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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 3rd Apr 17, 10:49 AM
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    The Bristol Grammar Vigilante strikes!
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    • 3rd Apr 17, 10:49 AM
    The Bristol Grammar Vigilante strikes! 3rd Apr 17 at 10:49 AM
    There's guy in Bristol who goes around correcting misplaced apostrophes and other errors on shop fronts and signs.

    HURRAY!

    My hero! .


    Meet the 'Grammar Vigilante' of Bristol

    For years, it has been rumoured that somebody has been going out late at night, correcting bad punctuation on Bristol shop fronts.
    The self-proclaimed "grammar vigilante" goes out undercover in the dead of night correcting street-signs and shop-fronts where the apostrophes are in the wrong place.

    Jon Kay meets grammar's answer to Banksy and reveals the extent of his one man mission to improve standards.

    Listen to more in The 'Apostrophiser', Radio 4, 20:00 BST, Monday 3 April, or afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.
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    • ThinkingOutLoud
    • By ThinkingOutLoud 20th Apr 17, 10:14 PM
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    Don't many Marks & Spencer shops now go with just "M & S" (or is it "M&S") as the logo on the outside of their buildings?
    Originally posted by Mandelbrot
    Indeed - we are debating the past.

    The use of just 3 letters saves a lot on typos (;-)) and signage costs and sign space and electricity to light it up - very green!
    I am just thinking out loud - nothing I say should be relied upon!
    I do however reserve the right to be correct by accident.
    • ThinkingOutLoud
    • By ThinkingOutLoud 21st Apr 17, 9:00 AM
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    Can I propose this thread be given a new lease of life with every general election faux pas?

    We will not have long to wait if the past is anything to go by.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32395251
    I am just thinking out loud - nothing I say should be relied upon!
    I do however reserve the right to be correct by accident.
    • Mandelbrot
    • By Mandelbrot 21st Apr 17, 10:35 AM
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    Can I propose this thread be given a new lease of life with every general election faux pas?

    We will not have long to wait if the past is anything to go by.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32395251
    Originally posted by ThinkingOutLoud
    Can we include manifestos for the local elections in May, too?
    (Often a rich vein to mine ...)
    • ThinkingOutLoud
    • By ThinkingOutLoud 21st Apr 17, 10:43 AM
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    Indeed. Even Trumpisms are welcome, I reckon.
    I am just thinking out loud - nothing I say should be relied upon!
    I do however reserve the right to be correct by accident.
    • Cloth of Gold
    • By Cloth of Gold 25th Apr 17, 8:38 AM
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    Can I propose this thread be given a new lease of life with every general election faux pas?

    We will not have long to wait if the past is anything to go by.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32395251
    Originally posted by ThinkingOutLoud
    Does no one proof read these thing? Actually, it's a bit rich of the BBC to criticise such things as their news website is littered with errors.
    • ThinkingOutLoud
    • By ThinkingOutLoud 25th Apr 17, 8:49 AM
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    Does no one proof read these thing? Actually, it's a bit rich of the BBC to criticise such things as their news website is littered with errors.
    Originally posted by Cloth of Gold
    Every criticism is an autobiography. I am guilty of many errors. You can be the butt of a joke and yet still tell a joke, I guess.
    I am just thinking out loud - nothing I say should be relied upon!
    I do however reserve the right to be correct by accident.
    • Spidernick
    • By Spidernick 25th Apr 17, 8:59 AM
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    Not directly related to English errors, but at the last General Election for some reason I was sent the leaflet for the Labour candidate in one of the Brighton constituencies some 60 miles away from where I live!

    Onto more general apostrophe abuse: my local Post Office has a note in the window offering 'Childrens passport photo's'. What makes it worse is that someone has scratched out the correct apostrophe in 'children's'!
    'I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my father. Not screaming and terrified like his passengers.' (Bob Monkhouse).

    Sky? Believe in better.

