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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 25 Jun 2018, 15:46 
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Someone has just sent me a set of accounts "for the twelve month year ended 31st March 2017".

How many months does a year normally have? Why exactly is it necessary to specify twelve?!

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 08 Jul 2018, 21:34 
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More fun with predictive text as posted to Facebook:

"Great to know you are still hoovering around the area"

"Coleoptera's Disco" (Cleopatra's, that was - not sure Coleoptera's isn't even better, though!)

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Syntax!! Due to my unfortunate habit of carrying everything but the kitchen sink around with me, my holiday handbag has had it. I looked on Amazon to see if I could get an identical replacement, and it came up as "large ladies' handbag". Thanks a lot ...

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Forgive my slightly weird sense of humour, but I was intrigued by the ambiguous headline this week in my local paper: 'Man attached by bus stop'.

Of course, it turned out that he was attacked in the vicinity of the bus stop, but, perhaps because I read it early in the morning, my mind boggled at the alternative interpretation!

Thankfully, the report also said that he was not seriously injured.

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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[quote="cal562301"]Forgive my slightly weird sense of humour, but I was intrigued by the ambiguous headline this week in my local paper: 'Man attached by bus stop'.

Many years ago when my ex-husband was a bus conductor, he did his usual fancy leap off the back platform as the bus was still moving. (He did love to show off to any young ladies on his bus.) Unfortunately he leapt right into the bus stop, broke his nose and his glasses. I suppose that could have been reported as man attacks bus stop.


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JanBrown wrote:
cal562301 wrote:
Forgive my slightly weird sense of humour, but I was intrigued by the ambiguous headline this week in my local paper: 'Man attached by bus stop'.

Many years ago when my ex-husband was a bus conductor, he did his usual fancy leap off the back platform as the bus was still moving. (He did love to show off to any young ladies on his bus.) Unfortunately he leapt right into the bus stop, broke his nose and his glasses. I suppose that could have been reported as man attacks bus stop.


I'm surprised none of the pedants on here pointed out that what I actually typed was 'man attached by bus stop', rather than 'man attacked by bus stop'! (Perhaps you're too kind to a fellow CBBer!) The former opens up a whole set of other interpretations. :lol:

Loved your story about your ex-husband, Jan.

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Seen on a sign outside a local branch of a chain of high-street eateries: "Freshly baked mornings".

Now, I'm aware of the phrase 'morning goods' (and I think it's pretty daft - could be anything from laundry to newspapers) but how lazy do you have to be to omit half of it, and just what do these freshly baked mornings taste like?


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Thank you [not!] for the earworm of 'Who will buy this wonderful morning' from 'Oliver'!!

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I detest the term "freshly baked" or fresh anything. Are we to believe that otherwise they are stale? Why not advertise as "not home cooked/baked" because that is really what "fresh" means.


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Oh dear - sorry, abbeybufo! But I think I'd swap it for the one I'm currently fighting off, 'Bang a Gong (Get It On) by T Rex!

Audrey, one of my favourite bits of marketing spheroids was 'Home-Baked Appearance' on a commercially-produced pie :-).


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abbeybufo wrote:
Thank you [not!] for the earworm of 'Who will buy this wonderful morning' from 'Oliver'!!


Slightly OT, but I'm in the process of preparing etexts of a magazine called My Queen which feature a Marion Marlowe story in each issue. Unfortunately the back cover often contains an advertisement for Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, so you can probably guess which earworm I contract when working on them.

Link to the first three issues, if anybody is interested. I have found the Question and Answer section to be a hoot!


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All very in earnest, aren't they? Thanks for the link!


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bythebrook wrote:
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Thank you [not!] for the earworm of 'Who will buy this wonderful morning' from 'Oliver'!!


Slightly OT, but I'm in the process of preparing etexts of a magazine called My Queen which feature a Marion Marlowe story in each issue. Unfortunately the back cover often contains an advertisement for Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, so you can probably guess which earworm I contract when working on them.

Link to the first three issues, if anybody is interested. I have found the Question and Answer section to be a hoot!


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Once asked in a pub if the chicken pie was home-made - the answer came that it was home warmed-up!


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Noreen and lizco - each of your comments re food absolutely typical!!


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Oh, the UK mass-catering industry is firmly concentrated on appearance - hence its liking for sweetcorn and sweet peppers, which are relatively cheap and add colour (pomegranate seeds are the slightly more up-market equivalent) to otherwise fairly humdrum dishes.

Elsewhere I was diverted by someone on FB talking about "steam pilfering out of the side of the train" - heaven knows what she meant, 'filtering' perhaps?


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Have just seen advert in local paper, "For Sale - Four-Birth caravan". I happen to know the seller and I am sure he has only two children ………………….!


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I read a headline recently about how a woman was killed by eating "undercooked children".

Apparently it took them a few hours to notice it and pull it from the website!

I thought I'd seen the last of mistakes like that when I had to correct a piece of writing by a student: "I'm not married and I don't have any chicken, but I like chicken."

Where IS this confusion coming from?!


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