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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 25 Apr 2021, 17:59 
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From the Daily Telegraph:

"She was backstopping with the children"


I looked up "backstop" as a verb and it, apparently, means "providing support" usually to someone or something.

Ii is an ugly and uninformative piece of jargon that's appears to being used to mean "she was looking after the children" (and having to fit her own work round doing so).


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 26 Apr 2021, 12:14 
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Victoria wrote:
From the Daily Telegraph:

"She was backstopping with the children"


I looked up "backstop" as a verb and it, apparently, means "providing support" usually to someone or something.

Ii is an ugly and uninformative piece of jargon that's appears to being used to mean "she was looking after the children" (and having to fit her own work round doing so).


That’s horrible!


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Eon have messed up my direct debit for the fourth month in a row. I don't even want to pay monthly: I used to pay quarterly, but they insisted I had to pay monthly. They took £7 in March, two months' payments in April, £9 in May, and now propose to take two months' payments in June. Why?? I wrote a detailed e-mail asking for an explanation, and received a response which began "Hiya Alison" followed by emojis and then said that it was to do with "a problem with their system". Since when has "Hiya Alison" followed by emojis been an appropriate way to deal with a customer complaint? I know I sound like a grumpy old lady, but I think I'm entitled to!

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 02 Jun 2021, 09:18 
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No, you sound like a customer experiencing bad service, and you've had an inappropriate response. Dear heaven, why do these people find the corporate apology so difficult? They do so at their peril, these days, too, since there is so much competition. OK, I doubt you want to change supplier, but unfortunately sometimes it's the only way (we left British Gas after some years because we couldn't stand the incompetence and pathetic excuses any longer).


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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"Hiya Alison" plus emojis highlights how different things are in other countries. We had a long discussion on Saturday with some German friends about how companies, and others, address us. Our friend Mark insisted he still wished to be addressed by his surname, not only by companies, but also by people to whom he had not yet given the right to use his first name "since they are not my friends, I just know them".

I am happy to be addressed by my first name by anyone since I maintain I am no longer a "Mrs" nor a "Miss" and I hate "Ms" but I expect the rest of the communication to remain fairly formal.

I think I would hurl the thing back at the CEO of EON Alison, addressing him/her as Hi First Name (shortened if you can manage it) plus emojis and see how he/she likes it. Oh and of course always a copy to the Press Office since that is usually the only department that will get you any action.

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It was an energy company that sent me my worst ever response to a complaint. It was complete stream-of-conciousness stuff and I had no idea about what they were talking so I sent it back and asked for a translation.

This is one area of education and training that seems to be completely neglected. Even if schools no longer teach different formats of letters appropriate to different settings, you would expect companies to provide training in their "house" style.


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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I am very much afraid this is the house style Victoria....

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I fear you are likely to be right.


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Words in quotation or speech marks ("") or quotations in books and academic works that are not true quotations but either rewritten wordings or, sometimes, "what it would have been said if the newspaper had been consulted first" really annoys me.

This morning it has been a "quotation" in a newspaper headline that, when you read the original text, had changed responsibility from the person who carried out an action to another! Earlier this week, I read "quotations" in a book that had an English middle class academic of the 1930s not only writing in American English but speaking American English, something I feel was highly unlikely.


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Has everyone else noticed that nobody has a baby these days? They ‘welcome’ the baby.

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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That's one of those annoying changes from a statement of fact (having a baby) to an assumption about people's emotions (welcoming).

Similarly, you can't sell a "home", you sell a "house".


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"Medal" is a noun, not a verb!

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Alison H wrote:
"Medal" is a noun, not a verb!


One of my pet hates!


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Alison H wrote:
"Medal" is a noun, not a verb!


So is podium!

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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How do you use podium as a verb? Medal I get, though don't like.

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The same way as medal. "Joe Bloggs is hoping to podium in the 100m."

:roll: :roll: :roll:

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Alison H wrote:
The same way as medal. "Joe Bloggs is hoping to podium in the 100m."

:roll: :roll: :roll:

Grrr... . . . . . .


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Increasingly people talk about a tooth comb instead of a fine tooth comb.

Next thing we know the police will be going through the evidence with a common or garden comb (presumably without any teeth). Or as so often these days: a garden comb.

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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You'll be able to buy toothbrush-and-comb sets to be gifted on gifting occasions to your loved ones...


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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I think I might really struggle to comb my teeth...

Meanwhile, on an image of a hotel posted on a Facebook page about my home town, someone wrote that he had worked there as a commis chef. Except that he had been "a commie chef"... Red foodstuffs a speciality, I suppose.


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