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Thread #132499   Message #2998469
Posted By: katlaughing
02-Oct-10 - 11:42 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
I've been having a little to-do with a newperson at the station where my Rog is chief engineer. They posted a story with the headline approximately as follows:

"Humane Society Looking to Get New Diggs"

Found out said reporter teaches at the local college and readily admitted to mistakes, which were corrected. We exchanged a couple of more comments in which she agreed using such slang as "diggs" should be guarded against, as she tells her students, but that sometimes it is "just fun."

The new headline reads as follows:

"Lots of tail wagging over proposed Roice-Hurst move"

A definite improvement, though I suppose it would be better if "tail" were plural.