July 19th, 2011 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald’s Sideswipe put together a few days ago this video comparing a Close Up story to a story on ABC News in the US.

It is quite common to base stories on overseas stories. But I’ve never heard of a story using basically the same script and words. Close Up have now apologised after an initial “No problems” response. Good to see they have backed down, and kudos to Sideswipe for the story.

John Key in Galaxy Quest

March 15th, 2010 at 6:06 am by David Farrar

Sideswipe discovers that John Key also starred in Galaxy Quest!

Worst business jargon phrases

December 4th, 2008 at 6:45 am by David Farrar

Sideswipe reports on a survey of the worst business jargon:

1. Thinking outside of the box.
2. Touch base.
3. At the end of the day.
4. Going forward.
5. All of it.
6. Blue sky thinking.
7. Out of the box.
8. Credit crunch.
9. Heads up.
10. Singing from the same hymn sheet.
11. Pro-active.
12. Downsizing.
13. Ducks in a row.
14. Brainstorming.
15. Thought shower.
16. 360-degree thinking.
17. Flag it up.
18. Pushing the envelope.
19. At this moment in time.
20. In the loop.

I am guilty of often using Nos 2, 6, 9, 11, 14 and 20!


June 12th, 2008 at 2:26 pm by David Farrar

Very funny. From Sideswipe. Hat Tip: Whale Oil