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To expect people not to use the word hung when they mean hanged.

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cushioncover Fri 07-Sep-07 17:22:18

Ok, I know IABU, grinand I'm no grammar queen myself but I've read this 4 times today and I just had to rant about it! There! grin

WanderingTrolley Fri 07-Sep-07 17:28:17


Pedants unite!

I'm considering a call to arms with regard to 'less' and 'fewer' at the moment.

<<note to self: get out more>>

cushioncover Fri 07-Sep-07 17:30:27

Thanks, WT. I've just seen it everywhere today. grin

The use of the word 'fewer' is one of the reasons I shop at Waitrose.wink

southeastastra Fri 07-Sep-07 17:33:59

blimey why is everyone discussing hanging? shock

suey2 Fri 07-Sep-07 17:34:02

And M&S! Sainsburys still have a 5 items or less queue i think. YANBU

jura Fri 07-Sep-07 17:34:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Bouquetsofdynomite Fri 07-Sep-07 17:36:56

LOL, same people who say haitch.grin

WanderingTrolley Fri 07-Sep-07 17:36:59

I'm right with you!

Once, I couldn't buy coffee because of improper grammar.

Pedantry is a curse, as is my caffeine addiction.

Reallytired Fri 07-Sep-07 17:37:09

What is the context?

"I hung my washing out to dry."

"The executioneer hanged Sadam Hussan."

Which is right.

pania Fri 07-Sep-07 17:37:31

Can I just add that I am horrified at the number of people who say "mortified" when they mean "horrified".

All these people should be mortified at their ignorance. wink

cushioncover Fri 07-Sep-07 17:40:24

I once refused to buy chips from a cafe advertising; fish, chip's and mushy pea's. DH was not amused. We had driven a long way and he was starving. grin

suey2 Fri 07-Sep-07 17:40:58

ambiguous/ambivalent anyone?

WanderingTrolley Fri 07-Sep-07 17:41:27

People who say they were electrocuted when they mean they received an electric shock.

[teeth on edge]

You should have a licence to use the word 'literally' imo.

WanderingTrolley Fri 07-Sep-07 17:44:39

And rogue apostrophes that sneak into your post when you attention is on the slice of cake in front of you instead of the keyboard....


At least I GAAAAHed when I noticed.....

UnquietDad Fri 07-Sep-07 17:46:25

"I was literally petrified".


cushioncover Fri 07-Sep-07 17:46:32

Quite! Which is why my OP stated that I was not the grammar queen so as to excuse my subsequent mistakes.grin

Mercy Fri 07-Sep-07 17:46:41

Our local branch of Sainsbury's once had a sign saying 'Pizza's', and my mum noticed that my local (again) WH SMiths had an advert. for both 'Practice Papers' and 'Practise Papers' within the same display.

I'm not usually bothered but hanged/hung is one that does irritate me tbh

Bouquetsofdynomite Fri 07-Sep-07 17:46:50

Infer/imply. Americans are the worst.

cushioncover Fri 07-Sep-07 17:48:16

UD, isn't that musical statues whilst reading Homer? wink

Mercy Fri 07-Sep-07 17:50:01

I also like Morse's reaction to death being 'instant' or 'instantaneous'

'Coffee may be instant, Lewis' (or along those lines anyway)

pania Fri 07-Sep-07 17:50:13

Another one Americans seem to do a lot is write "i.e" when they mean "e.g".

pania Fri 07-Sep-07 17:51:15

i.e. and e.g. I mean

beansprout Fri 07-Sep-07 17:52:32

Can someone explain the hung/hanged thing please?

I may be stupid but I am willing to learn!

cushioncover Fri 07-Sep-07 17:52:49

Oh don't get me started on practise/practice and license/license.

I remember a flatmate at uni putting refuge sacks on our whiteboard shopping list. I can only imagine he was expecting us to buy them from the Women's Aid Catalogue. wink

cushioncover Fri 07-Sep-07 17:55:04

Beansprout, you use the term hanged specifically when referring to someone being executed by hanging.

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