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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 13 Mar 2018, 15:10 
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That's been annoying me too! Even the official message from the Lord Mayor of Liverpool said "Lady Anne".

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 13 Mar 2018, 18:13 
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Not exactly pedantry but glaring inaccuracy -

Picture in Daily Telegraph today of Meghan at the Commonwealth Day service wearing a navy dress and cream coat, the text describes her as wearing a cream dress and coat.


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Yes, should have been hat and coat ...

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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I've just seen posts on FB by two completely separate published authors. One talking about his 'non-fiction novel' and the other about her 'fictional novel'.

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I have read and heard about "yellow snow warnings" being issued by the Met Office. Is the change of colour due to global warming or to a very old joke?


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Talking of FB, the other day I saw someone post "stop trying to pull the wall over our eyes", followed by "severe them right"...have also seen "it was a nice jester" (gesture, presumably) and "I paid no poultry sum" (paltry, I guess). I think I blame predictive text for most of this, but I do wonder if we shall eventually return to non-standardised spelling!


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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I've just been told on FB that a new pub where the person had had lunch today provided 'copies' amounts of meat...

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Some people may have seen - I forget if it was in GO Facebook group or not - the packaging for the stuff that "relives" colds and flu.

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
PostPosted: 02 Apr 2018, 11:45 
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I was reading a review for something and the post said the purchaser had been 'jubious' about buying the item. It took a few minutes to work out what she meant!


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It looks so much as if the word is going to be "jubilant"! And then there's a faint echo of "oh frabjous day!" before the actual intended word comes clear.


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Just read an otherwise interesting blog post on Sutton Hoo which includes the words:
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Claiming Woden as one of his descendants, as did all of the Anglo-Saxon kings of the time


Thankfully someone else has already posted in the comments that it should surely be ancestor rather than descendant...

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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abbeybufo wrote:
Thankfully someone else has already posted in the comments that it should surely be ancestor rather than descendant...
That seems to be one that's surprisingly common!

I sort of understand why people get emigrants and immigrants confused if they've never learnt much language, though why don't they don't just say migrants?


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Noreen wrote:
I sort of understand why people get emigrants and immigrants confused if they've never learnt much language, though why don't they don't just say migrants?


I think that's how the use of 'impact' started, when people couldn't work out if they should be using 'affect' or 'effect' and avoided using either word.

I find 'impact' intensely irritating!


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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Ah yes emigrate and immigrate....endless discussions about it on expat boards. "My parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Britain"? I think.... :?

Nice typo on the Loch Garten Osprey website "If you visit Loch Garten during the winter months, cola tits will feed from your hand" I wonder if they will drink as well?

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Ambiguous notice in a local shop:

To our customers:
From 26th March we will be restricting the sale of
high caffeine drinks to under 16s.

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:lol: :lol:

Meanwhile, if I hear one more Commonwealth Games commentator use "medal" as a verb :banghead: .

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 Post subject: Re: Pedantry is alive and kicking on this board
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Alison H wrote:
:lol: :lol:

Meanwhile, if I hear one more Commonwealth Games commentator use "medal" as a verb :banghead: .


Are they also still referring to "atherletes"?


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I'm sure the title of "Chief Operating Officer" makes someone in a small office feel very important, but putting "COO" after your name (in an e-mail) just makes you look rather silly :lol: .

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Alison H wrote:
I'm sure the title of "Chief Operating Officer" makes someone in a small office feel very important, but putting "COO" after your name (in an e-mail) just makes you look rather silly :lol: .
Doesn't it just? And I feel the same about the word 'coworker'. If you really want an alternative to 'colleague', at least make it 'co-worker' so we're clear that we're not discussing animal husbandry! Mind you, 'cow towing' for 'kowtowing' is even sillier!


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Sign outside a local hairdresser included:

"[Brand name] Hole Body Tretment"

Perhaps this is the latest fad


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