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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.

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It's aitch not haitch

edited 6 October 2017 at 12:02PM in Funny Money
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  • I remember a teacher in primary school correcting me on 'can I' 'may I', but I was confused for years after as she didn't explain why I had to say it differently, and we always used 'can I' at home!

    Me: Please can I go to the toilet?
    Teacher: You mean 'may I'
    Me: Please may can I go the toilet?
    Teacher: Laughed!

    I heard a similar exchange between a mother and child last week:

    Child: I want biscuits, I want biscuits
    Mother: I want doesn't get, it's I would like
    Child: I would like want biscuits!

    I get annoyed with Americanisms such as 'can I get' instead of 'can I have' or may I have'.

    My husband and I have the following exchange nearly every morning:

    Husband: I'm going to get a shower
    Me: Surely you had better have a shower first and get dressed before going to B&Q
    Husband: Grrr!

    If anyone tells my mother that they are going to put the kettle on she always replies 'it won't suit you!'
  • keanufankeanufan Forumite
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    Has the word twice been removed from the dictionary? Most TV adverts like to use 'two times', I hate it.
  • Fascinating thread:

    How about: "forward planning" (I can't think of any plan or planning that wouldn't be)

    Also: "going forwards" meaning (presumably "from now on")

    Best combination recently heard on TV about a famous person who was reported to be ill: "He's literally an absolute legend"......counts as a triple?
  • Who is guilty of using "these ones"?

    These ones! These two, these three (or any other multiple number) or this one.

    G
  • purpoisepurpoise Forumite
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    Why do some people say 'different to' which implies affinity and not distance?
    Some Brits are now using the American 'different than' which is an utter nonsense.
    (I suspect this is a direct translation from the German phrase 'anders als'. 'Als' usually means 'than' but in this case it's 'from'.)
    'Than' introduces a comparison, bigger, smaller, etc.

    The Americans are different FROM us, not than us or to us!
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  • LameWolfLameWolf Forumite
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    I really don't mind people using quirky language, but I do get upset if they don't face me when they speak to me.
    I am partially deaf, and need to see the speaker's lips to understand what they're saying.
    The misunderstandings that have occurred through people speaking to me with their back turned are too numerous to mention (and I bet someone doesn't like that phrase!);)
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.;)
  • purpoisepurpoise Forumite
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    Fascinating thread:

    How about: "forward planning" (I can't think of any plan or planning that wouldn't be)

    Also: "going forwards" meaning (presumably "from now on")

    Best combination recently heard on TV about a famous person who was reported to be ill: "He's literally an absolute legend"......counts as a triple?
    Even more annoying than 'going forwards', which at least sounds adverbial, is the nonsensical 'going forward' !
  • FerrisFerris Forumite
    471 posts
    LV_Sue wrote: »
    Different than instead of different from!

    If two things are different they are not the same, therefore this one is different from that one. :mad:

    There is actually no standard for which preposition follows "different". Americans favour "than", while over here it's split between "to" and "from". They all make sense, and are all perfectly fine. The very worst kind of pedants are the sort who don't actually know they're wrong, like those who object to split infinitives :)

    Also the "like" example in the original shows a remarkable ignorance of basic syntax for wannabe word pedant.
  • SystemSystem
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    Me: get dressed before going to B&Q


    '


    You mean dress before going to B&Q.
    I hate it when people put in that unnecessary "get".

    :)
  • SystemSystem
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    Also: "going forwards" meaning (presumably "from now on")


    Presumably meaning "from now" ?
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