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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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On the "what" versus "pardon" debate.
I was always told (along with "loo" instead of "toilet", "how do you do" instead of "pleased to meet you" etc) that one should say "what" instead of "pardon". "I beg your pardon" is a just about acceptable alternative.

Thus one day, when I was about 5 or 6, when asked to do something by my teacher, which I didn't quite catch, I said "what"?
She sternly told me to "say pardon, 'what' is rude".
Innocently, I just piped up with "my mummy says it's common to say 'pardon', and I should never say it."

And yet sometimes I wonder why I was bullied so much at school.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 17:19, 4 replies)
What about sorry?
I always say sorry. I thought "what" was rude.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 17:24, closed)
I once temped in an office...
...where the receptionist would say "You what, sorry?"
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 17:38, closed)
I say
"yerwot?" to my friends and "sorry?" to everyone else. I've never heard of "pardon" being thought common before this QOTW :S
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 17:29, closed)
you should say exsqueeze me.
(, Wed 22 Oct 2008, 23:15, closed)

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