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Error on BBC news website

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Error on BBC news website

Spot the error with this article!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-29352141
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Re: Error on BBC news website

it's an alkali and not an acid..
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Re: Error on BBC news website

Quite! A really basic error. I'd expect better from the BBC. Angry
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Re: Error on BBC news website

note the apostrophe's - it's their get out clause.
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Re: Error on BBC news website

I assume it's to grab people's attention. How many would know that alkali can be more dangerous than acid?

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Re: Error on BBC news website

They are probably using "journalistic licence"..... i.e.  have you ever known anyone to be the subject of an Alkali Attack?  They are using the term " generically "  !....
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Re: Error on BBC news website

If you scroll down the page you'll find:
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Basingstoke Gazette
Caustic soda attack woman jailed

What was wrong with that? Nothing. Still conveys the seriousness and is accurate.
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Re: Error on BBC news website

I just heard this reported on BBC TV - acid attack, Caustic Soda - ERROR!
Told my wife who muttered something about idiot uneducated journalists then found this thread.  Crazy
At least they might have said chemical attack.
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Re: Error on BBC news website

Quote from: dvorak
note the apostrophe's

I'm hoping this is ironic?  Wink
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Re: Error on BBC news website

It's a quotation, no?
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Re: Error on BBC news website

Indeed it is*
The irony is the grocer's apostrophe - The plural of apostrophe is...?  Wink
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The punctuation used is actually a single quote, not an apostrophe
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