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Why is the BBC so disinterested in what follows when the people speak in these lands? Answers on a Koran…

The BBC is not disinterested, although it bloody well should be. What it is, instead, is uninterested – which it bloody well should not be.


  1. Ian B says:

    Well Cats, I just learned something I never knew, by having to look up the distinction between “disinterested” and “uninterested”. I thought they were interchangable synonyms like flammable and inflammable :(

    On the subject matter, I read about this happening a few days ago, and felt that really as a Brit I can hardly object. Our mullahs (of the Church Of Puritan Progressivism) closed our brothels a century ago. Progressives achieve their ends in more subtle ways than mob violence, but get much the same results.

  2. Ian B says:

    And just out of interest I just looked up flammable and inflammable and apparently inflammable was the traditional English word, but Elfinsafety bods after the last War decided that people would think it means “not flammable” so set about replacing it with “flammable”.

    This kind of centralised dicking about with the language flames my anger.

  3. CountingCats says:

    Have you ever considered the feeling of someone who has to raze a construct after going to all the effort of raising it?

  4. JuliaM says:

    “Our mullahs (of the Church Of Puritan Progressivism) closed our brothels a century ago.”

    Worked about as well as our anti-drugs movement, didn’t it?

  5. Ian B says:

    Hmm, well I said this over at Mark Wadsworth’s the other day. Prohibition works very well indeed. It depends what your goal is defined as. If you’re hoping to stop people doing X, it doesn’t work. If you’re a Prohibitionist though, that isn’t your goal. Your goal is to persecute people who do X, and on that basis it works extremely well. For instance, ASH don’t want people to stop smoking. They want smokers to be persecuted. The same goes for drinkers, or dope smokers, or prostitutes.

    There’s nothing that a moralist fears more than that their advice will actually be taken by people, because then they’ve nothing to feel morally superior about and they’re out of a job.

  6. NickM says:

    So, the anti-booze lot don’t want the sale of beer to end. That is why we have you on the train Ian. Keep saying it. It is true.

  7. PeterT says:

    Ian B; I noticed your misuse of ‘disinterested’ in one of your posts once on ‘the site that shall not be named’ and was pretty taken aback.

    It was also once on the front page of the FT’s weekend supplement, despite it being strictly against their ‘style guide’.

  8. Simon Jester says:

    DK committed this solecism on his site a little while ago.

    The things they (fail to) teach at Slough Grammar, these days…

  9. Ian B says:

    I am feeling suddenly intimidated by the unexpected mob of grammarians.

  10. Lynne says:

    Ian, since your grammarians are not mammarians, as the modern educational trend dictates, don’t feel intimidated, just bask in the moment…

  11. stedmancinques says:

    ‘Disinterested, and ‘uninterested’? Most of the MSM cannot determine the correct usage of ‘who’ and ‘whom’ these days. Read the third paragraph of today’s Mail online article concerning Mandelson and Ghadaffi, for example.

    My own pet aversion is the decline of the gerundive. ‘Sparking plugs’, in some mysterious fashion, became ‘Spark plugs’ some years ago. I recently noticed in a local department store, that ‘Frying Pans’ have become ‘Fry Pans’.

    Lynne, grammarians and mammarians are equally welcome in this house…….

  12. NickM says:

    “My own pet aversion is the decline of the gerundive.”

    I feel your pain.

    Who died and made you Stephen Frypan?

  13. PeterT says:

    Aargh! Its in the bloody FT again today! James Franco apparently looked ‘disinterested’ during the Oscars ceremony.

  14. Ian B says:

    The one that really gets on my nerves is how “frying” became “pan frying”. And baking became “oven baking”. Like, without those vital clues you’d be wandering around the kitchen going, “I want to fry, but what do I use? What do I use?!” and “I want to bake this, but in what? Where?!”

    I’m off now to board chop some vegetables and to kettle boil some water.

  15. NickM says:

    American Cook Books.

    The root of all evil. What the fuck is wrong with American cook books? They automatically assume you are cooking for General McClellan’s Army of the Potomac.

  16. Bod says:

    OK. It’s been a long day here, processing tax returns for people who allegedly have bank vaults full of $100 bills that they swim about in, like Scrooge McDuck. (note – they don’t)

    Which is why I read that as

    “American Cock Books”

    And wondered why Nick thought they were the root of all evil.

  17. Ian B says:

    That’s okay Bod. I’ve been reading Nick’s next post’s title as “Piss all” all day.

  18. NickM says:

    Oh, fuck off!

  19. CountingCats says:

    Play nice kiddies.

  20. NickM says:

    We are playing nice Cats. That is just banter. It’s not like anyone mentioned PPE is it?

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