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#3361 Maizie

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 15:07

I think that we also have to accept that in a non-specialised crossword, clues and answers might not match up in a way that entirely satisfies experts in that particular field.  Maybe there's a market for pedantic word puzzles!


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#3362 hummingbird

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 23:10

Message from John Richards, founder of the the Apostrophe Protection Society:

 

With regret I have to announce that, after some 18 years, I have decided to close the Apostrophe Protection Society.
There are two reasons for this. One is that at 96 I am cutting back on my commitments and the second is that fewer organisations and individuals are now caring about the correct use of the apostrophe in the English Language.
We, and our many supporters worldwide, have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!

 

RIP Apostrophe Protection Society  :goodNight: :angel:

 

 

 

PS.  "fewer" :D :clap:


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#3363 Aeolienne

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 13:28

My workplace intranet contains a page headed "Christmas advent calendar". Eh? And don't get me started on the ones with 25 doors. :grr:


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#3364 maggiemay

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 13:28

‘The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Harry have held discussions to diffuse the situation , and .....’ 

 

Ripples felt worldwide ? 


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#3365 Edwardo

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 17:18

I cannot see this marriage lasting. Harry is a weak character and Meghan is the boss.  She gets her own way, and sulks when she doesn't.

 

I had no idea you knew them.

 

Seriously, this is a ridiculous comment.  Everything you know about Harry and Meghan comes from the pages of the Mail, Sun or other lying rag (or Piers Morgan, which is worse).  I wouldn't even presume to pronounce on the internal dynamics of the marriages of people I've known for decades, never mind a couple half my age whom I've never met.  Still, with attitudes like yours I, for one, don't blame them getting as far away as they can from such moronic poison.


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#3366 HelenVJ

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 18:38

Well said, Edwardo.

I can't claim to know either of them, but I do know that Harry served for several years in the British army, including a tour in Afghanistan, cut short because of the interference of the press. Also he founded the highly successful Invictus Games for wounded soldiers. Oh, and walked across the South Pole, raising millions for charity. I don't see these achievements as the sign of a weak character. Maybe f#min is confusing sensitivity, and a willingness to be open about mental health issues, as a sign of weakness? 

I am far from a royalist, but Harry didn't ask to be born into the royal family, and I don't blame him at all for wanting to opt out and establish a peaceful family life elsewhere. 


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#3367 mel2

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 18:18

I'd like to assert that the last two posts are off-topic.
If that makes me a pedant then at least I'm in the right place.
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#3368 elemimele

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 20:40

I am defending Edwardo: his comment that we should not comment on the royal family as we don't know what we're talking about shows a fussy attention to detail that is lacking in most of the UK press. It is thus pedantic.

 

(but going definitely off-topic, am I the only person to have failed to notice that Meghan has any particular non-European race? It never occurred to me until I read something in the Times today about racial abuse. But then, I failed to notice that former president Obama is black. I just thought he looked like a respectable and somewhat younger president than normal... I am clearly ageist and suitist, but not racist).


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#3369 mel2

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 21:04

This may have been done before - if so, apologies - but I'm bored, so I'm going to do it again. I've noticed that there have been several language-related comments recently, so I simply thought we could put them all together in one place.The two intentions of this thread are that it should be a "safe haven" to post those little (or large) grammar and spelling niggles that really bug you, and it can also be somewhere you can come to ask advice about rules of which you are unsure (never end a sentence with a preposition).I hope Cyrilla won't mind me mentioning that "here, here" (rather than "hear, hear") and "definate" (rather than "definite") are two of her pet peeves, plus someone mentioned "should of". I'm going to add "alot" and the wrong use of practice / practise. Oh, and confusion between "I", "me" and "myself".One I'm less sure of is the precise usage of who / that / which, so if anyone has any handy hints for that one it would be appreciated.


I quote the original post by Czerny, once of this parish, in order to clarify the purpose of the thread. It is a safe space (cringe) for grammar niggles, not for moral finger-wagging.
And it is very easy to fail to notice that MM is of mixed race.
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#3370 elemimele

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 23:04

Oh, I wasn't defending Edwardo's finger-wagging (or criticising it), I was merely arguing that he was suffering from an over-fussy attention to detail, which makes him, in the strictest sense, a pedant. And therefore if he feels particularly happy here, it makes this a pedant's paradise. Or even a pedants' paradise. I'm happy, though, to restrict local pedantry to grammatical pedantry (which is a far safer sort of pedantry anyway; no one actually gets lynched over split infinitives). Sorry about any offence caused!


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#3371 Gordon Shumway

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 09:43

I feel that to limit this to royalist indignation is wrong and we must be pedantic in our insistence that every press story in every paper should be treated the same way.

You do not know anything about the royals, all you know is what the press choose to assert about them.

You do not know anything about Jeremy Corbyn, all you know is what the press choose to assert about him.

You do not know anything about the EU, all you know is what the press choose to assert about it.

You do not know anything about Boris Johnson, all you know is what the press choose to assert about him.

You do not know anything about ontology, all you know is the phenomenology.


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#3372 dorfmouse

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 10:13

https://youtu.be/NK5-2fPyCjA

He's got an -olgy!!
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#3373 mel2

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 11:14

https://youtu.be/NK5-2fPyCjA
He's got an -olgy!!


..or even an -ology.
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#3374 Gordon Shumway

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 12:09

It was only a few months ago that it occurred to me that I don't possess an -ology. (I even had to drop O-level biology at school)


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Posted 21 January 2020 - 20:22

Lloyds Bank - One of the links to further details - I'd like to borrow with a loan >

Is this English?


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