Hairy Scot

Joined: January 31, 2011

Number of comments posted: 395

Number of votes received: 173

Expat Scot now living in NZ. Home town was Greenock. Achieved SCE(H) levels in a number of subjects. Was employed by a multi-national company so spent a fair bit of time in other parts of Europe. Moved to South Africa in 1981 and then to NZ in 2007.

Questions Submitted

Have diphthongs gone for good?

Will words like fæces, archæologist, fœtus disappear from ou...

Mentee?

I should probably count myself fortunate that I almost reach...

Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

Two scenarios: You are an antipodean cricket commentator an...

“admits to”

I have noticed recently that the phrase “admits to” keeps po...

Pronunciation of “gill”

I have always believed, probably in common with most Scots, ...

“You have two choices”

Just what does “You have two choices” actually mean? Sinc...

Selfie

Selfie becomes a word! The selfie – defined as ‘a photograp...

Horizontal Stripes?

I’ve always believed that, especially with clothing, that th...

in that regard

Some people think that there is a difference in meaning betw...

“There can be only one” or “there can only be one”?

Aside from being accurate in quoting from Highlander I had n...

When is a bridge not an overbridge?

Here in Kiwiland the word “overbridge” is used when the majo...

“Harsh but true” vs “harsh but fair”

Discussion on appropriate use of these two phrases came up o...

“deal to”

Another oddity from my favourite source, The New Zealand Her...

Preferred forms

What would be the preferred form of each of these:-  ...

intend on doing?

“I intend on doing something about that” Just came across t...

“make a decision” or “take a decision”

Does one make a decision or take a decision? I favour the f...

“in regards to”

It’s one I had not encountered before moving to NZ. Now I he...

“it caught on fire”

In NZ I have often seen in print and heard people say “it ca...

“nearby to where he lives”

Another interesting phrase from The Independent: “nearby to...

“Liquid water”?

The phrase “liquid water” seems to have become very much in ...

“Bring” vs. “Take” differences in UK and American English

English (other than American English) has a clear differenti...

“get in contact”

Pet peeve 3 Saying “get in contact’ or “keep in contact”...

Pronouncing “mandatory”

Pet Peeve 2. People pronouncing “mandatory” as “mandayt...

Pronouncing “début”

Pet Peeve 1. Lots of antipodeans (particularly sports com...

Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

We often hear sentences like:- “Your teen is more at risk w...

“As per ....”?

I have noticed that here in NZ a lot of people use the phras...

Difference between acronyms and initials?

I have always believed that an acronym had to be a pronounca...

-age words

New Age Words? Just how far will the practice of adding “...

How to use floccinaucinihilipilification

I recently stumbled across the word “floccinaucinihilipilifi...

Unusual use of “trespassed”

Yet another antipodean oddity? Found these examples of an u...

The Best Euphemism for Shithouse?

What is the best euphemism for shithouse and/or urinal? I...

Perpendicular

When did perpendicular lose its verticality? I have always ...

“would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”

The phrase “would of” seems to be coming more and more commo...

Stood down

In the antipodes it is common to use “stood down” as a synon...

“I’ve got” vs. “I have”

Is there not a redundancy in the use of “got” with “have”? ...

Signage

The word signage seems to keep popping up more and more and ...

Correct preposition following different?

I am sure most of us will agree that “from” is the only prep...

Recent Comments

on: Plural of Yes

Let's get back to Yea and Nay. The plurals are easier...

on: Isn’t the word “feminism” itself gender-biased?

Is feminine logic really an oxymoron? :-)) ...

on: Have diphthongs gone for good?

My interest is more with the pronunciation. I remain unconv...

on: Have diphthongs gone for good?

@Liverwort "As typewriters came into common use, I can't se...

on: Have diphthongs gone for good?

@WW Looking at it logically, which is perhaps the wrong app...

on: Have diphthongs gone for good?

As for pronunciation of æ and œ, I wonder if the modern tend...

on: Have diphthongs gone for good?

@WW I've always used the f sound when pronouncing diphthong...

on: Computer mouses or computer mice?

Pointing devices? ...

on: Mentee?

@jayles "drowning point"!!! Luv it!!! I retire...

on: Mentee?

@jayles Would target not serve just as well as pointee? ...

on: Mentee?

@jayles Thanks for that link. A most interesting blog. ...

on: Natural as an adverb

"The Harry Redknapp Book of English as Spoken in The East En...

on: Natural as an adverb

"The Harry Redknapp Book of English as Spoken in The East En...

on: Mentee?

@WW Of course it's a personal thing. It's an opinion! A...

on: Mentee?

@jayles Serve for what? OED lists 1965 as earliest us...

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

Perhaps "Aw f**k, not fish again!" would be the most common ...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

@jayles You have obviously never watched a TV broadcast o...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

@jayles Just to be clear; my question was not intended as...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

@WW PCNSN = Politically Correct Nanny State Nazis...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

@jayles As WW will confirm, as I am a pedantic old fart, I ...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

I'm actually surprised this item was published. I submitted...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

@WW "But much more important - how did you manage to get bu...

on: What does “Curb your dog” mean?

WRT kerbing The OED has this:- a. The act of furnishing w...

on: What does “Curb your dog” mean?

@jayles We also have them in Kiwiland, though I did see a s...

on: Proper use of st, nd, rd, and th — ordinal indicators

There would seem to be no hard and fast definition of how da...

on: On Tomorrow

@jayles I'm probably being a little thick today but could y...

on: On Tomorrow

@Jasper I'm not saying your explanation is incorrect. It...

on: Pronouncing “str” like “shtr” as in “shtrong” “shtrange”

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33500869/Gif/moustache.j...

on: On Tomorrow

Hadn't thought of it that way, but I must confess I do have ...

on: On Tomorrow

To me "on tomorrow" does sound strange, especially in Americ...

on: “How is everything tasting?”

