February 2011 Archives

iMate

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Was listening to NPR this evening on my way home from work, and I could have sworn the announcer said that the program was sponsored by iMate: giving you your own personal online mating room.

Turns out it was actually iMeet (or a name similar to that), providing online meeting rooms. Maybe it was the announcer's accent that confused me, or maybe my mind was just in the gutter, I dunno.

Hammerstein

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Was listening to the radio earlier (KALW, the Bay Area's lesser-known NPR station); there was a show about 20th-century American music, and tonight's episode covered Oscar Hammerstein. So they played several Hammerstein-lyrics songs I hadn't heard before. I was tickled by this line:

I'd like to bask in

Your fond caressin'

You do the askin'

I'll do the yessin'

I see that that line was quoted in a book about musicals as an example of how awful some of Hammerstein's lyrics are, but I found it cute and charming and entertaining.

Texas city

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Eyebrow-raising headline:

BP plans to sell Texas city, California plants

I knew BP was powerful, but do they really own an entire city in Texas?

The first line of the story doesn't help much:

British oil giant BP Plc intends to sell its giant Texas city sprawling 1,200-acre plant [...]

But later in the story, a United Steelworkers executive is quoted as saying “BP had a terrible reputation in Texas City,” which reveals the answer to the mystery: there's a city in Texas called Texas City. So the writers just failed to capitalize the C in City in both the headline and the story, and then wrote a sloppy opening sentence.

Still, I was amused. And even with the correction, it would have taken me a moment to figure out that the headline meant it was selling its Texas City plant, rather than the city itself.

(I also had a moment of wondering whether “California plants” was a euphemism for a certain herb often associated with some parts of California, but I think that was due to my being sleepy rather than anything wrong with the headline.)

. . . I should note that it's possible that some of the odd-seeming-to-me phrasing is due to this article being from an Indian publication; I know that Indian English doesn't always match American English phrasings. But I don't think that the uncapitalized C is an Indian English thing; I think it's just sloppy editing.

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