NHS anti-smoking posterI couldn’t quite believe my eyes today as I spotted an NHS poster – which was presumably professionally designed and produced, by professional poster designers and producers, whose job it is not to cock these things up – with the slogan “There’s never been more ways to get rid of cigarettes” (see right). I had to re-read it two or three times before I believed that I had not just misread it.

The greengrocer’s apostrophe is one thing. But there is something seriously wrong when major, national government agencies, who presumably employ qualified professionals for the purpose of checking everything that they publish, are unable to get their basic grammar right.

[There’s in this case is a contraction of There has i.e. There has never been more ways to get rid of cigarettes. The correct sentence is, of course, “There have (or “there’ve” if you must contract) never been more ways to get rid of cigarettes.”]

Gah. Bring me my hammer.

… on a sign above a tureen of self-service soup.

SOUP

Caution: Hot

Do not fill vessels right to the top…

Overfilling could result in scolding.

Well, it made me smile anyway. ;-)

I’d like to make a complaint about the following comment heard on the BBC at the weekend, from rugby commentator Jonathan Davies:

This kick will be slightly easier than the last one, because it’s much more difficult.”
(Sadly, Yachvili lost his head, and kicked it wide of the posts.)

Sigh.

I think I need a cup of tea.

I’ve just seen John Prescott on the news urging his audience to remember that the call for unity applies at all levels of the party – including, as Tony Blair had just reminded Mr Prescott, “him and I at the top” (my emphasis).

Bless him, he’s only a Northern lad and humble in origins – so perhaps we ought not to be too hard on him. But my teeth are itching now: bad grammar in high places makes me cringe!

(And, in defence of his speech writer, that error does not appear in the written version on the Labour party website. It is presumably an embellishment all of Mr Prescott’s own devising.)

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