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    • Former MSE Rebecca
    • By Former MSE Rebecca 11th Nov 14, 10:48 AM
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    Former MSE Rebecca
    It's aitch not haitch
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    • 11th Nov 14, 10:48 AM
    It's aitch not haitch 11th Nov 14 at 10:48 AM
    Does it drive you up the wall when people 'literally' die laughing? Or how about those who give 110%?



    Check out Martin's top 10 list for word pedants

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    Last edited by Former MSE Andrea; 06-10-2017 at 12:02 PM.
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    • Bennifred
    • By Bennifred 11th Nov 14, 3:32 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 3:32 PM
    People who say "off of" as in "I got it off of the internet". Aaargh!
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Nov 14, 4:23 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 4:23 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 4:23 PM
    To itch used instead of to scratch.

    Scratch is what you do when something itches.

    Something that is itching is causing an itch. You don't itch an itch. You scratch it.

    Got it?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • torbrex
    • By torbrex 11th Nov 14, 5:06 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 5:06 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 5:06 PM
    Honestly, to be honest, I'll be honest at the start of a statement - all that tells me is that the person speaking is a habitual liar and they feel the need to qualify the truth on this occasion.
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 11th Nov 14, 5:14 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 5:14 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 5:14 PM
    Customers to shop staff 'can I get' no you cant, the staff are paid to get it for you. So please say 'can I have'
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
    • Bennifred
    • By Bennifred 11th Nov 14, 8:00 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 8:00 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 8:00 PM
    Customers to shop staff 'can I get' no you cant, the staff are paid to get it for you. So please say 'can I have'
    Originally posted by McKneff
    ....and don't forget the "please" at the end of the request!
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    • Tigsteroonie
    • By Tigsteroonie 11th Nov 14, 8:05 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 8:05 PM
    Does it drive you up the wall when people 'literally' die laughing? Or how about those who give 110%? Check out Martin's top 10 list for word pedants' and let us know if you've got any to add.
    Originally posted by MSE Rebecca
    You don't need the apostrophe after pedants in the above, that is a plural noun.

    It was required in the original FB post because the word was being used in the possessive plural form - the word pedants' top ten.

    Not that I'm being pedantic
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    • Tigsteroonie
    • By Tigsteroonie 11th Nov 14, 8:07 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 8:07 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 8:07 PM
    Customers to shop staff 'can I get' no you cant, the staff are paid to get it for you. So please say 'can I have'
    Originally posted by McKneff
    ....and don't forget the "please" at the end of the request!
    Originally posted by Bennifred
    I don't know whether you can have it or not. You might be allergic. Your mother might have banned you from having it. Who knows?

    Surely the correct question is "May I have ... please?"

    Pedants are we.
    Mrs Marleyboy

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    • Bennifred
    • By Bennifred 11th Nov 14, 8:29 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 8:29 PM
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    • 11th Nov 14, 8:29 PM
    "Me and Fred are going...." Argh! Unless someone named "Me" is going with Fred, of course!
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  • GRJones
    It annoys me when people start or punctuate their sentence with the word "obviously". If it's so obvious, why bother telling us?
    • LV Sue
    • By LV Sue 11th Nov 14, 10:50 PM
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    Different than instead of different from!

    If two things are different they are not the same, therefore this one is different from that one.
    • oldtrout
    • By oldtrout 12th Nov 14, 12:39 AM
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    Would of, should of, could of ..... grrrr!! Needs no explanation to the pedants. Basic grammar which younger ones don't seem to have been taught. If they need to shorten it, then use would've, should've, could've, please.

    For some reason, I don't mind wud av, shud av or cud av.
    Last edited by oldtrout; 12-11-2014 at 12:43 AM.
    • RaspberryFool
    • By RaspberryFool 12th Nov 14, 6:17 AM
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    RaspberryFool
    People that use an abbreviation or acronym and then repeat at least one of the letters by speaking the word out in full, e.g. HIV Virus, AC Current The worst case I heard was someone decribing a PIN as a Personal PIN Number.
    RaspberryFool
    Men are from Mars, Women are from ... Cadburys!
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th Nov 14, 6:40 AM
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    Being asked by every till operator how my day is going, and then at the end being told to have a nice day. I don't mind the usual niceties, but I don't want to discuss what sort of day I'm having, when all I'm doing is buying a few groceries! It's different if there's no queue and you get a bit of banter going about something, but otherwise, a simple 'Good Morning/Afternoon' and 'Thank You, Goodbye' is all that's necessary.
    One till operator made the mistake of asking 'And how are YOU today?' When I was actually feeling a bit ill, so despite the queue behind me, I enlightened him with all the details of how unwell I was feeling! He looked quite uncomfortable. Well, if you don't want to know the answer, don't ask the question!



    Oh, and 'your' instead of 'you're' and 'their' instead of 'there' or 'they're'.
    Last edited by Pyxis; 12-11-2014 at 6:43 AM.
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  • Westwinds3
    The truth is
    Whenever I hear a politician say "the truth is" I am always fairly sure it isn't. At least not in any form that you would recognise.
    • Bellroyd
    • By Bellroyd 12th Nov 14, 6:59 AM
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    People don't turn round before they say things. Can you imagine how odd it would be if we did?
  • CLG2650
    Bored of instead of the correct bored with...
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th Nov 14, 7:31 AM
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    People don't turn round before they say things. Can you imagine how odd it would be if we did?
    Originally posted by Bellroyd
    Please would you explain, Bellroyd? I'm easily confoosed!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 12th Nov 14, 7:46 AM
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    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.
    Originally posted by Flumina
    This one particularly annoys me. And the number of highly intelligent academics being interviewed on Radio 4 who are guilty of this ....
  • wiogs
    "strictly forbidden" - forbidden is an absolute which can't be qualified.
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