Subbing the world

Righting copywriting wrongs, one word at a time

May I have this UK Independance?

UKIP leaflet mis-spelled

Thanks to Nick Asbury for tweeting me this rather confused piece of election material today.

However frothingly bonkers a party may be, one does expect them to be able to spell their own name. (Not to mention understanding the use of full stops and capital letters.)

The BNP has a good strategy in this regard: even its most Neanderthal members can, presumably, put three letters in the right order.

Perhaps UKIP should just stick to initials.


Filed under: Contributions, Naming, Typos

Will you tell them, or shall I?

Poolife screengrab

Here’s the full Poolife website.

Filed under: Downright ugly, Naming

Going a bit quiet

Sorry that I’ve gone a bit quiet recently. An avalanche of work has descended on me, just as I begin to prepare in earnest for next week’s house move.

Were I given to weary popular cliché, I might suggest this is a perfect storm of conditions, conspiring to whirl me away from concentrating on this blog. But I’m not, so I won’t.

Instead, I’ll just apologise for the ongoing silence. It will, I hope, be broken very soon after I’ve unpacked a few boxes and found something to sit on at the new house.

In the meantime, here’s a dodgy iPhone shot of my local yoga centre, which I can’t help feeling could have been better named.

Kripalu Centre

Until later, then.

Filed under: Amusing tangents, Naming

Let's start with this blog. The name's just not right, is it? It's much wider than sub-editing. It's just as often about words that are technically correct, but tonally all over the place. Oh well. Anyway, please feel free to send me your own examples of horrible copy (but please, no more erroneous apostrophes): mike[at]


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