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We'll ignore, in this list, the fact that Americans don't know that "billion" means "million to the power two" and so on, here, we list just five examples of where their terminology is just so far from the truth that it's fundamentally misleading. It's not hyperbole, that would imply it is being used for effect, it's just plain wrong.

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Yes, the bags strapped to the body and various containers stuffed or swallowed, to say nothing of cavities in vehicles are even boxes of flowers remain common methods of smuggling. But there are some others that are a bit too bizarre to be true - except that they are.

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Bryan Edwards

We all know motor racing is dangerous, be it F1, MotoGP, Indycar, Aussie V8s or any of a host of lesser series. But safety developments have been such that most drivers and riders walk away from the most devastating crashes. Here are some that have been spared serious injury, never mind death, by those improvements, many of which began with the work of Prof Sid Watkins, Ayrton Senna and Sir Jackie Stewart.

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The USA seems to have some serious problems with naming crimes. We're not talking about the nonsensical "identity theft" or, even, "conspiracy" with no hint of what the defendant conspired to do. No, these are just ridiculous names for simple offences.

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Editorial Staff

On-line shopping platform Lazada has systemic problems that manifest in a wide range of ways. Here's five reasons you should not order from them until they fix them. In each case, the orders were placed on the Lazada platform in response to advertisements by third parties whose identity is not easily obtainable by customers and, arguably, is obscured by Lazada.

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If you are easily offended, you can read this but perhaps not click on some of the links. We never thought we'd have a headline like this but when a serious case came to court, we found dozens of other stories and, obviously, we like to satisfy our members. Here's the one that came first plus four more.

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Editorial Staff

How much do you hate e-mail? What between scams, unsolicited commercial mail and random weirdness, what turns you off so you don't even read the mail? Here's five. Members .. add your own pet peeves.

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Editorial Staff

Fake news isn't all about the original picture: it's about how someone's deliberate, reckless or negligent - or malicious - version of what they see becomes the story, even when it's wrong.

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Editorial Staff

Regardless of whether Trump suffers from fake news, pre-election tv coverage in TV studios was amazing for the strong statements of false news made by guests on panels or in audiences. These are both hilarious and scary.

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Editorial Staff

It's incredible how so many educators, wordsmiths, lawyers and politicians are fundamentally ignorant, lazy or sloppy in their use of language.

The consequences of imprecision in language range from being sent the wrong product by a mail order company to someone pressing the big red button that launches a nuclear strike.

Here are examples of phrases that don't mean what they say, or which are just plain nonsense.

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Editorial Staff

It's the holy grail of advertising and marketing, a word or expression that grabs the attention of the world and becomes a slogan.

One, suggested by our boss that didn't make it onto the pack of women's sanitary towels but we think it would have become a worldwide standard phrase, was "Security, No strings attached."

Here are five that did make it past the ad agency's in-house censors - and out of the mouths of millions who have never used the product they relate to.

 

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Editorial Staff

Oscar Wilde (who was Irish) said that the English and the Americans are common people divided by a single language. Or something like that. He was right. The divergence between English and American can cause some serious confusion.

Here are some examples

 

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Editorial Staff

Lots of small - and not so small - businesses place their primary web presence on Facebook. While the social networking aspects can bring benefits, there are serious disadvantages.

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It might be as easy as stealing candy from a baby but stealing sweets from a shop has landed these people in jail.

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Editorial Staff

They are the stuff of legend....ary abuse of the power of language, phrases that detract from comprehension - and more than that, just sound awful.

 

 


 

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