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AIBU to expect the BBC to use good English

(38 Posts)
Barrow Fri 08-Jun-12 14:18:56

I have noticed the standard of English used by the BBC has become very sloppy - the latest being a reporter on local radio this morning reporting on the high winds that "flags are almost being teared from the flag poles" instead of torn!

I do find the more mistakes I hear the more irate I get (yes its official - I have become a grumpy old woman!)

Mamie Sat 14-Jul-12 08:05:15

Seb Coe on Breakfast this morning is talking about a problem with recruitment and "retainment". Retention, Seb, retention.....

Mamie Fri 22-Jun-12 08:21:05

I think I might write "an hotel", but pronounce the h when I say it. I certainly wouldn't say "the 'otel", but I would say "the 'onourable". Isn't it more about where the pronunciation has shifted?

Greatnan Fri 22-Jun-12 05:42:03

I am another 'an hotel' user, but I really don't object to 'a hotel' either. English has lots of examples of silent aitches - you pays your money and you takes your choice!

Shadylady Thu 21-Jun-12 22:44:23

Hello I'm very new here, but I must stick my oar in here. I hate the current trend of saying Haitch. There is only one 'h'
in the word.

yogagran Fri 15-Jun-12 21:10:37

I really sympathise with anyone trying to learn English - it surely must be ones of the most difficult languages

Daisyanswerdo Fri 15-Jun-12 20:23:59

Now I feel like a 'orrible pedant . . . blush

Annobel Fri 15-Jun-12 16:31:00

OK, Daisy, you've got me - honestly, you 'ave!

Daisyanswerdo Fri 15-Jun-12 16:28:08

Annobel, have I misunderstood? What about 'an honourable conclusion', 'an honest answer'?

Annobel Fri 15-Jun-12 16:13:31

Ours is a language in which the 'h' is not silent; therefore, there is no reason to put 'an' in front of words beginning with it, even when they are the same as French words such as hotel.

Anagram Fri 15-Jun-12 15:18:10

Agreed, Bags! Same with 'historic'.

Bags Fri 15-Jun-12 15:15:52

I've always pronounced the h in hotel and I always will, except when I'm speaking French. If people want to be snooty about it, let them. Doesn't bother me because a hotel is not wrong.

nanaej Fri 15-Jun-12 15:00:50

an hospital or a hospital

an hostess or a hostess

Life is sooo complicated confused

janepearce6 Fri 15-Jun-12 14:06:53

An hotel (in my opinion the 'h' should be sounded but some say an 'otel'!!Odd I say!

JessM Fri 15-Jun-12 13:57:30

And love the image of people vaulting over horses gracesmum . Should be an official Olympic event I reckon.

JessM Fri 15-Jun-12 13:51:30

Yes he DOES. He is only slightly less irritating than Bill Oddie who was outrageously unprofessional, continually interrupting his co-presenter.
Did you see my sporting faux pas of the week on the malapropisms thread? Visions of breastfeeding cyclists with leaky boobs...

nanaej Fri 15-Jun-12 13:03:17

haha grace! I have almost explodeD at BBC Springwatch where Chris Packham keeps saying 'off of'.. maybe I should write to BBC!!

Anagram Fri 15-Jun-12 12:08:35

grin gracesmum!

gracesmum Fri 15-Jun-12 12:05:30

Spotted on the Olympic Torch relay website:
" A short trip in the coach before Erwen Wulteputte, 25, is due to carry the flame in Blyth. Erwen had heart surgery as a youngster but it doesn't stop him from participating in his favourite hobby, horse jumping."

Presumably one starts with little Falabela horses, working up through Shetland ponies and so on until you can jump over a Clydesdale?
Honestly! [frustrated] emoticon.angry

specki4eyes Sun 10-Jun-12 21:41:07

'harri' Monpazier is about 30 mins from us. I should have been singing there in a couple of weeks but now have to go back to UK. Monpazier is lovely..hope the weather improves for you. If I stop singing, maybe it will!

Sorry - seem to have gone off this thread. Yes, when they say 'secetry' - that bugs me.

Anagram Sun 10-Jun-12 15:20:33

'Secretary' seems to have the first 'r' omitted quite often, too...

Daisyanswerdo Sun 10-Jun-12 15:12:33

I don't see that as a double negative susiecb; I think you can find nothing. They were using the passive tense. Another way to put it would be 'they didn't find anything', or 'any bodies'.

The advantage of using the passive is that you don't have to say who or what was doing the finding!

Yes, the missing syllable in 'deteriorate'. The same happens with 'particularly'.

harrigran Sun 10-Jun-12 12:06:51

specki we are staying in a hamlet called Bouye not far from Monpazier. I am hedging my bets and taking a waterproof and a thick cardigan, old stone houses can be cool when weather is iffy.

susiecb Sun 10-Jun-12 09:52:10

Newsreaders seem to have trouble pronouncing deteriorate, they leave out a syllable makes me shout at the TV. The double negative is everywhere, newsreaders yesterday reporting on Syria said ' no bodies were found', how can you find nothing?

sandymac Sat 09-Jun-12 21:33:18

The way of short cutting words I find irritating like "slow mo" instead of "slow motion" . What will the next buzz word be?

specki4eyes Sat 09-Jun-12 21:17:29

well harri its not too wonderful in the South West - 'mixed' is the best way to describe it. Whereabouts are you going to?