the ‘news’

I tend to take a look at the BBC news pages every day or so, but over the last few months they’ve been getting really annoying, mostly because of the extreme over-use of quotation marks. Here’s an ‘example’ from today:

Quotation marks on the BBC

Quotation marks on the BBC

See what I mean? And most of the time, there’s absolutely no need for them – it’s not like they’re direct quotes. Anyone have any ideas why they seem to feel the ‘need’ to do this? If you read the ‘blog’ of ‘unnecessary’ quotation marks, you’ll see their idea that unnecessary quotes often make words look really sarcastic, and if you read the BBC’s ‘headlines’ that way, it does sound a bit more amusing.

One Response to “the ‘news’”

  1. Dolf says:

    How very “true”! The only one that works is the final one as it was a quote from someone (i.e. “illegal”). But have a look at a BBC Leeds headline this morning, which I had to read twice to make sense of it: “people air banking crisis worries” – they can’t get staff for banks in the sky??

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