While the exciting world of editing may hold you in thrall, the chances are that it does not.

To lighten the tone and encourage visitors to this website, I have created a blog which I wanted to call, quite amusingly, I thought, Political Correctness, Puns and Other Funny Bits (PCPOFBs for short). It has been pointed out to me that while I described the name and abbreviation as short they were, in fact, rather long. So, as a compromise, I have decided to call it Short Stuff. This has added piquancy as I myself am somewhat vertically challenged.

The blog addresses public utterances relating to the appropriateness of word selection, clarity of expression, the use and accuracy of politically correct terms, misspelling, poor grammar, ambiguity, botched cliches, punctuation etc. All grist to the mill for The Scribe on the Coast.

Most of my examples will be from Australia because that is where I live. But contributions from anywhere that English is spoken and written will be welcome.

The usual conditions will apply; crediting of the source, time of publication if known, no obscenity unless it is in the very best of taste, nothing that might involve me in interactions with the authorities or the courts. Serious contributions are not encouraged. Final decisions about inclusion and content rest with the editor (me).

Are we talking about the same thing here?

'NSW Nationals win vote recount'. No, the Nationals did not win the electorate after the votes had been recounted. They won the right to have a recount after they lost the electorate by only 55 votes and appealed to the Court of Disputed Returns. They won the recount....

Thrashing about

'A Mullumbimby affordable-housing proposal ... will be again thrashed out at this Thursday's Council meeting'. Once something is thrashed out, it is resolved, often after long and possibly acrimonious discussion and negotiation. it is not possible to thrash something...


'How do you balance a debate between Joan of Arc and Attila the Hun?' Nick Cater commenting on his perception that journalists supported Hillary Clinton rather than merely reporting on the Presidential contest. Source: The Australian, November 15th, 2016

Very painful

'I compare attending the World Economic Forum with childbirth'. Source: Judith Sloan, The Australian, November 15th, 2016