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Georgia Love appears downcast in Melbourne amid leaked ‘grammar note’ email scandal

Georgia Love was at the forefront of controversy again on Friday, after leaked emails showed her being called out by a Channel Seven co-worker for chastising her newsroom colleagues over their grammar.

And on Tuesday, the Bachelorette star – who is yet to publicly discuss the leak – appeared downcast as she was spotted strolling from her car in Melbourne.

The 33-year-old remained expressionless as she enjoyed some fresh air during the solo outing, wearing a pink rain coat, black leggings and sneakers.

Stepping out: Georgia Love appeared downcast as she took a stroll in Melbourne on Tuesday. The Bachelorette is at the centre of controversy again this month, after leaked emails showed her being called out by a Channel Seven co-worker for chastising her newsroom colleagues over their grammar

Georgia wore minimal makeup on her face, and whisked her hair into a bun which sat high on her head.

She carried a large tote bag on her arm, and wore a gold pendant around her neck.

Her appearance comes just days after Georgia made headlines after being called out for chastising her Seven News colleagues for their grammar.

She was shamed by a senior reporter, in leaked emails obtained by The Herald Sun, for correcting the newsroom over the supposedly incorrect use of the word ‘surgeries’ in an email titled ‘grammar note’ last week.

Downcast: The 33-year-old remained expressionless as she enjoyed some fresh air during the solo outing, wearing a pink rain coat, black leggings and sneakers

Downcast: The 33-year-old remained expressionless as she enjoyed some fresh air during the solo outing, wearing a pink rain coat, black leggings and sneakers

Style: Georgia wore minimal makeup on her face, and whisked her hair into a bun which sat high on her head

Style: Georgia wore minimal makeup on her face, and whisked her hair into a bun which sat high on her head

Essentials: Georgia was seen carrying a huge tote bag from her vehicle, before making her way down the street

Pictured: Georgia Love

Essentials: Georgia was seen carrying a huge tote bag from her vehicle, before making her way down the street

The reality star began her email: ‘Hi friends! Just a note on using the word “surgery” – it doesn’t need to be pluralised. You have surgery, not “a surgery”, so you don’t have “surgeries”…. Ie. “all elective surgery is cancelled.” 

‘Alternatively, can use ‘operations’ or ‘procedures’. Eeeeeeeeeeveryone (sic) does it, it’s just one of those bug bears that’s incorrect but has snuck into our language.’

The email was sent by Georgia following a bulletin read by reporter Melina Sarris.   

In another leaked email, a senior reporter called out Georgia for her ‘unreasonable’ memo, encouraging the team to ‘carry on’ with their ‘great work’.

The email read: ‘Hi friends. Just a note to say this note is not helpful or reasonable. Please carry on your great work and forget about it. You’re all doing a great job under difficult circumstances. Keep it going – we love you. Xxx.’ 

Leaked: Her appearance comes just days after The Herald Sun published an email sent by Georgia to the Seven News Melbourne team in which she criticised journalists for their grammar

Leaked: Her appearance comes just days after The Herald Sun published an email sent by Georgia to the Seven News Melbourne team in which she criticised journalists for their grammar 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Seven and Georgia’s representatives for comment.

While Georgia prides herself on being a stickler for accuracy, a closer look at her ‘grammar note’ tells a rather different story.

Georgia said ‘the word surgery doesn’t need to be pluralised’, and that the word ‘surgeries’ had improperly crept into the English language. 

However, the word ‘surgeries’ is regarded as grammatically acceptable when used in certain contexts – such as in reference to various types of specific surgeries.

For example, the sentence, ‘All leg and arm surgeries were cancelled,’ is correct.

