The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: BBC

Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Absolutism, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈabsəljuːtɪz(ə)m/
Etymology: < absolute adj. + -ism suffix

1. The practice of absolute government; absolute authority, despotism.
2. The belief among interviewees on the Today programme that ‘absolutely’ is a superior way of saying ‘yes’.


Thursday, 22nd June 2017

Hate preacher, n.

Pronunciation: /heɪt ˈpriːtʃə/
Etymology: < hate n. + preacher n.

1. A person, esp. a spiritual leader, who preaches or advocates hatred or hostility against a particular group, faith, etc.
2. Contronymous to sense 1, a person, esp. a non-spiritual non-leader, who preaches or advocates hatred or hostility against, er, hate preachers.

Saturday, 9th July 2016

The BBC has a new policy for referring to a recently rebranded train operating company. Tony Hall, the director-general, explains:

The BBC takes a common-sense view when deciding how to describe organisations: we take our cue from the organisation’s description of itself. We have recognised that, used on its own, the name ‘Great Western Railway’ could suggest that FirstGroup’s GWR is as ‘great’ as Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s was, and such an interpretation is misleading. So we have caveated the name ‘Great Western Railway’ with words which qualify it, e.g. ‘so-called Great Western Railway’ or ‘the group calling itself Great Western Railway’.

Tuesday, 14th June 2016

I’ve just realised why Nicholas Parsons sounds so rambling when signing off at the end of Just A Minute: he does it as if he’s playing the game.

Saturday, 9th January 2016

I’m beginning to think that Radio 4 will only let you on the air if it’s possible to sing your name to the theme tune of Mona the Vampire:

  • Tina Daheley
  • Nomia Iqbal
  • Razia Iqbal
  • Chi Chi Izundu
  • Sima Kotecha
  • Sanjoy Majumder
  • Tulip Mazumdar
  • Sangita Myska
  • Lizo Mzimba
  • Mona Siddiqui
  • Anne-Marie Tomchak


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