The War on Error

Hear, here

Posted on: December 9, 2009

Don’t mean to pick on the poor old Stylist sub-editors again, but couldn’t help noticing that this week they have used ‘here, here’ rather than ‘hear, hear’ in order to express wholehearted approval of Australia’s White Ribbon Day. An easy one to slip through a spellcheck, but it’s not as if the phrase is anything newfangled. The expression ‘Hear him, hear him!’ was used in Parliament from the late 1600s and had been reduced to ‘Hear! Hear!’ by the end of the 1700s. And who are we to argue with over 300 years of use?

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