To be Specific....

(183 Posts)
Gossipmonster Mon 17-Feb-14 20:22:40

One of admin lady at work's favourite words is "specific" thing is she says "pacific" Every. Fucking. Time.

Another colleague (degree educated) says "she/he done" instead of "did".

I just want to scream - but feel like it's so petty I couldn't possibly say anything.

Anyone else? smile

TheArticFunky Thu 20-Feb-14 10:06:41

My mum and sister say "him" instead of "it". I wonder if its a West Country thing.

akachan Thu 20-Feb-14 10:08:45

"10 items or less" is actually as correct as "10 items or fewer". Neither are a complete sentence, they are both contractions: the first is a contraction of "10 items or less than that amount of shopping" the second is a contraction of "10 items or fewer than that number of items".

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:30:20

To remember whether to use "dependant" or "dependent", think of "complainant" or "tyrant".

These are nouns.

"Dependent" is an adjective, such as "insolent".

I bloody hope think that's right.

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:32:48

And yes, it should be "bored with" or "bored by", not "bored of".

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:34:40

Although 'of', 'by' and 'with' are all prepositions, so perhaps it's one of those phrases that just sounds wrong.

I'll Google do some research.

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:38:16

Yup, "bored of" is a grammatically correct construction, just more recent, so is not accepted as Standard and this should be avoided in formal writing.

TawdryTatou Thu 20-Feb-14 10:38:39

*thus.

Bloody autocorrect.

nennypops Thu 20-Feb-14 10:52:54

Another vote for "nucular". People who say it are presumably perfectly capable of saying "new" and "clear", what's so difficult about putting the two together?

Also the use of "her" and "him" instead of "she" and "he" in constructions such as "her and her son went to the shops". You wouldn't say "her went to the shops", ffs, what difference does it make that you've added "and her son"?

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