Gotta love those ABC online news sub-editors

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    jackSprat
    jackSprat
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    Spotted this heading in the ABC online news:

    “An actual Wallaby helped capture the Sydney Harbour Bridge wallaby”

    Meaning former “Wallaby” Nick Farr-Jones used his tackling skills to assist police officers.

    A small chuckle from me. Not sure why the word “actual” was needed…

     

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    #81844

    williamthebold
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    It happens a lot.
    There is much unnecessary ‘exaggeration’ in both writing and spoken word.
    Lots of unneeded words are used for emphasis.
    When people do this, it makes me think their warlike nature is coming out, and they are ‘punching’ you with each extra word.
    Read or listen carefully, and you will see what I mean.
    That, and the inevitably split infinitive, should be avoided?
    On a lighter note, I saw recently an advertisement for a ‘silent alarm clock’.
    That really made me wonder.

    #81846
    jackSprat
    jackSprat
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    Silent Alarm Clock… now that’s amusing.

    By the way, a (senior?) sub-editor revised the ABC headline to “A Wallaby helped …” so there is hope yet.

    #81847
    didi - VIC
    didi – VIC
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    🙂 🙂

    #81849
    Jen
    Jen
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    ?

    #81852

    Salina
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    Since different methods of teaching, plus the internet, were introduced, grammar and spelling have gone downhill.

    #81854

    williamthebold
    Participant

    QUOTE:  ‘grammar and spelling have gone downhill’
    Well Salina, maybe it is the job of we ‘oldies’ to lift it up again?
    What shall we do first?  *_*
    Who has some good ideas?

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