John Gibson

Joined: November 20, 2011

Number of comments posted: 19

Number of votes received: 6

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Re: fewer / less  •  May 8, 2014, 9:20pm  •  0 vote

Gosh, I just made a few mistakes in the last comment, didn't I? A case of "more haste, fewer speed" ....

Re: fewer / less  •  May 8, 2014, 9:17pm  •  1 vote

Ok, I'll try to learn not to be vary annoyed by "less lorries", "less tigers" etc., and I hope that this will be reciprocated if "fewer noise" and "fewer music" becomes similarly tolerated.

Re: Pronunciation of “often”  •  February 1, 2014, 2:49pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will I was merely making the point that RP was always the dialect of a minority - although one would never have guessed this, if one's listening was confined to the BBC up to the 1960s. The

Re: Pronunciation of “often”  •  January 31, 2014, 6:32pm  •  0 vote

Surely this is a case where the RP pronunciation was inferior (less logical) to that of the common indigenous Britons. Are there other cases of silent 't's in British English?

Re: tonne vs ton  •  January 31, 2014, 6:26pm  •  0 vote

The BBC has a number of agendas that it has pushed relentlessly for a number of decades. One of the strongest is the benefits to the UK of membership of the EU. And this explains its avid support for

Re: mines  •  December 9, 2013, 7:29pm  •  0 vote

In North-East England in my youth it was quite common to hear "yous", and it was used in constructions such as: "yous lot, you don't know you're born" [you young people, you're living in much easie

Re: “my” vs. “mine” in multiple owner possessive  •  December 9, 2013, 6:10pm  •  0 vote

You good people may wish to also consider the by-no-means-uncommon use of the phrase/interjection in British English speech of "my, my" or "my-my" (there are over 5,000,000 google references to the ph

Re: “my” vs. “mine” in multiple owner possessive  •  March 16, 2013, 1:24pm  •  0 vote

@annp Yes, indeed. This is dubbed, if I recall, the "fused particle" construction and may be the way I would express it in speech. In fact, I might refer to "the children", rather than "our childre

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  February 21, 2013, 3:16pm  •  2 votes

If two or more players are attacking, "England are on the attack" seems a better verbal description of the events than "England is on the attack". I've never liked the American tendency to use a c

Re: Someone else’s  •  February 21, 2013, 2:47am  •  0 vote

This, a big hit in the UK charts of 1960, answers your question: Someone else's baby Someone else's eyes are blue Someone else's baby Someone else

Re: “would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”  •  February 19, 2013, 5:12pm  •  1 vote

I would certainly like to see the conjugation of the verb "to of". I thought this was solely a usage in the UK, where all teaching of grammar ceased about 30/40 years ago. However, I recently fo

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 14, 2013, 8:35pm  •  0 vote

I recommend that y'gan and spend a couple of weeks in the toon of Newcastle in Geordieland. From Wikipedia: The dialect of Newcastle is known as Geordie, and contains a large amount of vocabulary a

Re: Impact as a noun  •  February 14, 2013, 8:15pm  •  0 vote

This history professor may well have suffered the damaging impact of a brick hitting his head, so I think we should treat him with the appropriate mix of understanding and disdain.

Re: “my” vs. “mine” in multiple owner possessive  •  February 14, 2013, 8:00pm  •  1 vote

Instead of: “I so appreciate you taking mine and Gregg’s child to school today.” Use this: “I so appreciate you taking Gregg’s child and mine to school today.” Or even: “I so appreciate

Re: There was/were a pen and three pencils...  •  February 27, 2012, 2:57pm  •  0 vote

Brockaway: "All of the following is wrong and sounds wrong:" Well this certainly sounds wrong to me. I would always wriite: All of the following are wrong and sound wrong:

Re: “Fine” as a complete sentence  •  February 27, 2012, 1:59am  •  0 vote

Hamish - Imagine one is giving a written description of someone in a noisy bar, and he keeps hearing scraps of conversation and describing his (puzzled/wondering) reaction. What are the words in ellip

Re: Sift  •  February 27, 2012, 1:48am  •  1 vote

"If people make mistakes on the Internet, Google will find them." Similarly, the internet allows the uninformed and lazy to wander in. For the not-too-lazy my google shows that many educated writ

Re: Sift  •  February 20, 2012, 8:30am  •  0 vote

Being sure I'd heard it before, I Googled "sift the juice". And there are lots of examples. Quoting from the first one: "Peel and slice golden pippins, according to what quantity of jelly is requir

Re: “Fine” as a complete sentence  •  February 19, 2012, 3:05pm  •  0 vote

I do encounter one word sentences in my reading (often in modern novels) from time to time. Usually they are mid-paragraph, but sometimes they are in dialogue. I was always taught that a sentence must