The pedantic, speeling and grammer thread's

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  1. Jen

    Jen Here be dragons. Contributor

    But might be compromised by US spellcheck?
     
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  3. the_roadie

    the_roadie Banned

    Show me anything on the planet that isn't !:snigger:
     
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  4. Brogan

    Brogan Leg end Staff Member

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    Oh dear...

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  5. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    You are an Xbox and your LIVE Gold membership has expired. What does that mean?

    From time to time I drop into the Carphone Warehouse shop to have a laugh at their posters. They are by far the best feature of TalkTalk.
     
  6. Road of Bones

    Road of Bones MTC Mole Premium Contributor

    When did "lose" acquire a second "o"?

    I am increasingly irritated to see this typographical error cropping up on official websites. I wearily sigh to myself when I see it in blogs and in posts on here, as I try not to play grammar Nazi to everyone with whom I interact.

    Let us clarify things here:

    LOSE - to fail to win, misplace an item (failing to win = LOSING)

    LOOSE - ill-fitting, baggy, allowing free access, not tight (LOOSING - releasing: as of arrows, dogs, pigeons, farts etc.)

    They aren't even pronounced the same!

    Let us have no more confusion on the matter...

    :goodday:
     
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  7. ExtremeNinja

    ExtremeNinja Karting amateur Contributor

    How about "Breaks" and "Brakes"? Arrrggghhhh

    A breaking point is the point at which something fails under duress.

    A braking point is the point at which a driver applies the brakes of a vehicle.

    Don't even get me started on tyres and tires. A misspelling that has been legitimised in the American dictionary. It exhausts me... or does it tire me?
     
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  8. Josh

    Josh Champion Elect

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    So tyres = the things around a wheel and tires = the American way?
     
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  9. ExtremeNinja

    ExtremeNinja Karting amateur Contributor

    A tyre is a rubber thing around a wheel and to tire is to grow weary.
     
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  10. Brogan

    Brogan Leg end Staff Member

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    Current BBC breaking news headline:

    Ex-Russian banker in critical condition after being shot near Canary Wharf in east London on Tuesday

    So is that a banker who is no longer a Russian, or a Russian who is no longer a banker?
     
  11. McZiderRed

    McZiderRed Champion Elect Supporter

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    I find it really difficult to except it, when people get it wrong. Most days I'm OK with it, accept on Mondays. Must be that I just don't like Mondays....

    Actually, I'm not that bothered. I just find it strange how people can mix up accept and except.
    Seems quite straightforward to me... :D
     
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  12. ExtremeNinja

    ExtremeNinja Karting amateur Contributor

    Yes. I spotted the deliberate mistake immediately. You are a very naughty Clipper. :spank:
     
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  13. the_roadie

    the_roadie Banned


    "Ex-Russian" is hyphenated so it's absolutely clear from that headline that he used to be Russian but isn't any more.
    He therefore is a banker who used to be Russian and is in critical condition.
    Can't see the problem myself, but then I'm not the Customs official who has to scrutinize his non-Russian passport;)
     
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  14. the_roadie

    the_roadie Banned


    CPW and TalkTalk are separate companies now*, they demerged a couple of years ago and have separate quotes on the Stock Exchange !


    * allegedly!
     
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  15. Bill Boddy

    Bill Boddy Professional layabout Premium Contributor

    May be that was when the TalkTalk service got even worse.
     
  16. Jos the Boss

    Jos the Boss Champion Elect

    I only ever get affect and effect mixed up, very confusing! I also say me and [insert name here] instead of [insert name here] and I but I usually get that right! And is it you and me or you and I? Or should I just say we?
     
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  17. gethinceri

    gethinceri Daniil Kvyat Fan. Alfa Romeo Fan. Contributor

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    Jos, a simple way to remember is to mentally remove the other party from the sentence.
    Jos and I went to the race (I went to the race)
    Jos and me went to the race (me went to the race)
    You can easily see which is correct.

    By the way everyone, when Jos and I went to the race he said not to bring an umbrella as it wouldn't be needed. It pissed down.
    :D
     
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  18. ExtremeNinja

    ExtremeNinja Karting amateur Contributor

    Once time has passed it is then in the past.

    Now that is just basic.
     
  19. Jos the Boss

    Jos the Boss Champion Elect

    What does Oxymoron mean?
     
  20. Brogan

    Brogan Leg end Staff Member

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    A figure of speech which contains contradictory terms.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxymoron
     
  21. ExtremeNinja

    ExtremeNinja Karting amateur Contributor

    It's a paradoxical contradiction. Such as "He put on lot of weight so that he was able to fit into his smaller jeans".
     
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