Rantings of a sub-editor

June 1, 2010

Sandwich wars

Filed under: crimes against English,elegant variations — substuff @ 2:34 pm

Not to keep banging on about the same thing over and over… but when I wrote about concave fruit last week, this is exactly what I meant:

Cold ham consumption has declined as the price of the popular sandwich filler has risen.

Which popular popular sandwich filler? Has grated cheese ousted cold ham? Has egg mayonnaise kicked it to the kerb? Oh, no… it just should read:

Cold ham consumption has declined as its price has risen.

My favourite thing today, though, has been this:

In March news broke that Asda had undertaken a cull of the farmers in its dairy supply group, reducing their number from 500 to 400.

Now that’s radical!



  1. “Cold ham consumption has declined as its price has risen.”

    No surprise really. I guess it just couldn’t cut the mustard . . .

    As for the farmers . . . what a great idea! At least it will help reduce the EU subsidy bill.

    New product line: organic farmer sausages?

    Comment by Vice-Chancellor — June 1, 2010 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Cathy – thought you might like this one from the Evening Standard 1/6/2010:


    Second last paragraph contains a slur on David Law size that is, I would imagine, unintended….

    We don’t want any rubbish subbing like this at Which? please!

    Comment by Marrtyn Hocking — June 2, 2010 @ 8:00 am | Reply

    • “Millionaire former investment banker Mr Laws, who became the shortest Cabinet minister in modern history, won praise for his performance in just 17 days as Chancellor George Osborne’s deputy.”

      Love it.

      Loud and clear, boss!

      Comment by substuff — June 2, 2010 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

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