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Hairy Scot

Joined: January 31, 2011
Comments posted: 551
Votes received: 386

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

Indirect Speech?

June 15, 2016

“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

Oops.
Forgive the extra line in my previous post.
A thought that died at birth.

:)

Hairy Scot June 25, 2016, 5:36pm

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We could call it "oblique speech", or even "roundabout speech", or we could use a derivative of euphemism, metaphor, or allegory.
I am sure there a a number of terms that could be used to avoid the inevitable confusion caused by the use of the term "indirect speech" in this context.
.
Perhaps a simpler solution would be to refer

Hairy Scot June 25, 2016, 5:33pm

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It is all part of an evil American plot to eliminate prepositions.

:)

Hairy Scot June 19, 2016, 7:43pm

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Re: 'There is no pled!'

To quote The Everly Brothers 'Wake up little Suzie'.

Pled is alive and well and living in many Scottish courtrooms.

Hairy Scot May 29, 2016, 11:36pm

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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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