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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 13 Sep 2019, 01:41 
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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 01 Oct 2019, 18:09 
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Heard on Radio 2 traffic news, «if you are a lorry, you should take the ........ »

I know vehicles are getting smarter but ............


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 05 Dec 2019, 09:34 
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I suppose it's inevitable that with the upcoming UK General Election, a certain amount of badly-written political material would arrive through the door. Yesterday's example included the following: "The government's current plan to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050 is woefully adequate" - talk about saying the opposite of what you'd intended...


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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I haven't even decided if I'm going to vote, never mind for whom.

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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It's "hoi polloi" not "the hoi polloi".

"Hoi polloi" means "the masses". You don't write "the the masses"; it makes no sense.


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I've just seen a post on another forum which refers to "wire fronts" meaning y fronts. As another poster commented, "Ouch!".


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:lol: Ouch indeed!

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Lidl had celery storks for saletoday.


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Did they FLY off the shelves? :D


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 27 Mar 2020, 17:17 
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Perhaps they were baby ones...

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 28 Mar 2020, 16:26 
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The celery "storks" are part of Lidl's "fun sized" vegetable range. There are a number of animal-based puns as a deliberate marketing ploy aimed at children.


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 29 Mar 2020, 10:25 
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Slight spree but entirely different topic.

Registrar's Office or Registry.

Under no circumstances is it the/a "Registry Office".


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 29 Mar 2020, 10:34 
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Victoria wrote:
The celery "storks" are part of Lidl's "fun sized" vegetable range. There are a number of animal-based puns as a deliberate marketing ploy aimed at children.

This may be encouraging children to eat vegetales but it is definitely not helping them to learn the correct word in the correct context.
What are the other animal-based puns?


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 29 Mar 2020, 13:46 
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Victoria wrote:
Slight spree but entirely different topic.

Registrar's Office or Registry.

Under no circumstances is it the/a "Registry Office".


Register Office is also correct - thart's certainly what our local one calls itself


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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I've been surprised and oddly disappointed by the number of people on Twitter admitting they have never heard the word furlough before. It isn't that unusual a word surely?

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RubyGates wrote:
I've been surprised and oddly disappointed by the number of people on Twitter admitting they have never heard the word furlough before. It isn't that unusual a word surely?

I'd said it was pretty unusual except in certain circles or for readers of books of a particular era or type.

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My immediate reaction on seeing it in the Accountancy Age e-mail was "Ooh, Dick Bettany" :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Alison H wrote:
My immediate reaction on seeing it in the Accountancy Age e-mail was "Ooh, Dick Bettany" :lol: .


Yes, that was my reaction too! Well, not to the Accountancy Age email...


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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cestina wrote:
RubyGates wrote:
I've been surprised and oddly disappointed by the number of people on Twitter admitting they have never heard the word furlough before. It isn't that unusual a word surely?

I'd said it was pretty unusual except in certain circles or for readers of books of a particular era or type.

Just been explaining furlough to my son, who doesn't read the same sort of books as I do, and was moved to look up the derivation of the word. Interesting....

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 14 May 2020, 07:49 
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Received an email yesterday which started:

« I am reaching out to you to arrange an annual review meeting with ..... »

What’s wrong with, « I am contacting you to ..... »

or simply,

« I would like to arrange the annual review meeting ... »

In the words of the late, great Terry Wogan, « Is it me? »


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