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Expressions which will seem dated in 50 years time? (Possibly distressing for pedants).

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MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 18:36:00

I sometimes wonder which expressions will win out.

When I'm older and greyer will it seem weird and anachronistic to say:

Could have/Would have/Should have
Texted (although texting probably won't exist any more)

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 18:38:28

Aitch without an H?

RubySparks Tue 28-Jan-14 18:38:50

All the techie ones, will people still google something or Facebook someone?

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 18:48:59

The word "apostrophes" instead of "apostrophe's?

AuntieStella Tue 28-Jan-14 18:50:56

I think the subjunctive is moribund.

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 18:52:30

I still shout "were" at Alan Sugar every time he says "If I was you" Stella. grin

ThreeBeeOneGee Tue 28-Jan-14 18:57:44

Yes, the subjunctive is fading fast.

I've managed to pass 'whilst' on to my children, who use it in everyday conversation. grin

ThreeBeeOneGee Tue 28-Jan-14 18:58:22

I'm worried that 'fewer' might be on the way out. sad

DaffodilShoots Tue 28-Jan-14 19:16:58

Whom. It's already gone really hasn't it?

Salmotrutta Tue 28-Jan-14 19:17:59


Everyone will be saying Pacific instead by next year confused

SmudgyDVDsAreEvil Tue 28-Jan-14 19:31:26

'Worse' and 'worst' will have swopped places.

I don't know if it's autocorrect related, but nearly every sentence I see with either of those words in has 'worse' when 'worst' would be correct, and vice versa.

eg - 'when he is at his worse', 'what's even worst'. And 'the worse thing about it is' seems very prevalent, though I suppose technically that could be correct.

NumTumDeDum Tue 28-Jan-14 19:39:11

Ask seems to be on the endangered list in some areas of the UK Romford having been replaced by Axe. I'll axe him. I'll flipping axe you if you don't say ASK ex mil. confused

Invitation seems to have died out in favour of invite.

alexpolistigers Tue 28-Jan-14 19:43:29

the simple past form of "eat" seems to be turning into "et" rather than "ate"

meditrina Tue 28-Jan-14 19:43:48

And 'quotation' has all but vanished.

joanofarchitrave Tue 28-Jan-14 19:43:52

Indeed will be gone, though that's not much of a loss. I already feel like someone in a 50s newsreel when I say 'thank you very much indeed' which I do a lot.

SconeForAStroll Tue 28-Jan-14 19:43:58

Couldn't care less.

Seems to have become could care less which doesn't even make sense sad

CarlaVeloso Tue 28-Jan-14 19:46:30

Nobody will say portrait. Just selfie. Eg An exhibition of Van Gogh selfies.

100% will disappear as a quantity. Only 110% will do.

SconeForAStroll Tue 28-Jan-14 20:35:09

carla SIOB shock

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 20:36:33

"Couldn't care less"

For a moment I thought you were dissing my thread there Scone.

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Tue 28-Jan-14 20:46:06

Who knew that "bothered" had V's in it?

Trubloff Tue 28-Jan-14 20:54:22

After seeing what some mutual friends post on FB I can only think that so very many options are just wrong. For example:

ov - of
av - have
no - no and know
nd - and
discust - disgust and discussed
fink - think
mite - might
baybee - generic term for loved one, many spelling variations available

I know that there are about half a dozen of us - mutual friends - fighting the urge to correct the most dreadful spellings of very, very common words which seems to have become 'trendy' and acceptable somehow. And interpreting some of these posts is bloody hard work. I think us proper spellers (lol) will win out eventually though. Ov, av, fink and discust won't get past a GCSE examiner anytime soon. Or an employer on a CV. Not me anyway!

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 20:56:43

Will lol have replaced the full stop? It already has on Netmums, hasn't it?

YokoUhOh Tue 28-Jan-14 21:03:20

Lying in. Lying down.

According to Facebook, it's 'laying in' ('having a lay in') and 'layed/laid/laiyed down'.

HelpTheSnailsAreComingToGetMe Tue 28-Jan-14 21:38:30

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