Tuesday, March 10, 2015

power steering, central locking, cunted windows

Good to see John Inverdale keeping the BBC's end up in terms of regular inadvertent broadcasting of the c-word to the nation, continuing the rich tradition previously upheld by such national treasures as Nicky CampbellJim Naughtie, Andrew Marr and Jeremy Paxman. Inverdale (no stranger to the occasional on-air faux pas) blotted his copybook during BBC Radio 5 Live's coverage of the Cheltenham Festival.

It's interesting to compare how these on-air slips arise: the Campbell one was caused by the unfortunate proximity of the words "Kent" and "Hunt", the Naughtie and Marr ones by the unfortunate proximity of the words "Hunt" and "culture", and the Paxman one by a mispronunciation of the word "cuts". Inverdale, on the other hand, seems to have been a victim of indecision - having started to say "rose-coloured glasses", he evidently realised halfway through that "rose-tinted glasses" would be the more usual form of the phrase, with disastrous results.

Here's the YouTube audio clip - a slightly longer one is available on the Daily Telegraph website here, but be warned you have to sit through some advertising and, unforgivably, they blank out the key word, presumably to avoid giving the eightysomething retired colonels who comprise their readership a collective coronary.


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