Acronyms don't have to be pronounced as they're written as the acronym SPQR only proves.
|>>|| No. 6153
Unless you're going to go full pedant and pull us into the Initialism vs Acronym debate, at which point everything becomes futile anyway because FBI as an initialism would still be pronounced "eff bee eye" and would therefore be used in the construction "an FBI investigation".
|>>|| No. 6155
> used as a word
> Have a word
I do hope that was an attempt at a joke. If not I invite you to go back retest your logic, this time using the acronyms SCSI, CPU, GUI, and SQL. Let me know which ones you think are words because there are valid pronunciations of them, and which ones you remain convinced are not words. Then try and work which, if any, are acronyms. Boy, this is fun.
Or, you know, just see >>6153
> everything becomes futile anyway because FBI as an initialism would still be pronounced "eff bee eye" and would therefore be used in the construction "an FBI investigation"
Is it 5pm yet? I need a drink.
|>>|| No. 6156
>FBI as an initialism would still be pronounced "eff bee eye" and would therefore be used in the construction "an FBI investigation".
No. As it is not an acronym, in writing you would use the article that goes with what it stands for, because that's what "stands for" means.
|>>|| No. 6158
>the acronyms SCSI, CPU, GUI, and SQL
Yes, no, yes, and depending on the speaker, in that order. Acronyms are abbreviations used as words, which means they have their own pronunciations. If an abbreviation is used as is a word then it's an acronym and treated a word. If it's not used as a word then it's not an acronym and instead treated as if the words it abbreviates were there instead. Most acronyms are initialisms. Some initialisms are acronyms.
|>>|| No. 6160
> Yes, no, yes, and depending on the speaker, in that order.
To say a construction can be an acronym or an initialism according to the whims of the speaker is some serious quantum-linguistical nonsense.
I can imagine the scene now: "Much like observing a photon, we won't know if Donald and Raymond's new database language known as 'SQL' will be an acronym or an initialism until one of them pronounce it for the first time, thus revealing the true nature of the word".
> Acronyms [to] have their own pronunciations
So you would say that the statement "SPQR is an acronym" is false?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recursive_acronym lists quite a few "recursive acronyms" that have no valid pronunciation that I could think of.
|>>|| No. 6161
>To say a construction can be an acronym or an initialism according to the whims of the speaker is some serious quantum-linguistical nonsense.
Welcome to the English language. If you think that's odd, wait until you see people use adjectives as nouns and nouns as verbs.
|>>|| No. 6166
I've been noticing a lot of mistakes in the i newspaper lately. Surely they check these things before printing.
|>>|| No. 6169
Their feature on housing benefit refers to the issue of why rents have risen as "the $6 million question".
|>>|| No. 6170
That will only be an issue to those people who get offended at stuff on behalf of others, basically guardian readers.
|>>|| No. 6171
Also autistic people, who will be confused at the use of "autistic" to describe something other than actual autism.
|>>|| No. 6195
Sometimes I imagine a gs minigame where we try to spot grammar errors. There could be peer review and a leaderboard and everything.
This thread illustrates why it's the worst idea ever.
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