To point out that it's PACKED lunch and not PACK lunch?

(256 Posts)
ICameOnTheJitney Sun 17-Nov-13 10:06:09

I keep seeing threads on here where people say "Pack lunch" I KNOW this belongs in Pedant's Corner but hey...only people who already know will see it then! grin

I also get irritated by "mash potato"....it's "MASHED potato" ffs.

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 17-Nov-13 10:29:33

"to text" "have texted" or "has texted". It's past tense SP!

usualsuspect Sun 17-Nov-13 10:31:06

I would say texted ,but it doesn't bother me if people say text.

I love variations in speech and regional accents.

17leftfeet Sun 17-Nov-13 10:31:24

Pack up in Yorkshire

SPsDoesntLikeChaffingFishnets Sun 17-Nov-13 10:31:43

No its 'text' just text. Texted sounds silly grin

I thought pack up was from Lancashire sort of area.

Soldierskittle Sun 17-Nov-13 10:33:32

Yanbu

I also have issues with mash potato

And sausage. You had a sausage or some sausage. Not just sausage

I would say texted as the past tense too.

LondonMother Sun 17-Nov-13 10:33:57

Set of DVDs in a box - so they are boxed. Or they are a box with a set inside.

Lunch in a pack - packed lunch. Or lunch in a pack.

<stirring with a pointy stick>

Soldierskittle Sun 17-Nov-13 10:34:15

Ahem some sausages

Kind of ruined my point there blush

PerpendicularVince Sun 17-Nov-13 10:35:04

I'm from Yorkshire and never heard of it until MN, 17. I'm wondering if there are variations within Yorkshire itself. Like ginnel & snicket.

ilovesooty Sun 17-Nov-13 10:35:23

I'm in Yorkshire. I use the past tense.
I think text instead of texted, pack lunch and mash potato sound lazy and the use of them really sets my teeth on edge.

SPsDoesntLikeChaffingFishnets Sun 17-Nov-13 10:37:10

So 'sausage and chips' is wrong?

I say 'cunt' 'wunt' 'shunt' and 'dint' so I wouldn't say language is a strong point of mine grin

VivaLeBeaver Sun 17-Nov-13 10:37:27

Pack up.

I know some people who call it snap. I used to work with a bloke who did and said loads of people from round him also did.

I've just been reading about this and irregular verbs are getting rarer. All the new verbs seem to be regular and that includes to text.

usualsuspect Sun 17-Nov-13 10:38:58

I would say sausage and chips,to many sss in sausages.

SPsDoesntLikeChaffingFishnets Sun 17-Nov-13 10:39:04

I'm in Yorkshire and pack up is used here. I think it depends where you live.

I live on one side of the city and say ginnel where as my friend lives on the other side and says snicket

MySiamese Sun 17-Nov-13 10:39:44

Why 'snap' though?

Is it because of the sound the box makes when you open or what? Never understood it...

Tulip26 Sun 17-Nov-13 10:40:35

'Take out.' Damn Americanisims drive me mad!

It's take-away (English) or carry-out (Scottish). Bloody take-out, argh!

ilovesooty Sun 17-Nov-13 10:40:38

I see snap and pack up as local dialect but pack lunch as lazy speech.

usualsuspect Sun 17-Nov-13 10:40:55

We would say entry or jitty.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 17-Nov-13 10:41:20

Ah, see someone else has mentioned snap.

I believe it's a mining term. Miners always had their pack up in a box with a strong hinge which snapped shut. Maybe I was having my leg pulled but my colleague said this was to keep the mice out your food. Apparently there's lots of mice down coal mines.

ilovesooty Sun 17-Nov-13 10:42:59

I suspect that the use of irregular verbs is just too much effort for some people. Laziness is just becoming more widespread.

Floggingmolly Sun 17-Nov-13 10:43:37

What are ginnels and snickers, SP? (I had to type ginnel three times, it kept auto correcting to gin sling????)

DuckToWater Sun 17-Nov-13 10:43:43

I quite like "take out" and some other Americanisms. Language is constantly developing.

usualsuspect Sun 17-Nov-13 10:43:56

Nowt wrong with being lazy.

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