An interesting example of a national newspaper twisting the truth today.
In its front page standfirst, the Daily Mail is outraged over a severely injured paratrooper getting only "a fraction of the £1/2m given to an RAF typist with a sore thumb". While the paper may have a strong argument, it lets itself down by using the phrase "sore thumb".
The woman in question, who was only in her 20s, actually developed a permanent repetitive strain injury (RSI) which left her unlikely ever to be able to return to full or part-time work. She also developed associated depression. A bit worse than "a sore thumb"...
Oh, one more thing. The typist's award included unspecified legal costs - so I don't know how much of that £1/2m was even compensation.
I also note that the Daily Mail's online version of the story uses the phrase "typing injury" instead of "sore thumb" - a little more accurate, but hardly conveying the full truth.
The ambiguous Oxford comma
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