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Hairy Scot

Joined: January 31, 2011
Comments posted: 517
Votes received: 343

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


April 7, 2014

“admits to”

March 11, 2014

Pronunciation of “gill”

January 20, 2014

“You have two choices”

December 9, 2013


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


November 29, 2011

Stood down

August 1, 2011


February 8, 2011

Recent Comments

I get tense just thinking about it.

Hairy Scot August 8, 2015, 4:34am

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Maybe the context has some bearing, or even the old formal/informal use argument?

One could argue that the indiscriminate addition of suffices is rather too common these days.
A prime example of this being the "-age" suffix which has led to its use to form words which some use as alternative plurals instead of collective terms.

Hairy Scot August 8, 2015, 4:32am

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Might be something to do with the roots of the various words or terms.
There are those who maintain that those with Latin or French roots are preferable to those with Germanic origins, and vice versa.

May also have something to do with educational standards?

Hairy Scot August 8, 2015, 4:23am

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I'd say both are correct, although my preference in this case would be "escaped from prison".
Escape without from is appropriate with words like censure, notice, punishment, comment.
It just doesn't sound right when used in that fashion with words like prison, gaol, confinement.
The "escaped prison" is, I suspect, more common in American English where there seems to be a tendency to drop prepositions and even definite and indefinite articles.
For example:-
"Graduate college" instead of "Graduate from college"
"Trump debated Bush" rather than "Trump debated with Bush"
"It happened Monday" rather than "It happened on Monday"

But I may be wrong.


Hairy Scot August 8, 2015, 4:20am

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Just for the record:-

Acronym: An abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word (e.g. ASCII, NASA, LASER RADAR).

Initialism: An abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately (e.g. BBC, CIA, IBM).

Hairy Scot July 30, 2015, 11:54pm

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Does the sentence refer to one child or two children?

Hairy Scot July 18, 2015, 7:19pm

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"It is what it is" surely ranks alongside "do the math" as one of the most nonsensical phrases ever coined.

Hairy Scot July 14, 2015, 10:24pm

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Despite being an inveterate pedant I have no issues with that format.

Hairy Scot July 13, 2015, 6:02pm

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Perhaps the passenger was a refugee from George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice"?


Hairy Scot July 8, 2015, 6:13am

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As wet as a shag on a rock.

As wet as the end of a burrito.

As wet as Jacques Cousteau.

As wet as they come.

Hairy Scot June 21, 2015, 8:12pm

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I'd say that the use of "with" with verbs like assist, speak, meet, is probably more common in the USA than in other English speaking countries.

Hairy Scot June 7, 2015, 6:29pm

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@Mick Carlton


Hairy Scot May 7, 2015, 9:36pm

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I have submitted a couple of items during the past month but as yet they have not been published.
Perhaps Dyske is unwell or on vacation?

Hairy Scot April 21, 2015, 4:37pm

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Is PITE losing its appeal?

1) No new topics are being published. Although some have been submitted.
2) New comments are few and far between.

Hairy Scot April 19, 2015, 7:08pm

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Littler is the surname of a famous golfer.
I've never heard it used in any other context.

Hairy Scot April 12, 2015, 5:48pm

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I see nothing wrong in the use of pretty as an adverb, although certain combinations could be amusing:-
"She's really pretty ugly."
"That's pretty bad."

I'm sure there are more.


Hairy Scot March 20, 2015, 8:46pm

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See my comments in the thread on was/were.


Hairy Scot March 9, 2015, 7:08pm

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Hi WW,

Point taken.
I must say that in addition to respect for your knowledge I am impressed by your patience.
Were I to once more involve myself in this discussion I might well grow tired of casting my pearls .........................

Enough said methinks. :-))

Hairy Scot March 9, 2015, 7:05pm

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I thought this one had been put to bed some time ago.

Hairy Scot March 8, 2015, 6:01pm

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@Nick D

Of course you can use it.
However the unfortunate fact is that common usage does not always mean correct usage.


Hairy Scot March 8, 2015, 6:00pm

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