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    • Former MSE Rebecca
    • By Former MSE Rebecca 11th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
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    It's aitch not haitch
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    • 11th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
    It's aitch not haitch 11th Nov 14 at 11:48 AM
    Does it drive you up the wall when people 'literally' die laughing? Or how about those who give 110%?



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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 24th Aug 17, 9:42 PM
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    I'm still only little.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn


    Me, too!
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    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 26th Aug 17, 6:02 PM
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    Just seen this ad while googling. Was surprised at Amazon getting this wrong:-



    Game Of Throwns Box Set at Amazon - Low prices on a huge selection - amazon.co.uk‎
    Adwww.amazon.co.uk/DVDs/Television‎
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 30th Aug 17, 7:52 PM
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    Pyxis
    Offensive on many levels, not least due to the lack of an apostrophe.

    Shame on you, National Trust Tatton Park!



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    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 1st Sep 17, 9:30 AM
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    Depends if they mean sequentially or simultaneously
    This Be the Verse - Philip Larkin. The first line that everyone knows.
    • AlexMac
    • By AlexMac 12th Sep 17, 10:16 AM
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    A traffic sign near me gives "ADVANCED" warning of the impending closure of access (to the A2 Rochester Way relief road)...

    Dunno if it makes it better or worse that the sign's still there... 10-15 years or more after the road closed!
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 29th Sep 17, 10:01 AM
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    I've just heard:

    "He likes to push the envelope"

    referring to a risk-taker.

    I hadn't heard of this business phrase before, so I googled it.

    It should actually be "push the outside of the envelope", and refers to a mathematical envelope, rather than a paper one.

    In other words, inside the 'envelope' you are safe; outside, it's risky.

    https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/push-the-envelope.html

    Not sure if I like it, tbh. Jury's out in my head!
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 6th Oct 17, 12:44 PM
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    It's World Smile Day.

    Do any of these put a smirk on your face?

    PS This has gone out on our Forum twitter on the #WorldSmileDay hashtag, which is currently trending. Please welcome any newbies joining in
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 6th Oct 17, 2:20 PM
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    In the past, when For Sale ads used to be put in local papers, I frequently use to see

    "Chester draws"

    to which I always wanted to reply, "I'm sure he does, and very well too, no doubt, but what are you wanting to sell?".
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 7th Oct 17, 8:35 PM
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    A traffic sign near me gives "ADVANCED" warning of the impending closure of access (to the A2 Rochester Way relief road)...

    Dunno if it makes it better or worse that the sign's still there... 10-15 years or more after the road closed!
    Originally posted by AlexMac
    same but different*

    When does 'New road layout' stop being new?
    The sign is still there after 2 years
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    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 12th Oct 17, 9:36 AM
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    It should actually be "push the outside of the envelope", and refers to a mathematical envelope, rather than a paper one.
    Logically, it should be "push out of the envelope" - in the world of flight-testing; if you are in the envelope, you should be safe but if you push past the edge of the envelope you risk the wings falling off (Not always but simplified to make the point...). If you are pushing the outside - you are already out of the envelope and trying to get back in! Stretching the envelope is where you discover that the safe zone is a bit bigger than everyone else assumed it was and make a profit for taking that risk. Yeah - many business phrases are complete nonsense or are distorted so as to lose their original meaning.


    "Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes it". Used to mean try it out and see if it's popular. Meaningless... Either a) it's a military solution where everybody salutes the flag or is on a charge - that's not popularity it's compulsion or b) it's the flag outside the town hall in small-town America and you want to know if the townsfolk are patriots - that's not popularity it's custom and social pressure.
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    • z1a
    • By z1a 12th Oct 17, 8:15 PM
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    Just seen an ad. for a holiday, said it would leave you with an unforgettable memory. If it was forgettable it wouldn't be a memory.
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 13th Oct 17, 10:54 AM
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    Just seen an ad. for a holiday, said it would leave you with an unforgettable memory. If it was forgettable it wouldn't be a memory.
    Originally posted by z1a

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    • Izadora
    • By Izadora 13th Oct 17, 2:28 PM
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    Just seen an ad. for a holiday, said it would leave you with an unforgettable memory. If it was forgettable it wouldn't be a memory.
    Originally posted by z1a
    Surely you can forget memories though?
    There are things which happened on holiday in June which would've been memories for a couple of weeks afterwards but are ones which I've now forgotten while there are memories from holidays 20 years ago which I'm unlikely ever to forget.
    • z1a
    • By z1a 14th Oct 17, 4:20 PM
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    Surely you can forget memories though?
    There are things which happened on holiday in June which would've been memories for a couple of weeks afterwards but are ones which I've now forgotten while there are memories from holidays 20 years ago which I'm unlikely ever to forget.
    Originally posted by Izadora
    No, because once you've forgotten it, it's not a memory.

    Another thing is when people say "My memory isn't what it used to be" - How do they know?
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 14th Oct 17, 6:51 PM
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    Oh, yea gods, two really annoying ones yesterday.

    I wanted the contact number of William Aston Hall and looked on the Glyndwr University site, only to find that 'ticket fee's may apply.'

    I rang them to complain!

    Later at a good local restaurant I could chose from their 'Speciality's'.

    What the matter with these people? All printers should be able to spell
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    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • purpoise
    • By purpoise 23rd Oct 17, 7:26 PM
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    "Just seen this ad while googling." PYXIS 26/08/17
    It should be, "Just saw this ad/ I've just seen this ad." I stand to be corrected.
    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 23rd Oct 17, 9:25 PM
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    What the matter with these people? All printers should be able to spell
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    I saw something similar a few weeks ago. Driving through town, there was a fast food outlet with a big sign on the frontage, something to the effect of "Burger's, Pizza's, Kebab's". This wasn't just a chalkboard outside, but a ( presumably ) fairly expensive and large permanent "placard" ( for want of a better word ) all along the front of the building. Surely a professional sign-writer ( or whatever they're called ) should have known better ?
    I may not know much about art, but I know what I like.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 24th Oct 17, 6:12 AM
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    It should be, "Just saw this ad/ I've just seen this ad." I stand to be corrected.
    Originally posted by purpoise
    "Just saw this ad" implies the use of the "I", which is omitted.

    Similarly, "Just seen this ad" implies the use of "I've", which has also been omitted.

    Both examples are using the vernacular!
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    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 30th Oct 17, 2:36 PM
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    Surely a professional sign-writer ( or whatever they're called ) should have known better ?
    Originally posted by Ebe Scrooge
    I'm not sure it's really a profession any more when you can get the letters made and stick them on the sign yourself. (I originally typed "stick them up yourself" but on a pedantry thread that would attract comment )

    There's a back street garage I walk past that had both a shopfront sign and a standing one on the pavement announcing that they could repair Head Gassets. The latter has now been corrected to Head Gaskets using a totally mis-matched K. Both signs also display another all too common error in that the garage will also deal with Breaks.
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    • Eenymeeny
    • By Eenymeeny 31st Oct 17, 11:56 AM
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    I have to say that poor spelling really annoys me and surely there isn't any excuse these days? I was amazed/ amused to read a menu in a local pub this week which was headed 'Deserts' Amongst other offerings they had Protiferolls, merange, cheezcake and custad. There were more, unfortunately, that I can't remember. I wish I'd taken a photo but didn't want to embarrass the proprietor....
    The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
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