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Title: Swimming against the tide
Post by: bsa-bill on 18.12. 2017 11:48
Topic split from https://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=12446.msg97643#msg97643

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do the math

Maths
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Greybeard on 18.12. 2017 12:07
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do the math
Maths
Good luck with this!
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/12/08/math_versus_maths_how_americans_and_brits_deploy_the_collective_noun.html
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: bsa-bill on 18.12. 2017 12:23
From GB
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http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/12/08/math_versus_maths_how_americans_and_brits_deploy_the_collective_noun.html


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British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, features a lot of maths

those maths where a significant factor in Winning WW2.

While I accept things and vocabulary change this particular word MATH is a step too far for me, it just does not sound correct and really grates, so I may be swimming against the tide
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Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: muskrat on 18.12. 2017 18:57
We have a few words that are spelt differently and give things/parts different names.
English (spelling & vocabulary) was never a strong point, I preferred maths & science.
Now how do I change spell check to proper English?
Cheers
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: bsa-bill on 18.12. 2017 21:56
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Now how do I change spell check to proper English?

Oh don't get me started on that pre-emptive thing!!! 
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: kiwipom on 18.12. 2017 22:34
hi guys, another `Americanization` is the using of `two times` instead of `twice, cheers
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: RoyC on 19.12. 2017 06:43
I hate it when weather forecasters say "a BIT of rain ",
You can't have a BIT of liquid, a drop of rain or a little rain.
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: ellis on 19.12. 2017 08:23
One of my irritants is ( Happy Christmas )  It has always been and in my book always will be  a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Come on lads lets have it right.   *smiley4*

Merry Christmas to you all ELLIS
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Rex on 19.12. 2017 08:55
Could be worse....."Happy Holidays"
Really?
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Greybeard on 19.12. 2017 10:00
This discussion could end up winning the longest thread award!
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Greybeard on 19.12. 2017 10:03
I hate the use of 'for free'. It should be just 'free' or 'for nothing' or even 'free of charge'
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Greybeard on 19.12. 2017 10:05
Nuculer instead of nuclear.
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Greybeard on 19.12. 2017 10:07
Trump instead of a proper president!
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Triton Thrasher on 19.12. 2017 11:19
Many readers here are American;  some, wherever they hail from, may even be young!

It’s only polite to write in an idiom familiar to them.
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: duTch on 19.12. 2017 12:27
   I'm with B-Bill on this, but not really 'Swimming against the tide"...Tide goes in and out.  This is more a case of 'pushing shit uphill', and then navigating liquid runoff of same shit in 'a barb-wire canoe with no paddle'


 
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.....It’s only polite to write in an idiom familiar to them.

 CRAP/CRAPPOLA/GARBAGE.... do you think they understand that? I hope so. They need to learn to read and spell and use punctuation and general language skills so it's easier to read.

 In my work situations, we're often reminded that ' the standard we walk past is the standard we accept' and is even the motto of one big company (while I may not think much on that Corp. I agree with that).

 
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Nuculer instead of nuclear.


 Unclear what you mean  *conf*


 
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One of my irritants is ( Happy Christmas )
   Yep- should be 'Hah Yumbug ' (or similar)

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I hate it when weather forecasters say "a BIT of rain ",
You can't have a BIT of liquid, a drop of rain or a little rain.

 A 'BIT' is 1/8 of a 'Byte', so when there's a 'Byte' or more you know it's too wet for the bike    *conf2*

  Shouldn't have started me off.   I hate the word 'got', and especially 'have got'
 There's a big difference between lots of words;

there's a big difference between;  ensure/insure/assure
there's a big difference between;  Enquire and Inquire
there's a big difference between;  Cheque and Check     Spelluncheck even tells me 'cheque' needs 'checking' *bash*

I even heard a discussion on 'spelled' and 'spelt' the other week

 
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...Could be worse....."Happy Holidays"
Really?
 

  yep should be 'Happy Days' *smile*' 

   *beer*

Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: RoyC on 19.12. 2017 12:34
The worst one of all  -  You done good. instead of you've done well.  *pull hair out*
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Topdad on 19.12. 2017 13:17
or thats  pacific detail instead of specific  and whilst on one  the "have a nice day" spoken with the sincerity of a dead crab .....
ok I know crabs can't speak but you get the drift .
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Triton Thrasher on 19.12. 2017 13:32
Q: How was iron discovered?




