Crimes (against English) of the year 2013

I enjoy collecting crimes against English and I’ve enjoyed reading through this year’s crop. Here are some of my favourites. Continue reading


Mixed metaphors, nautical style

Mixed metaphors are not particularly rare, but it’s a pleasure to find one where the metaphors almost go together… but not quite.
The Irish Times quotes a report on the banking crisis by Ireland’s new Central Bank Governor, criticising past failures:
‘Rocking the boat and swimming against the tide of public opinion would have required a particularly strong sense of the independent role of a central bank in being prepared to ‘spoil the party’ and withstand possible strong adverse public reaction.’
Throw in something about leaving a sinking ship and you’ve got the set.