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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Steve McLaren wins prestiguous award

Steve McClaren, has picked up the Plain English Campaign's Foot in Mouth award in its annual ceremony.

Steve came up with this about Wayne Rooney: "He is inexperienced, but he's experienced in terms of what he has been through."

I feel this is unfair on Steve considering Virgin Trains response to Web User magazine about problems booking online:

"Moving forwards, we as Virgin Trains are looking to take ownership of the flow in question to apply our pricing structure, thus resulting in this journey search appearing in the new category-matrix format. The pricing of this particular flow is an issue going back to 1996 and it is not something that we can change until 2008 at the earliest. I hope this makes the situation clear."

Previous winners include Naomi Campbell: "I love England, especially the food. There's nothing I like more than a lovely bowl of pasta." Isn't this just stupidity rather than bad English?

Rhodri Morgan in 2005 was well deserving: ""The only thing which isn't up for grabs is no change and I think it's fair to say, it's all to play for, except for no change."

More examples at the Plain English website.


Blogger Stephen Newton said...

You're right. What a wasted opportunity for the Plain English Campaign.

Footballers and models are easy targets and there's a big difference between the written and spoken word. We know what McClaren meant... but that Virgin Trains nonsense will have been a copychecked by someone.

4:06 AM

Blogger Rob Baker said...


I guess it is what we are paid for


3:38 AM


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