English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby al_yrpal » 27 Oct 2015, 8:35am

That American womans nasal drawl on Osmand navigation. Does anyone know how to change the voice? I fancy something like William Rees Mogg.

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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby 661-Pete » 27 Oct 2015, 9:47am

honesty wrote:Dates on cinema adverts. For example the announcer saying October 26. Not October the 26th. The missing th really grates.

Should be "26th October" anyway. US date order does my head in, especially when you can't tell which is intended. My present digital watch (Casio) doesn't have a dd/mm/yy option, only mm/dd/yy; also it insists on putting UK in the CET time zone. Think again, Casio-san!
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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby beardy » 27 Oct 2015, 12:28pm

horizon wrote:Thanks for that Ray. Yes, it could be that we rely on convention to distinguish the sense in which the word is being used. I'm sure that there has been a shift in that convention though, hence my confusion. Most of the Guardian journalists are now 16 year old Saturday boys and girls so they might not understand the finer distinctions.


Perhaps they should employ 9 year olds instead.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ni ... 15-6713651

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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby Mick F » 27 Oct 2015, 3:54pm

Saw today in Okehampton on an advertising board.
New Mini Clubman ........ go with your gut.


Absolutely awful. :shock:
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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby Psamathe » 1 Nov 2015, 10:22am

One thing I find irritating (but more style than "language") is press reports where they anonymise the person being talked about by giving them a name and then saying "not their real name". So, for example, report today on a medical advance "An example of the technology’s power is provided by Moira Baker (not her real name), a 52-year-old former teacher who lives in Kew, London...." the report only discusses one individual case so why not just say "one patient receiving this treatment" ?

And is this develops I'm soon expecting "An example of the technology’s power is provided by Moira (not her real gender) Baker (not her real name), a 52-year-old (not her real age) former teacher (not her real job) who lives in Kew, London (not her real address)."

Same often on TV news when they are interviewing an anonymous source, they have to give the person a name and then not use the name further. Daft.

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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby al_yrpal » 5 Nov 2015, 12:41pm

Tip for Horizon…

Have you been affected by malapropisms at work?
You may be entitled to condensation.

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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby Graham » 5 Nov 2015, 1:32pm

Methodology is the study of method, hence the "-ology".
Now commonly misused in place of method or process. Dumbos!

Shambolic is a shambles of such huge proportions that it becomes a significant symbol.
( I think I invented it back in the 1970s and it seems to have caught on. ) :wink:
Alas, now just misused as a playful elision of shambles and . .. er, well, you know. Dumbos!

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Postby Audax67 » 5 Nov 2015, 2:36pm

Fail instead of failure. TV game-show-speak deployed by morons.
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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby Psamathe » 5 Nov 2015, 2:58pm

"Stakeholder". Dreadful modern term.

(I hope I'm not repeating myself here; or repeating anybody else).

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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby Ray » 5 Nov 2015, 2:59pm

Audax67 wrote:Fail instead of failure. TV game-show-speak deployed by morons.


I take your word for it :wink:
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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby Graham » 5 Nov 2015, 3:06pm

Politicians wilfully demean themselves with this repetitive garbage :-

"Doing the right thing."
". . .hard working families . . . "
"Lessons have been learned."

Dumbos !

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Postby Psamathe » 5 Nov 2015, 3:39pm

Graham wrote:Politicians wilfully demean themselves with this repetitive garbage :-

"Doing the right thing."
". . .hard working families . . . "
"Lessons have been learned."

Dumbos !

I agree. Every time I hear some smug politician starting on "Making difficult Decisions ..." all I can think is that we don't need "difficult decisions" we need "good decisions". We've experienced of plenty of "difficult decisions" and had a decided lack of "good decisions".

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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby fishfright » 5 Nov 2015, 4:05pm

Mostly its complaints that the English language isn't what it used to be .....

Its annoying because it never was and never will stay the same. Our language has an amazing ability to evolve freely and absorb new ideas and word forms . That is the beauty of English.

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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby Neilo » 5 Nov 2015, 4:11pm

Pronouncing Skedule rather than Schedule.

An particularly on cycling forums :D
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Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Postby simonineaston » 5 Nov 2015, 4:22pm

separate issue, really, i.e. not sloppy use, nor new, but anyone who begins a conversation with, "To be absolutely honest with you..." or similar phrases, kind-of implies that they're lying most of the time!
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