'Doesn't need to be pluralised': On Friday, The Herald Sun published this email sent by Georgia to the Seven newsroom, criticising journalists for incorrectly using the word 'surgeries'

‘Doesn’t need to be pluralised’: On Friday, The Herald Sun published this email sent by Georgia to the Seven newsroom, criticising journalists for incorrectly using the word ‘surgeries’

Ouch: In a leaked email also obtained by The Herald Sun, a senior reporter called out Georgia for her 'unreasonable' email, encouraging the team to 'carry on' with their 'great work'

Ouch: In a leaked email also obtained by The Herald Sun, a senior reporter called out Georgia for her ‘unreasonable’ email, encouraging the team to ‘carry on’ with their ‘great work’

The word ‘surgery’, on the other hand, can be used when referring to the general practice of surgery – for example, ‘All surgery is cancelled.’

Georgia’s email also contains several errors – including its reference to ‘bug bears’ as two separate words.

The term ‘bugbear’, meaning a pet peeve, is actually one word.

Georgia also used the grammatically questionable word ‘snuck’ in her memo, writing: ‘It’s just one of those bug bears [sic] that’s incorrect but has snuck into our language.’

‘Sneaked’ is the past tense of ‘sneak’, while the irregular verb ‘snuck’ is considered a colloquialism that has only entered the English language in the past 100 years.

Word up: The word 'surgeries' is regarded as grammatically acceptable when used in certain contexts - such as in reference to various types of specific surgeries

Word up: The word ‘surgeries’ is regarded as grammatically acceptable when used in certain contexts – such as in reference to various types of specific surgeries 

Ironically, use of the term ‘surgeries’ is generally regarded as more grammatically acceptable than ‘snuck’.

Last month, Georgia was pulled from her on-air duties at Seven and relegated to the production desk just days after posting a ‘racist’ video on Instagram. 

The journalist had sparked backlash for sharing footage of a cat behind the window of an Asian restaurant and writing: ‘Shop attendant or lunch?!’

She deleted the video an hour later and apologised for causing ‘offence’, but at the time denied the post had any racist ‘insinuation’.

Georgia had also posted a similar ‘joke’ about pets and Chinese restaurants in 2013.

Following a workplace investigation, Seven alerted staff via email that Georgia had been ‘counselled’ and reassigned to an off-camera role ‘effective immediately’.

Change: Last month, Georgia was pulled from her on-air duties at Seven and relegated to the production desk just days after posting a 'racist' video on Instagram

Change: Last month, Georgia was pulled from her on-air duties at Seven and relegated to the production desk just days after posting a ‘racist’ video on Instagram

Backlash: The journalist had sparked backlash for sharing footage of a cat behind the window of an Asian restaurant and writing: 'Shop attendant or lunch?!'

Backlash: The journalist had sparked backlash for sharing footage of a cat behind the window of an Asian restaurant and writing: ‘Shop attendant or lunch?!’

A Seven spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We have addressed this matter internally and disciplinary action has been taken.

‘Seven does not condone this inappropriate conduct and all of our staff have the right to work in a safe, nurturing workplace free from prejudice.’ 

Georgia was understood to be ‘devastated’ and ‘deeply sorry for her actions’, and personally apologised to her colleagues.

‘I want to apologise for an inappropriate post on my personal social media account this week and for an old post which has resurfaced,’ she said in a staff email at the time.

Addressing the post: 'I meant absolutely no insinuation about the type of animal nor the type of restaurant, but I see that my post did not come across like that and was offensive,' she wrote online

Addressing the post: ‘I meant absolutely no insinuation about the type of animal nor the type of restaurant, but I see that my post did not come across like that and was offensive,’ she wrote online

‘I’m deeply sorry for the hurt that I’ve caused and, in particular, for offence to the Asian community. It certainly wasn’t my intention.

‘My posts were inappropriate and offensive. There is no excuse for perpetuating racist stereotypes in any forum.

‘I am committed to moving forward, learning and growing in my new role and I hope that in time I can earn your trust back.’

Star: Georgia's profile skyrocketed in 2016 when she was cast on Channel 10's The Bachelorette. Pictured on the show with now-husband Lee Elliott

Star: Georgia’s profile skyrocketed in 2016 when she was cast on Channel 10’s The Bachelorette. Pictured on the show with now-husband Lee Elliott 

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