Ranted at the news yesterday (TV and newspapers). Terms that are currently p*ssing me off and used by lazy journos (and I assume some of them are reading this)...... 1. Not every bloody missile/rocket on earth is a "Katyusha"! Buy a Janes book and use it or look it up on www.fas.org/foreign weapons systems. 2. Not every automatic rifle with a bendy magazine is a Kalashnikov. 3. The British army does not wear "fatigues." Fatigues are a punishment NOT a form of dress. 4. Nobody in any service I know (army, police, fire) has ever called a newly joined member a "Rookie." We just DON'T use it ! 5. When do "rookies" become "veterans". Is there a journalistic convention for this and do veterans automatically become "heroes" if they feature in a headline (especially if they get caught doing something wrong...eg. Falklands Hero Ate My Cat) ? 6. Guardsmen don't wear "Busbies" (NTTT can brief us on headgear). 7. Using the word "effectively" when the lazy, bloody journalist means "in effect" They're not the same thing ! And Ben Brown could at least have a shave if he going to appear on National Television. And don't give me any excuses about there being no electricity in Beirut. What's wrong with a mess tin and cold water. And the NHS. Why is it that nursing staff (esp. females) are unable to form a sentence without the word "Pop" in it ? I'm not making it up but recently one of them said to me, "Pop up onto the couch, pop your shirt off and we'll just pop this canula into your arm." Ffs, I'm not a six-year old ! Rant over. I shall now zip up my cardigan and return home to Pendant's Corner and dream of the day when the BBC didn't call each other by their first names and when they didn't present the news from a hotel roof in the dark.