Monday, September 03, 2018

I speak English

What kind of nonsense writing is this? Karl Stefanovic is a popular television presenter but how do you dupe paps in vain? I have no idea what this is about and no interest since a supposedly professional media organisation wrote such tripe.

Karl Stefanovic fiance's attempts to dupe paps in vain.

The problematic African immigrants were at it again, just like problematic white 4th generation Australians were up to even worse behaviour near where my sister lives on The Bellarine last weekend when police were assaulted. But really,  the pedestrian obtained serious leg injuries? It is technically correct I suppose, but ugly ugly English and to be only expected to be written by someone whose first language is not English and they are not English perfect. I am not a fiend about writing correctly. I hardly could be because I often get things wrong, but then I am am not a paid professional writer or journalist. It doesn't take a total rewrite. The pedestrian suffered serious leg injuries would do quite nicely. This from a newspaper I pay $25 a month to read.

The incident was complicated by a vehicle crashing into parked cars and then hitting a pedestrian in the same area as the brawlers. The pedestrian obtained seriously leg injuries and was taken to hospital.

It reminds me of what was written in a Fijian newspaper, where a pedestrian was accidently bumped by a motor car and died the next the day from the injuries.

Hang on, it gets worse. Complicated by a vehicle crashing into parked cars and then hitting a pedestrian in the same area as the brawlers. So the car hit the pedestrian in the same spot on the body as the brawlers hit the other victims?

I am tired. I am grumpy. I am sick of work. I am sick of Mother's manipulative behaviour. I am tired of being oldest son and the responsibility. I think Mother's neighbour has sent Mother a Fencing Notice, which Mother immediately Express Posted whatever it is to me. I will send it express post back to her on Thursday with R when he visits.

Let me end on a happier note, the internment in a wall of our Late Friend's ashes. I could not go as I had to work. R went. R was chatting about this and that with our super rich acquaintance from Beacon Cover and his Indonesian partner. It turned out the Indonesian partner nursed the late and great Mirka Mora to her last days. He had no idea who she was but said she was just lovely and though suffering mild dementia, was also great fun.

Hopefully Moaning Minnie Me will vanish for a time from tomorrow.

C'mon, make me laugh. What is dupe paps about? I would guess it is not about pap smears.

24 comments:

  1. Fooling the paparazzi? Or a new dance. Everyone Dupe the Paps now...
    The one which gets me every time is 'Man critical after being backed into by a bus'. I would be criticising that too.

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    1. EC, clarity is important. You example is quite apt. We may never know what dupe the paps is.

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  2. I speak English rather well, and I certainly attempt at writing correctly too. But my gosh, in all my days, I have never heard the term: Dupe the Paps! Either I am very old or very young!
    I have those tired, grumpy, frustrating days as well. Currently I am simply tired and a tad under the weather. Nothing major.
    How wonderful to hear this about the person who cared for Mirka Mora in her final days.
    I hope that I shall be healthy and well and simply fall asleep one day when I am a robust 90. However, since I am not exactly robust right now, I feel that I am being overly optimistic!

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    1. Maribeth, I think it may be that we are old. The carer has only been in Australia about three years and is much loved by the residents of the care facility. Who knows how long we will last. 90 is a good target.

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  3. I don't understand adolescents' English :(

    It is as if they were speaking a foreign version, vaguely related to the English we learned as children.

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    1. Hels, at times that is quite true but I do also hear some children speak really well too.

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  4. I am my mother's carer and she drive me nuts. One her traits is she is an expert on everything. Being an English woman she complains non stop about modern English. If everyone had her beliefs we would still be speaking ancient English. However, I have to agree that our beautifully complex language is constantly mangled. I do believe that those who teach or use English as reporters etc should pass a minimal competency standard. Why? Because a few short years ago I ran into someone I knew long ago and his job involved bring English to the masses. I have also worked with teaching staff who could not speak well well. I am sorry but if the teacher has bad habits it will be passed onto students.

    A few years ago we had a family tragedy. The newspapers mashed this information into something beyond sensational. I felt badly for this who were living through this time.

    I am so sorry if anyone is offended by these statements. But these are my beliefs.

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    1. Suzan, thanks for the comment. Yes, the standard set by teaches will make a lasting impression on the way children speak, but perhaps just short of the way people in the home speak. Some media really are filth. I don't think you said anything offensive. Thanks.

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  5. I read a daily on-line UK newspaper (Daily Mail), and both their spelling and grammar are appalling. You would think that some writing skill would be an essential part of being a journalist.

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    1. Cro, I know they have to write at great speed, but someone skilled at writing, surely a requisite for a journalist, should get it right as they type.

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  6. Last year I read a report about a girl who was kicked in the face by a horse and flown to a Perth hospital for treatment.

    The report ended by stating she was in a stable condition.

    My reaction was unseemly and I am still ashamed of myself (but not ashamed enough to never speak of this again...)

    Cheers Marie

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    1. Marie, it took a couple of reads for me to get this. Ok, yes, I am smiling.

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  7. Last year I read a report about a girl who was kicked in the face by a horse and flown to a Perth hospital for treatment.

    The report ended by stating she was in a stable condition.

    My reaction was unseemly and I am still ashamed of myself (but not ashamed enough to never speak of this again...)

    Cheers Marie

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    1. I know I shouldn't but I'm laughing too Marie, that was funny 😀😀

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  8. I would say it's about the paparazzi, no?
    Hope you feel more cheerful soon Andrew.

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    1. Smie, I really don't know. Thanks for the good wishes.

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  9. If she had said the paparazzi reporter had 'dope paps' I could help Andrew, dope meaning excellent, paps obviously man boobs, therefore she was in a sly way chatting him up 😀 Sorry I'm under the influence of cold and flu medication 😀😀

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    1. Grace, I know baps can mean a woman's breasts. Paps can be man boobs? You are funny when you overdose on cold and flu medication.

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  10. That is some seriously bad grammar! And I have no idea what dupe paps may be. Possibly something I don't want to know about.

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    1. River, maybe you slip dupe paps into a conversation with your grandchildren, and they will think you are the coolest.

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  11. I think the main problem is a lack of proof readers. No one has them anymore, with all the world wanting its news 'right now!' there just isn't time for proof reading, and of course spelling and grammar disappeared from schools long ago when children were encouraged to just express themselves through essays and if the teacher understood what was meant that was okay, spelling be damned.

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    1. Yes River, you are absolutely correct. I remember about a decade ago when our The Age sent proof reading off to New Zealand. I don't think there are any proof readers now. Some years ago we knew a proofreader, who proof read our Late Friend's autobiography. He worked for a major newspaper and took his job very seriously. I think, and certainly hope, that schools have now dropped free expression nonsense. With not a lot of education, my mother can write in perfect English and with nice writing, as did also my grandmother. Something really went wrong at some point.

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  12. As others have pointed out...it means fooling the paparazzi

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    1. Thanks Lee. I thought fooling your pa, father.

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