Some Pet Hates
in no particular order
- Surveys comparing countries
- E.g. a survey saying that Canada is higher up a league table than the UK
based on some statistic such as domestic TVs and phones, the assumption or implication
being that UK people want them as much as Canadians but can't afford them.
These things are always flawed. In this example, it's far more likely that the
two peoples have different priorities and needs. The demographics of Canada
might lead to higher phone & TV need & usage: density of population,
rural isolation - those sorts of factors.
- Political Correctness
- in all its forms but especially the mangled English
invented by Americans for PC terms, the best being "visually impaired"
which in correct English means ugly.
The phrase these PC fanatics want is "vision-impaired".
- England A
- The use of the term "England A" (Scotland A etc.) in rugger and cricket (and probably
other sports) for what used to be called the B team or the Second 15/Second 11.
Probably another bit of Political Correctness.
- ITN TV news
- I've had to stop watching ITN news because of the following habit they've
developed since about 1995. BBC TV News sometimes does the same thing.
A journalist's taped report is shown, which fully covers the current state of
some issue. Then the anchorman does a live interview with the journalist
at a relevant location, at which the journalist says all the same stuff
and is asked his opinions (guesses).
What a pointless exercise.
If there's really new information, they should drop the taped report.
The opinions of journalists (especially before events have actually happened) are no substitute for real news.
- "More unique"
- This used to be an American piece of sloppiness but is creeping
into use amongst the (all too many) UK illiterates on TV.
- Web Design
- Americanization of sports here & elsewhere
- The tendency to rename old established teams in the tacky American style;
e.g. the "Bradford Bulls" (Rugby League).
Even in cricket, for the 1997 experimental AXA Life
day/night match, the teams were "Surrey Lions" & the "Sussex Tigers".
There's the implicit assumption that "American" equates to "good", which is absurd as a generalisation.
Those of this mindset usually drag in cheerleaders and all the other guff so foreign to our culture.
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