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

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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"'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

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Sun 17-Nov-13 10:32:43

I thought pack up was from Lancashire sort of area.

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


I also have issues with mash potato

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

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Sun 17-Nov-13 10:33:46

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

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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.

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Sun 17-Nov-13 10:38:56

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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