LINGUIST List 4.646

Tue 31 Aug 1993

FYI: BBC Style, Fun

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Message 1: BBC Stylebook

Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1993 12:31:29 BBC Stylebook
From: <SSHELLYacs.wooster.edu>
Subject: BBC Stylebook

Thanks to Michael Covington and to Jeroen Wiedenhof, who provided the
full address of the BBC. In case anyone else is interested:

BBC English Programmes
BBC Worldservice
Bush House
London W1A 1AA

Thanks also to Mireille Langenbach, who mentions a previous BBC
publication: _The Spoken Word: a BBC Guide_, edited by Robert
Burchfield in 1981 and published by Oxford U. Press in 1982. I found
it in our College library. From what I gather, the "BBC News and
Current Affairs Stylebook" I've been hearing about must be an
updated version.

Sharon Shelly
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Message 2: RE: 4.634 Fun (sort of): it's not Yiddish

Date: Tue, 31 Aug 93 12:39 MET
From: <WERTHalf.let.uva.nl>
Subject: RE: 4.634 Fun (sort of): it's not Yiddish

Another potentially rich vein of Just for Fun contributions:
inappropriate uses of English in trade names, clothing inscriptions etc.
(or equally, English uses of French etc. in similar contexts).
Here are two offerings, noticed recently:
1) In a shopping mall in Auchan, N.France (a place-name, incidentally,
which I always want to pronounce as though it were Scottish): a "Foot
Locker"-type shop called The Athlete's Foot (I'd have thought that was
the last phrase you'd want to breathe within a mile of plastic footwear).
2) A children's clothing store in Antwerp, Belgium, called Bimbo.
Greetings,
Paul Werth.
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