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31.1.06

The BBC radio journalism style guide explains why BBC reporters have such a precise, concise language, utterly devoid of superflous words, completely-nonredundant and with every thingy being relevant to stuff. Also, there's a wonderful dry sense of humour running through it.

Here's one I didn't know about:
Decimate
precise meaning is to kill one in ten, and therefore was not used much. The meaning "to destroy or kill on a large scale" is just about acceptable. But "the boot-making industry has been decimated" is not.

2 Comments:

Blogger Gaute said...

From an older paper edition I've got lying around:

"The rule used to be that only places or buildings were evacuated, not people (unless they had been given an enema)."

January 31, 2006 2:27 pm  
Blogger MGL said...

Har hardi ha.
British reporters have a sense of humour. Who knew?

January 31, 2006 3:05 pm  

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