Tweet of the Day: When wishing Andy Murray well, one comma can make all the difference
As journalists, we in JOE Towers know all about making unfortunate typos, a lesson that the BBC learned in embarrassing fashion today.
Before anyone starts giving us a lecture about throwing stones in glass houses, let me state that we are far from infallible as far as mistakes are concerned on this website and while we like to keep our sub-editing standards as high as possible, every now and again a mistake slips through the net, it’s just the way it goes.
With that little disclaimer out of the way, let us now unsympathetically poke fun at a highly unfortunate typo made by the BBC in their coverage of what should be a brilliant men’s singles final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer this afternoon.
Considering the length of time it has taken for there to be a British winner of this hallowed event, it is hard for the state broadcaster to remain impartial, hence the ‘Come on Andy’ slogans in adverts promoting their Wimbledon coverage.
As pointed out by the eagle eyed Jimmy Rice – news editor at the official Liverpool FC website – on Twitter, however, the absence of one comma means that the phrase takes on an entirely different meaning altogether.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out the interpretation of the phrase as written on the BBC ads, but suffice it to say, it would be something more at home in the wildly popular 50 Shades of Grey series than on the Beeb’s tennis coverage.