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Please be advised....

  • August 12, 2010, 4:42am

I hear this used a lot by police and military (real life and movies, tv, etc).

"Be advised, the suspect has turned left and is traveling at a high rate of speed."

Seems completely unnecessary. Police jargon intended to sound more official, not so much about being polite or offering a choice. I guess you could argue it's an alternative to "attention!" I'd think efficiency in communication would be crucial when things are happening so fast and time is critical.

Fetch Referring to People?

  • September 11, 2009, 6:54am

@Glynn, i think it is about the definition. The "go fetch" you issue to a dog is not the only meaning or usage of the word. And to clarify, the original argument was with using the word fetch in reference to going to get someone, not telling people to go get something.

@Douglas, some good points. I did wonder about the alphabetical order.

I think the distinction here is whether or not it's used as a command (implying to a lesser being or someone inferior) [as Glynn put it: tell people to "go fetch"]. Of course if you order anyone to do something with a condescending tone, it's gonna sound negative or insulting regardless of the words being used.

"Go make me some coffee!"
"So I don't need to fetch Stephen from the airport tomorrow?"


Fetch Referring to People? September 10, 2009