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14 November 2020

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    @megpickard @Annie3H I thought that was the case but it was so long ago that I didn’t trust my fading memory!

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    @Annie3H @megpickard I fear Meg and I and others have been fighting it for longer than that! twitter.com/philgyford/sta…

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    Emailing a magazine to complain about their using "blog" to mean "blog post". Although I'm sure this is a sign the battle's already lost.

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    @Annie3H I have one!

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    @danbri @mia_out I used to feel a bit annoyed that “season” had become popular, being, I assume, an Americanism. But I realised it was really useful to have a distinction, so now I’m all in on a series consisting of one or more seasons.

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    @kieranhogg I’m not sure what the parallel is...?

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    @AnnaCupani If someone at work kept saying "let's write a blog" when they meant post I would never tire of feigning wide-eyed enthusiasm for starting an entire new blog, and seeing how far I could get with setting one up before they stopped me. Luckily for everyone, I don't have co-workers.

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    @PaulJRobinson Yeah. It's even worse when people use "podcast" to mean a single piece of audio on the internet, that's not even a podcast episode.

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    @hugovk I feel BLOG POST vs BLOGPOST is a minor style issue - either is entirely better than BLOG.

    I barely listen to podcasts and have yet to hear/read anyone refer to an episode as a "pod" so I shall pretend it never happens. At least it's a clear distinction.

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    @mrstth I myself think that yourself should write that.

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    P.P.S. I will block anyone who sidles in with their beside-the-point pompous descriptivist whines that "well actually" me about language changing.

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    I doubt you'd refer to this single 279-character message you're reading right now as a THREAD. You know it's a TWEET that's part of a THREAD.

    Like an ARTICLE is part of a NEWSPAPER or WEBSITE.

    Like a BLOG POST is part of a BLOG.

    It's easy! Easy to get right!

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    Cummings wrote a BLOG POST in January and, save us all, will no doubt write more yet. They'll be BLOG POSTS on his BLOG.

    Thank you.

    P.S. You should start your own blog (full of posts). Lots of people have blogs. It's great and easy.

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    "It doesn't matter, you can work out what they mean," is what some people say.

    But why be ambiguous? Why require people to "work out" what you mean when it's so easy to write or speak clearly?

    And in some contexts it's impossible to know which is meant.

    So, please:

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    For example, while the Guardian's style guide has always had the definitions of blog and blog post correct, the site/paper often fails to use the terms correctly.

    theguardian.com/guardian-obser…

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    The difference between a BLOG and a BLOG POST isn't a difficult one to grasp and yet many journalists, commentators and subeditors (if such people still exist) seem incapable of getting it right despite, usually, comprehending the intricacies of more complicated topics.

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    Just like in January, when Cummings wrote about jobs for "assorted weirdos", much of the media has referred to him writing "a blog" about hiring people with the aim of making himself largely redundant.

    Oh, interesting! He wrote a job ad spread out over an entire blog?

    No.

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    All the media fuss over Dominic Cummings's departure from No. 10 has only exacerbated a very real problem facing society. It's annoying enough that it needs addressing in the modern world's most annoying format.

    Yes: THREAD! 👇🏻 1/9

  • philgyford’s avatar

    Cummings's job ad was a BLOG POST, not a BLOG. The post was one of many posts, or entries, on his blog.

    He didn't write "a 2,900 word blog" (which sounds like an interesting exercise) but a 2,900 word blog post.

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    @tomcoates @megpickard On R4 this morning they said he (and Cain?) were going to be working out their notice from home.

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  • suegyford’s avatar

    This is amazing - I lived in the Falklands for 3.5 years and never once set foot on this beach because of the mines. Seeing kids running on it barefoot and crowds coming down the dunes is just 💗 twitter.com/teslynbark/sta…

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    Went to Yorke Bay for the first time now it (and the whole Falkland Islands) is free of 1982 landmines....

    My mum cried because of the memories she held and those she missed out on making at this beautiful beach.
    #Falklands people can start a new chapter..

  • tommypalm’s avatar

    Very important thread about digital government and media. twitter.com/philgyford/sta…

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    All the media fuss over Dominic Cummings's departure from No. 10 has only exacerbated a very real problem facing society. It's annoying enough that it needs addressing in the modern world's most annoying format.

    Yes: THREAD! 👇🏻 1/9

  • sailoremo’s avatar

    Still crack up every time I think about this