I'm not objecting to noun-twinning in general (there's no better way of saying bus stop, or health service. There is something graceless, though, about pilot error and driver error. There are others that I find irrationally irritating, and again it's odd that only certain people are involved. They include customers, visitors, passengers, readers, patients and teachers. Thus the railways provide Customer Information, newspapers make Reader Offers and stately homes direct us to the Visitor Car Park. There is also the ambiguous Patient Care. But it's teachers that have the most such combinations. We have teacher education, teacher performance and teacher assessment, which means of teachers rather than by them. We do not, on the other hand, have lawyer education or actor assessment and we have offers to shareholders, not shareholder offers.
I shall be told that it's all a matter of accepted idioms and I admit to being illogical. All the same, I'd prefer Information for Customers and Offers to Readers and Visitors' Car Park. Wouldn't you?Reuse content