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“Stay home”

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Piglet89 · 23/03/2020 21:41

Am I alone in mourning the demise of the preposition in this phrase (I imagine because we have copied America) almost as I mourn the restrictions upon our life and Liberty?

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Khione · 23/03/2020 22:05

I agree

Language changes but (in my view) we need to not absorb American English.

Having said that - the French didn't get very far banning 'le weekend'

Piglet89 · 24/03/2020 08:54

So true!

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FaFoutis · 31/03/2020 21:55

Thank you for the sanity Piglet.

Stay AT home.
Uphold standards.

MikeUniformMike · 01/04/2020 09:01

I saw that yesterday.

I am mourning the loss of the article.

lazylinguist · 01/04/2020 09:11

You are not alone, but there is nothing one can do to stop the slide. We shouldn't mind really though. All the perfectly correct language we use is just the latest stage in the continuous evolution of language, dictated by fashion, innovation and influence by other languages! Some usage still makes me twitch though. Grin

MikeUniformMike · 01/04/2020 09:28

I of come to the conclusion, that have and of will soon become interchangeable.
The usual reason that is given is that they "sound the same".
I don't understand because they do not sound the same to me.

None and non- irritate me too. How could none contagious mean not contagious?

How about I text her yesterday?

Other annoyances include the starting of sentences with So, and getting Me, Myself and I mixed up.

I can't bare it Grin

ExpletiveDelighted · 01/04/2020 09:34

Phased being used instead of fazed is my pet annoyance at the moment.

NetballHoop · 01/04/2020 09:40

Noone is a pet hate of mine. How hard is it to understand that they are TWO simple words?

I've also had repeated "heresays" today and it's not yet 10.


MikeUniformMike · 01/04/2020 09:44

Nobody is one word.

Up most, anyone?

Most of the culprits speak one language only. They have been educated for 12 years in the medium of that language. I despair.

NetballHoop · 01/04/2020 09:50

@MikeUniformMike, I take your point about nobody but I still shudder at noone.

FaFoutis · 01/04/2020 10:31

Yes Mike 'I text her yesterday' is an abomination.
I doubt the users of this phrase are getting it from the historical present tense used on Radio 4 but it's all going the same way - language and meaning are getting more distant from each other.

SoupDragon · 01/04/2020 10:35

Isn't "stay home" right though? In the same way as you "go home" 🤔

It only works with certain "places" like home and outdoors.

SoupDragon · 01/04/2020 10:37

You can't "stay work" for example. I wonder why...

lazylinguist · 01/04/2020 10:51

Good point about 'go home'. Home is being used as an adverb there instead of a noun. So in theory there's no reason why you couldn't do the same with 'stay home', but 'stay at home' is the idiomatic norm (in England at least).

eddiemairswife · 04/04/2020 16:34

Can't 'stay work' mean stopping work for the time being?

AskingQuestionsAllTheTime · 06/04/2020 17:06

Stop 'ome, that's what it had ought to be...

campion · 11/04/2020 10:11

I was going to start a thread with the same title. It's such a comfort to find it's not just me who is irritated by the lack of 'at' in the advice.

Did they think that three words would be too confusing?

tinkiiev · 13/04/2020 21:05

Thank you! It's really winding me up. Although the letter from Boris did get it right.

RollingDownTheRiver · 16/04/2020 16:24

"Stay home" has been annoying me too. On the website it is "stay at home" so a partial redemption in my view.

Greenteandchives · 16/04/2020 16:30

Here here OP. Grin

FlamedToACrisp · 16/04/2020 23:31

The letter from Boris had a double space - if he can't employ a decent typist...

FindingAUserNameIsReallyHarc · 20/04/2020 23:10


Or just : "Stop in"

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