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It's aitch not haitch

edited 6 October 2017 at 1:02PM in Funny Money
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  • NBLondonNBLondon Forumite
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    0526 hours doesn't need the colon - you'd think a military chap like Harry would know that...

    06 May, 2019 looks to me like a default setting/ auto correction from Microsoft Word being used. I'd say 6 May 2019 or 6th May 2019 are fine but May 6th, 2019 with a comma.

    The US/UK thing is more troublesome in all numbers - 06/05/19 here, 05/06/19 there (and 19/05/06 in other parts of the world). One of my teachers would have written it 5.vi.2019 to make it clear which was the month - don't know if that was an archaic version or how he was taught in his schooldays or just him being eccentric.
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  • pollypennypollypenny Forumite
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    I always dinned into my classes that they should write the month in full to avoid any American/British confusion.
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    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
  • DippypudDippypud Forumite
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    Morbier wrote: »
    Similarly - "can I lend your pencil?" when it should have been "can I borrow your pencil?" I'm tempted to reply, "No, you can't lend my pencil, I'll decide who I lend my pencil to." (Or even 'to whom I'll lend my pencil' if I'm being really picky). :D

    Surely, it should be 'may I borrow a pencil ?'
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  • NBLondonNBLondon Forumite
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    Agreed - "May I?" asks permission - "Can I?" asks about possibility or ability. Thus:

    Can I borrow a pencil?
    Yes you can.
    [Pause]
    Where is it then?
    I don't have a pencil.
    You said I could borrow one!
    Yes - you can. But not from me as I don't have one.
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  • purpoisepurpoise Forumite
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    I was screaming at the radio again this morning.
    Val mcDermid, of all people (she is a writer) used the phrase, "when I was little....".
    What's wrong with, "when I was young?" Why conflate size with naivete?
    I'm sure Warwick Davis has never once said, "When I was little...."
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    I tried to quote purpoise's post, but the screen came out stretched with minute print.

    I don't have any problem with it Val McDermid's use of 'when I was little.' That means she was a child. 'Young' could suggest in her 20s/30s.
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  • NBLondonNBLondon Forumite
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    Sort of... Yes - "when I was young" could mean teens or 20s from the perspective of a person in their 50s "When I was little" is possibly a contraction of "When I was a little girl" which implies under about 12.

    I'd say "when I was a child" or "When I was a teenager" would be more specific.
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    The Pedants' Revolt appears to have commenced.....

    Meanwhile: Morbier - " (Yes, I know there should be an acute accent over the first 'e' in Academie but all I get is an exclamation mark) "

    Have you tried the Microsoft Character Map? Available to install in Win7, don't know about 10. Trying it -
    Acad!mie - no doesn't work, sorry!:(
    I think this job really needs
    a much bigger hammer.
  • MorbierMorbier Forumite
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    Robisere wrote: »
    The Pedants' Revolt appears to have commenced.....

    Meanwhile: Morbier - " (Yes, I know there should be an acute accent over the first 'e' in Academie but all I get is an exclamation mark) "

    Have you tried the Microsoft Character Map? Available to install in Win7, don't know about 10. Trying it -
    Acad!mie - no doesn't work, sorry!:(

    Thanks for the attempt at helping me. I'm happy to say that I gave up Windows years ago and am now a confirmed Apple addict. However there is an equivalent to the Character Map. I'm on my iPad at the moment and, even though I used the 'e' with an accute accent, it didn't work. I'll have a go on my laptop and let you know. I suspect it's the MSE gremlin.
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  • purpoisepurpoise Forumite
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    Just for argument's sake, Val could be talking sizist, referring to a time before she gained weight.
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