Perfect Pedant

Joined: August 7, 2011

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Re: “Bring” vs. “Take” differences in UK and American English  •  October 10, 2012, 3:18pm  •  0 vote

I think the hirsute Caledonian makes a some very good points. Typically those who cry pedant are also those who would have us deny the influence of the romance languages which lend a great deal of be

Re: “Bring” vs. “Take” differences in UK and American English  •  October 7, 2012, 2:09pm  •  1 vote

@Hairy Scot English has become like Aussie Rules football. Rule 1. There are no rules. Rule 2. See Rule 1.

Re: Word in question: Conversate  •  October 4, 2012, 11:32pm  •  1 vote

OH DEAR! So English is to be just like Aussie Rules Football? Rule 1: There are no rules. Rule 2: See Rule 1.

Re: Pronouncing “mandatory”  •  September 28, 2012, 5:41pm  •  0 vote

Forvo.com, which is a good source for checking pronunciation lists only one pronunciation of mandatory. http://www.forvo.com/search/mandatory/

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  August 10, 2012, 10:53pm  •  0 vote

@D.A.W I have in the past carped about the length of your posts. What I have just read here has definitely modified my view. A fine and detailed explanation of the subjunctive and its uses. I

Re: “Anglish”  •  July 24, 2012, 5:45pm  •  0 vote

@Jayles @Gallitrot I am indeed sceptical and I was neither trolling nor casting aspersions. There are a number of fora that cater for Anglish and its supporters. This is a forum about the Englis

Re: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?  •  July 24, 2012, 5:11pm  •  0 vote

@goofy Other languages?

Re: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?  •  July 24, 2012, 4:50pm  •  0 vote

@Jasper Your use of "In regards, to English ... " certainly illustrates that you are one of those who are too lazy to think of how to properly use the language.

Re: Pronouncing “gala”  •  July 23, 2012, 5:24pm  •  1 vote

Percy, I guarantee that if you go a few miles north to the town of Galashiels and try that pronunciation you will certainly get more than just a few strange looks.

Re: “Anglish”  •  July 23, 2012, 4:39pm  •  0 vote

Anglish is probably a diverting hobby for those who are interested in that kind of thing. While there may be the odd word(s) that could have some relevance to posit Anglish as a resurrection of Olde

Re: “get in contact”  •  July 18, 2012, 7:45pm  •  0 vote

I suppose a lot depends on the context. For standard everyday use I would prefer "keep in touch" or "get in touch". When two people are parting company saying "keep in contact" sounds a wee bit stil

Re: Molotov Cocktails  •  July 12, 2012, 9:38am  •  0 vote

@D. A. Wood "Despite the fact that I specifically mentioned New Zealand, Labrador, and the Yukon Territory? " Probably read from the back of a cereal box.

Re: Pronouncing “début”  •  July 6, 2012, 10:09pm  •  1 vote

"but" in French is closer to 'bew' than 'boo', so it would be 'daybew' not 'dayboo'. It's not often the Aussies get it right, but they've got it wrong again. My god! they can't even get cricket

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  June 5, 2012, 10:26am  •  0 vote

Extract from http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-dif1.htm :- An astonishing amount of print has been devoted to these forms in various style guides and grammars in the past three centuries, with much

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  June 4, 2012, 5:43pm  •  0 vote

Previous post didn't do to well with tabs. But the figures show that "from" is favourite. Have a look here:- http://alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxdiffer.html

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  June 4, 2012, 5:39pm  •  0 vote

The Collins Cobuild Bank of English shows choice of preposition after "different" is distributed as follows: "from" "to" "than" ----- --

Re: Difference between acronyms and initials?  •  June 2, 2012, 3:37am  •  3 votes

Definition of ACRONYM : a word (as NATO, radar, or laser) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term Definition of MNEMONICS : a tec

Re: Difference between acronyms and initials?  •  June 1, 2012, 6:22pm  •  1 vote

@DAPster There is a world of difference between acronyms, mnemonics, and initials or initialism.

Re: Word in question: Conversate  •  May 15, 2012, 8:02pm  •  2 votes

@AnWulf Those of us who hold that the OED is the ultimate authority on the English Language would have to disagree on "conversate" being a word. However, since "motherfucker" appears in those hallow

Re: What is the word for intentionally incorrect spelling?  •  May 7, 2012, 10:53pm  •  0 vote

I think that Hairy Scot got it right with "cacography", and he also gets second prize for "americanism" @Lee Kay I think "solecism" is a bit wide of the mark, although in some circles it may well

Re: -age words  •  March 13, 2012, 8:19pm  •  0 vote

Apparently some of these words do have a distinct meaning of their own but they are all too often used in the wrong context. Signage is a prime example of this problem because, as you point out, it i

Re: that vs. if and whether  •  February 3, 2012, 2:10pm  •  0 vote

Nice one Rachel!

Re: “hone in” vs. “home in”  •  December 28, 2011, 2:39pm  •  4 votes

"It came to public attention and gained some notoriety when George Bush used it in the presidential campaign of 1980 — he spoke of “honing in on the issues”." The fact that Bush used it is surely r