To tell you that it's "rein" not "reign".

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FlyingElbows Tue 29-Nov-16 07:15:09

Because it is and it's doing my tits in!!

Rein. Rein. Rein. Rein. Rein.

Free rein. It's an equestrian term meaning to give the horse freedom of movement.

It is NOT reign. That's what the Queen does.

It's right up there with "intensive purposes" and "doggy dog world"!! shockwink

StealthPolarBear Tue 29-Nov-16 07:16:01

Depend what you're talking about surely smile

hesterton Tue 29-Nov-16 07:17:22

There is a pedants' corner somewhere. You know threads like this can scare people off posting when they may need support. None of us are perfect.

Catsize Tue 29-Nov-16 07:17:48

Or 'on route'.

hesterton Tue 29-Nov-16 07:18:04

Having said that, maybe we do need telling sometimes!

longdiling Tue 29-Nov-16 07:18:50

Que being used instead of cue is currently doing my nut in. It makes me Squirm every time I see it but pointing it out in a thread would make me an arsehole.

Catsize Tue 29-Nov-16 07:20:18

I agree hesterton. Threads like this can get a bit snooty, but might be helpful too.

allegretto Tue 29-Nov-16 07:20:34

Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful "doggy dog world". I shall be introducing it to my vocabulary immediately. grin

Ahickiefromkinickie Tue 29-Nov-16 07:22:43

longdiling do you mean cue or queue?

Donthate Tue 29-Nov-16 07:24:56

catsize do you mean it should be en route?

Euphemia Tue 29-Nov-16 07:26:16

Doggy dog world! grin I've never seen that one!

CaoNiMao Tue 29-Nov-16 07:26:30

You're right, for all intensive purposes wink

longdiling Tue 29-Nov-16 07:28:47

I mean cue but people use que!! They don't even use queue which would be slightly more acceptable as it's actually a word. But yes Hesterton does have a point. There are worse things to be than bad at spelling - like a pedantic arsehole.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 29-Nov-16 07:35:25

Yanbu

80sWaistcoat Tue 29-Nov-16 07:36:48

What on Earth is doggy dog world?

GazingAtStars Tue 29-Nov-16 07:37:47

Dog eat dog world

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Tue 29-Nov-16 07:39:01

Drawer, not draw. And it's not a chester draws.....

KeyserSophie Tue 29-Nov-16 07:41:55

Intensive Purposes would be a great name for a book or a band.

I can see why peole get the reign/rein thing wrong as it sort of works both ways

BlackeyedSusan Tue 29-Nov-16 07:41:58

not if you are drawering a picture though... grin

please do not put me on a pedal stool I do not deserve it wink

Sparklingbrook Tue 29-Nov-16 07:46:19

How often in RL do people use the word "reign" anyway? confused

Cantusethatname Tue 29-Nov-16 07:48:02

Could you be a bit more pacific please?

AuntieStella Tue 29-Nov-16 07:48:57

MN is a bit screwed up over spellings.

On one hand, definite championing of clear standard English (to assist those who use assistive technology and thise for whom English is nit a first language)

But then pillorying, even when done without criticising individuals in a separate thread, anyone who posts anything about language usage.

It's all a bit ridiculous, because it's only by wilful suspension of disbelief is it ever the case that how you write or say things affects makes a difference to the meaning.

And Pedants' Corner is a nice part of MN, where people discuss the English language (Cunning a Linguists for other languages). Snooty posters not required

GraceGrape Tue 29-Nov-16 07:51:52

I know this is super picky, but it's toe the line, not tow the line. Although I'm not sure where that expression comes from.

FurryLittleTwerp Tue 29-Nov-16 07:54:08

Doggy Dog World - argh, no, I can't bare (sic) it shock grin

thisisafakename Tue 29-Nov-16 07:55:53

Lol. I thought it was rain in. As in allow someone's spirits to be dampened by rain (NB I didn't really).
there was a great thread like this last month. It had some real corkers.

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