Obscure Box

Thoughts from inside the obscure box
April 29, 2011

-ise vs -ize in a formal name

Posted by : Michael Lund

What to do when writing about an organisation that has a z in its spelling where you would normally use an s if following the correct spelling adopted buy your country or news organisation?

August 3, 2010

Kylie has doubts over her past

Posted by : Michael Lund

The Aussie pop-diva is busy plugging her new album Aphrodite so it’s natural then to take a look at her website to check out her past. Plunge in to the About section and there’s some interesting reading about her career. Those of a certain age will remember her most for her character of the blonde […]

March 30, 2010

The secret 20th Century invasion of the Vikings

Posted by : Michael Lund

British author Cressida Cowell may know a thing or two about dragons but her knowledge of Vikings might need a little updating. Her series of children’s books are the basis for the new 3D animated blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon. It’s a fascinating movie that’s entertaining for all ages and I confess I shed […]

November 3, 2009

Brave headline on the cup punt

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Internet, Language, Media, Online, Style

It’s a brave sub that opts for a headline with so much potential for mispronunciation. So it was that the ABC posted a story it headlined “Cup punt not child’s play” on Melbourne Cup day (Tuesday November 3, 2009). I’m sure the linguists have a name for it; that move from the first word to […]

October 27, 2009

Talking to 'real' people

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Language, Media, Observation, Style

Who hasn’t cursed at the automated telephone answering systems that have infected many organisations today? Press 1 for rage, press 2 for even more rage and press 3 if you would like to swear at our automated response system in another language. “I just want to talk to someone,” a very forward UK bank advert […]

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All thoughts and comments here are the honestly held personal opinion of Michael Lund and are based on the information available at the time of publication.