@Erroll I'm with you. "How's everything?" or "Everything OK...

on: “admits to”

@Skeeter Lewis I'd say "he confessed to committing the offe...

on: “You have two choices”

@Jasper Au contraire, I am willing to change my mind if con...

on: “You have two choices”

Please ignore the last line of my previous post. Some garba...

on: “You have two choices”

@WW Just to clarify the situation regarding PP. He was an ...

on: “admits to”

@Jayles PP was an atheist, so I don't think he'd be too w...

on: “You have two choices”

Warsaw Will ...

on: “admits to”

"Confess/confessed to" I can understand but unfortunately I ...

on: “You have two choices”

edit: The fact that someone's granny used a phrase for d...

on: “You have two choices”

@Jasper Perhaps intransigent is a bit strong, but I do rema...

on: You’ve got another think/thing coming

:-)...

on: What is the word for intentionally incorrect spelling?

:-))...

on: What is the word for intentionally incorrect spelling?

@K¥£!€ I believe cacography has already been mentioned....

on: What does “Curb your dog” mean?

1. The edge of the sidewalk is a kerb. Not sure how or ...

on: “You have two choices”

@Jasper Your example "you can have a sofa made to order in ...

on: “You have two choices”

I must reiterate my initial point:- Option and choice are n...

on: Pronunciation of “gill”

@jayles Skeeter got close. To be honest, I was probabl...

on: Pronunciation of “gill”

@SL It would seem that my (attempted) humour has missed the...

on: Pronunciation of “gill”

@WW I should have perhaps put erstwhile in italics or quote...

on: “hone in” vs. “home in”

@WW Let's not get personal. As you know by now I do on...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

@WW Thanks for the links. I will certainly have a look th...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

@WW I may well be confused regarding the source of the info...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

An original from 1603? Does Google have the originals? ...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

I will agree that there are occasions when "different than" ...

on: Correct preposition following different? Redux

This article http://business.time.com/2014/01/18/amazon-wan...

on: and so...

George Bush is an old so and so. ...

on: “Bring” vs. “Take” differences in UK and American English

http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/cw-bring-take.htm...

on: You’ve got another think/thing coming

@_Shorty I think you have completely missed the point. "Yo...

on: Prepositions at the end of a clause

On his 70th birthday, a man was given a gift certificate fro...

on: Selfie

ROFLMAO...

on: Word in question: Conversate

@jayles I do not believe that we can blame immigrants in th...

on: Word in question: Conversate

@WW If you are happy with rubbish like "conversate", "wou...

on: Word in question: Conversate

@WW In all seriousness, I have no wish to stifle the evolut...

on: Word in question: Conversate

@WW "thank God we don't have such an equivalent, and that e...

on: Word in question: Conversate

@Carrie13 @fussbudgit Welcome to the club. If English h...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

@WW wrt leverage; I think its use as a verb has, like a lot...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

@WW "@HS - would you object to 'case' (noun 14th century) b...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

An interesting site:- http://atrixnet.com/bs-generator.html...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

Another that hurts my ears is "showcase" when used as a verb...

on: Plural last name ending in “z”

@Larkin Goodriches would be the correct plural....

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

@WW I have heard "redd" on many occasions, mainly as "redd ...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

I must say that I agree with Brus on the "feedback", "check ...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

@WW You make a telling point about phrases from local diale...

on: Backward vs. Backwards?

Add to that:- nuc-u-lear instead of nu-clear Bir-naard ins...

on: in that regard

@WW Being a stylish chap I prefer "regarding" or "as for". ...

on: in that regard

@WW Anent misuse of regards; hearing things like:- "I must...

on: in that regard

@WW Correction. As to "In that respect/regard" I must admi...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@WW Ach well, not often I'm right but ........................

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@Brus I must admit to having thoughts about shagging and ot...

on: in that regard

@WW Anent is OE, but I suppose its use may have continued l...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

@WW LOL, yes, I slipped in alias as a tease. Although I hav...

on: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

I have no real issue with how we pluralise words borrowed fr...

on: in that regard

@WW An afterthought:- Instead of "Re ......"/"Regarding.......

on: in that regard

@WW Wow! I certainly got your attention. :-) ...

on: Five eggs is too many

@WW Was in The Auld Country for a month and stayed away fro...

on: Five eggs is too many

@Maigida I agree that English is a living language, however...

on: “There can be only one” or “there can only be one”?

Or maybe, like Google, I am skewed by The Highlander....

on: “There can be only one” or “there can only be one”?

Dunno why, but I lean toward "there can be only one". Perha...

on: have gone to

@WW As you have probably gathered from previous discussio...

on: have gone to

Regarding the OP: Why not just use "attended"?...

on: When is a bridge not an overbridge?

My point is not about the accuracy of either term, just that...

on: I’ve vs I’ve got

@WW Point taken. :-))...

on: Same difference

Compare "seven minus five" and "twenty minus eighteen". Sam...

on: I’ve vs I’ve got

Please excuse the typos. Should read "I have no quibble" ...

on: I’ve vs I’ve got

I have not quibble with use of "I've" but I do prefer "I hav...

on: I’ve vs I’ve got

There is an extensive discussion of this here:- http://pain...

on: “make a decision” or “take a decision”

@WW As I said in my opening post, I favour "make a decision...

on: You’ve got another think/thing coming

I too am an older person, fast approaching my three score an...

on: “Harsh but true” vs “harsh but fair”

@WW Private Messages...

on: “Harsh but true” vs “harsh but fair”

@WW I'd like to have a chat with you outside PITE. I hav...

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