Monday, November 08, 2010


An interesting spelling error in a BBC headline today (8 November 2010): Aborigenes should, of course, be Aborigines.  One wonders if the headline writer, it not merely careless, was thinking of Classical Greek names (e.g. Diogenes) when she or he typed this.


Vincent Tan said...

Although the correct spelling should be 'Aborigines', a lot of native Australian spelled it as 'Aborigenes'. Maybe it is to point out the difference in genetics among the natives.

The Grammar Terrorist said...

That's interesting, though I'm tempted to think it's simply due to ignorance of the standard spelling.

The website, for example, uses both spellings.