Sunday, July 31, 2005


Generally, I hate the warnings that get sent around, but I have to admit that this one is important. Please protect everyone you know by sending this to your entire email list.

If someone comes to your front door and says they are conducting a Survey and ask you to show them your bum, do NOT show them your bum.

This is a scam - they only want to see your bum.

I wish I'd got this yesterday. I feel so stupid and cheap...

Saturday, July 30, 2005


Am going to start collecting wanton abuses of our language. Lately I feel like I'm hearing them all the time. So we'll see if I can find enough to maintain a little substream of posts called "Englitch". If you come across any mutilated language, record it here using the comments tool.

28 July 2005
A Current Affair had a piece on "consumer distemper"... Woof!

30 July 2005 - 8.45am
ABC Radio 576: Guy being interviewed about ethical investing says that we saw what happened to James Hardie "in a reputational sense". Reputational? Is he serioustic?

30 July 2005 - 2.00pm
ABC Radio 576: News item on the London bombers says something about someone wanting to "disorientate the suspects". I suppose the situation is pretty dire if disorienting them doesn't suffice.

(Have just looked it up in a dictionary - just to make sure - and guess what? they both mean the same thing. Makes me want to cleave something!...)