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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Rocketron on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:28 pm

Billy_Boy wrote:Would/could/should of.

Horrible Americanisms in general, "FTW" in particular. I always thought that it meant "**** The World" but apparently not.

Feck The Wife ???
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby S-H on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:36 pm

Finger the witch?
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Hammer1972 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:45 pm

For The Win?
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Hammer1972 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:46 pm

Hammers Dad wrote:"We'll see you after the break/next week/on the next episode of..."

Actually, you won't see anyone not in the studio as you cannot see through our TV screens (yet)


Of course they can, been doing it for years.

I just hope you haven't been watching Babestation...
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Billy_Boy on Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:15 pm

Hammer1972 wrote:For The Win?


Apparently so. I prefer the alternative suggestions, though.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Samba on Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:57 pm

Denali wrote:Turgid instead of torpid to describe a boring anything. When the nipples are hard with excitement, they are turgid; hardly a torpid situation.

Mmm... turgid nipples.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:08 am

I used to be a grammar nazi until I read this book. It really does boil down to regardless of spelling, grammar and puncuation, as long as your message is broadcast and understood, does it really matter ?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1780227957/ ... th=1&psc=1
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Hammers Dad on Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:14 pm

Greatest Cockney Rip Off wrote:I used to be a grammar nazi until I read this book. It really does boil down to regardless of spelling, grammar and puncuation, as long as your message is broadcast and understood, does it really matter ?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1780227957/ ... th=1&psc=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Of course it does. This is why we have so many kids who can't spell or write anything worth reading.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby EssexIron on Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:27 pm

" I didn't do nothing"

Well if you didn't do nothing you must of done something.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Algarve Hammer on Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:37 pm

EssexIron wrote:" I didn't do nothing"

Well if you didn't do nothing you must of done something.


Oh the irony!
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Algarve Hammer on Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:38 pm

People who use of, when they mean have.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby sendô on Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:52 pm

Greatest Cockney Rip Off wrote:I used to be a grammar nazi until I read this book. It really does boil down to regardless of spelling, grammar and puncuation, as long as your message is broadcast and understood, does it really matter ?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1780227957/ ... th=1&psc=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Dis is y harf the ppl on facebook cant spell or use gramma proppa omg am fummin lookin dis spek inglish it int hard.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Samba on Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:42 am

sendô wrote:Dis is y harf the ppl on facebook cant spell or use gramma proppa omg am fummin lookin dis spek inglish it int hard.

Is it...
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby southbrishammer on Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:12 am

Greatest Cockney Rip Off wrote:I used to be a grammar nazi until I read this book. It really does boil down to regardless of spelling, grammar and puncuation, as long as your message is broadcast and understood, does it really matter ?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1780227957/ ... th=1&psc=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I haven't read the book, but...

If you ignore the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar, how do you know your message is understood? We all know when he writes "accidence" that he means "accidents", but if we are ignoring the rules let's take it one step further and write "axidense". It still sounds the same, so you should still understand it, but do you?

The English language has lots of arcane, complicated and inconsistent rules (I before E except after C and a few other exceptions for example), but those rules are universally acknowledged by linguists, and give us a basis for teaching English to children and people who have another first language. Without them, how can you teach it? And if you can't teach it, how can you be understood?
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby North Devon Hammer on Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:18 am

Rather a lot of us definately don't know how to spell definitely.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby westham,eggyandchips on Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:57 pm

I've been guilty of -

Could of...... rather than could have.

Apologies for any offence. :oops:
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby sendô on Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:19 pm

As the old saying goes - grammar is the difference between knowing your ****, or knowing you're ****.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Haarlemammer on Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:10 pm

“Service will be resumed momentarily”. I’d rather it was resumed for longer than that.
“He’s good people”. WTF? Why not “he’s a good person”?
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby southbrishammer on Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:02 pm

Dependant (noun) - a person who relies on someone else for financial support
Dependent (adj) - relying on something (financial or otherwise)
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby view from the shires on Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:00 pm

Could you pass me...…….Yes I can, would you like me to do so?

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