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RhodaMorgenstern · 22/06/2010 10:18

hear, hear

As you were.........

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QueenofDreams · 07/07/2010 10:39

While we're here can I mention 'apauling' please. I grit my teeth every time I see it.
Also second 'here here' and the your/you're confusion so many people have.

DP uses disillusioned in completely the wrong way. I don't think he actually knows what the word means

NetworkGuy · 07/07/2010 11:11

Oh thank you QoD - yes, have seen apauling and eyes popped out first couple of times.

y/y and their / they're / there jump out at me.

I suppose 'hear, hear' might be better known since the broadcasting of Parliament, (at least from gentle debates, where it might be heard rather than 'cattle' noises) but because it would have been heard it has a greater chance of being 'adapted'.

I understand it is an abbreviation for 'hear him, hear him' but could imagine when TV cameras switch to some speaker and his fellow party members are seen waving papers and saying the words, that a spectator might think they were keeping the Speaker's attention 'here' on the person speaking from their party.

BecauseImWorthIt · 07/07/2010 11:13

Erm - do we have a score on that quiz to qualify our entry into pedants' corner? I managed 8/9, and had to think really hard about a couple of those!

NetworkGuy · 07/07/2010 11:21

Oh, BIWI, I was only being a showoff, since I quit school at 16 with a few 'O' levels and never took 'A's (while a few in my class managed 10 or 11 Os and 4 As, and one went on to Oxford)... at the time, and for a while after, made me a bit unhappy I didn't even get 8 Os. Managing a good score reminds me to lift my chin and think positive...

Later on, when unemployed and able to help people do their CVs, I appreciated the variety of achievements - was helping people who had not had the benefits I did, and felt far from confident (and scared of mouse and keyboard). But they could drive and had practical and other experience that I didn't have.

thatbuzzingnoise · 07/07/2010 11:32


Runningwithscissors · 07/07/2010 11:33

Very good quiz; I got them right instinctively, but didn't know why, so it was good to see the rules.

A couple to add to the list:

  • I can't bear people saying "mute point" rather than "moot point" .

And misuse of "momentarily"; it should probably be some sort of capital crime to use it to mean "in a moment", rather than "for a moment"...
aquavit · 07/07/2010 11:35

That quiz is interesting - the difference between 'that' and 'which' is particularly tricky, I think. I like the definition given there ('which' is for non-essential information, 'that' for definitive) but it's one that (!) is used more commonly by Americans, and many English editors don't like it, preferring 'which' most of time.

I still only got 8/9 though!

CaptainKirksNipples · 07/07/2010 12:32

9/9 too! [smug face]

NetworkGuy · 07/07/2010 19:38

misuse of "momentarily" - love the (American) air stewardess who spoke about "We will be landing momentarily for passenger deplaning"

I had visions of them slowing down the engines (but not stopping them) and getting some trampoline out so they can pause briefly on the tarmac, sling out the passengers wanting that destination, and be ready to go back up the taxiway to the end of the main runway in under 90 seconds...

No chance to re-fuel, so would have to have enough to get to the end of the route on what they were carrying!

Katisha · 19/07/2010 20:03

Not quite the same but when did "on the weekend" start to replace "at the weekend"?
Even heard it on a news bulletin about a murder the other day which really jarred.

oliviacrumble · 20/07/2010 08:11

Have just read a post where someone suggested that a "president" be set for something...

NetworkGuy · 24/07/2010 13:11

I can certainly spell it correctly, prism, but don't regularly find ways to flex my vocabulary with that word when corresponding with family or business contacts

Katisha - not notice the weekend thing, but an Americanism I came across and which puzzled me was "Our daughter is visiting with her grandparents." where as a Brit I'd write "Our daughter is visiting her grandparents."

LLKH · 25/07/2010 19:37

NetworkGuy Thank you for that image. I love the trampoline.

For my part, it is independence not independance! Though I do wonder what an independance looks like.

arsesandoldlace · 05/10/2010 00:01

Today I have seen:



Too much pop culture.



Not a rapper and a J.K.Rowling chracter.

As you were.

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