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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 14 May 2018, 15:37 
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A rather odd statement in the Daily Telegraph recently:

"In two photographs released by Kensington Palace to thank the public for their messages following the birth of Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte's third birthday, the two youngest Cambridges are dressed in outfits which have previously been seen on their younger siblings." Er...


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PostPosted: 14 May 2018, 15:49 
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:lol: Somebody got their knickers in a twist, didn't they? - it's like the ancestor/descendant mix-up seen frequently on FB

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Didn't they, just? The little lad's only just got here, too!

I also suspect that hand-me-downs are nothing new in the royal family. They seem to keep just about everything worth hanging on to anyway. Before I retired I had an enquiry about the outfits Princess Anne and Prince Charles wore for the Queen's Coronation, and did the museum have them? "(I wish!) I think you'll find they're still with the royal family", which they were, in a shoe box...


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The Queen was once said to have gone rooting through store-rooms to find Prince Charles' Coronation outfit, so it could be used in a display.

She found it, had it cleaned and sent it to be displayed.

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I was amused by some juxtaposition I saw on a flyer for our canteen today.

Side by side were an advert for National Cupcake Day (June 14) and one for Diabetes Awareness Week (June 11-17)!

I would have thought the two were incompatible, unless, of course, they will be selling cupcakes suitable for diabetics (assuming that such things exist).

Edted once to correct a typo

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I fear the battle is lost forever on the use of "of" instead of "have" - eg as in "I shouldn't have done it".

Two people today, on a site filled with articulate people, have used "of" and not then corrected themselves.

I hate it!

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I feel as if I must seem like a snotty cow for moaning about other people's spelling and grammar at work, but it doesn't make a very good impression to send e-mails in which "our" is spelt as "are" and reference is made to "them services" rather than "those services" :banghead: .

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I fear the battle is lost forever on the use of "of" instead of "have" - eg as in "I shouldn't have done it".

Two people today, on a site filled with articulate people, have used "of" and not then corrected themselves.

I hate it!


Me too!


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I agree with the above comments.

It seems that even the BBC Red Button news pages are not immune from the misuse of apostrophes, another complaint I see frequently on here.

I like to read them, as they generally give a broader range of news than the news bulletins. This morning, there is one particular page where there is a total lack of apostrophes, even though it shoulld be obvious to anyone with a reasonable grasp of English grammar that several are needed!

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My hospital appointment is at 0240pm. Clearly they haven't learned to tell the time in the past year or so.


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Is it dietician or dietitian? I always thought it was dietician but dietitian seems to be on everything.


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I think it's one of those which can be either: I've seen both versions used. The t version seems to be more common, but I've seen the c version as well.

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Yes, the OED online has both, though it gives the 't' version more prominence.

I'm still finding enjoyably silly spellings on Facebook: "if that had happened in a posh wine bar nobody would have battered an eyelid (presumably the latest trendy snack); "I haven't yet conkered the predictive text on my phone (never a truer word...)


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In our church weekly bulletin apparently our Seniors have an outing next week to "Bourbon-on-the-Water" ! (For those unfamilar with UK geography the place is Bourton-on-the-Water) Guess it was a spellcheck error not spotted before printing!


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ivohenry wrote:
In our church weekly bulletin apparently our Seniors have an outing next week to "Bourbon-on-the-Water" ! (For those unfamilar with UK geography the place is Bourton-on-the-Water) Guess it was a spellcheck error not spotted before printing!
I love that, ivohenry - I think 'Bourbon-on-the-Water' might be added to my vocabulary as a sort of UK version of Shangri-La (endless chocolate biscuits and liqueurs!).


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ivohenry wrote:
In our church weekly bulletin apparently our Seniors have an outing next week to "Bourbon-on-the-Water" ! (For those unfamilar with UK geography the place is Bourton-on-the-Water) Guess it was a spellcheck error not spotted before printing!


Love that. :D

I read today in a Yahoo news item that this particular couple is going to curate a list. I might possibly curate a museum exhibition or similar but I would definitely make or draw up a list. What do you do?

Not living in an English-speaking country I'm amazed at how quickly language is changing and not always for the better. There are quite few new expressions that I have to check online to make sure I've understood correctly.

Many of the internet howlers are down to not checking before posting. Those people have not yet conkered predictive text. (see above)

I switch my phone keyboard between English and German. On the occasions that I forget to check before starting to write I have had some very odd suggestions. eg I typed in a word (can't remember what it is was) using the wrong language and got rape as a suggestion. That was NOT what I wanted to say!


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Before smartphones, the predictive text on my Nokia phone (where pressing 2 could mean A, B or C, 3 was D, E F etc.) would routinely offer 'slave' for the input of 7,5,2,8,3. I was aiming for 'plate' but apparently slave was a more popular choice? :dontknow:

On a non-CS bulletin board, discussing the merits of an English test for migrants to get permanent residency in Australia, I came across this beauty:
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If someone is immigranting to start a new life and have a careers, I can see some merit in English being mandatory.


I suggested the test should be retroactive!


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Yes, I really must ask whether 'curate' and all its variants is the new buzz word.

Why is someone always curating an exhibition instead of collecting items for it, and then arranging them?

Last week, I went to the 'Monet and Architecture' exhibition at the National Gallery.

Now there was an excellent exhibition, and if I dare say it, excellently curated.

All the paintings were in excellent condition, beautifully lighted and very much worth seeing.

Mind you, I can't imagine owning a Monet, and then neglecting it. I do wonder, however, how so many people are so generous to galleries and colleges, and other institutions.

If I had a Monet, I wouldn't let other people even look at it, I'd keep it just for myself.

Yes, selfish, I know but then I wouldn't want a da Vinci at any price.

But don't get me going on about the 'Madonna of the Pinks' by Raphael.

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At least curating a museum exhibition is usually done by a curator. It's when we get to curating a sandwich menu, or a range of commercially available wallpapers that my irritation is roused!

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I do wonder, however, how so many people are so generous to galleries and colleges, and other institutions.
Some from pure generosity, some have nowhere secure enough of their own to put the piece(s), some as a means of saving on the insurance...


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