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PostPosted: 12 Oct 2016, 13:57 
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That sounds as if the text may have been scanned, cal - and then not checked well enough against the original. Absolutely infuriating to read!


You're probably right, Noreen as the name in question was: Terri/Tern.

ETA That may explain some of the other errors too, but it doesn't excuse them.

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PostPosted: 12 Oct 2016, 14:23 
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Doesn't excuse them at all - pure cost-cutting on the publisher's part, frankly.

In recent years I've had new paperback copies of two favourite books that suffered from that - Poor Tom's Ghost by Jane Curry, and The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer, and the mistakes ruined the atmosphere and mystery of the first, and humour of the second.


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PostPosted: 26 Oct 2016, 22:23 
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I am happy enough with my new phone, in spite of the tiny touchscreen-only keypad that makes texting with any kind of speed impossible. However, there is one thing that is really offending my English-teacher sensibilities. When I send a text message, the words "Message Send" appear on the screen.

Why couldn't the makers find the past participle - or check it with someone who spoke English, if they didn't?


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PostPosted: 28 Oct 2016, 13:36 
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Prompted by an account of missing apostrophes in another thread, here is a story from the local news. In the pleasant little town of Barton-on-Humber, there is a wildlife/exhibition centre/cafe called the Water's Edge (at least I think that's what it's called!) Three of those brown signs indicating tourist attractions have been erected. One points to the Water's Edge, one to the Waters' Edge and one to the Waters Edge. The news reporter asked three local people which one they thought might be correct, and, predictably, received three different answers! I think Water's Edge is probably correct, as the place is on one body of water, the Humber, although I suppose one might refer to the waters of the Humber, in which case it would be Waters' Edge. Maybe Waters Edge was best after all!


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PostPosted: 10 Nov 2016, 21:21 
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Overheard in an M&S food department today:

Customer: Can I have a bag?
Cashier: You may.

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In recent years I've had new paperback copies of two favourite books that suffered from that - Poor Tom's Ghost by Jane Curry, and The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer, and the mistakes ruined the atmosphere and mystery of the first, and humour of the second.

I've recently been re-reading some favourite Heyers, in e-book form from the library, including The Reluctant Widow, and the mistakes are very annoying, the more so because they're so obvious and could be so easily noted and corrected. Can't imagine Miss Heyer would be too impressed; by all accounts she was a stickler for accuracy, and had little patience with idiocy.


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PostPosted: 10 Nov 2016, 21:52 
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[quote="JayB"]Overheard in an M&S food department today:

Customer: Can I have a bag?
Cashier: You may.

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:D :D
Did the cashier's name tag say Hilda by any chance? :wink:

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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2016, 15:47 
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Not precisely pedantic but a language question...

I have just used the expression "Christmas Moses!" to my US/Czech friend and she queried it. It's very familiar to me but googling reveals no examples (all we get are Christmas scenes painted by Grandma Moses :D ).

Did I make it up or does anyone else know it? Did it perhaps emerge from the CS books?

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I've never heard it. I just googled it and it came up with two people on Facebook who are actually called Christmas Moses :D. Maybe they've both got December 25th birthdays. Also two people called Moses Christmas, both belonging to a family living in South Carolina around the time of the American War of Independence.

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 Post subject: Re: Pedants of the World (or the CBB) unite!
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I am aware of the expression "Holy Moses" and when I looked that up, I found that there was also "Holy Christmas". "Christmas" by itself occurs as a mild expletive according to Partridge.

I wonder whether your "Christmas Moses" is just a combination of the more usual minced oaths.


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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2016, 23:11 
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There's "Crikey Moses" which is apparently Australian slang.

Crikey is used instead of Christ to avoid blaspheming, like several other expressions - Crumbs is another.


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I've just been driven mad by Dan Cruikshank talking continually about "Barvaria" in the programme on BBC4 this evening about Ludwig II.

(I also wanted to tie his hands behind his back to stop him waving them around all the time.)


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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2016, 01:33 
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Annied wrote:
I've just been driven mad by Dan Cruikshank talking continually about "Barvaria" in the programme on BBC4 this evening about Ludwig II.

(I also wanted to tie his hands behind his back to stop him waving them around all the time.)

Oh yes! Why does it seem to be impossible for people to pronounce foreign names correctly? If I have to listen to K-uh-vitova one more time I shall hurl my computer out of the window in good Czech style. The K and the v run together, form one syllable. Like "quit" but with a v instead of the u.

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A few years ago I watched (or rather, attempted to watch) a television documentary in which the voice-over featured the word 'nuclear' a fair amount. Unfortunately the narrator pronounced it 'nucular'...

And one that's not so much pedantry as irritation, but would somebody please confiscate Lucy Worsley's dressing-up box???


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Oh, that woman! She obviously knows her stuff, but it's so ridiculous dressing up in a programme that's going out on BBC 1 at 9pm. If she wants to dress up, let her present programmes intended for primary school children!

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PostPosted: 23 Dec 2016, 23:00 
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Why does it seem to be impossible for people to pronounce foreign names correctly? If I have to listen to K-uh-vitova one more time I shall hurl my computer out of the window in good Czech style.

Do you remember the Wimbledon umpire, many years ago, who was incapable of saying Navratilova's name correctly? Martina was Not Amused.


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PostPosted: 27 Dec 2016, 13:11 
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JayB wrote:
cestina wrote:
Why does it seem to be impossible for people to pronounce foreign names correctly? If I have to listen to K-uh-vitova one more time I shall hurl my computer out of the window in good Czech style.

Do you remember the Wimbledon umpire, many years ago, who was incapable of saying Navratilova's name correctly? Martina was Not Amused.


I used to chuckle at the (mostly) vain attempts of commentators to pronounce Martina's name when she first came on the scene.

I was initiated into the art of pronouncing East European names quite early, because in the 50s and 60s there were a lot of East European immigrants in the West Riding where I grew up. One of my school friends was called Desanka Stanisavlevich. I've no idea where she is now or what she's doing.

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The local branch of a well-known toy shop is advertising a "New Year Baby Sale". The poster includes a picture of a very cute baby. Thankfully with no price tag attached.

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The local branch of a well-known toy shop is advertising a "New Year Baby Sale". The poster includes a picture of a very cute baby. Thankfully with no price tag attached.


:lol: - it's like the Massive Rug Sales that used to be everywhere ... but, but, I want an ordinary-sized rug, not a massive one!

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There are quite a few Massive Caravans around too.


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Do you know I sometimes loathe these 3 for the price of 2 or buy one and get one for free offers. Sometimes it's impossible to do anything with the extra and I only want the original amount. Some things like bags of clementines I can neither carry or eat the extra and end up by not buying any because the extra is more trouble than its worth but I don't want to refuse!


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