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 Post subject: Re: Pedants of the World (or the CBB) unite!
PostPosted: 20 Feb 2017, 14:21 
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Rather disappointed with Call the Midwife last night. A newspaper purporting to be from 1962 declared that somewhere was celebrating "it's second birthday".
I'm fairly sure a journalist back then would have known the right one to use. Did no one in the production team notice?


There was general sloppiness in last night's episode when it came to newspapers! SLOC told me I was too eagle-eyed when I commented on Shelagh circling an advert for a house which only had two bedrooms!


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PostPosted: 20 Feb 2017, 17:18 
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You're more eagle-eyed than I am Chattie, I didn't notice that one. :D

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PostPosted: 16 Mar 2017, 13:02 
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I went with some friends to a local cafe for lunch on Tuesday.

I wish someone would teach whoever wrote 'Caeser Salad' on the whiteboard menu at the entrance what the correct spelling is.

There are also a number of very obvious mistakes on the laminated, printed menus they have on the tables. You would have thought that someone would have checked those more carefully at least. I can only assume that the owners printed and laminated the menus themselves. Otherwise, I hope that any reputable local printer would have picked up on them.

I think the owners are Eastern European, so English is probably not their first language, but most of the staff are English.

I was with a couple of friends who are retired Primary school teachers and when I pointed out the above, this led to a discussion about the general decline in standards of written English. They agreed with me that one major problem is the fact that many of today's teachers were never taught English grammar and spelling when they were in school (or even during teacher training). So it would be unrealistic to expect them to be able to teach the importance of using correct written English.

When I was a student 40 years ago, I can remember a serious discussion at the Faculty of Arts board (of which I was a student member for a year) about the possibility of introducing basic literacy tests for applicants (not just those whose first language was not English).

So perhaps, the problem has been around for longer than I think. Especially bearing in mind the fact that it was the Faculty of Arts, not the Faculty of Science. Apologies to any scientists on here, but my experience was that the standard of written English amongst Arts students was generally higher than that amongst Science students. Perhaps because we had to write long essays, which generally Science students didn't. :)

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PostPosted: 16 Mar 2017, 15:14 
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What we have to remember is that, not having been taught grammar, most young teachers, and therefore their pupils, have never heard of a reflexive verb.

And far too many people rely on American TV series and films for entertainment, and therefore use their grammar, so get it wrong.

Being partially deaf at times, because Meniere's Disease has affected my auditory nerve and a nerve in my brain that translates the sounds into language, when people use these terms instead of standard phraseology, it makes me very confused, because my ears and eyes cannot make sense of them.

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PostPosted: 16 Mar 2017, 19:16 
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A nice article on the Oxford comma....

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PostPosted: 16 Mar 2017, 23:58 
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Thanks for the link, Cestina - I enjoyed the piece. I've just heard about it on the CBC radio's post-news programme too!!


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Did anyone else see the item on BBC Breakfast yesterday about the phantom apostrophe deleter in Bristol - or listen to the evening programme about him, which was apparently on Radio 4 (sorry didn't have time to post this yesterday, so that people could listen if they wanted!). I couldn't listen to the evening programme, as I was out.

There's a mystery man, who has been correcting the apostrophisation (is that a word?) of signs around the city for about 20 years. He's been tracked down and his identity wasn't revealed, but they said he was a professional working in the city. Only his family and close friends were aware of his activities.

One of the signs he corrected was that of a garage opposite Bristol prison. The owner was asked whether he was offended by what had been done to his sign. His response was that it was nice to know that some people still cared about English grammar.

I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment, but it also made me wonder why, if correct grammar usage was so important to the garage owner, he hadn't changed the sign years ago! :lol:

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The Bristol Grammar Vigilante is a hero of our times :lol: .

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PostPosted: 04 Apr 2017, 17:36 
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Anyone fancy having a go at this quiz in today's Telegraph? I scored 9!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking ... vigilante/


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PostPosted: 04 Apr 2017, 18:19 
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Elder in Ontario wrote:
Anyone fancy having a go at this quiz in today's Telegraph? I scored 9!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking ... vigilante/


9 as well.


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Grrrrr, question om tonight's Eggheads - "which 1906 novel centres around the Waterbury children?"
Answer - the Railway Children.
NO, it did not!! They were never given a surname in the book.

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I got 9, too, Elder, as the Earls Court one flummoxed me. But - as I finished, a sentence popped up, saying, 'Your good at this, aren't you?'

Um, perhaps, but I'm wondering about you! :shock:

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I got 9, too, Elder, as the Earls Court one flummoxed me. But - as I finished, a sentence popped up, saying, 'Your good at this, aren't you?'

Um, perhaps, but I'm wondering about you! :shock:


At this point, I can't even remember which one flummoxed me, except that it was question #9! My 'pop-up' sentence was to the effect that I might be the next Bristol Apostropher!!! :shock: :roll:


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PostPosted: 05 Apr 2017, 13:05 
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Elder in Ontario wrote:
MaryR wrote:
I got 9, too, Elder, as the Earls Court one flummoxed me. But - as I finished, a sentence popped up, saying, 'Your good at this, aren't you?'

Um, perhaps, but I'm wondering about you! :shock:


At this point, I can't even remember which one flummoxed me, except that it was question #9! My 'pop-up' sentence was to the effect that I might be the next Bristol Apostropher!!! :shock: :roll:


I got them all right, but that may be because I was forewarned by reading your posts first! :lol:

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PostPosted: 05 Apr 2017, 16:19 
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RubyGates wrote:
Grrrrr, question on tonight's Eggheads - "which 1906 novel centres around the Waterbury children?"
Answer - the Railway Children.
NO, it did not!! They were never given a surname in the book.


That's what I thought - but it's so long since I read it that I thought I must have forgotten. Presumably that's the name they were given in one or more of the film/TV adaptations.


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RubyGates wrote:
Grrrrr, question on tonight's Eggheads - "which 1906 novel centres around the Waterbury children?"
Answer - the Railway Children.
NO, it did not!! They were never given a surname in the book.


That's what I thought - but it's so long since I read it that I thought I must have forgotten. Presumably that's the name they were given in one or more of the film/TV adaptations.


Yes,it was. I've always been led to believe Lionel Jeffries got the name from the Waterbury watches the children are given as a reward for stopping the train crashing into the landslide. "Get off the line Bobby!"

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PostPosted: 09 Apr 2017, 17:03 
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I keep meaning to take a black marker pen into town.

A business moved recently, so put up several signs in the windows of the old shop to tel us that they have move to St. Bennedicts Court.

No they haven't. They've moved to St. Benedict's Court. Spelling and punctuation! Grrrr!

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PostPosted: 09 Apr 2017, 20:59 
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Just read in a Kindle download, "the lake was full of coy carp". Can't get out of my head the image of large goldfish peeping up through thick eyelashes in Princess Diana fashion!!


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In job adverts, why can't the copywriters spell stationery?

I've lost count of the number of adverts I've seen with the incorrect spelling. Often alongside a claim that the job requires a high degree of attention to detail and accuracy, which somehow makes it worse! :roll:

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