In your item today mentioning The Canberra Times, you refer to “an organisation with less than 10 people”. Sorry to be
pedantic
but that should be “fewer than 10 people”. Basic English. Fowler has
it all.
(Noel Cashmore)

I got hit twice in your first story with “flak”, which, surely, should
have
been “flack”. If you keep that up, it’ll lead to more flak. (Rod Webb)

Erstwhile, as in “…now his erstwhile parliamentary colleague…”, does
NOT
mean whatever it was that Stephen Mayne had in mind. According to my
Shorter
Oxford Dictionary, erstwhile means former. Logically, it cannot be
applied to
politicians who are currently colleagues and, as words are their
business, all
editors should know that. (Rod Wallbridge, and the same rebuke
also came from
Harold Thornton)

And Australian journalist Elisabeth Wynhausen sends this clarification:

Please let Glenn Dyer know I have never worked for the SMH. He has misspelled my first name.

And a Crikey reader writes:

Yesterday, Crikey wrote: “Never one to shy away from controversy,
President
George W Bush has nominated (read appointed) Paul Wolfowitz, the
Deputy Defence
Secretary, to succeed expat Australian investment banker James
Wolfensohn as
head of the World Bank.”

If Wolfensohn is an “expat Australian”, then so is Rupert Murdoch.
Wolfensohn
has been a naturalised American citizen living and working in the US
for many
more years than Rupert Murdoch has. His remaining connections to Oz
are far
more tenuous than Murdoch’s.

Get consistent, please.

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