Phabulous frases

Here are a few phrases that have brightened up life in the Engine Room over the past few days – all from our charges, who never seem to notice that JD and I have made any changes to their prose. Which is as it should be, of course… I mean, why should a sub (or copy editor) mind that we do the work and they get the awards? At least it's never made me bitter.

  • "it is, so far, the first of its kind"
  • "imminent in the near future"
  • "orders were worth nearly £12.7bn in value"
  • "registrations are up by 76% year on year compared with last year"
  • "the plight of a midlands company hangs in the balance"

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