Language Watch: BBC News Website
Occasionally, I come across errors and mistakes on reputable websites that really should know better. It doesn’t bother me too much; it’s mostly irritating, given that these sites have some sort of ‘responsibility’ imho to use language correctly.
Just today I read this on the BBC website (here):
“The campaign is raising the necessary capital through pledges and has already received more than 60,000 euros.
If the group is successful it will purchase the source code for the game and distribute it for free.
Avid fans could then write code and contribute to the game’s development.
“The game won’t change, its more the way people will use it” said Xavier Antoviaque, a founder of the campaign and an ex-employee of Nevrax.”
Spot the error :p
I wish there was some direct feedback system so I could notify the editors. The author of the news item isn’t even identified.
Whenever I spot any language-related errors on reputable sites, I’ll post them here (under ‘Language Watch’). I think we should collect them all, or even let the sites know. With regard to the BBC – how such mistakes get past whoever proofreads their stuff is a mystery to me! It simply shouldn’t happen.
edit: I DO like smileys. Aren’t they enabled on this blog? They don’t show. I know it’s mainly about language but a little bit of colour here and there wouldn’t go amiss ;)