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Freddy Woo writes, "My wife thinks calling the front room a lounge is common. Worse, a friend of hers recently admonished her daughter for calling a toilet, a toilet. Lavatory darling. It's lavatory."

My own mother refused to let me use the word 'oblong' instead of 'rectangle'. Which is just odd, to be honest.

What stuff do you think is common?

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:06)
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Text speak
I cut the below from a facebook group site:

"ope trish turns up safe n well,my forts r wiv al family, friends n associates t trish .best of luck ye n try n stay strong 4 da nxt hurtin person goin thru dis agony wiv u ,im opin 4 a happy outcum along wiv evry1 else XxX"

I can cope with it on a text message (though I did once refuse a second date with a bloke on the grounds of too much text speak - he doesn't know that though), you're trying to save space etc, but there is no excuse for it on facebook etc. Its free! Use as much space as you want!

While I'm on it, the constant misuse of their / they're / there, your / you're and people using 'borrowed' instead of 'lent' and 'learnt' instead of 'taught'. And misuse / complete failure to use punctuation. Which should ensure that I've misused punctuation somewhere in all this which some kind b3tard will point out to me and I'll be suitably embarrassed.

Ooooh I like this weeks QotW!
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 0:47, 6 replies)
Fuck me,
I'm with you on text speak and their/they're and there but I hope Trish turns up safe and well.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 0:52, closed)
Not worth starting it's own thread, but it has something to do with this one so...
There used to be a letter pinned to the wall where I work, basically saying about some cockup or other that had occurred. Now bearing in mind this came from the office side of things (presumably from people paid significantly more than me), and upon first seeing this letter, the first thing I picked up on was the fact that the writer used the word "therefore" on two seperate occasions.

This I wouldn't have minded, "therefore" is management-speak for "duh, obviously", except for the fact that the first time it was spelt "therefore" and the second time "there fore".

Am I petty in thinking that was a bit stupid?

(Ok, maybe not quite in keeping with the question, but it did have some relevance to the original post)
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 1:09, closed)
Grammar Nazi
You're not a true pedant until you warn people not to split the infinitive.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 2:13, closed)
I holeheartedly [sic] agree
Have a click.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 5:47, closed)
They can spell Associates but not Hope??
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 10:43, closed)
Learned & Lent
(IIRC) People who live in parts of the country with a dialect derived from Old Norse (basically, where the Vikings landed, so where rivers are called burns and there are villages that end in Thorpe and Thwaite) can get away with 'learned' because it is from the Old norse 'laernen' - meaning to teach, in a way that changes their live (/IIRC).

So 'I learned him not to take my red sauce without asking' would be - round my way - perfectly acceptable. Particularly if you'd left him a 'special' bottle and laughed as he spat it out.

(Same applies to lend as borrow in places with old Saxon-derived dialects).
(, Sat 18 Oct 2008, 17:17, closed)

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