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A pedantic point

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Ellbell Wed 29-Jun-05 13:11:03

OK, OK, I know this is pedantic, but it annoys me every time I see the MN home page... I've been trying to resist posting for ages, but I just can't resist...

The plural of 'mother-in-law' is 'mothers-in-law', and definitely not 'mother-in-laws'....! Can it be changed?

<Ellbell crawls back inside the dictionary she inhabits when not on MN >

Pixiefish Wed 29-Jun-05 13:12:05

hia ellbell- email mumsnet hq-

motherinferior Wed 29-Jun-05 13:26:02


I think we pedants deserve an apology. I'm with you all the way, Ellbell.

edam Wed 29-Jun-05 13:28:31

I'm with you Ellbell. Capable of typos myself, of course, but have this strange urge to go through MN with red pen correcting incorrect use of apostrophe and mis-spelling... might be thrown out if I did, though.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 29-Jun-05 13:28:41

Sorry! You're quite right - will change immediately.

Davros Wed 29-Jun-05 22:50:03

I had noticed it too Ellbell, for raising it!

slartibartfast Wed 29-Jun-05 22:57:26

I vote two tablespoonsful of gripe water for the pedants :-)

QueenEagle Wed 29-Jun-05 23:03:41

Eats shoots and leaves

Have you got it?

Ellbell Wed 29-Jun-05 23:14:53

QE... I don't need it!

moondog Wed 29-Jun-05 23:20:24

While we at it, 'Classifieds' (sic) is a bit dodgy......

QueenEagle Wed 29-Jun-05 23:21:09

LOL @ Ellibell

I drive my dh to distraction pointing out grammatical errors!

moondog Wed 29-Jun-05 23:23:08

Errrrrr....while we're at it that will be...

(Used to have a bf who despite being a brilliant physicist was an appalling speller.For a laugh,I used to get him to do dictation. My favourite to send him into a spin was 'They're over there with their mothers' friends!')

Ellbell Thu 30-Jun-05 12:42:12

Yay! It has already been changed! Pedants rejoice!

jura Thu 30-Jun-05 23:05:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HunkerBirthdayMunker Thu 30-Jun-05 23:10:18

Who led the Pedants' Revolt?

Cam Thu 30-Jun-05 23:21:53

Oh god you would have to mention Clapham Junction. My dh, the ultimate pendant, claims that Clapham Junction may be the junction where the most trains pass through but cannot be the busiest station because it is not the station where most people get on/off [what is he on about emoticon]

He says the meaning of the word station is paramount [I have to live with this guy emoticon]

He even argued with the quizmaster at the Brownies Quiz night about this very thing

hunkermunker Thu 30-Jun-05 23:34:47


hunkermunker Thu 30-Jun-05 23:37:36

Dammit - can't wait for you all to ask for the punchline, so here it is - not funny at all now!

Which Tyler

Cam Thu 30-Jun-05 23:41:09

V. funny hunker,and can you believe that W Tyler lived in a farmhouse a couple of hundred yards from me?

hunkermunker Thu 30-Jun-05 23:45:35

Ah, should have known you'd like it, Cam

Did he?! Wonder if he really was revolting? Sorry - far too late for me

jura Thu 30-Jun-05 23:46:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ellbell Fri 01-Jul-05 00:39:17

Blimey Cam's DH... Not even I'm that pedantic!

While we're on London stations (not literally), can anyone tell me why Earls Court doesn't have an apostrophe and Baron's Court does? (Or is it the other way around?)

Mr Cam? Anyone?

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