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January 13th, 2004

Quoted today’s Age

Seven’s director of programming and production, Tim Worner, said his network was not gambling heavily on reality TV. “That notion is querulous.”

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  1. January 13th, 2004 at 13:45 | #1

    It is in a way. It could certainly bit him on the bum.

  2. January 13th, 2004 at 14:05 | #2

    That comment itself looks like another change of language, or perhaps a happy typo. If I recall correctly, to bit is to place a bit in an animal’s mouth, e.g. bitting a horse. So if this fellow is bitted on the bum…

  3. January 13th, 2004 at 14:35 | #3

    or irony?

    (arghh more changes???)

  4. January 13th, 2004 at 14:37 | #4

    actually a pet hate of mine was:

    that begs the question “what …”

    instead of using it in its philosophical sense…

    although i think i have adapted to this, inasmuch that it can be interpreted as:

    this fact being revealed, begs us to ask this question: …

    still gets on the nerves of some philosophers i know though…

    (also: alternate route instead of alternative route…does it mean you have to change lanes quickly)

  5. William
    January 14th, 2004 at 09:41 | #5

    My pet hate is ‘if and when’.

    Incoherence has never sounded so sophisticated.

  6. eric bloodaxe
    January 15th, 2004 at 04:57 | #6

    Perhaps a “Portmanteau” word, a la Carrol, =QUiE RidicULOUS

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