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Reader reaction to Reuters news
Jamie Oliver health approach “doesn’t work”
BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Lecturing people on how to live a healthy life can be counterproductive unless individuals can be persuaded to change their behavior, new health minister Andrew Lansley said Wednesday.
This article, which is unambiguously a British story, uses the American spelling of behaviour. If you want to retain British readers, you need to provide us with articles in our own language, not the language of a foreign country thousands of miles away.
We try to separate the two languages, but don’t always succeed.
I’m so sorry you had to be exposed to the way we spell behavior in our foreign country, but I’m happy you were able to work out that behaviour was what we were really talking about: GBU Editor
Jamie Oliver at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London, in a 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
California transit cop verdict sparks looting
The word “cop” is a slang term. When used to refer to police, it is a pejorative. The use of the word “cop” by news media reflects laziness, unprofessionalism and disrespect.
I would describe that word as informal, the same thing my dictionary calls it.
As far as I can tell it was not used in our actual stories. However, it is a very convenient word to use in headlines, where it takes up a lot less space than officer or policeman: GBU Editor
Tired Gay succumbs to Dix in 200 meters
EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix edged out Tyson Gay in the former world champion’s hotly-anticipated return to the 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.
Not a sports fan, nor a regular Reuters reader. But I have to ask, after a hot day in NYC watching stupid reporters actually trying to fry an egg on the sidewalk, why are you not better or smarter than them?
I believe that your headline might more appropriately be rendered, “steel vise,” than “steel vice.”
This has come up here before. 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.
Nebraska town latest in US to fight illegal immigrants
KANSAS CITY, Mo, June 21 (Reuters) – Voters in a small Nebraska town on Monday added to an anti-immigration sentiment sweeping parts of the United States, voting to ban the hiring or renting of property to illegal immigrants.
It looks as though an editor with some sense wrote the ‘illegal immigrants’ headline, and your wildly biased writers wrote the incredible line, “added to an anti-immigration sentiment sweeping parts of the United States”
Mark Twain’s tribute to daughter sells for $242,500
Twain spent the last four years of his life recording his life for prosperity but included strict instructions that many of the pieces appear no sooner than 100 years after his death.
In the last sentence of the article, shouldn’t the word “prosperity” actually be “posterity”?
Over 300 dead birds are likely Gulf spill victims
LOS ANGELES, May 24 (Reuters) – More than 300 sea birds, nearly 200 turtles and 19 dolphins have been found dead along the U.S. Gulf Coast during the first five weeks of BP’s huge oil spill off Louisiana, wildlife officials reported on Monday.
When did birds start becoming victims? They’re birds, not humans. You people are getting wackier every day.
Brazil stocks, real tumble on euro zone woes
Just a grammar correction, but in this use, I believe “reel” would be correct.
Sigh. There was no mistake. The real is Brazil’s currency. We should be aware that this has caused reader confusion in the past, as well: GBU Editor
South Korea to take ship case to U.N
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Sunday it would take the case of its sunken naval vessel to the U.N. Security Council to try to tighten the economic vice on impoverished North Korea after accusing it of torpedoing the ship.
Reuters has got to do better on writing and editing English! An economic VISE, not VICE!
SPECIAL REPORT-How the White House learned to love the drone
WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – By all appearances, the Obama administration wanted him alive, not dead.
The Obama White House chaffs at suggestions its policies could make it harder to capture wanted militants.