But it also pays to find someone who knows how to do it. I may be more sensitive to language than many people, but the sheer concentration of howlers in this flyer for the Bear Hotel, Hodnet, is pretty glaring. I’m particularly fond of the free-form third sentence, which isn’t a sentence at all, and the juxtaposition within it of ‘Medieval Banqueting Hall’ and ‘disco facilities’. Unique backdrop, indeed. I also like the idea of themed wedding, though I wonder what they have in mind. The Black Death? Beowulf?
But the pièce de résistance has to be the second paragraph. The semi-colon is presumably there to lend gravitas to its surroundings – it certainly serves no grammatical purpose. Unfortunately, it comes immediately after pallet, as in:
a) a narrow mattress filled with straw;
b) a hard, narrow bed;
c) a flat wooden or metal platform on which goods are stored.
How sophisticated is that? Nice one, Trevor.