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The British Language

I had to laugh at this headline above a top story on The Telegraph website now:

Comet nears administration, 6,000 jobs at risk

My first thought was that the headline writer had lost his mind in US election delirium. This sounds like a variation on that joke headline about how the end of the world will be reported to reflect the biases of major newspapers, e.g., “World Ends Tomorrow; Gays, Minorities Worst Hit” (NYTimes), or “Massive Market Selloff In Apocalypse Fears” (Wall Street Journal). On first read, I thought this was a story about how a surging Romney threatens to put Obama administration workers out of a job.

Then I remembered this was a British newspaper. Comet is a UK retailer. For a company to go into “administration” means court-supervised bankruptcy. Ah.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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