Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Why I love the British Press

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU
 
JackintheGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:04 PM
Original message
Why I love the British Press
They may be just as sensationalistic as ours (I, for one, don't really care about dead dog fucking), but their control of the language is just so buggered charming. Note the excerpts below about "an exceptionally antisocial man" and his "unpleasant and costly behavior." So. Damn. Cute.

from today's Guardian at

http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,1929486,00.h...

Transport police are hunting for an "exceptionally antisocial" man who has been defecating on trains across the country, causing tens of thousands of pounds-worth of damage.

British Transport Police today warned that the man's unpleasant and costly habit also posed a risk to public health, and released CCTV images of a man officers want to speak to in connection with the investigation.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Fierce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:05 PM
Response to Original message
1. Their punctuation, too:
..."tens of thousands of pounds-worth."

Is that standard Queen's punctuation?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:12 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. I think so. I can only think you're querying the hyphen, but maybe
it just looks a cumbersome turn of phrase to you.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Fierce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:17 PM
Response to Reply #2
5. No, it was the hyphen that threw me.
Quaint!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:35 PM
Response to Reply #5
6. I'd noticed hyphens don't figure much, if at all, in that syntax in
American texts - or as a kind of parenthesis, as I've just used it!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Fierce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:36 PM
Response to Reply #6
7. I'm going to flag your flagrant abuse of the hyphen.
That use calls for the M-dash, thank you: --
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:39 PM
Response to Reply #7
8. That's not just fierce - it's vicious!
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 03:39 PM by KCabotDullesMarxIII
PS: What's an M-dash?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Fierce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:56 PM
Response to Reply #8
10. Also known as a long dash,
also shown as two hyphens, thusly: --. As in, "I'm fierce -- not vicious."
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 02:50 PM
Response to Reply #8
11. Thanks.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
mr blur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:16 PM
Response to Reply #1
3. It's absolutely correct. (nt)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:16 PM
Response to Original message
4. I thought it was going to be about El Caudillo estadounidense!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Luna_C_06 Donating Member (183 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:26 PM
Response to Original message
9. They are so damn cute.
I was reading a women's article (forgot where, but I think it was from the Guardian) where the columnist wrote about being embarrassed by "snogging on the telly".
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 03:04 PM
Response to Reply #9
12. I wish I knew what you and JackintheGreen were talking about.
Edited on Tue Oct-24-06 03:06 PM by KCabotDullesMarxIII
What tickled you so much about those quotes. JITG's are just descriptions in a formal vein, and your one, just our colloquial parlance.

And yet, I can almost sense it, in that I have found that certain writers have a gift for saying things in a straight-laced way, clinical sort of way that I've relished. It can be the basis of the most hilarious wit imaginable, and in fact I think it is intentionally. Evelyn Waugh had a very crisp and clear way of writing, it seems to me, as did Somerset Maugham. But the Guardian thing just seems formal to me.

Well, isn't it great we tickle each other to death the way we speak and write. I've been hysterical for days about your expression, "He/she kicks ass and takes names". I mean to think of that "taking names" is pure genius. It takes a really discursive kind of imagination to hit upon something like that. I actually think that kind of genius may be an Anglo Saxon inheritance (even from the London area), also shared by the Aussies, some of whose expressions must be among the most hilarious.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sun Jul 13th 2014, 02:08 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC