More media horrors from 2007
Literature is alright, still
— Heading of Guardian column by Maya Jaggi, one of the judges of the 2007 Orange prize for Fiction, Guardian, 13 Dec 07. But the booby prize no doubt goes to her sub-editor.
['"[A]ll right' is right; "alright" is not all right (but note the Who song, much loved by generations of headline writers, was The Kids are Alright)' — Guardian Style Guide, http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide/page/0,,184844,00.html]
— Edward Luce, 'A High Price to Pay', FT magazine, 1-2 Dec 2007
In reneging on that tradition, the Government risks alienating a large section of the pubic sector.
— Bernard James Luckhurst, 'The Government is alienating the public sector', Letters, The Times, 13.12.07
The US media is gripped by election fever (Heading)
The mainstream media dances dutifully… (Gary Younge, Guardian 5.ii.07).
["Media… is the plural of medium but is sometimes used in the singular when it refers to the communication media: press, radio, TV; this usage is not generally accepted." Peter Harvey, A Guide to English Language Usage for non-native speakers.
"When in doubt, use the plural." Robert Burchfield, Fowler, third ed.]
During Brown's 10 years as chancellor he did nothing to reign in Britain's status as a tax haven for non-domiciles…
— Guardian letter, 28 Dec 07
General Pervez Musharraf… made little secret of his contempt for the civilian politicians whom he believed had nearly ruined Pakistan.
— Jason Burke, Obituary of Benazir Bhutto, Guardian, 28 Dec 07
The former Lady McCartney, Heather Mills, yesterday denied reports that she is planning to write a sex manual…
— People, Guardian, 21 Dec 07
"Too many people are still flaunting [sic] the law and endangering lives by using their mobile [sic] behind the wheel."
— Jools Townsend, road safety charity Brake, quoted in Guardian, 21 Dec 07
It is the Christians who are … fermenting an outraged sense among the mainly secular population that they had better call themselves Christian…
— Polly Toynbee, Guardian, 21 December 07