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  1. #131
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    To return to the OP.

    'Restrooms' instead of 'toilets'.
    'Toilets' instead of 'lavatories/WCs ' etc
    'Moving forward' instead of 'in the future'.
    'Basically'
    'I was sat/stood' instead of 'sitting/standing'. (ie not appreciating that one can't use a past participle with the imperfect tense. Would they say 'I was ran for the bus', or 'running'?)
    The plethora of misplaced possessive apostrophes... LP's. CD's. Photo's. Loco's. MOT's. Panini's etc. "If in doubt...leave them out...!"
    'Like'.
    'At this moment in time'. Now?
    'Lol'. I've never used it and never will! (OK, I just have ...but you know what I mean).

    Not knowing the difference between: 'Less' and 'fewer'. 'May' & 'might'. 'Imply' and 'infer'. (The last example being more important than the first two).

    'It's' and 'Its. ('It's' is short for 'it is';compare: "the amp had blown its fuse" (not 'it's').

    'Kgs' rather than kg, (etc). If one's going to use SI units then upper and lower case letters have a very important difference in their meaning. There's no final 's' to denote plurals. (It's 25.60mm, not 25.60mms)

    The problem always is this: where does one trade absolute accuracy - for just making the meaning reasonably clear - given the context and a following wind?

    Why is it that if one wishes to hear good, correct, grammatical English... one goes to Holland?

    Where can, what some will view as pure elitism and pedantry, meet those that see Vox Pop/"the language is always 'evolving''/'you know what they mean' protagonists?

    (Of course, one must try to make allowances for people where English is not their first language/are handicapped in some way etc, but this does not mean that accuracy is not important.) Again, it's (not its) the 'trade-off'.

    I must be becoming a grumpy old man...

    Best wishes,

    R

  2. #132
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    Quote Originally Posted by prestonchipfryer View Post
    And, of course, the correct one.
    Come the revolution, the M25 wall will keep you all securely contained!

  3. #133
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shovel_Knight View Post
    I don't like corporate lingo.

    I think it was specifically designed for shifting the blame and avoiding responsibility.
    George Orwell and Ernest Gowers become greater heroes to me each day!

    Geoff
    Last edited by Sherwood; 18-03-2018 at 19:35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len Co View Post
    That's not his real voice, his real voice is bloody weird!!
    His accent may be weird but his tone is luvverly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by prestonchipfryer View Post
    My mother was from the ''north''. Royton. Moved here in 1942 to get away from the ''pig-ignorant'' northerners as she used to say.
    Surely you mean porknorant! Even then, it is not correct!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    southerners don't seem to like each other
    A very astute observation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    Surely you mean porknorant! Even then, it is not correct!
    My Mum's saying, not mine. However ''porknorant'' sounds insulting enough.
    Record player, CD spinner and speakers for listening.

  8. #138
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    Someone recently texted me those exact words!

    But I was looking at Nelson's column at the time, so maybe his spell-correct was acting up.
    'I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested'

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    Next time somebody mentions 'window of opportunity', push them out of it!

  10. #140
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    My great aunt had a wonderful capacity for linguistic confusion. She one referred to a particular snake as an "annacobra"!

    Geoff

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