Cologne is the little black dress of perfumes. It's a basic, it's a classic, it will suit you forever and every girl (and boy, for colognes are unisex) should have at least one in a fragrance collection.
This scent is a refreshing antidote to the simpering, cloying and cynically commercial fruity florals now clogging up perfume counters.
— From Heaven scent: Cologne proves a refreshing antidote to perfume by columnist Bethan Cole in the Independent.
Is it just me or were there a lot of typos/spelling mistakes in this article? And one sentence was completely unintelligible. Is it the writer's fault or the editor's? It seriously questions the credibility of an ariticle.
Since colognes are experiencing a resurgence in popularity, maybe people can get away with wearing them to work, etc. They're cheaper than other concentrations too!
Yes — a really surprising number of typos, and for some reason I convinced myself that the print edition couldn't possibly be identical and that this was an online coding problem (?)
Apart from 'Villaresi' for 'Villoresi', the typos seem to come from a problem displaying 'é' (e-acute). They seem to have missed out non-English accents in other words, but i wonder if they coded the e-acutes with the wrong Ascii code?
I think you're right. It's been up now since last night so you'd think somebody would notice!
Yes, mostly just accents and cedillas missing, etc., but in 'Parfumerie Gnrale's Cologne Grande Sicle', for instance, that doesn't explain 'Grande Si[è]cle'. Siècle is masculine, so it should be Grand Siècle.
no, it's not just that – take a look at the punctuation; it's as if the whole thing was transcribed with absolutely no punctuation to indicate pauses, transitions of thought, etc.
I thought it might be a one-off incident but I read two other articles and they are typed in the same way. It's almost as if a computer typed them from a spoken transcript.
Bela, I am pretty sure PG uses “Grand” — and presumably the article ought to use whatever the brand does, right?
I was about to remark that since it's Memorial Day, I would cut them some slack, but duh — that's a UK paper. So, no excuse! Somebody should have fixed it by now.
Thank you very much to all the people who who wrote in and tried to clear up this “mystery”. The proposed theories are very interesting. The degradation of the English language in print is the cause of great consternation in me and the reason I don't read newspapers anymore. The high quality of the writing both by staff and boggers is why I enjoy reading NST.
Reposting for Bela to remove long link (which stretched the page)
On May 27, 2008 Bela said:
They don't R. I've just been to their website. And there is an earlier post by yourself that mentions Grand Siècle more than once:
On May 27, 2008 Bela said:
Oops, please please please disregard the comment above. For some reason, I thought you'd said PG used Grande. *slaps herself*
In answer to your comment: absolutely!
J — had to repost; you've got to use tinyurl for a link that long or it stretches my (poorly designed) website.
Anyway, issue solved!
Oh dear, but we make so many typos too! I am constantly finding typos in 6-month old articles — it is very disturbing. But thank you for the very kind words about our writing
Typos are one thing, glaring errors are completely another. The size of type here is very tiny and no matter how may times I re-read what I intend to post, something may slip by me. Even with glasses I can't see some vertical letters when they are too close together. Too bad there's no spellcheck before posting.
It is very annoying that there is no spell check and no way to edit a comment…it annoys me too. You know most browsers do allow you to increase the font size? It kind of throws the page alignment out of whack, but if you're having trouble reading it is probably worth it.
Oh, I'm so sorry, R. I didn't realize.
It was a stupid comment anyway. I wouldn't have minded if you'd removed it completely.
It's unfortunate that lemon equates to furniture polish in the United States, and so wearing a traditional cologne is harder for us Yanks. I want to try some of the non-lemony colognes, though.
Doesn't bother me personally — I love lemon & don't care what anyone else thinks
It's me, more than anything else. I just don't like to smell like Pledge. I do love lemons for cooking, though.
We're having this same discussion today under the CdG reviews…so it isn't just you!