Saturday, May 06, 2006

Our new Foreign Secretary



(By the by, reading the otherwise perfectly decent New York Times coverage of the reshuffle, something struck me. When referring to that infamous WWII incident, I spell it Pearl Harbor, without a "u", because it's an American territory and that's how Americans mistakenly spell it. So why is it that the New York Times, which prides itself on being accurate and all that, insists on spelling the Labour party's name without a "u"? It just looks stupid, as well as simply being wrong. I don't go around calling the Republicans the Repubicans, do I?)

3 Comments:

Blogger Postman said...

Whilst remarks have been made re the shambles of the farmers payments (and Lord Bach has paid with his job) nobody seems to have noticed the complete and utter shambles Margaerts famous EU Emissions Trading Sceme is in.

Getting out in time.. apparently she jets to US on Sunday to discuss Iran ... it doesn't appear on the Caravan Camping club of campsites so she is going to be buggered.

5/06/2006 12:57:00 pm  
Anonymous epi said...

Nosey does this actually annoy you?

5/06/2006 03:18:00 pm  
Anonymous Backword Dave said...

It annoys me. Slate does it too. Christopher Hitchens in Slate does it too. That really annoys me.

It's a proper name. So we don't pronounce the "u". Francois Mitterand didn't pronounce the "s" on his first name or the "nd" in his family name, but even US subedits didn't casually lop them off to save ink.

5/06/2006 06:47:00 pm  

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