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Illiterate scripts for presenters
« on: May 26, 2015, 03:37:58 PM »
From the end of the clip for episode 1 of The Enchanted April::

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Tommies returns this afternoon at 2:15, and then available on the BBC Radio 4 website.


Clearly, the scripts for BBC presenters have been influenced by ungrammatical advertisement-speak. I wouldn\'t mind nearly so much, and I certainly wouldn\'t bother mentioning it, if this had been only an isolated instance, but this pattern of speech has unfortunately become the norm. It\'s infuriating. Absolutely appallingy sloppy! (If you\'ll excuse me writing a sentence without a verb - and indeed I don\'t mind that, so long as the style is consistent - but the mixture of styles shows a tin ear for language.)

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Re: Illiterate scripts for presenters
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2015, 07:46:54 PM »
This coming Saturday morning there will be \'An Innings with Johnners\' both the website and the Radio Times site are saying \"To mark tomorrows anniversary of the birth of cricket commentator\". He was actually born in 25 June 1912!
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2015, 11:43:52 PM »
They might have mixed up their calendars and be following that of the French revolution!

Messidor (19 juin 18 juillet)

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2015, 11:46:16 AM »
Messy certainly.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2015, 12:13:38 PM »
Tee hee!

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2015, 10:37:45 AM »
From the start of the clip for BBC Radio 4 - The News Quiz, Series 87, Episode 2:

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The new series of Shared Experience starts on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30, and then available on the BBC website.


The 12-year-olds now in charge of the BBC must be requiring the presenters to use this exact form of words, and yet they have never even troubled to make it basically literate!

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2015, 12:41:30 PM »
Hmm I know it is tooth-grindingly irritating!

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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2015, 01:40:11 PM »
#-o  I have been complaining about the illiteracy of the BBC generally for years - and to think it used to be famed for setting good example of English syntax and the Flagship for non native speakers abroad!   Now I just switch off mentally from the presenters and grind my teeth  at the written world.

The latest example (though for grammar but for sheer unhelpfulness) is the notice \"The content does not seem to be working\".   No Aunty,  
 it it not that it does not \"seem\" to be working - it isn\'t ****!!!!!!$$$\"^^%%%***** working? :X

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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2015, 09:17:52 PM »
Auuuuuuuuuum!


Shanti, shanti, shanti, shanti!

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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2015, 09:17:23 AM »
Is that a C Shanti ?
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2015, 09:30:53 AM »
Naturally!


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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2015, 09:33:09 AM »
IvorThirst Wrote:
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> Is that a C Shanti ?

An glass or two of Chianti might be called for

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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2015, 12:18:25 PM »
So Hero Worship means looking for the bare necessities!
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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2015, 01:53:40 PM »
Hey ho and up and over
Hey ho and up and over
Hey ho and up and over
Ear - ly in the morning*






*Can\'t wait to see what witticisms that ditty elicits from present company!

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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2015, 01:57:45 PM »
IvorThirst Wrote:
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> So Hero Worship means looking for the bare
> necessities!

Or the naked truth!