Tag Archive | media

Can’t take it any more, logging off

For the past year and a half I have published 40 articles about how the English language is being used, or rather abused. I have scored nearly 8,500 unique hits, for which I am grateful, but there is no sign of the language improving. What did I expect?

My pet hates 3 – saying the same thing twice

Tautology – This term suggests a redundancy, a needless repetition of the same sense in different words. Tautology is all over the place in the English-speaking world. I just want to mention what I believe to be the most common variation on this theme today and it is about adding “pre-“ to a verb.

My pet hates 2 – a source of frustration

Source – In my long career as a journalist a source to me was always a well-connected contact who gave me information for a news story I was writing. It was a noun. In the past several years, at least in Britain, it seems to have become a verb where almost everyone sources everything from […]

My pet hates 1

I am your grumpy old editor who surfs the Internet in search of awkward websites. I also want to share with you some of my pet hates and give advice in general about online writing, including email. This is my first blog entry.