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sodapop Thu 05-Nov-20 11:53:20

Just had a news flash on my phone - Hoards of people descend on town centre before lockdown grrrr

MawB2 Thu 05-Nov-20 11:56:20

No doubt flaunting the restrictions and demanding that in their case, they be waved grin

Marydoll Thu 05-Nov-20 12:01:17

I had to think about that for a moment! I wondered why the post was in pedants' corner. blush

sodapop Thu 05-Nov-20 12:19:39

Exactly MawB2 does nobody proof read any more.

Not like you Marydoll you are usually ahead of me,

Squiffy Thu 05-Nov-20 12:24:22

..... and will the hoards be doing it definitely or defiantly?

I've just received an email stating that something 'will defiantly be worth trying'.

Marydoll Thu 05-Nov-20 13:41:37

Sodapop, I'm a bit off kilter just now, or is it kiltar? If you live in Glasgow, it might be kiltur. grin

Lucca Thu 05-Nov-20 13:43:35

Nd they will have “myriads of” excuses.....

Lucca Thu 05-Nov-20 13:43:47


sodapop Thu 05-Nov-20 14:18:14

Just read about the Michael Parkinson interview where apparently he discussed some of the funny stories and antidotes from his book. Is it me ?

Sorry you are not feeling too good Marydoll hope things improve soon.

ixion Sat 07-Nov-20 10:19:34

But the absence of crowds now will decimate the economy.

grandtanteJE65 Sun 08-Nov-20 13:01:54

I doubt newspapers ever were proof-read. There wouldn't have been time. Formerly, the typesetters were experts in grammar to such an extent that journalists asked their advice if they were in doubt.

Nowadays there are no typesetters, journalists do the layout on computers and we all know what spelling checkers are like, don't we?

Formerly reputable publishing houses had proof-readers who worked in pairs. The one read aloud and the other followed the text on paper. Now there is usually only one proof-reader who both reads and makes the corrections, so more mistakes get through.

BBbevan Sun 08-Nov-20 13:12:32

I hope these crowds won’t be hording any toilet rolls !