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One for the pedants to squirm at...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Geren, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Last night I was sitting with my daughter and midway through our conversation I had cause to correct her use of the English language. I have now forgotten what the exact error was that she made but her response to the correction has stayed with me.

    "I'm tired, Mum. You can't expect me to grammar when I'm tired."

    I would like it to be noted that I officially give up.
     
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  2. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I find the verbification of words quite fun :)
     
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  3. frank1

    frank1 Well-Known Member

    Oh grammar off
    ps
    I like your daughter.
     
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  4. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Don't give up. You should up your game.
     
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  5. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    I like that. I'm using it ;)
     
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  6. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    I grammar, thou grammarest, he, she or it grammars...

    And, of course, the American who said, "There ain't no noun that can't be verbed."

    Cheers,

    R.
     
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  7. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Long may you notice the errors!

    I'm starting to go word-blind.
    I do three crosswords most days. Sometimes four if I get through the others fast enough to go on to the big Times one. Strangely enough, the hardest is usually the Press & Journal cryptic one. I can 'logic' (Haha!) my way through The Times' cryptic clues, but the NE Scotland's Press and Journal is a pig to decipher.

    However, the other day I looked at a clue (in the quick crossword) which was, simply, Christens.

    I puzzled over this for quite some time - even when I could see the answer was 'names' I even pronounced it differently to see if that made any more sense.
    I flushed a little (well, a lot) when I realised what the word meant.

    Sadly, it's not the first time this has happened recently. I reckon my viral infection hasn't helped - nor has the nicotine withdrawal over the last three weeks!
     
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  8. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member


    Worry ye not. I too took more time that I wish to admit before I saw what the word actually was!
     
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  9. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    I used to crossword a fair bit but don't seem to get the time these days :)
     
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  10. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I don't do puzzles like that - they make me cross! :confused:
     
  11. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Years since I've crossworded or even sudoku'd.
     
  12. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    It's literally seconds since I last had a cross word. Does that count?
     
  13. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Only if it was 9 letters or more.
     
  14. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    I once visited the cemetery where Arthur Wynne the inventor of the crossword puzzle is buried.
    His grave is four across and three down.

    Sorry. Just come home from the pub.
     
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  15. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    All right, Ana.

    Cheers,

    R.
     
  16. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Id have thought he’d have been buried in something more crypt...ic.
     
  17. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I have just noticed the error of a terminal preposition in the title of the thread. The three dots don't count as the subject because that implied subject is not the first word in your post.
    I failed 'O' level English twice before passing with a respectable score.
     
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  18. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I got a grade 'A'. My English teacher asked how much I'd paid the examiner. :cool:
     
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  19. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    We don't mind if you call the three dots an ellipsis.

    MickLL

    PS Just scraped a pass in Eng.
     
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  20. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I passed O Level, Higher and A Level English and spent ten years working as a proofreader but in the same way that my pharmacist mother refused to give her children any pain relief for anything short of crushed limbs, I find myself entirely unable to proofread my own words and everything I write is littered with errors. I find this gives other people great pleasure in pointing them out though and I don't feel it's my place to stop other people having fun.
     

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