News stories: dodgy sentences

A couple of dodgy sentences in news stories I've spotted recently. The first, from a recent BBC story on the M40 biker shooting:

The shooting bears similarities with a similar incident in 2001

Well, if the incidents are similar, of course there are similarities... Secondly, something from our own publication. The story is about exam passes:

Even those who failed the grade are already applying for a retest

This implies that those who passed are also applying for a retest - don't worry, the sentence didn't make it into print.

1 comment:

Roy said...

An unusual comment heard on the radio a few days ago. The top man in the Royal Ulster Constabulary was talking about the troop withdrawal and said that "the world has moved on in Northern Ireland". I can understand that Northern Ireland may have moved on in the world but the other way round?