It must be because I have a sick mind or something but I just don’t think the word “probe” should be used in headlines. I was reading News24 and I saw the headline “UKZN probing two professors.” my first thought was… they’re doing what to them? Can’t they use a word like investigate? I think it should read “UKZN investigating two professors”, I realise its a few letters longer and probably doesn’t have the same shock value but it some how sounds a little “cleaner” doesn’t it?
And then there is my pet hate, on Facebook you have this thing that allows you to send a ping/message to someone on your friends list, but they’ve called it “Poke”. So what’s wrong with this? Take a look at the picture on the right, note that I can click “Poke Wilma!”, the problem with that? So imagine the discussion I had with her boyfriend, “Dale: Can I poke Wilma?”, “Boyfriend: YOU WANT TO DO WHAT?!?!?!”. I rest my case.