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Alan Connor | 15:23 UK time, Sunday, 22 June 2008

At mashed08, the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy has relinquished relieved [edited 2008-06-23 - see below] Matt Cashmore of his MCing duties and is now taking Ally Pally through hacks small and large, social-minded and silly, ingenious and really ingenious.


mashed08_map.pngTo complement the Mashed Pageflake, we've created a Yahoo! Pipe [rss] that combines the data from various feeds, including (hopefully) the posts from the backnetwork [rss] so that anyone that didn't make it to Alexandra Palace can keep up with the hacks and what becomes of them once they're released into the wild.

Alan Connor is co-editor, BBC Internet Blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    Trying to sound "Clever" is not helped by using the English Language poorly. "Relinquish" is a transitive verb - it is something YOU do, not that you do to others, because it takes a direct object (the duties in this case):

    relinquish |r?'l??kw??|
    verb [ trans. ]
    voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up : he relinquished his managerial role to become chief executive.

    To put it simply, Sylvester could relinquish HIS duties, but must force Matt to relinquish HIS, (or maybe relieve Matt of his duties).
    Get it?

  • Comment number 2.

    @hitmouse (#1):

    Trying to sound "Pedantic" is not helped by not having the Oxford English Dictionary on your side.

    The seventh entry for "relinquish" gives "To release" and cites R Montagu from 1671: "He did relinquish him of his promise of sending any land forces".

    However, since the OED gives this as obs. rare (and I suspect Montagu could have chosen a better term), it may help the more usual meaning if we don't use it in that way in this case. Cheerfully corrected!

    "Relieved" is much better. Thanks, Hitmouse.

    Alan, BBC Internet Blog


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