    Note: win, draw or lose (not 'loose' - opposite of tight!)
    • Izadora
    • By Izadora 25th Apr 17, 12:16 PM
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    You can get past the annoyance of "photo's" by telling yourself that the apostrophe is there because it's a contraction of "photographs".
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 25th Apr 17, 1:35 PM
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    You can get past the annoyance of "photo's" by telling yourself that the apostrophe is there because it's a contraction of "photographs".
    Originally posted by Izadora
    Nope. Didn't work for me! Still annoying!
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    • helcat26
    • By helcat26 25th Apr 17, 2:39 PM
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    I think this guy should be celebrated.
    Every day I pass a shop with the sign " Sharps Fruit's".


    It drives me loopy- I keep thinking that one night I will be there with a tin of green paint!


    Oh yes and I also yell a the television "The plural of fruit is fruit!". It does not get me anywhere.
    • ThinkingOutLoud
    • By ThinkingOutLoud 26th Apr 17, 7:31 AM
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    Fruit loopy you may be.

    Interesting how some English dictionaries see there is an "s" sometimes.

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.collinsdictionary.com/amp/english/the-fruits-of-your-labours
    I am just thinking out loud - nothing I say should be relied upon!
    I do however reserve the right to be correct by accident.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 26th Apr 17, 8:46 AM
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    I think this guy should be celebrated.
    Every day I pass a shop with the sign " Sharps Fruit's".


    It drives me loopy- I keep thinking that one night I will be there with a tin of green paint!


    Oh yes and I also yell a the television "The plural of fruit is fruit!". It does not get me anywhere.
    Originally posted by helcat26
    Fruit loopy you may be.

    Interesting how some English dictionaries see there is an "s" sometimes.

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.collinsdictionary.com/amp/english/the-fruits-of-your-labours
    Originally posted by ThinkingOutLoud
    Fruit can be a singular or a plural noun.

    However, the plural can also be fruits, depending on context.

    The technical term for this appears to be that fruit is both a countable and an uncountable noun, and is an exception in that regard.


    "The pie contains three different fruits"........ countable

    "I love fruit"! ..........uncountable.
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    • ThinkingOutLoud
    • By ThinkingOutLoud 26th Apr 17, 10:37 AM
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    Favourite Singular / Plurals
    OK so here is a new twist while we await electoral faux pas.

    What is your favourite singular or plural word?

    I like the ring and meaning of the singular of confetti = confetto
    I am just thinking out loud - nothing I say should be relied upon!
    I do however reserve the right to be correct by accident.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 26th Apr 17, 10:48 AM
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    OK so here is a new twist while we await electoral faux pas.

    What is your favourite singular or plural word?

    I like the ring and meaning of the singular of confetti = confetto
    Originally posted by ThinkingOutLoud


    I am now trying to think of an occasion when I would be in possession of just one confetto!
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 26th Apr 17, 10:51 AM
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    Actually, asking for 'a panini' is like asking for 'a sandwiches'.

    However, would you ever cook a spaghetto?

    I suppose you might if you were on an extreme diet!
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 26th Apr 17, 10:55 AM
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    'Hair' is interesting.

    'Hair' conjures up visions of luxuriant tresses.
    'Hairs' conjures up something rather different!


    Interesting, then, that in other languages head hair is referred to in the plural.
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    • Mandelbrot
    • By Mandelbrot 26th Apr 17, 1:22 PM
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    I am now trying to think of an occasion when I would be in possession of just one confetto!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    "Give it to me" ♪♪♫
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 26th Apr 17, 1:33 PM
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    "Give it to me" ♪♪♫
    Originally posted by Mandelbrot
    Haha!


    .
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    • Dreamnine
    • By Dreamnine 26th Apr 17, 1:49 PM
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    I hate it when people say enormity when they mean enormousness or magnitude.

    An enormity is a wicked act.
    I shot a vein in my neck and coughed up a Quaalude.
    Lou Reed The Last Shot
    • qwert yuiop
    • By qwert yuiop 26th Apr 17, 3:48 PM
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    Autocarrot. That just about sums it up.

    It changes fora to for a, and thinks mangold wurzel is incorrect.

    Originally posted by Fruitcake
    It's usually mangel wurzel. That might explain it.
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