Friday, 21 November 2008

BBC Illiterati

"The BBC understands Mr Darling will have to borrow large over the next two years - equivalent to at least 8% of GDP which adds up to more than £110bn per year."

Is this what passes for standard English these days? Is this statement "borrow large" meant to distract the reader from the sums involved?

Article here


Tuscan Tony said...

It would seem from the tone that George Cole is writing for the Beeb these days, wearing his water damaged Arthur Daley hat.

idle said...

My brother's godmother's father cast George Cole as Flash Harry in the St Trinians films to give him his big break.

Just thought you'd want to know that, Tuscan.

You gotta hate the Beeb - so why do I always seem to watch the Beeb news instead of News at Ten?

Scrobs said...

Well done Lils!

They've changed it to 'massively', and its all down to you!

And why, may I ask, are you not bringing your 'new words' over on my site?

What is the point of me staying up late, making notes, thinking how pleased you'll be to see such wit from proper people like Idle and Barnsers even - a rare and welcome response, if all I get is a deafening silence - eh? ;0)

rvi said...

Have you not heard there is a recession on? That means we all have to cut down, including the BBC. You should be thankful that they saved three words "sums of money" which in turn means that the licence fee can be held at its present level until the 18th of December.

That apart, I agree with you that the levels of literacy exhibited by the Beeb have been declining for quite some time now.

Foreigners watching BBC World must often wonder if their language teachers are all telling fibs.

lilith said...

They've changed the headline too. I am not sure "borrow massively" is a huge improvement.

Idle, your brother's godmother's father had a stroke of genius. It's great not having a telly.

Scrobs, I am sooooo sorry. I flipped over to your site as soon as you posted and then again to comment and laughed and then the phone rang/dog puked/Elby broke a glass/My Girl's driving instructor arrived whilst she was still in bed...but that is no excuse. Will be right over.

Of Course, RVI, it's an economy measure!

I know a private company in which all employees are taking a 10% pay cut. Wouldn't that be a good idea for public "servants" on over £50k?

fuchsia groan said...

Alistair is 'avin it large, innit.

Quite a backlash against the beeb (AKA NuLab propaganda wing)at the moment. Lots of letters in the Telegraph, and on their website, about harrassment (sp?)and intimidation by the license-fee collection arm.
God, I hate them.

Blue Eyes said...

Surely to "borrow large" is to pay for one's lunch using the MacDonald's store card?

woman on a raft said...

"Borrow large" means:

To borrow without the faintest idea of how that money is to be repaid except that it won't be by your voters and it won't be yet, so one is borrowing on the stupendously feckless grounds that somebody in the future will pick up the tab.

Current borrowing is thus peformed in a Someone Else's Problem (SEP) field, which is a magnetic-pressure vessel strong enough that economists can fire past and future money from opposite ends of a giant torus and contain the mayhem released in the resulting collision. If it works, they should cancel each other out and thus save the world.

That's the theory.

killemallletgodsortemout said...

Despair not, Lil.

It could have been worse, as in

".......well large, innit, blud?"

lilith said...

Thanks for the explanation WOR :-)

electro-kevin said...

I suppose proper English from the Beeb would be a big ask.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

"borrow large", worse than "hayche" for "aitch"