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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5925 on: December 12, 2020, 06:38:33 pm »
DHL Track Your Parcel web site says mine is "at sortation facility"

Is sortation even a word ?
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5926 on: December 12, 2020, 06:43:10 pm »
No, it's when 'or' crashes into 'station'.
L'enfer, c'est les autos.

Kim

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5927 on: December 12, 2020, 06:56:32 pm »
DHL Track Your Parcel webs site say mine is "at sortation facility"

Is sortation even a word ?

Sorting automation, innit.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5928 on: December 12, 2020, 10:28:40 pm »
No, it's when 'or' crashes into 'station'.
Guffaw!
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5929 on: December 12, 2020, 10:30:17 pm »
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Tailfin increases versatility with modularly designed Cargo Cage
Tailfin, quite appropriate. Or rather, a headline in road.cc about Tailfin. You can't say it's actually grammatically wrong but it certainly is clumsy. Wouldn't "...modular Cargo Cage design" sound better?
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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5930 on: December 17, 2020, 10:41:42 am »
YouTube comments often make me cringe but I know the warning: Don't read the bottom half of the internet. Despite the warning, sometimes I read. Silly me. Today, in 9 words I see 9 errors that make me cringe:

lol remember more then half DIDNT Listen to thisBULL

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5931 on: December 24, 2020, 09:48:29 am »
Bonus two-in-one from the BBC website today..

"Brexiteer Tories poised to pour over trade deal"

Closely followed by..

"When the detail of the deal comes out - hopefully later today - there will be many across the UK and EU pawing over the content."

 ::-)
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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5932 on: December 24, 2020, 02:17:52 pm »
Insane meaning rather remarkable:sick:

I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5933 on: December 31, 2020, 05:27:19 pm »
"We share information on a need-to-know basis." Okay.
"You need-to-know that I am a committed staff member." Ouch! No!
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citoyen

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5934 on: January 09, 2021, 11:11:04 pm »
"We share information on a need-to-know basis." Okay.
"You need-to-know that I am a committed staff member." Ouch! No!

I like the idea of need-to-know as a compound verb. Sounds quite French.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

citoyen

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5935 on: January 11, 2021, 05:18:51 pm »
Headline on the Guardian today:
"Police arrest man who carried Pelosi lectern and horned Capitol intruder"

A classic example of what the scholars at Language Log call a crash blossom. (Is 'horned' a verb or an adjective here?)

Although it's not nearly as amusing as this one:
https://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=44683
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5936 on: January 11, 2021, 05:29:48 pm »
Bleugh. In addition to the interpretation you have suggested, using 'horned' as a verb, I initially read that sentence as the arrested man had been carrying both the lectern and the man with the horns.

My contribution today isn't really grammar; it's just using the wrong word, but I thought it might be appreciated here. An advert for a virtual running event invites participants to 'select 8 concurrent days' and run a particular distance on each of them. I think that's a much harder challenge than they intended.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5937 on: January 11, 2021, 05:36:27 pm »
It looked the same to me as it did to Jasmine, although of course it's obvious he wasn't carrying the "horned intruder" (who looks to me as if he's part of a rather tacky Village People tribute band).
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citoyen

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5938 on: January 11, 2021, 05:37:34 pm »
I initially read that sentence as the arrested man had been carrying both the lectern and the man with the horns.

Yes, that too! It's a gift of a headline.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5939 on: January 12, 2021, 10:17:24 am »
The meaning of the word "traffic" has switched through 180 degrees from "things moving" to "things not moving".
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Councillors hope that traffic caused by the level crossing in Ash will be eased in future after approving a plan to build a road bridge over the railway.
https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/level-crossing-ash-station-replaced-19601746
This probably belongs in the "Not news" thread.
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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5940 on: January 12, 2021, 09:09:08 pm »
Just flicking through the channels and I noticed a programme called 'Giant Lobster Hunters'. It's not what I hoped it might be.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5941 on: January 15, 2021, 08:06:35 pm »
"A lot of work was around defining that scope boundary as to what it is, and that was a clear area where there was no clarity... "
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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5942 on: January 15, 2021, 09:01:15 pm »
"A lot of work was around defining that scope boundary as to what it is, and that was a clear area where there was no clarity... "
 ;D

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5943 on: January 15, 2021, 09:56:26 pm »
The word "must" is getting redefined. There's been a lot of reporting recently in the BBC (not their fault, they are just reporting) of various politicians saying that other politicians "must" do things. What they mean by "must" is "We'd really like them to do this, but we know there is not a chance." This is a new usage of "must" that I have not previously encountered.

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5944 on: January 17, 2021, 03:34:52 pm »
I imagine we've already had this but I don't get out much.

Was in the NatWest the other day for a standard forty minute wait.  Looking around, I noticed the 6 foot distance stickers on the floor and the huge printed placards by the cash machines exhorting customers to "practice social distancing".  I pointed out jocularly to a clerk that practice is practise when it's a verb.  None of the clerks seemed sure, so one went to see the manager who confirmed and said that I was the first person to notice (but no cigar - or overdraft).  So, I'm guessing that one of our major banks has furnished every single branch in Britain with these notices.  Is NatWest now actually American and we haven't been told?

Please, nobody come back and say this is now cool and an accepted alternative because YOU ARE WRONG AND ALWAYS WILL BE!

Auntie Helen

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5945 on: January 17, 2021, 03:38:24 pm »
Nope, you’re right, it’s completely WRONG AND ALWAYS WILL BE
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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5946 on: January 17, 2021, 03:45:16 pm »
Bestimmt!

Kim

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5947 on: January 17, 2021, 09:49:26 pm »
I can never remember which one is which, which is annoying because it's completely WRONG AND ALWAYS WILL BE.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

hellymedic

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5948 on: January 17, 2021, 09:52:05 pm »
I imagine we've already had this but I don't get out much.
Was in the NatWest the other day for a standard forty minute wait.  Looking around, I noticed the 6 foot distance stickers on the floor and the huge printed placards by the cash machines exhorting customers to "practice social distancing".  I pointed out jocularly to a clerk that practice is practise when it's a verb.  None of the clerks seemed sure, so one went to see the manager who confirmed and said that I was the first person to notice (but no cigar - or overdraft).  So, I'm guessing that one of our major banks has furnished every single branch in Britain with these notices.  Is NatWest now actually American and we haven't been told?
Please, nobody come back and say this is now cool and an accepted alternative because YOU ARE WRONG AND ALWAYS WILL BE!

I try to think my way out of getting license/licence and practice/practise usage right by substituting advice/advise and asking myself which is right.

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5949 on: January 17, 2021, 09:57:35 pm »
'c' comes before 's' in the alphabet.
'Noun' (practice) comes before verb (practise) in the alphabet.
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