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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Monkeybubbles on Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:50 am

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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby sendô on Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:11 pm

Ah, well if it's football related pedantry, then "saved by the post" or variations thereof must be right up there.

The post didn't save them, it was wide. The ball has to go into the goal, not against the frame of it.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Johnny Byrne's Boots on Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:20 pm

^^^^^^^^ This. Even more pedantry can be had with "Saved by the woodwork". Not only were they not 'saved by the woodwork', the goal frames are made of metal.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Johnny Byrne's Boots on Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:23 pm

While I'm on a roll, the incorrect use of 'Less' and 'Fewer'.

Less means not as much

Fewer means not as many.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Sauce! on Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:25 pm

sendô wrote:There is no full stop in the title of this thread.

Far more annoying than the above observation is people who call it a PERIOD.



That’s because it is a TITLE not a SENTENCE.

Also, in this instance, ‘Corner’ should begin with a capital letter.


****ing amateurs :thdn:
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby warp on Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:28 pm

Johnny Byrne's Boots wrote:Not only were they not 'saved by the woodwork', the goal frames are made of metal.


that's weird, coming from people that regularly call a square "ring".
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Dover KUMB fan on Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:43 pm

Johnny Byrne's Boots wrote:While I'm on a roll, the incorrect use of 'Less' and 'Fewer'.

Less means not as much

Fewer means not as many.

Well that's a few less things to worry about 8-)
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Smonnie on Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:48 pm

Johnny Byrne's Boots wrote:While I'm on a roll, the incorrect use of 'Less' and 'Fewer'.

Less means not as much

Fewer means not as many.


Thank you!
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby spod on Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:57 pm

Monkeybubbles wrote:Shoe-in.


That was the one that inspired this thread.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby sendô on Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:51 pm

Johnny Byrne's Boots wrote:While I'm on a roll, the incorrect use of 'Less' and 'Fewer'.

Less means not as much

Fewer means not as many.

Whilst.

Sauce! wrote:That’s because it is a TITLE not a SENTENCE.

Also, in this instance, ‘Corner’ should begin with a capital letter.


****ing amateurs :thdn:


Titles should also have full stops.

As should the last sentence of your post.

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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby brownout on Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:37 pm

Excellent thread. Nearly all of these annoy me.

A lady in the chip shop tonight, “Can I get ——-?” To which the response should be “yes” or “no”, not to hand over a bag of chips.

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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Samba on Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:10 am

Bright, famous, even royalty, saying anythink instead of anything...
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby prophet:marginal on Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:46 am

Samba wrote:Bright, famous, even royalty, saying anythink instead of anything...


Ah, hang on, that's slang, Shirley. It belongs to the same group of words as both:

sainc - which is just East London for 'something', and, what has also been common for a while

nainc - for nowt, of course :wink:

The missus, from Leeds, has a brilliant expression from up there, she sometimes uses:

It's neither owt, nor nowt
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby southbrishammer on Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:08 am

An English teacher at school used to tell off kids for their bad pronounciation.

How we laughed...
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Hummer_I_mean_Hammer on Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:04 pm

brownout wrote: “Can I get ——-?”


My wife pulls me up on this all the time. But I'm a bit thick, so I let it go...
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby brownout on Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:14 pm

"Can I lend ----".
Only if it is already in your possession, not if you wish to borrow it.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Denali on Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:36 pm

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

I hate the use of decimate to express extreme casualties. Decimation was a Roman Army method of punishment where one out of every ten men were killed. I often wish our squad were just 10% injured.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby vietnammer on Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:58 pm

southbrishammer wrote:An English teacher at school used to tell off kids for their bad pronounciation.

How we laughed...


Worked with an English teacher in a university who said it like that too.
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Re: Pedants' corner

Postby Billy_Boy on Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:13 pm

Would/could/should of.

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

Postby Monkeybubbles on Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:18 pm

prophet:marginal wrote:The missus, from Leeds......


Are you allowed to have kids?
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