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When good subbing is essential, Part 96…

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

When you’re writing a scoop about educational standards…, 08/12/11

Just why do Metro readers keep collapsing?

July 22, 2011 1 comment

Metro reader Liam, of Leeds, raises a matter of urgent national concern in the paper’s Speak yr brains…sorry, Send us your txt column today:

Every day someone uses Good Deed Feed to thank the people who helped when they passed out. Why are all these Metro readers collapsing?

Gee, I dunno, Liam. Maybe it’s something to do with reading headlines like this:

Choas in the rush hour

Toryguff’s Oz subs face crack-down

May 15, 2011 1 comment
Australian police crack down on boozed-up idoits"

About time too...

There may be a lesson here: if you offshore your subbing, perhaps it’s best not to do it to a nation that “clearly has a drinking problem.”

Must tell Tim Worstall about this: I know he’s a keen collector of Telegraph Oz sub-prime subbing.

No doubt written by that renowned journalist “Insert Name Here”

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Sky News has this as the front page of today’s first edition of the Mirror (March 10). Can anyone confirm this was what actually appeared?

Mirror front page with big typo

Subprime subhead

Why does the Telegraph pay for illiterate buffoons*…

July 10, 2010 Leave a comment

…and I’m still unemployed?

From today’s Telegraph:

Telegraph headline "Five men shot in pre-planned attack"

As opposed to post-planned, then

From the OED:

verb ( planned |plønd|, planning |plønɪŋ|) [ trans. ]1 decide on and arrange in advance : they were planning a trip to Egypt | [with infinitive ] he plans to fly on Wednesday | [ intrans. ] we plan on getting married in the near future. See note at intend .• [ intrans. ] make preparations for an anticipated event or time : we have to plan for the future.2 design or make a plan of (something to be made or built) : they were planning a garden.

Since the element of precedence is already within the word “planned”, you don’t need pre- before it (see “pre-arranged”, “pre-prepared” et al makes you sic). Look it up in your Funk & Wagnalls, you chimps.

* The illiterate buffoons, of course, reside and work in Australia, where the Telegraph outsourced its web subbing last year. It probably would have been cheaper to hire a literate Kiwi over here in London than to waste foreign exchange subsidising the tinnie-downing activities of a bunch of nescient convict-descendants fooling around in their budgie-smugglers.


June 19, 2010 Leave a comment

From the Sevenoaks Chronicle:

Sevenoaks Chronicle report

Sub-prime subbing: The Sevenoaks Chronicle

Um… “affect”, anyone?