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Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 19 Jul 2020, 1:34pm
by jimlews
thirdcrank wrote:Perhaps we should start ending attempts at humour with "geddit??!?!?!"

"geddit??!?!?!" (Sorry for that.)


No! That spoils the fun!!

Don't be too hard on English; it's a bit of a mulatto among languages and therein lies it's charm. It's mongrel vigor.

I've just been out for a short ride and have obviously shaken up a few little grey cells.
I got to wondering, mid ride, if greengrocers can have their own apostrophe, why not other trades and professions.
I wonder for instance,what a builder's apostrophe would look like. They have their own cleavage, so why not an apostrophe to go with it ?

A doctor's apostrophe; found in the appendix, perhaps?

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 22 Jul 2020, 1:47pm
by mercalia
cancel culture. "canceling" people. A form of policing ideas normally from the left who think you dont think in the right way. ( I listened to a guy -professor pinker- on radio 4 world at one today who some ( 550 "academics" )had tried to cancel. Its a terrible thing that has risen hand in hand with BLM & the LGBQT rights movement?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_shaming

professor pinker
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/16/harvard-professor-stephen-pinker-attacked-550-academics-tweets/

“Steve is too big for this kerfuffle to affect him,” he said. “But it’s depressing that an erudite and reasonable scholar is seen by a lot of intelligent people as an undercover monster.”

Some are tying to do the same to J K Rowling it seems?

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 24 Jul 2020, 8:00pm
by mercalia

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 12 Aug 2020, 3:40pm
by Cyril Haearn
'Othering' as a verb, seen that on these fora, couldnae find it in my thesaurus

Can anyone provide meaning(s), synonyms?

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 12 Aug 2020, 3:51pm
by Jdsk

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 14 Aug 2020, 9:14am
by Jdsk
You're welcome.

Jonathan

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 14 Aug 2020, 9:26am
by thirdcrank
Not new to me but how often is the term "belisha beacon" used these days?

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 14 Aug 2020, 10:20am
by colin54
thirdcrank wrote:Not new to me but how often is the term "belisha beacon" used these days?

Not often I would guess, even rarer in a sentence that includes Post Office bicycles !
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Picture taken in 2005.

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 14 Aug 2020, 2:28pm
by Oldjohnw
My late M-in-L who died about ten years ago still spoke of the GPO. My wife sometimes does, mainly out of nostalgia for a proper post office.

Who today knows what a GPO was?

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 14 Aug 2020, 2:42pm
by thirdcrank
Oldjohnw wrote:... Who today knows what a GPO was?


I do, but no feelings of nostalgia. (I thought it was the GPO.)

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 14 Aug 2020, 5:43pm
by Oldjohnw
thirdcrank wrote:
Oldjohnw wrote:... Who today knows what a GPO was?


I do, but no feelings of nostalgia. (I thought it was the GPO.)


It was. As my post said in the first para. I used the wrong article in the second. I won't apologise. It was a slip.

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 14 Aug 2020, 5:48pm
by thirdcrank
Oldjohnw wrote: ... It was. As my post said in the first para. I used the wrong article in the second. I won't apologise. It was a slip.


I didn't intend to seem picky. My memory of post offices, from the large Crown Offices, to the tiniest Branch Post Office is of people who thought they were the last line of defence against crime: positive vetting necessary to buy a book of stamps. Everybody a suspect.

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 15 Aug 2020, 4:58pm
by Cyril Haearn
TTBOMK ('t t bomk')
To the best of my knowledge :wink:

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 17 Aug 2020, 7:08am
by Oldjohnw
I don't know if it has been used on these forums but one of the most stupidly over- and wrongly-used terms we've had in recent times is "game changing.".

Re: New words/vocab on this forum, these fora, forae, forums, chatboards..

Posted: 17 Aug 2020, 10:26am
by mikeymo
thirdcrank wrote:Not new to me but how often is the term "belisha beacon" used these days?


Not that often, presumably because pedestrian crossings are usually now "Pelican" crossings. Or "Toucan".

However, as a loiner, you'll be fascinated to know (well, maybe not) that a brand new pedestrian crossing on Street Lane was built with Belisha beacons, rather than red/amber/green traffic lights.

Also, it must be cool to be Mr Belisha:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belisha_beacon