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We've had questions about lies and liars in the past, but this time we're asking about the sort of fantasist who constantly claims they've got a helicopter in the garden or was "second onto the balcony at the Iranian Embassy siege". Tell us about the cobblers you've been told, or the complete lies you've come out with.

Thanks to dozer for the suggestion

(, Thu 13 Jan 2011, 12:55)
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Oooo Billskippers has reminded me
Business pseudo-word bullshit. Yes I know we had annoying words and phrases a few months ago, but really.


(, Tue 18 Jan 2011, 16:41, 13 replies)

Something i said?

or: "An issue I advised?" .....
(, Tue 18 Jan 2011, 17:11, closed)
I think they mean different things.
I could give you my beer, but I would expect you to hold it until I returned from the toilet. However, I could gift you a beer and it would be yours to do with what you wish.
I'll admit that in everyday life "gifted" is a bit cockish to use -- but legally it is correct.
(, Tue 18 Jan 2011, 17:25, closed)
I detect an inconsistency
If you give me your beer, and 'gift' me a beer, the difference is as much in the possessive pronoun vs the indefinite article as it is in the normal verb vs hateful neologism.

And if you give OR gift me your beer and expect it back without saying words to the effect of "hold that while I go for a piss", I'm going to drink it if I'm drunk enough, assuming you have decent taste in beer, don't have communicable diseases or weapons-grade halitosis, etc. Sometimes even without those assumptions (if I'm drunk enough).

And legal correctness and understandable, pleasing-to-the-ear, non-bullshit English parted company some time ago.
(, Tue 18 Jan 2011, 17:36, closed)
That is not what I meant.
If I give you my beer I am merely doing just that -- I am transferring it to your keeping. If I gift you it I am making you its legal owner and, if it's a very very expensive beer with tax implications, we'll need to pay some tax too.
Give does not mean "transfer legal ownership to without remuneration" (or however a lawyer would put it).
(, Tue 18 Jan 2011, 17:51, closed)
right. Are you both jotting down legal and tax jargon on to B3TA?
could you both fuck off?
(, Tue 18 Jan 2011, 17:56, closed)
Yeah, then we can party!
(As long as we were gifted an invite.)
(, Tue 18 Jan 2011, 18:03, closed)
Is there a box anyway you can tick
to "gift aid" the beer? Then the treasury can gift me another 20% of the beer you gifted me, too.
(, Wed 19 Jan 2011, 16:55, closed)
The point is
That the word gift is a noun and not a verb, so it should not be used as such. And don't give me that tired line about language evolving; that's just an excuse people use for speaking bad English.
(, Wed 19 Jan 2011, 8:48, closed)

(, Wed 19 Jan 2011, 17:55, closed)
I have a problem with "learnings".
Surely they are "lessons"?
(, Wed 19 Jan 2011, 9:52, closed)
I have a problem with language rapists.
Don't get me wrong - I don't mind distorting language in unholy ways for fun and pleasure, and, indeed, intectual exercise (to date, I believe I am the inventor of the word "patheticitude"), but people who do so because they think it makes them sound clever, or more businesslike, should be shot with extreme prejudice.
(, Wed 19 Jan 2011, 11:29, closed)
my friend said "egotestical"
and i done a chuckle.
(, Wed 19 Jan 2011, 15:21, closed)
Hahahahaha some may say that's what I am
Or simply a laud of auld bollix as my father in law would say.
(, Wed 19 Jan 2011, 20:23, closed)

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