Just a few odds and ends from the past couple of weeks on the subs' desk.
1. A reporter wrote about the "problems that are ripe in the industry" - couldn't work out if this was an unfortunate typo or a misunderstanding of the phrase. Made me smile anyway. Obviously, he meant 'rife'.
2. A few nice tautologies that our writers supplied (and didn't make it into print):
Panacea to cure all ills
3. One writer talked about something being "increasingly critical" - not sure how that works!
4. Lastly, a couple of great phrases. One of our IT systems was described by a senior manager as "a lego set that is one big brick" - and in the same meeting he said that some of our company websites "look as though they haven't been designed, they've congealed"...
Now that's a 'damning indictment' if ever I heard one!
The ambiguous Oxford comma
4 days ago