Thursday, 6 September 2007

Clem Attlee (is it just me?)

Is is just me in full OldGit™ mode, or is there something a bit shameful about the official Downing Street website having difficulty spelling Clement Attlee's surname correctly?

I know it is an often-misspelt name - but then it's the Downing Street website. I mean, if it was, say, a cookery site, Wikipedia, or someone's blog about pine cones (no offence intended) then sure, but surely for Downing Street this - Prime Ministers in history - is or should be their stock in trade, their ne plus ultra, their raison d'être? Or maybe not and I am just over the top as usual and should get a life, a grip, or some other desirable thing that I so often seem to lack. Gah!

For the record, it goes:

  • A
  • Two Ts
  • L
  • Two Es

thus: A T T L E E

- it's not that difficult, is it?

Anyway, if you hurry to their page about film coverage of Attlee in the USA, then, right now at least, you can see it spelt correctly, and also as "Atlee", and "Altee", all there on the same page.

Doing a site search would reveal more errors, even on their main Attlee page.

OK, it is not the end of the world. I just think it's a bit sad. Would you like a ramble about the Decline of Something-or-Other? A how-is-this-possible and how-could-it-be-avoided-o-rama? I thought not: so I will desist. But really.

1 comment:

Strawberryyog said...

AAAARGH I think I might actually have a heart attack right now. I just read the main Attlee article (linked above) and the first thing I saw was this sentence: "He developed an interest in helping a Stepney boy's club sponsored by his old school, and through his work there he discovered the reality of poverty, unemployment and squalour in Londons working-class East End."

I cannot go on. It is like shooting fish in a barrel. Gah! Gak! (gnah! wagghh! ungghh!!) {head and desk meet repeatedly and forcefully. Fade to black; cue music.}