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Category archive: Grammar

Thursday May 15 2008

And maybe very big problems.  Here.  Says he: “It is difficult to understate how bad this could be.” Shouldn’t that be “overstate”?

More to the central point is this comment on the piece, from “ACM”:

As a maths teacher, I am more concerned about the Maths GCSE - the first exam is on Monday.

This year, the scripts are being scanned and marked on-screen. An examiner has told me that anything outside a certain box on each page will not be scanned, and so will not be marked. This could severely affect students’ results if they do their working out outside this box.

When my school contacted Edexcel, they were unable to clarify whether this was information was accurate or not.

Next Monday.  Yikes.

Thursday January 24 2008

Hot news from the latest Never Mind The Buzzcocks.  They had an arrange-the-celeb-lookalikes-in-order-in-a-line-according-to-how-qualified-the-real-person-is-from-the-most-qualified-to-the-least-qualified round.  Hairy Brian May, Queen guitarist, won because he has a doctorate in astrophysicsTom Jones, on the other hand, has no qualifications at all.

Now they’ve just had “We don’t need no education ...” in the what’s-the-next-line-after-this-line? round.  I still don’t know what the next line was, because I immediately started typing this.  But I am reminded that there was an answer to this claim, many weeks ago, from Moss of The IT Crowd:

“Yes you do.  You’ve just done a double negative.”

Moss, who never quite gets it, has very little except education.

I know what you’re thinking.  If I was watching Buzzcocks, I obviously wasn’t watching this.  No, but I have recorded it.

I also then, thanks to the magic of Channel 4 plus 1 (i.e. Channel 4 exactly the same but an hour later), recorded thisEton again.