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Re: “Bring” vs. “Take” differences in UK and American English  •  October 7, 2012, 3:35pm  •  1 vote

"Blurring of meaning"?? A nice way of saying it's wrong? If one hands someone a package that one wishes to be transported to the post office then one would say "take that to the post office", no "

Re: “Anglish”  •  July 25, 2012, 3:25pm  •  0 vote

You guys are really amusing. It all comes down to the poor working class being browbeaten by the aristocrats and scholars? ROFLMAO

Re: Pronouncing “gala”  •  July 23, 2012, 5:31pm  •  0 vote

I think it is time to explode the myth that the hotchpotch of perverse pronunciation, suspect spelling, and garbled grammar that Americans so arrogantly proclaim to be correct English is anything but

Re: Difference between acronyms and initials?  •  July 17, 2012, 3:22pm  •  2 votes

@ceegee An acronym is a pronounceable word which may be formed by initials or parts of other words. It is sometimes wrongly applied to any set of initials.

Re: Pronouncing “mandatory”  •  July 12, 2012, 3:27pm  •  2 votes

@D. A. Wood "many such people think that they should do things according to their whims, rather than bothering to find out the real way" Well said! You have crystallised just what is wrong with

Re: Pronouncing “gala”  •  July 12, 2012, 3:17pm  •  0 vote

Is there in fact a hard and fast rule about when "a" is hard (AH) or soft (AE)? We have saga and sago, tomato and potato,

Re: “get in contact”  •  July 12, 2012, 3:12pm  •  0 vote

Do pet peeves have to be justified or explained?

Re: Pronouncing “gala”  •  July 12, 2012, 2:32pm  •  0 vote

@Anwulf I find it somewhat ironic that one who holds strongly to the Germanic roots of the English language and normally vehemently objects to any Mediterranean influences should favour the "SK" p

Re: Pronouncing “début”  •  July 6, 2012, 10:14pm  •  0 vote

Check on The French pronunciation is definitely closer to 'daybew' than 'dayboo', as is the normal English pronunciation.

Re: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?  •  June 23, 2012, 3:41am  •  3 votes

Does having a pet peeve about how certain words are used (or misused) qualify one for membership in the "grammar police"? So far in this thread I have seen no evidence of anyone claiming that the use

Re: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?  •  June 22, 2012, 9:11pm  •  2 votes

I just found a number of references to this in the "Pled versus Pleaded" thread. Apparently it is a pet peeve for a number of people.

Re: Pled versus pleaded  •  June 22, 2012, 9:08pm  •  0 vote

WRT DAW's dissertations:- If spoken they would certainly be classified as verbal diarrhoea. Is there a term for the written equivalent?

Re: -age words  •  March 15, 2012, 5:41pm  •  0 vote

If one applies the logic:- signage = Signs collectively, esp. commercial signs or those on public display; the design and arrangement of these to some other -age words then would the following be tr

Re: of a  •  March 15, 2012, 5:33pm  •  0 vote

Advantage Hairy. JJMB to serve.

Re: Unusual use of “trespassed”  •  March 15, 2012, 5:32pm  •  0 vote

The antipodeans do seem to come with some rather idiosyncratic word usage. Perhaps a result of being so far removed from civilised influences.

Re: “hone in” vs. “home in”  •  December 28, 2011, 1:15pm  •  0 vote

@campobello It is more like downgrading than evolution and there is nothing neat about it. Just another sorry example of how acceptance of erroneous usage is leading to debasement and dumbing down o