“Australia fires claim more lives”
“Australia police target arsonists”
These two headlines are from the BBC News website. OK, I can hear you now. “Yeah, there’s an “N” missing from Australia, but geez Will, why be such a pedant about spelling and grammar?”
Well, a single typo is excusable, but it crops up all over the BBC website. That’s not so much a typo as half-way to being institutionalized. But wait, it gets worse.
Here’s some screen grabs from The Telegraph, The Huffington Post and the venerable New York Times.
Fack! Is there some new drug doing the rounds of the newsrooms of the world? We’ve had Es, are anti-Ns the new substance of abuse?
Couldn’t these overpaid lard-arse sub-editors at least chuck on an apostrophe and an “S” if they can’t manage an “N”?
How hard can this be to get right? For godsakes, it’s a fucking country, after all! Don’t they get taught this shit at journalism skool?
Astonishingly, The Graudian actually managed to get “Australia,” “Australian” and “Australia’s” completely correct! Contrary bastards.