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And some other choice phrases that might describe the snafu the Review team noticed in The Globe and Mail yesterday.

The first line of a Report on Business story by Susan Krashinsky reads: “Vancouver’s radio dial is about to get a bit more bolshoy.”

The story is about a Russian media group taking over Vancouver airwaves for the Olympics. Notice anything off about that first sentence?

Bolshie is a slang term that derives from the term “Bolshevik,” meaning left-wing, socialist or uncooperative, according to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

Bolshoy, on the other hand, refers to the Bolshoi Theatre, a world famous ballet and opera theatre in Moscow.

Somehow, I feel that’s not the reference Krashinsky was going for.

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Melissa Wilson was the Managing Editor for the Summer 2010 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

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