Thursday, June 22, 2006

I'm still irritated...

There is absolutely no excuse for the media making mistakes in their chosen language.

Here's another example of sloppy, unprofessional work. The English-language 7Days not bothering to check things.



Getting it right really isn't difficult, just hire a competent native English speaker to proof-read.

I guess it's just yet another example of the 'it doesn't matter, they've paid their money' attitude so common in the companies we have to deal with.

14 comments:

Herlock Sholmes said...

No need to be a native english speaker to spot the mistakes there. Using Microsoft word spell check would have caught them

Seabee said...

Very true - they couldn't even be bothered to do that.

Herlock Sholmes said...

Yep... It's amazing how few people actually bother to turn this feature on. I get 25 CVs a week with spelling mistakes that would have been detected by Word

Seabee said...

I love the ones written in perfect English, but when you phone them they hardly speak a word of it!

Desert Lady said...

I get all in a tizz about this kind of thing too. I was out for lunch a couple of months ago and counted over 30 spelling mistakes on the menu. I think I drove my mum mad as I couldn't stop going on about it!! It drives me craaazzzzeeeeeeeeeeee!!

dd1 said...

It is arrogance on the part of native English speakers to think that only they can write good English.

A professional(Doctor,Engineer) from an Asian country can write better English because their professional courses are conducted in English medium.

On the other hand I have found from my experience in the UAE that most of the native English speakers are poor when it comes to written English.The reason is most of the native English speakers here are not professionals but school leavers.

Please keep in mind former UK PM John Major who was rejected for the post of bus conductor in London Transport was sent to Nigeria as manager by Barcklays bank.

Seabee said...

dd1, the key word was 'competent'.

dd1 said...

Seabee,I agree with you.You should have therefore mentioned that 7 Days should hire competent proof readers without making any reference to native English speakers.

Seabee said...

dd1, I put whatever I want to put in my own writing. A reader with very mistaken ideas - all four of your original comment paragraphs are nonsense - should not presume to tell me what I should write and how I should write it.

Comments are always welcome, advice on what and how I should write are not.

dd1 said...

Seabea,I only offered my comments,not advice, based on my UAE experience.However I do not want to argue with you further on this matter.After all this is your blog.As you do want want my presence this will be my last visit.

Seabee said...

dd1, you did not offer comments, which are always welcome, you told me quite clearly "you should have therefore mentioned" and "without making any reference".

That is telling me what I should include and exclude and that is what I object to.

Keefieboy said...

It's a shame dd1's not coming back to play...

'...can write better English because their professional courses are conducted in [?] English medium.'

'The reason is most of the native English speakers here are not professionals but school leavers.'[?]

'..was sent to Nigeria as manager by Barcklays [sp.] bank.'

Seabee said...

It proves a point I think Keefieboy.

I particularly like: "Most of the native English speakers here are...school leavers". Ummmm....?

And: "John Major was rejected for the bus job and was sent to Nigeria as bank manager". Ummm...?

He actually, of course, was rejected for the bus job because of his height. After doing banking courses and two years in Standard Chartered - not Barcklays (sic)- they transferred him to Nigeria. That has nothing to do with his English-language skills - the comment says a lot about racial chip on shoulder though.

Ramé said...

F7 is the key... :D