BBC World News shows you the difference between a comma and a period

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Here's a very quick blooper from BBC that shows just how important timing is when giving the news or a speech.



For those of you with English as a second language, here's what he was supposed to say:

This is BBC World News. I'm Jonathan Charles. Kept hidden for almost two decades, and forced to bear children...
and what he actually said instead:
This is BBC World News. I'm Jonathan Charles, kept hidden for almost two decades, and forced to bear children.
A story from two years back also shows why comma usage is important. In this case, it ended up costing Rogers in Canada $2 million. I think they won on appeal though by referring to the French-language contract where the stipulation on cancellation was clearer.

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