Week 02-04-15 Archive

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WHAT'S IN A NAME

The ever popular Jeremy Vine show on BBC radio 2 ran an unusually mediocre story on April 2nd. Had it been April 1st, they could have been excused

The second feature of the day, running nearly a half hour from more or less 10.30am through to 12.00, was about the apparent demise in popularity of the boy's name GARRY

Not surprisingly for such a non-newsworthy item, Jeremy began running out of steam, particularly when a caller mentioned as an aside, that the subject was discussed on his particular local radio station several weeks earlier

Not just mundane, but an old story. But here's something that no one heard on air which might have jerked the item into something worth discussing

One listener emailed that perhaps the name Garry has fallen out of favour because of the rise in popularity in England of the name Mohamed. For example, the writer pointed out, it is now the most popular name given in London to new born babies

The email, whilst absolutely correct in detail, was not read out. I wonder why?

And how does DofTW know the email was sent and who sent it? Guess!

Someone, perhaps, who finds it disgusting that the BBC's inherent Political Correctness and fear of being called racist, triumphs over truth


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So-So

The use of the single word "so..." at the start of a spoken sentence, and frequently the start of the answer to a question, is getting worse

Top prize at the moment goes to Deborah Cohen of the British Medical Journal who used it at the start of no less than 11 sentences in a short radio interview

I say "no less" because that is how many I counted before switching off to avoid my own further embarrassment at hearing a fellow journalist making such a twit of herself

She was dealing with an article in the BMJ about the worrying case of the blocking of the use of a cheap but effective drug called Avastin in the treatment of eye disease, as opposed to the common use of a far more expensive drug

I'm sure that what she had to say made a lot of sense and was highly informative but much of it went over my head because I was too busy counting how many times she said "so"

There are many theories why people use the word so much at the start of sentences, most of them derogatory

The American business and innovation company FAST COMPANY says it insults the audience and the speaker is perceived as suggesting "I'm trying to dumb this down so that someone like you may at least have a chance of comprehending the importance of what I do or am saying

My opinion is that the habit is ungrammatical and detracts from what the speaker is saying or trying to say

It is also bloody annoying


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