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What's wrong with burgling?

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PrettyCandles Tue 20-Sep-11 13:32:50

What's wrong with 'burgling', that people have to use 'burglarise'?

Are we going to have 'burglariser' next?


YankNCock Tue 20-Sep-11 23:01:34

It might be US cop shows. 'Burglarize' is the way I would have said it before I lived in the UK. The first time I heard 'burgled', I really thought someone was saying it wrong.

poppyknot Tue 20-Sep-11 23:05:50

Apparently 'burgling' is a back formation from burglar - but that doesn't make burglarise any better!

poppyknot Tue 20-Sep-11 23:06:53

'Burglar' just looks too strange now. Maybe it's the time of night......

BluddyMoFo Tue 20-Sep-11 23:07:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Tortington Tue 20-Sep-11 23:09:15

burglarise makes my foot itch. <Grumble>

YankNCock Tue 20-Sep-11 23:09:43

Ooh ooh, while we're here, can someone explain to me why people here say 'pressurise' as in 'Don't pressurise me' or 'I felt pressurised'. Why is it not 'Don't pressure me' and 'I felt pressured'?

Now the word 'pressure' looks weird to me. Must go to bed.

YankNCock Tue 20-Sep-11 23:10:38

Bluddy, yes, it is American English. I've never heard anyone say it over here either.

PrettyCandles Wed 21-Sep-11 00:16:58

Oh dear. I just Googled burgle. Now I need the brain bleach.

YankNCock Wed 21-Sep-11 08:49:22

Pass the brain bleach this way please. <<never learns>>

PrettyCandles Wed 21-Sep-11 17:15:41

I say "pressured" etc when referring to inter-personal relations.

"Pressurised" generally relates to gasses under pressure, or, more specifically, their container.

YankNCock Thu 22-Sep-11 16:29:01

Exactly, PrettyCandles, that's how I would use it too. So all these people I hear saying 'pressurised' are, in fact, just wrong. That makes me feel better. I thought I was going to have to make another uncomfortable vocabulary/accent adjustment. GAR-age still doesn't fit as comfortably on my tongue as ga-RAGE.

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