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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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RubyGates wrote:
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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 Post subject: Re: Pedants of the World (or the CBB) unite!
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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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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 Post subject: Re: Pedants of the World (or the CBB) unite!
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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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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