Tuesday, July 26

Punctuation.

Radio One's detestable Newsbeat (and oh, how that name makes me cringe) has something against breathing, in that they don't let their newsreaders do any. A brief pause for breath might cause listeners to get bored and touch that dial, so not only is every item announced in their own distinctively weird sing-song overemphatic style, but there is never any gap between items — not even a change in tone to indicate a change of subject. After years of listening, I had thought I'd got used to it, but this still startled me:

Rape investigation starts after school trip claims that an injection can cure obesity.

 

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