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Hairy Scot

Joined: January 31, 2011
Comments posted: 527
Votes received: 363

Expat Scot now living in NZ. Home town was Greenock. Achieved SCE(H) levels in a number of subjects. Was employed by a multi-national company so spent a fair bit of time in other parts of Europe. Moved to South Africa in 1981 and then to NZ in 2007.

Questions Submitted

“Defeat to”

November 2, 2015

“Thanks for that”

January 7, 2015

“Rack” or “Wrack”?

January 2, 2015

3 Laning?

December 8, 2014

“Watching on”?

November 23, 2014

Alternate Prepositions?

April 27, 2014

Mentee?

April 7, 2014

“admits to”

March 11, 2014

Pronunciation of “gill”

January 20, 2014

“You have two choices”

December 9, 2013

Selfie

November 23, 2013

Horizontal Stripes?

November 6, 2013

in that regard

October 12, 2013

“deal to”

February 27, 2013

Preferred forms

January 1, 2013

intend on doing?

December 29, 2012

“in regards to”

October 17, 2012

“it caught on fire”

October 16, 2012

“Liquid water”?

October 12, 2012

“get in contact”

July 11, 2012

“As per ....”?

May 12, 2012

-age words

March 11, 2012

Perpendicular

November 29, 2011

Stood down

August 1, 2011

Signage

February 8, 2011

Recent Comments

Nor I.

Hairy Scot May 15, 2016, 2:48am

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@Philip
Never seen or heard "ish" used in the manner you describe.
In my experience it's more commonly used to mean "around" or "about", as in "What time will you arrive?" "12ish"

Hairy Scot April 27, 2016, 8:06pm

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@Sombody123

Yep, just like speed limits and taxes.

Hairy Scot April 17, 2016, 5:10pm

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Robert,
I suggest you read the previous entries in this thread and make up your own mind.
There are those of us who will say that it has to be "were".
However, "was" seems to be gaining in popularity.

You seem to be getting diseased and deceased confused. :-)

Hairy Scot March 29, 2016, 12:05am

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@Amandaa 12
"We have yet to go to the store" sounds better.
Omitting "yet" from either example does perhaps shade the meaning slightly.

Hairy Scot February 13, 2016, 9:23pm

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I'd say that your "easy" explanation is more than adequate.

Hairy Scot January 29, 2016, 5:14pm

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I'd say it's acceptable in all but the "most formal" communications.

Hairy Scot January 29, 2016, 5:11pm

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Kevin44
I have no problem with the language being alive and subject to change, but not all changes are an improvement, and some definitely diminish the language.
A pox upon "accepted language", "common usage", and all supporters of such nonsense.
:-))

Hairy Scot January 13, 2016, 4:17pm

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@jtu

ROFL

Hairy Scot January 9, 2016, 11:42pm

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I would omit the comma and put a period after 16th.

Hairy Scot January 6, 2016, 10:20pm

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IMHO "go figure" is right up there with "do the math" on the list of sayings to be avoided at all times.

:-))

Hairy Scot November 29, 2015, 7:49pm

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How should a waiter or bartender address a customer?
"Do you want .........................?"
or
"Would you like.....................?"

Hairy Scot November 26, 2015, 4:24pm

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@jtu

Your apology is noted.

:-))

Hairy Scot November 23, 2015, 4:20am

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cacography

Hairy Scot November 16, 2015, 10:21pm

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Yes.

Hairy Scot November 15, 2015, 3:08am

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@WW

Once again I must compliment you on your exhaustive research.

:)

Hairy Scot November 10, 2015, 8:49pm

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@jtw
I don't believe that at any point I claimed that the phrase was erroneous, merely that to me it sounds strange.
If or when I shuffle off this mortal coil I can only hope that another grumpy old pedant will spring up and continue to point out examples of strange and/or unusual phrases.
Given the lack of logic in the language I doubt that any kind of empirical measure exists.

Hairy Scot November 6, 2015, 1:12am

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Perhaps I should add that in other contexts the use of "defeat to" may well not sound wrong, but in the example I quoted I think it does.

Hairy Scot November 4, 2015, 4:48pm

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@jayles
Sorry, but "defeat to" falls hard upon my elderly ears, and thole it I will not.

Hairy Scot November 4, 2015, 4:45pm

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Dyske omitted the line about my donning the grumpy pedant cap for this topic.

:-))

Hairy Scot November 3, 2015, 5:04pm

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