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16:42 UK time, Friday, 6 February 2009

All well and good - Daily Express headline in Paper Monitor today - but what does it have to do with Diana?
Jordan D, London, UK

The current crisis over salt for the roads reminds me of a newspaper headline from a winter somewhere around 1983, which read "Highways money runs out - council grit their teeth."
Bob Peters, Leeds, UK

"Octuplets' mum wanted huge family." Y'think?
Julia, London, UK

The sherbet debate - I think this may be a simple semantic. I understand that sherbet means to an American or Canadian what sorbet means to us here in the UK - which is available in all sorts of fruit flavours and, therefore, colours. This is opposed to the white fizzy powder made of sugar, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and various exciting e-numbers that is sold to children here and known as sherbet.
Weasel, Crystal Palace

More nominative determinism? One of the photographs on the BBC website of the snow was taken at Totterdown, Bristol. I would have thought from looking at the picture that there was a great danger of just that.
Dave Moore, Par, Cornwall UK

Re: "It is hardly surprising some call water 'blue gold'". Surely it is surprising they call it blue because... well, it isn't.
Anne, London

Unlikely phrase of the day: "Mr Putin danced to Abba hits and shouted "Bravo!" "
Rob Foreman, London, UK

So Jeremy Clarkson has apologised for calling the PM a "one-eyed Scottish idiot" - causing outrage from the RNIB and assorted Scottish politicians. I thought that the purpose of adjectives was to impart meaning to the use of a noun, not to suggest the terms are synonymous. I am sure Mr Clarkson was not implying that all partially sighted or Scottish people are idiots, but that in his (not so) humble opinion, the PM is. Can any pedantic Monitor readers (some, but not necessarily all of the readership) explain when this became the case?
Steve, Catford

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