The arts graduates at The Guardian and numbers

Developers don’t have the option to pick any price they want for Apps on the store, instead being limited to a series of tiers which are linked across nations. The cheapest apps are currently $0.99, €0.99 and £0.69 (the latter two prices converting to $1.17 and £1.04 respectively),

No, I don’t think so really. Sixty nine pence does not convert to one pound and four pence.

22 thoughts on “The arts graduates at The Guardian and numbers”

  1. Another couple of beauts from yesterday’s press: ‘a female policewoman’ and ‘a single lone policeman’.

  2. Mind you, deprived of sub-editor or literate secretary, you wouldn’t want to look too closely at my output.

  3. When I was a student long ago, I spent my holidays labouring on the local paper. Punctuation, grammar and style were rigorously and terrifyingly enforced by the subeditor, a Latinist. Reading contemporary national dailies I am persuaded that subeditors have gone the way of the typewriter pool and hansom cab driver: or is just that education standards have crashed?

  4. We expect them to be poor at maths, but that was actually an error in English (the meaning of “latter”). They can’t even do what they’re supposed to be able to do.

  5. I know quite a bit about this. An old friend was on the Telegraph subs desk for decades. And one of the readers here was a colleague of his and he’s now over at The Times. Which is pretty much the only paper left that has the subbing standards of old. Subs have largely gone.

  6. They’re probably imagining a Labour victory in the coming election and Ed Balls as Chancellor… in which case 69p may well convert into £1.04

  7. Newspapers are this century’s buggy-whip manufacturers, so it’s not surprising they’re running things into the ground to extract the last drops of profit.

  8. Richard Gadsden: It wasn’t an English error

    Use of ‘latter’ for ‘former’ perhaps.

    Not sure why TW is such a stickler about the motes in the eyes of journos, though.

  9. bloke (not) in spain

    Can’t say I’ve any inclination to go to the article & wrestle the sense of the quotation out of the context.
    But no doubt it could be done.
    And does make me wonder.
    Crosswords have always been popular. The more fiendishly cryptic have their staunch devotees. Maybe this form of journalism is intended to provide interesting tests of logic & deduction.
    In which case the Telegraph is obviously written for the particularly erudite.

  10. Reading contemporary national dailies I am persuaded that subeditors have gone the way of the typewriter pool and hansom cab driver: or is just that education standards have crashed?

    Standards in general, I think. Nobody can be bothered putting in the time and effort to do something properly when a half-arsed job full of mistakes knocked off cheaply will do. See my own industry, for example.

  11. Ah, sorry, yes, it’s not an English error. They did mean the latter two prices, they’ve translated them into dollars and mislabelled the last one as pounds.

    My mistake; I’d make a lousy sub as well.

  12. If you want to be pedantic, surely it is an error of English, in that “latter” should only be used (as should “former”) when two things are mentioned.

    As there are three items listed, they should use “last”.

  13. Why would the developers want the Evil of choice? Surely an expert has decreed what the price should be, and that is sufficient?

  14. “Developers don’t have the option to pick any price they want for Apps on the store”

    But they do have the choice as to whether to use the store. I’ve just checked my box of fucks to see if I can find one to give and sadly I’m all out.

  15. @Andrew C

    “On TV and radio I hear frequent reference to “two twins””

    I’ve just driven down the M50 listening to some jackass on 5 Live talking about the cultural enrichment experiments currently going on en France, and he said three times (over a period of 30 minutes) that he was ‘looking at TV pictures now, and they are showing numerous numbers of police moving into position…’

  16. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I know there are deadline pressures and all that but they could at least try to read back to themselves what they’ve just written. There’s a story in the DM today about a female Wing Commander which gives her age, twice, as 26, despite elsewhere in the story saying she qualified as a navigator in 2000. I know the saying has it that you’re getting old when coppers and soldiers look young but I still think 12 is a bit junior to be zooming round in the back of a Tornado.

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