A: They smelt it.
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Black Sheep on 19.12. 2017 14:01
This is from a current eBay listing by that hallowed institution, the VMCC.
"1956 Triumph T110. 650cc twin. V5C present. None matching numbers, but document matches bike. Historic so tax and mot exempt. None transferrable reg."
Use of none instead of non. Tsk tsk, could do better.
Gotten grates in UK English, however, it was the common variant in Mediaeval times so I try and ignore it.
Merry Christmas, y'all!
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: bikerbob on 19.12. 2017 16:10
Just to be pedantic people refer to tides  going in and out when in fact they rise and fall, also if you are in a boat say a mile offshore if you are drifting south then that is a flood tide if you are drifting north then that is an ebb tide.
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: bsa-bill on 19.12. 2017 16:12
Hi Triton thrasher
Been opening the crackers then
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: RogerSB on 19.12. 2017 16:21
Or as they say in some parts of our country 'I teh loo tooo time onnc more'.


When I was serving in the Far East a Malaysian friend always amused me when he referred to British pounds as Quids - so he would say something like 'It cost two quids'.
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: bsa-bill on 19.12. 2017 17:01
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I teh loo tooo time onnc more'

Ha - took me a minute or two to translate, I've no relatives in your part of the UK but have many in the Midlands including Stoke and recall uncles speaking similar, love accents (well maybe not Rees Mogg)
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: morris on 19.12. 2017 19:22
Hope you can forgive the mistakes from us non English speaking residents of this wonderful forum...  *smile*
What really annoys me is the use of letters and figures to replace words. As in “I’ll do that 4U” or in “U2”... lazy b****rds 😡
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: RoyC on 19.12. 2017 19:39
Hope you can forgive the mistakes from us non English speaking residents of this wonderful forum...  *smile*
What really annoys me is the use of letters and figures to replace words. As in “I’ll do that 4U” or in “U2”... lazy b****rds 😡
I can appreci8 that.  *smile*
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: berger on 19.12. 2017 21:49
 I carnt stand U2
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: kiwipom on 20.12. 2017 00:08
hi guys, over here the kiwi was never taught what the plural of the female species was, they refer to `a woman`or a group of `women` as woman, it sounds so weird when you here that there were a group of woman waiting or anything similar that refers to more than one`woman` cheers
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Greybeard on 20.12. 2017 09:22
hi guys, over here the kiwi was never taught what the plural of the female species was, they refer to `a woman`or a group of `women` as woman, it sounds so weird when you here that there were a group of woman waiting or anything similar that refers to more than one`woman` cheers

Kinda makes sense when you think of the term 'man' as a collective noun.
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: pjm01 on 20.12. 2017 16:14
You should always Swim against the tide ...... only dead fish go with the flow.
Peter M
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: kiwipom on 20.12. 2017 20:32
Kinda makes sense when you think of the term 'man' as a collective noun.
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so what do we do with the term`men` cheers
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Greybeard on 20.12. 2017 23:18
Kinda makes sense when you think of the term 'man' as a collective noun.
so what do we do with the term`men` cheers


OK, maybe 'man' is not a collective noun.

I'm thinking of a sentence like. "Primitive man rode a strange two-wheeled motor vehicle made by Birmingham Small Arms Ltd."
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: kiwipom on 21.12. 2017 08:32
Greybeard, that statement is singular where man could easily be changed by woman. If man was replaced with men the whole statement would have to be changed as in : primitive men rode stranged two wheel vehicles, where in if woman was not replaced with women the statement would still be singular , that’s my spin on it, cheers
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Butch (cb) on 21.12. 2017 08:52
It's the same with fish though isn't it.
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Greybeard on 21.12. 2017 09:17
It's the same with fish though isn't it.
Did they ride primitive motorcycles as well?
Title: Re: Swimming against the tide
Post by: Rex on 21.12. 2017 10:01
No, apparently they tried bicycles but gave up....