Umm, what does this mean?

BHP to Rio Squeeze Rivals on Iron Ore Punge: Commodities

Punge?

I think it means that Bloomberg doesn’t have the subs working on a Sunday night.

Actually, to explain one of the tricks of the trade of this writin’ fer the internet stuff. You’re always writing directly into the content management system, just as with a blog (indeed, many such systems are based upon WordPress). And there’s the usual spellcheck there for you to use. It can be a bit difficult writing in English on a system set to American but it does work. Except, those spellcheckers never actually cover the headline or title.

So we get this slightly strange outcome. Headlines are where you really, really, don’t want to have a typo. But they’re also where they’re most likely.

4 comments on “Umm, what does this mean?

  1. I’m a Breitbart fan and they had exactly the same problem all evening – notably “lightening” for “lightning” Maybe the adults are all watching NFL and leave the children to play in the news desk?

  2. I do find this sort of thing enormously amusing.
    Out in the humble worlds of the hewers of wood & drawers of water, the working bloke – having completed a task – stands back, lights a fag, scratches his arse & checks the task just completed has been done properly. Hence, the instances where your house gets flooded, the wheels fall off your car or your airliner carshes are few enough to arouse comment.
    But when it come to yer interlectchewals, the final product perfection rate is about 20%. And criticising is regarded as pendantic.

  3. “carshes”?
    What’s that law called?
    (Anyway. F***it! Not like I’m getting paid for this, is it?)

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