Yesterday’s BBC regional lunchtime bulletin, Points WestÂ Â with a blonde roving reporter possibly called Linda?
Reporting onÂ a cook at the school who had managed toÂ win the regional heats ofÂ a school cook’s competition and was now due to move forward to the national competition. The reporter looked a bit of a lemon trying to interupt the queue and get a comment from the lady involved.
She then turned around and approached a table of children sat at a table to get a further comment and said to the camera…
“The proof of the cooking is in the pudding” aarrrggghhh!
“The proof of the pudding is in the eating”
I can’t be the only person who gets irritated by the inability of the people who appear on national news programmes to get their quotes and sayings right.
Today was the turn of BBC Weather presenter Louise Minchin who answered a question from one of the news presenters about snow by saying “That’s the 60 million dollar question!”. It could be argued that this is an attempt to bring the old “$64,000 question” bang up to date.
But the phrase originated from an American game show “The $64,000 Question”. A possible equivalent would be “the Â£1,000,000 question”, as in the final question for “Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire”
I think it would be fun to start listing when people in the public eye misquote or get sayings wrong so watch this space. Of course you are welcome to let me know about any quotes or saying that people usually get wrong.