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Channel migrants: man in flippers attempts channel swim

Discussion in 'Non-Diving Related Stuff' started by Graeme Fraser, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

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    Direct quote from BBC News website:

    "A migrant has been rescued as he tried to swim across the English Channel to the UK with flippers and a float. The man - who was suffering from mild hypothermia - was picked up by the French authorities at 07:30 BST about three miles north of Calais."

    This is disturbing. Despite several warnings, the BBC still insist on using the term flippers instead of fins! Why should I continue to pay my license fee for this drivel!
     
  2. Jcp2

    Jcp2 Barracuda

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    Mammals have flippers, fish have fins!
     
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  3. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

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    Please don't make me acknowledge defeat to the beeb, I couldn't bear it :facepalm:Even if they have somehow stumbled on the correct biological vernacular, I'm pretty sure it's by chance, not accurate research.
     
  4. Jcp2

    Jcp2 Barracuda

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    Lorry or truck, lift or elevator, biscuits or cookies, football or soccer?
     
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  5. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

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  6. Jcp2

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    So by BBC standards, flippers?
     
  7. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

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    TBH I read that as a man wearing flip flops. Anyway, he did pretty well to get nearly to Calais. If we have light winds in November I think we will be see more people trying to escape to France like this.
     
  8. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    I love my flippers! It amazes me that people have such a hard time with that word.
     
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  9. covediver

    covediver Solo Diver

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    Perhaps a revision for the next edition of the BBC Style Guide, assuming they still have such things.
    As someone who loves to finswim, I agree with the use of the term "fins".
    This could be the next ultraendurace aquatic event.
     
  10. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Great White

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    That's the part I don't quite get: it says he was swimming to the UK???

    (A somewhat related sidenote, Russian word for "flippers", as in what mammals have, is also the correct word for swimming/diving fins. Which makes it even more grating when people use the word for fishes' fins instead. And they do, of course.)
     

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