After reading Jerry’s post on the putative oldest living vertebrate earlier today, I wondered what the teeth of the Greenland shark looked like and went to Google to see if I could find out. I ended up on the BBC’s shark pages and then went down the inevitable Internet rabbit hole of clicking through on other interesting pages.
The BBC is of course the bastion of plummy accents, perfect enunciation, and I would have assumed the best example of English as she is goodly spoken. Or not, in the case if the entry for the Frilled Shark.
The ex-teacher in me has a hard time reading bad writing on professional websites. I know from bitter personal experience that the more I re-read a piece of writing to eliminate any errors, the more likely I am to spot the mistake 5 minutes after I hit the Publish button. So I have some sympathy. Just not much when the very first sentence not only has a common homophonic error, but also manages to say the exact opposite of what the writer was aiming for.
Oy. Also, the exclamation marks!!! I did learn something new about sharks though, so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.
On that note, happy Friday to all. I’m off to have a beer.