No wonder they call it “The Grauniad”

Private Eye magazine’s in house joke name for the ‘illustrious’ Guardian newspaper – the home of the core left wing press in Britain – is “The Grauniad”. Why? The newspaper was so bad at proofreading its copy, the joke suggested they couldn’t even guarantee they would get their own name right!

They are not as bad as they used to be, but while checking out the web site today, I noticed this cracker:

Guardian web page 31 August 2011

"Honestly, I dispair. I really mean it!"

Incidentally, “dispair” is a transitive verb meaning to separate (a pair). Sometimes, I just despair of modern standards…

Maybe another time I’ll post about the Guardian‘s role in today’s media and political world.