It’s said blindness is tragic while deafness is comic. And as I get older and my hearing isn’t what it was I can see the funny side. What happens is you can’t pick up higher pitched sounds which make consonants hard to distinguish. Which is why when my dining companion asked for mustard with her beef I wondered why she would want to smother perfectly good meat in custard.
Whitehall is slammed today for failing to keep records on Brits fighting abroad for Islamic State. And that’s despite MI5 chief Andrew Parker saying this country faces the worst terror threat in his 34 years as a spy. Attorney General Jeremy Wright has confessed that neither the Crown Prosecution Service nor the Home Office know how many Brits have been charged or convicted for crimes after going to Syria to join IS also known as Daesh.
Ministers are drawing up plans for financial penalties if home sales collapse to reduce the stress of buying and stamp out gazumping. Buyers and sellers alike would face losing up to five per cent of the purchase price if either pull out after a sale is agreed. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid wants to end gazumping, in which sellers accept a higher offer from a new buyer. But the move would also stop a buyer guzundering, by later lowering their offer on an agreed sale price.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".