Saturday, 4 January 2020

'Severely depleted'

It took many, many hours, but finally the BBC deleted this tweet overnight:

The phrase "severely depleted" provoked consternation and anger.

In fairness to the BBC, the words of the tweet were a shortened version of words spoken in the programme - "It was spoken by more than 10 million people. This vast number of speakers was severely depleted after the Holocaust", so it was just a very clumsy tweet, and the programme itself is very interesting indeed.

1 comment:

  1. Oh well. Thanks for posting. It was an interesting programme for all that. My parents would sprinkle their conversation with the odd "Oy Gevalt!" Yiddish has a habit of lingering on.

    I think I might take it up myself. (Not Yiddish, just the occasional Oy Gevalt)