Hairy Scot

Joined: January 31, 2011

Number of comments posted: 392

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...

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@JJMBallantyne None so blind as he who will not see....

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Your name is well chosen....

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There seem to be lots of sites and sources which show "If I ...

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@JJMBallantyne We have already established what is correct....

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@Warsaw Will Like you I was expressing an opinion. Do you h...

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@Hairy LOL...

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The most annoying thing about pedants is that they are usual...

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I took Latin in high school (don't ask me why, I have forgot...

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@Porsche @JJM My apologies, you are absolutely correct. ...

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There are a number of discussion forums covering this topic,...

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The statement "It may seem that was is crowding out subjunct...

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@goofy Yes, I agree. But you did say "how good writers act...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

@goofy "If I were....." formal, written "If I was ...." i...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Why is being correct labelled as pedantry? English is my se...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

I thought this one had been done to death. Advocating adher...

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

@Jor Please don't get me started on the misuse of apostroph...

on: Prepositions at the end of a clause

Looks like some unregistered bozo has found a way to make us...

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

Never seen the "ov" form, but "would ov" is no more correct ...

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@AnWulf "The Coffin Dancer" by Jeffery Deaver. (Whose fath...

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@AnWulf Surprised to see that you haven't climbed into the ...

on: What is the word for intentionally incorrect spelling?

Isn't it called an Americanism? :) ...

on: “enamored with” and “enamored by”

Try searching for enamoured, you'll find lots of info: enam...

on: What can I do besides...

@dogreed Sorry dude, you got it wrong. Besides appears in ...

on: Prepositions at the end of a clause

@Anwulf As one whose native tongue was all but eliminated b...

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Since AS is your hobby I will bow to your superior knowledge...

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@Anwulf Maybe you should join the Anglish community. As lo...

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Tung:- Old High German Etymology Cognate with Old English ...

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Yes indeed, well said Valentina....

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Thank you Valentina....

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@Anwulf You are even more close minded and dogmatic than th...

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Regardless of correctness or elegance, terminal prepositions...

on: Over exaggeration

OMG! We are doomed!...

on: Over exaggeration

So one can then underexaggerate?...

on: Over exaggeration

Would you use phrases like "reverse backward", or "advance...

on: Over exaggeration

@Anwulf The words in the post are not mine, I was merely pr...

on: Over exaggeration

From http://www.grammarist.com/usage/overexaggerate Exag...

on: Over exaggeration

@JohnnyM Pedantic: yes, condescending: perhaps, offensive: ...

on: Backward vs. Backwards?

@Meg The OED and Chambers disagree. Both list the "s" form...

on: Usage of ‘I have doubt that’

@porsche "I have doubt" may be grammatically correct but it...

on: “hone in” vs. “home in”

@evath You could be right! :) ...

on: Over exaggeration

A lot of drivel being spouted here. Despite what Merriam-We...

on: Usage of ‘I have doubt that’

One can say "I doubt ......." or "I have doubts................

on: “Under urgency”

@AnWulf Yes, I am in NZ. I "googled" the phrase and the ...

on: “hone in” vs. “home in”

@porsche, Hairy Scot I too am guilty of of being dismissive...

on: “hone in” vs. “home in”

@porsche Thanks for pointing that out. I'll admit I tend t...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

The only true gospel for the English language is the OED, al...

on: “hone in” vs. “home in”

@Remek Should the media, whether in print, on radio, or on ...

on: “hone in” vs. “home in”

Surely evolution should lead to improvement, not the dumbing...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Unfortunately Merriam-Webster tends to reflect only what is ...

on: “hone in” vs. “home in”

In common with the majority of the English speaking world I ...

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@Brus I have agreed with you all along. It's just that we c...

on: whensoever vs. whenever

I think "whensoever" is archaic and was superceded by "whene...

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@Brus We are obviously casting our pearls before swine. I ...

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@goofy The difference lies in the use of subjunctive vs ind...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Both idiolect and counterfactual appear in OED but, strangel...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

@Brus I agree 100%. Unfortunately the demon of common usag...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Another example of how "common usage" leads to deterioration...

on: What happened to who, whom and whose?

@Kyle I agree that language evolves, but unfortunately al...

on: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?

"My writing.........." is correct....

on: Stood down

The opposite of "to be stood up"??...

on: Stood down

Hello acorn1. Please see my response in the other thread. ...

on: Someone else’s

@Scott @Acorn1 I also have a sense of humour, which it s...

on: Someone else’s

The use of phrases like "in America', or "in the US", or "ac...

on: Impact as a noun

As joshelson stated:- "The use of terms such as "impact on"...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

I did not expect so much debate on this. My own feeling is ...

on: Signage

@porsche I agree that some of the examples may be correct...

on: Signage

I think you may even find one example there where it appears...

on: Signage

Rather than list examples I suggest you take a look at this ...

on: Signage

@Bryan M Yes, my thoughts exactly. However, "common us...

on: “identical to” and “identical with”

Has to be "identical to" "similar to" "same as"! With does ...

on: Correct preposition following different?

Oops! My initial post was obviously not clear. I was thi...

on: Fora vs Forums

@CA-Rooster Regarding "debut" I must admit that the kiwi ...

on: Fora vs Forums

@CA-Rooster. Sorry if you found my post insulting, it cer...

on: Fora vs Forums

Last sentence of previous post should read:- However I fe...

on: Fora vs Forums

Wish I had found this thread earlier! Would have loved to a...

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