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Why does incorrect punctuation annoy us? - Reading in the news Tue 4 Apr

Release Date 04 April 2017

Does poor grammar and punctuation make you angry?

Here is today's round-up of media coverage featuring the University of Reading.


Benefits of city status: An article in the Telegraph, on how three towns that were made cities in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are faring five years on, quotes Dr Steve Musson (Geography) on the advantages of gaining the status.

Malnutrition in Pakistan: An international conference on food and nutrition in Pakistan heard from Dr Gemma Walton (Food and Nutritional Science) that half the country’s population of women and children are malnourished, the Express Tribune reports.

Debunking the Little Ice Age myth: Research led by Professor Mike Lockwood showing the Little Ice Age in the Middle Ages saw a smaller temperature shift than that caused by climate change in recent decades appears on AlphaGalileo, which announces science paper publications to the media.

Trump’s first 100 days: Professor Jonathan Golub (Politics and International Relations) reflected on Trump’s time so far as US President on BBC Radio Berkshire (12 mins).

Grammar vigilantes: Dr Madeleine Davies (English) discussed punctuation bug bears on Radio Berkshire (2 hrs 16 mins 55 secs) in light of the news about a man in Bristol who stealthily corrects apostrophes on shop signs at night.

Warmest March: The average temperature for March was the highest since 1957, according to Dr Roger Brugge (Meteorology). Get Reading reports Dr Brugge’s findings.

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