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September 10, 2009
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.
August 12, 2010, 4:42am
@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 <em>someone</em>, 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!"vs"So I don't need to fetch Stephen from the airport tomorrow?"
September 11, 2009, 6:54am
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