Call in the vice squad?

May 27, 2010

South Korea to take ship case to U.N

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Reuters has got to do better on writing and editing English! An economic VISE, not VICE!


In your article on Korea tensions the authors use a figure of speech incorrectly. You tighten a vise, not a vice.


A number of readers noticed this one. It is complicated by the fact that in the U.S. we tighten a vise, but in British English they tighten a vice, as you can see in this Oxford English Dictionary entry.

While we do try to offer American spellings on, some Britishisms are going to creep in, especially in a story written halfway around the world: GBU Editor

Photo: A Wilton vise

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Britishisms? Is this not more commonly known as English?

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