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Pip, pip for the Brits—despite the blips

MARK STEYN February 13 2006
THE BACK PAGES

Pip, pip for the Brits—despite the blips

MARK STEYN February 13 2006

STOP THE PRESSES!

NEVER MIND GOOD TASTE, ACCURACY MUST REIGN

The ever-vigilant word police at Slate.com have no fear of offending readers, but they draw the line at improper usage, as became clear in a recent correction: “In a Jan. 12 ‘Culturebox,’ Seth Mnookin incorrectly referred to [disgraced American author] James Frey's motivational tattoo (FTBSITTTD, for ‘F— the bullshit, it’s time to throw down’) as an acronym. Those letters do not form a word, so it is an abbreviation, not an acronym.”