Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:32 PM
I don't mind uni myself, but I know it makes some people apoplectic (possibly why Nick's tea is so steamy?). My flash points are: Hubby, decimate (when used to mean destroy) and "very unique" - one of the reasons why I've never fancied George Clarke.
Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:50 PM
I have lots of individual bugbears, but my main objection is cliches in writing. We all use them as a shorthand for getting our point across, but I do (usually!) try to avoid saying anything using stock phrases when writing. Orwell (or was it Twain?) wrote an interesting essay on this subject.
I do, however, love to infinitive split.
Posted 03 February 2015 - 04:06 PM
The gist of it is in this list near the end:
(i) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never use a long word where a short one will do.
(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.
(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Posted 03 February 2015 - 04:32 PM
NO NO NO It's "I could have done that"
Have and of are different words with different meanings.
Posted 03 February 2015 - 04:41 PM
Must be a Scottish thing - more experience of doing things in the cold ? - else it would be a typographical error in a typographical error thread.
Edited to remove my own typographical error - doh !
Edited by Alphonsox, 03 February 2015 - 04:43 PM.
Posted 04 February 2015 - 07:32 AM
Apologees for the typo.
Posted 04 February 2015 - 04:43 PM
Posted 04 February 2015 - 06:59 PM
Which have undoubtedly come in handy with your building project
(Secretly envious BTW.)
Posted 04 February 2015 - 07:16 PM
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Posted 04 February 2015 - 07:55 PM
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Posted 04 February 2015 - 08:07 PM
. Been a long day double Fire boarding two garages
All hail the ale.
Posted 04 February 2015 - 08:37 PM
Posted 04 February 2015 - 08:39 PM
(Secretly envious BTW.)
So is Debbie ( my wife)
Yes, I often need to speak to our architect about how to '...put the red book on the table...' as a Montagnard, and as a Cochinchinese. He was the single most interesting, viciously witty lecturer and tutor I have ever heard (as an u/g).
Posted 04 February 2015 - 09:24 PM
I had a long conversation with a fairly young teacher that thought it was totally unacceptable that people could not spell. I pointed out that they may be dyslexic, have eyesight problems (having binocular instability makes reading very hard and makes me dizzy), may be foreign, or brought up bilingual (as I was, but forgotten it over the last 50 years). Then there are hearing problems, often never diagnosed, a friend of mine has about 40% of her hearing by volume, but an extended pitch range (she sings fantastically). She often mishears things, gets upset and throws a tantrum. Great lip reader though, used to get her to say what couples where talking about in noisy pubs.
Then there are the non-verbal languages, I 'speak' one of them, though out of practice. Different grammar and syntax to English (BSL is not a translation of British English), but often a better way to communicate, used it tonight with a deaf customer.
There is a big difference between someone that is lacking in English and someone that is just plain thick. When I was lecturing I was never allowed to say that (was often told off about it). I used to study with a very clever Ugandan, he wrote beautifully (though his maths was not brilliant), but I very rarely understood what he actually said (I used to mimic him on the phone and people never knew it was me).
So all in all, I tend to look at the content rather than place any judgement of peoples ability. If people do not understand, break it down into smaller chunks until they do, even if this sometimes seems patronising.
Edited by SteamyTea, 04 February 2015 - 09:26 PM.