More Slipshod Reporting from The Onion


Not for the first time I find myself taking issue with The Onion on its journalistic standards and understanding of basic grammar.

In the article entitled Chloë Sevign̈y Approved For Second Umlaut, not only is the capitalisation non-standard, but the diacritics for e and n are wrongly described as ‘umlauts’.  It’s a f***ing diaeresis.

But what’s even worse is when a celebrity  thinks that they can put a trema on an “n”. What?  They’ve  discovered kinship with speakers of the Jakaltek language of Guatemala or Malagasy language of Madagascar?  Or Spın̈al Tap?

What’s the world coming too?



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