From the less than summery, Lisa today:

Prosecutors are considering a health and safety report into an infection outbreak at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. A 10-year-old boy and a 73-year-old woman died after contracting the Cryptococcus infection, linked to pigeon droppings.

In 2019, we received two apologies for the way reports had suggested that patients had died ‘from‘ and ‘as a result of‘ fungal infections:

A third attempt to get them on the use of ‘after‘ met with huffy resistance:


I wrote in March 2019:

They seem tired:

‘You cite two uses of the word “after” which, on examination, are both valid in this story. In the first instance, the two people contracted a disease and then they died; they did not die before contracting the disease.’

Reporting Scotland’s forensic investigation team confirms that patients did not die BEFORE they caught the disease! Is this an attempt at dark humour or am I getting to them?

‘After’ is now officially confirmed to only ever mean ‘after’ in a chronological sense. I can now write:

‘143 people die minutes after watching Reporting Scotland.’

They watched and then they died. Simples.

Back in 2020, Summers has decided they can get away with ‘after’ despite or because of what she hopes many readers may think it means.