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Grammar pedants - article on BBC website for your perusal

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popsycal Wed 03-Sep-08 20:45:51


fryalot Wed 03-Sep-08 20:49:45

<<<nods head in agreement with them all>>>

Habbibu Wed 03-Sep-08 20:50:50

Quite a few misinformed people!

Habbibu Wed 03-Sep-08 20:51:16

oops - x-posted, squonk!

Katisha Wed 03-Sep-08 20:56:11

Ha! Someone has backed me up on "for free".

NotAnOtter Wed 03-Sep-08 20:56:55

yes i enjoyed this

Alambil Wed 03-Sep-08 20:57:15

can you explain the "for free" one to me?


Katisha Wed 03-Sep-08 20:58:04

It's just wrong innit?

Katisha Wed 03-Sep-08 20:58:58

Something is either "free" (you don't need to add "for") or else it's "for nothing".

FattipuffsandThinnifers Wed 03-Sep-08 21:02:28

Ooh my blood is literally boiling reading those.

WendyWeber Wed 03-Sep-08 21:02:55

I've been whingeing about "for free" for years but even the BBC itself, & the Guardian, do it now so I've given up (and in any case, at least half the time when something is "free" it isn't, it's "included in the price" hmm)

Integral, that's another one - 99% of estate agents are too thick to know the diff between an integral garage and an attached garage angry

<hits self on head with enormous dictionary>

MannyMoeAndJack Wed 03-Sep-08 21:05:43

The amount of people these days who cannot differentiate between 'amount' and 'number' really makes my blood boil angry

grin wink

FattipuffsandThinnifers Wed 03-Sep-08 21:20:06

It's also amazing how many estate agents describe certain streets as 'sort after'. Arrrghhh.

<wendyweber, love your name - Posy Simmons?>

WendyWeber Wed 03-Sep-08 21:24:53

Thank you, Fattipuffs smile - yes, it's Posy

(you were one of DD2's favourite books when she was little!)

Racers Wed 03-Sep-08 21:38:01

LOL at 'sort after'! I have something in my fridge with a 'use buy' date shock

FattipuffsandThinnifers Wed 03-Sep-08 22:39:06

<not sure this thread still going but posting anyway>

WendyW - glad Fattipuffs still popular with youngsters today! We had a brilliant Posy S cartoon book when I was younger, remember it vividly.

'Use buy' - jeez! Where was it from? Please don't tell me a big supermarket?!

Racers Thu 04-Sep-08 09:13:09

'Use buy' - Yes, Sainsbury's own branded product.

tearinghairout Sat 06-Sep-08 17:01:02

There's this new(ish) quiz on BBC2 at tea-time, Battle of the Brains. Towards the end the announcer says something like 'The team with the least amount of contestants left...'

So I wrote to them pointing out that the BBC is highly esteemed the world over for its correct English & therefore should get it right & say 'fewest'. They wrote back saying that they have to use 'many levels of formality' in their programmes.

So it doesn't matter that it's wrong, then angry.

WaynettaSlob Sat 06-Sep-08 17:11:48

Can't really take the BBC seriously on anything to do with grammar, seeing as it gets so much wrong itself.....on Thursday the ticker on News24 stated that the Bank of England had chosen not to change IT'S (sic) rates.......

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