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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

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

HEAR HEAR!!!!

Hairy Scot May 7, 2015, 9:36pm

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@WW

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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@WW

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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Dunno if this is totally relevant, but I have seen and heard phrases like "an empty bottle of wine" used instead of the more (in my view) logical "empty wine bottle".

Hairy Scot March 4, 2015, 4:05pm

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Hairy Scot February 26, 2015, 4:11pm

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@WW

Once again I must compliment you on a detailed and interesting post.


:-))

Hairy Scot February 26, 2015, 4:09pm

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Nice response Will.


:)

Hairy Scot February 23, 2015, 8:26pm

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Just an after thought:-
In the case of "----- and ruin" I am more attracted to the idea that "wrack" may be the more apt choice given its near similarity to "wreck" and indeed its original root.

Hairy Scot January 4, 2015, 1:30am

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@WW
The article I read was in fact that by Michael Quinlon which appeared on World Wide Words..

Hairy Scot January 3, 2015, 4:27pm

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It certainly does seem rather stilted, and the addition of "back" makes it even worse.

Hairy Scot January 2, 2015, 3:39pm

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Attacking or criticising the person rather than the opinion or position seems to be something that is very much in vogue on internet forums (or fora if you prefer it).
I have encountered it on a number of occasions but I must say that it pains me to see instances of it here on PITE.
While I may not always agree with WW, I would never dream of insulting him.

Hairy Scot December 29, 2014, 6:48pm

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@WW

One swallow does not a summer make, nor yet a meal.


;)

Hairy Scot December 29, 2014, 6:41pm

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