Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Linguistic Faux Pas

Unnoticed by its ignorant perpetrator, and usually too, in these semi-literate times, by those who hear or read it. But a source of harmless fun to the embattled minority who know how to read, write, and speak English. A few examples:

‘One cannot underestimate the importance of Freud.’ (The Secretary of the British Psychoanalytic Society.)

‘Then of course there’s the sheer enormity of the place.’ (Matron of the late lamented Friern Barnet Mental Hospital.)

‘Jeffrey Archer’s autobiography fills a much-needed gap.’ (O.K. I made that one up.)

‘Decapitated Heads.’ (BBC Newsreaders, time and again.)

I have lots more, but I see I haven’t made a blog entry for several days, so that will do for now.

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