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    Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    I can take no more without protest. The BBC News website carries links by category into news reports. I have no idea who composes them but they're often misleading, often illiterate and frequently leave me utterly unaware of what the story is about. The BBC should pull its socks up.

    As I see examples I'll drop them in here. The trigger for the thread, after all too many offences, is "Ammunition in policeman's mouth", the story to which is actually headlined "Bullet found lodged in mouth of Sutton St James siege officer". Bullet, yes. One refers, however, to a round of ammunition. A round of ammunition includes the casing, explosive charge and percussion cap as well as the bullet. A policeman with ammunition in his mouth would, perhaps, be hiding one or more rounds there, but it has nothing at all to do with these facts as presented. It's plain illiteracy and the BBC should be held to better standards.
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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    Funny though. Although it shouldn't be since it sounds like a serious story and I'd be angry if I were in anyway involved in this since the headline is disrespectful. But it's still funny.

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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    Had it been deliberate, then it might have been funny.
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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    I can't see why you are making so much fuss. The BBC are In the main accurate In reporting. Every one's human and subject to human error.

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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    Quote Originally Posted by oscar View Post
    I can't see why you are making so much fuss. The BBC are In the main accurate In reporting. Every one's human and subject to human error.
    Because journalists are employed to be literate and some of the basic mistakes made would shame a ten year old?

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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    Because journalists are employed to be literate and some of the basic mistakes made would shame a ten year old?
    But In the grand scheme of volume of reporting, It's one of very few.

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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    Quote Originally Posted by oscar View Post
    But In the grand scheme of volume of reporting, It's one of very few.
    I'm with Spot on this one - the standard of English in media reporting is abysmal and getting worse.

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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    My guess is the person writing the piece is inexperienced and attempted to use a term other than "bullet" to avoid sounding redundant. The piece also seems to lack flow and continuity.

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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Had it been deliberate, then it might have been funny.
    I think it's funny because it wasn't deliberate.

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    Re: Unintelligibly illiterate BBC News article link text

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    Personally I am amused that Spot is disturbed by a misnomer in a report about an unarmed Police officer's injury from a gunshot
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