A newsreader on Thursday reported the findings of an investigation into the deaths of two men on the Gold Coast who fell from a swing-stage scaffolding platform when patching concrete.
concrete patchers Chris Gear, 36, and Steve Sayer, 52, fell 26 storeys while working on a highrise complex at Broadbeach.The news reader said it happened after a fall from "so-called swing stage scaffolding".
It is understood the swing scaffolding the men were standing on collapsed. more
It is not "so-called". The equipment is known as swing stage scaffolding, its proper name is swing stage scaffolding. Everyone in the trade knows it as that.
Do they call things "so-called" if they are unfamiliar with the terminology?
I think I even heard the southern lights called "so-called southern lights" at one stage, and there have been many other examples. The "so-called calving" of icebergs from the ice shelfs. They don't get that it's a term of derision, it doesn't mean that this is what it's called (and if it did mean "this is what it's called" why waste the words?).
It's just one of my pet hates.
I'd like to take to some of these so-called professional spokesheads with my so-called clue bat.
More about the swing stage scaffolding recommendations. Why weren't so many of these recommendations already in place... oh, I forgot, common sense is very uncommon. (There's a link from this release.)