ᔥ NZ Herald
Apparently school cuts appal [sic] principals. What is more appalling is the spelling skills of sub-editors.
Okay so you’re a principal and you’ve been interviewed for this piece. The first thing you do when you see the headline is have an embolism. On the bright side, Kosh can’t see anything wrong with it.
Kosh hasn’t been let out for morning play-lunch yet.
Pressing the Spell Check key probably was not covered in “Journalism 101: Crtl-C/Crtl-V (80 credits)”.
If you want a real laugh try the Bream Bay News. They make the Herald look like literary giants.
Aren’t journalists meant to have been top English students?
I guess the sub-editor had a substandard English teacher.
Kosh strikes again
Correct me if I am wrong but weren’t the APN subby jobs relocated to Sydney?
At least they got ‘principals’ right this time.
um… I think appal is the right spelling…
Both spellings are correct.
Ummm ….. I think not.
Looks like both are okay. Appal is generally the English and appall US english.
Okay then , I think this may actually be a Whaleoil SMOG, but as far as I am aware they actually have the speling correct. Can anyone clarify what the actual spelling is?
Appal is a less common usage…Media are supposed to reflect modern usage. Just looking at it and you know it doesn’t look correct.
Both are correct – this stupid outcome is when someone is using software that can’t tell the context of the typing or if you’ve set English instead of the default US spelling…..Whaleoil I note your comment below – but with a lot of the 25 and unders these days we’re seeing far more of this – so common usage is no longer a shelter…..
Teachers keep telling us that New Zealand has a “world-class” education system. The evidence suggests otherwise.
Forty years ago, it was very difficult to find a spelling or grammatical error in a newspaper. That is not the case today. If education has “improved” then why has spelling become worse?
If it were possible to put a Victorian-era New Zealand school pupil in a spelling and grammar contest against a modern school pupil, I know which one would win. It wouldn’t be the modern pupil.
Simple really – too much of today’s spelling is generated by foreign software, and kids in class are using the keyboard instead of hand writing – that really is the problem.
I’ve come across quite a few who’s first response to a highlighted error is “why didn’t my spell checker pick it up then?”
Umm, “whose” I think! Possessive pronoun.
Ha ha ha ha !!! Ta jonno1 so much, I knew someone would eventually pick it up – love this game…..
What ARE appalling are the spelling skills of sub-editors (not what IS appalling…). Skills is plural, hence the “are” rather than the “is”.
As you were.
What IS appalling ARE the spelling skills … IS/the topic. Sounds better to me :)
The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary confirms ‘appal’ is an acceptable spelling.
I saw one in the Dominion Post the other day calling the Prime Minister John Keys
That’s not a mistake…..it’s an alias…he he !!!
Either or, as far as I can see. But what @justme:disqus suggests is correct, which tends to indicate a correction in the thread heading is required.
You don’t have to go far to find a lot of much worse examples in the NZ Horrid. Take this one from this morning for example, referring to the grisly murders in Waimate as “grizzly”. I had no idea we’d been invaded by bears or sleep-deprived children, nor that either was capable of stabbing people to death.
I pointed out their semi-literate journalist’s and sub-editor’s mistake, no doubt they’ll change it so I took a screen grab.
And, barely 10 minutes later, they fixed it as I advised them to. Didn’t even bother saying Thank you. Pillocks and morons with bad manners.
Of course they didn’t thank you – that’s the way of this generation – common courtesy and manners don’t exist – and who didn’t teach them that? I’m humbled by associates and friends of my grown up children who comment on how well mannered and courteous they are – it’s in the upbringing methinks.
The big point for me is that they reacted, which means they are listening.Pity they don’t put the listening effort into getting it right first time!
I am astounded by the mistakes made in TV captions, and not just showing the wrong name for a person, but blatant spelling and grammar errors.
Neil, what is wrong with this sentence?
“I’ve come across quite a few who’s first response to a highlighted error is “why didn’t my spell checker pick it up then?”
It’s been done grammarfascist – sorry only now got back to my PC – at home
Grammar fights on internet chat boards never have a winner.
NZ newspapers use British English, so appal is correct.
Capitalisation is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.
Grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit (Kosh).
Sorry chum, much as I enjoy your work, “appal” has long been the spelling in the style books of both APN (Herald etc) and of Fairfax. In this case you are the one out of step.