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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2018, 23:11 
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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?!


Very possibly from an over-zealous auto-correct programme - you would be surprised at the idiocies I get when trying to e-mail on my i-pad; sometimes even when I've corrected a word to the one I intended using, the programme still thinks it can do better than I can!!! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 22 Aug 2018, 07:35 
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I have auto-correct turned off on everything :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 25 Aug 2018, 11:07 
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Alison H wrote:
I have auto-correct turned off on everything :lol: .


I've decided I need to do the same, Alison. This week, I was trying to send a message to a friend called Jude and the autocorrect on my phone changed it to Hyde! Unfortunately, I sent the message before I noticed, so I had to send a second message apologising! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2018, 20:52 
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I've just seen a very good illustration of why some euphemisms are a bad idea. I have a very devout friend in the States who prefers to say that God has taken somebody home when they die. I'm mostly fine with this because I know that's genuinely how she feels, and fair enough. Unfortunately, it was misunderstood when she said that a premature baby of her acquaintance had gone home, and some poor woman who had lost one of her twins under similar circumstances was (a) sending sympathies to the bereaved family and (b) remembering her own child's death. As Laurie Marlow says to Jean who wants to send a sympathy letter from her school form to Marie Dobson's parents "Put died, and I'll think about it" (signing the letter).


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 09 Oct 2018, 19:34 
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Just come across a comment that someone was "the avatar of his own misfortune". That's a new one on me!


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 10 Oct 2018, 12:49 
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Just come across a comment that someone was "the avatar of his own misfortune". That's a new one on me!


Better than being the "atavar of his own misfortune"?


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Sign in M&S knitwear section - Jumper and cardigans

They are not just selling one jumper!!


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Overheard this morning while drinking coffee in St James's churchyard, Piccadilly:
"I had quite a nasty accident with my washing rotavator recently - I fell over the strings because I'd put it away upside down."
(I initially thought she'd found some innovative way of tackling the laundry, but I suspect she was describing her rotary washing line).


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 22 Oct 2018, 21:09 
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Well, yes, but aren't there days when we'd really like to run a rotavator through all the laundry?

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 22 Oct 2018, 23:12 
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Ohhhhhhhh, yes, Jennie, absolutely there are! I was quite disappointed.


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I'm reading a book where the author seems to think being in "Queer Street" means going crazy. Unless it has suddenly developed a new meaning in the past couple of years I'm pretty sure it means being broke or bankrupt.

ETA: same book, the protagonist is struggling to open a door that a few pages earlier was left open by a servant and not shut again by anyone.
Finally did people play hide and go seek in Victorian England, rather than hide and seek? Seems to be quite a few Americanisms in this book but I shall persevere. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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OED Online: "an imaginary street where people in difficulties (esp. financial ones) are supposed to reside; (hence) the fact of being in a difficult position, in trouble, etc." I've only ever heard it as meaning in debt, or at least very hard-up.


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PostPosted: 01 Nov 2018, 17:37 
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Is "documentate" a word? What's wrong with "to document" or "to record"?

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 01 Nov 2018, 18:17 
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Alison H wrote:
Is "documentate" a word? What's wrong with "to document" or "to record"?


I think it is a word, but possibly only if you're Italian.

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Not in the OED Online - seems to be 'urban English'.


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 01 Nov 2018, 19:42 
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It was in a document produced by the Charities Commission!

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PostPosted: 03 Nov 2018, 13:15 
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My work colleague uses the word 'diarise' a lot. It really irritates me, perhaps because I didn't think it was a word.

However, I looked it up in the OED and it is indeed a word and British English at that! (My colleague, incidentally, is Australian, although she's lived in the UK for over 20 years and is married to a Brit.)

Is it just me, or do others find it ugly?

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 03 Nov 2018, 13:25 
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I don't like "diarise" either. I suppose it's quicker than saying "put in the diary", but it just doesn't sound nice.

I was slightly bemused to hear a radio DJ this morning talking about the "Teutonic battle" between Blur and Oasis in the 1990s. None of their members are German, as far as I know :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 03 Nov 2018, 14:54 
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Alison H wrote:
I was slightly bemused to hear a radio DJ this morning talking about the "Teutonic battle" between Blur and Oasis in the 1990s. None of their members are German, as far as I know :lol: .


:roll: :roll: :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 04 Nov 2018, 12:18 
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Some people at work just use phrases that seem unnecessary - saying someone in 'on annual leave' instead of 'on holiday'; saying products need to be 'quality controlled' instead of 'checked' and using 'yourself' instead of saying 'you'!


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