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Last ooorders!… We’re sorry but for now, due to resources, we need to close the Money Savers Arms including Discussion Time.

It’s not easy to write this. We love the forum, but we also have a job to do to protect it, our users and MoneySavingExpert, and at the moment, with all our resources focused on Coronavirus information, and all the team at home, we don’t feel we have the resources to do a good enough job.

For four months, we’ve been struggling to cope with the huge volumes of messages we’ve been getting from Forumites – many of whom are in desperate and dire straits with their finances. The team have been working all hours to try and keep on top of it. At first we thought it’d be a short sharp spike, but it isn’t, it’s continuing, so we have had some difficult choices to make about prioritisation.

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We know this board is important to you, but as the MSE stance has been forbearance throughout this crisis, now we ask that of you. We’re sorry. Of course you can post on other boards, but we’d ask you to stick to the subjects of those boards, and not use them as a surrogate Money Savers Arms or Discussion Time. And as always please be kind and friendly to each other, especially any newbies.

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It's aitch not haitch

edited 6 October 2017 at 12:02PM in Funny Money
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  • davetrousersdavetrousers Forumite
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    I despise "verbed nouns", there is a word for this but I can't remember it.

    Sourced. Jack and Jill did not go up the hill to source a pail of water!
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  • davetrousersdavetrousers Forumite
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    Microsoft word corrects sentences in this way sometimes, even when set to UK English! I've never understood why it insists on changing ...and I to me and...

    It doesn't even do it consistently.

    If you don't include the other person what would you say?

    I went to the shops, therefore it's, John and I went to the shops.

    This present is from me, therefore it's, this present is from John and me.

    Pretty simple really.
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  • 'at the end of the day' another meaningless phrase
  • 3guesses3guesses Forumite
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    The four that currently spring to my mind:

    I agree with LV Sue on the "different than" issue, a simply horrific americanism that I have even heard our Oxford-educated Prime Minister use at PMQs.

    Starting sentences with "Look, ...": very prevalent amongst politicians during interviews, especially those of a New Labour [spit!] persuasion; prominent examples would include Tony B Liar and Ed Balls. If anybody has to use "Look, ..." at the start of a sentence then this indicates to me that they simply do not have a coherent argument.

    "Obsessed by": people are not obsessed by something, they are obsessed with something.

    "And that's all from X and I": people really show their utter grammatical ignorance when they incorrectly use "I" instead of "me" in this type of construction, presumably in the mistaken belief that they are actually being grammatically correct! I have noticed that this is particularly prevalent amongst [overpaid] BBC newsreaders, many of whom have again enjoyed an Oxford education.

    I'm sure there are more that drive me nuts!
  • davetrousersdavetrousers Forumite
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    Someone has just posted a new thread entitled "Please critique this passive portfolio"

    I find this really uncomfortable to read.
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  • 3guesses3guesses Forumite
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    Ah yes, one more has just sprung to mind: whenever I hear "it was proved..." my hair stands on end! Is it just me or should it not be "it was proven..."?
  • Using the word guys as a collective name for a group of ladies and gentlemen. Guys and Gals would be more accurate but still not really suitable.
    Also free and firty free for three and thirty three is heard more and more. Why aren't teachers correcting this?
  • Flumina wrote: »
    Why have people started to begin sentences with "so..." Is it an import from over the pond?

    'So' should be used to qualify or add to something that's been said already.

    These sometimes annoying words or phrases do have a purpose. I often miss the beginning of a sentence when someone starts talking because I am not used to their voice, the accent, the speed of their speech etc, so I don't mind people starting to speak with a non-useful word at the beginning; "so" seems to be the current favourite. This is particularly important in news reports. These words also help the speaker to launch into what they want to say.

    It would be nice to have more variety though.
  • "Learn. We need to teach you that if you say "I’ll learn you how to do it" I won’t listen"

    I always thought that "to learn someone" was wrong, however historically it is correct.

    "The transitive sense (He learned me how to read), now vulgar, was acceptable from c.1200 until early 19c., from Old English læran "to teach" (cognates: Dutch leren, German lehren "to teach," literally "to make known;" see lore), and is preserved in past participle adjective learned "having knowledge gained by study." - from the Online Eytmology Dictionary

    My personal pet-hate - loose and lose - drives me nuts!!!
  • MaryEllenMaryEllen Forumite
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    * is an asterisk, not an Asterix. People who get it wrong Gaul me!
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