Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Howardh, 8 Jan 2020.
Tense type kills me
Don't forget that you can refuse to take out the refuse!
If a bomb's fuse is faulty do you refuse it?
Buses or busses?
Stranger or weirder?
Many years ago at work, some drawings were printed out and signed by someone senior in the evening. Then, someone spotted an error or needed to change something. Either way, the relevant drawings were reprinted and left for the senior person to sign in the morning with a note "please resign here". Obviously, the intention was "please sign the drawings again" but the word resign had other connotations!
Stepkids always say thgey're going to take a shower.
I always ask 'where are you taking it?' as my education in that was to say, I'm going for a shower, or I'm having a shower
Shouldn't resign have had a hyphen in it to make it re- sign?
Maybe, but that wasn't what was written on the Post-It. Should 'reprint' thus have a hyphen for the same reason? Re-sign = sign again, re-print = print again.
My father, as a teacher, was often asked "can I borrow some glue?" He'd typically respond "sure, as long as you put it back in the pot afterward."
Reminds me of the time I said to a rather posh tweedy jacketed red trousered chap in Salisbury “You wouldn’t know the way to railway station would you?”*
He replied “Well would I, or wouldn’t I!?”
As I walked away having administered an atomic wedgie I did think that maybe he had a point.
*Even now I’m thinking that I’ve probably made a mistake with where I’ve placed things like my “ and ? etc.
Your punctuation looks fine to me, apart from the unnecessary comma.
I say cone to rhyme with scone...
Ok. I’ll have to leave it now but thanks.
And a bandage can be wound around a wound!
And I've started a sentence with "and"... (twice)
... and an ellipsis at the beginning is the trick I use.
The "Trumpian Ellipsis" (more than three points, no space at the end) seems to be growing in popularity......not good!......
I think that's legal now, isn't it??
Dunno who decides these things, probably the makers of the Oxford dictionary. Wonder if any words get removed from it over the years and why?? I'd love to bring a few out-of-use words back to life?
Nope. The Oxford English Dictionary is descriptive (it notes how other people use the langauge) rather than prescriptive (creating the rules of how people should use the language). There's no such body (like the Académie Francaise) for English.
I think it is actually grammatically correct in some circumstances - not nearly as many as it’s used for though.
Songwriters and poets are allowed to get away with it.
Walk Away Renée
... and Led Zeppelin - What is and What Never Should Be
"It is more than my job's worth to [eg] let you ride without buying a ticket."
What is really meant is that it is less than the job is worth. Ie, keeping the job is more valuable than someone getting a free ride.
The original Left Banke version is on my Desert Island Discs selection: I still have the Philips 45.
Does anyone know why ‘Monger’ is only used before - Iron/Fish/cheese etc?
Not tickets/beer or manure?
It’s always seemed like a strange hang up to me.
It’s the same in French, although saying "against" is also correct but not necessarily used more.
Interesting thought -- I've never seen it that way be fore. Of course, one can (semi)-humorously coin "monger" words ad lib.
There's a very funny little book called How To Be An Alien, by one George Mikes -- a Hungarian refugee in Britain in the World War II era. Published shortly after that war, it's a humorous "guide" for other expatriates, to the oddities of British life. In the section on the strangeness of the English language, the author muses briefly on the "monger" thing -- to the effect of, "A fishmonger mongs fish. The ironmonger and the warmonger do the same with iron and war. They all mong them."
I'm on my PC now. Well, no I'm not, I'm sat in front of it, if I were on it it would break!!
Either that, or he'd arrest you!
This reminds me of a couple of videos I saw recently...
I have a friend who works as a supermarket cashier. She always refers to her relief cashier 'jumping on the till' and I've heard the phrase being used in other supermarkets too, often shortened to 'will you jump on for me please?' My friend is not a lightweight, and any jumping years she had are well behind her at age 71.