Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Evolution of Language' started by Sheldon Scott, Mar 31, 2015.
You could use the impersonal pronoun "one" and sound like Princess Anne
This thread has been so much fun to read. I've a couple of peeves to add :
when people say or write "could of" and "would of" for "could have" and "would have"
when people begin a sentence (most often a response to a question) with "So" - it does serve to orientate the listener, but that in itself is patronizing. This use of "so" seems to be a relatively recent (within the last 5 years or so) linguistic tic.
Agree with both choices
This reminds me of a story. Yeah, everything does. Long ago, before I learned better, I used to watch the Today show. Al Roker was on and he couldn't get through three sentences without an "unbelievable".
I had no computer back then, so I wrote a letter to The Today show pointing out that Al sounded like he was calling everyone a liar.
Some days later, as I was watching the show, I heard Al start to say "unbelievable", several times but catch himself in time. I couldn't help but laugh it up.
Love that ! Well done Ike
Oh, guess, what- "like" is back! Whenever I happen to be riding the city bus, if high schoolers are there talking to each other it's like a flashback to early 1980's Vals- not a sentence comes out of their mouths without 'like' inserted someplace. A little behind the times, wouldn't you say? lol
@Janice Martin - Oh dear, I don't 'like' that .............
It's a good thing that there is no law about bad grammar.
Or how about LOLCats? I almost get a little concerned when I have no difficulty reading these things...
@Janice Martin Beautiful! The look of intent concentration on the kitty's face is precious! How often I am reminded of our dear little cats, and their individual ways and habits, no two alike! We have none now, but have often questioned why.
I know what you mean. "Cats are the nicest people!"
@Janice Martin A few hours ago, having finished my half-hour watching Wheel of Fortune with my wife (the only TV show I watch regularly), she switched over to a "relocation show", a couple moving overseas. During the intro, a large cat was seen squatted on a toilet seat ring, peeing into the stool! No mention was made of it in the dialogue, we both got a tremendous "kick" out of it!
We then commiserated over how would one teach a cat to use a stool? Obviously, no cat would do this without prompting, I think.
Oh, it's possible. We had a cat for many years- a huge Maine Coon- and he somehow taught himself to use the toilet. I thought the kids were making it up til I happened to see him sitting there.
Well, now, if I could see a cat calmly pushing the lever to flush after completing the business at hand, I would be absolutely convinced of cats' intelligence abilities overshadowing that of dogs. Failing in that, I am still in belief of cats being able to out-do dogs in most ways.
Well, he "did his business," but he never learned how to flush!!!
I loved that cat... he was with us for 13 years... and still miss him
@Frank Sanoica and @Janice Martin
Take a look at this - it can be done, seen a few cats master this
It's easy to teach a cat to do tricks,
but only if the cat thinks of it first.
My language peeve has more to do with how words are pronounced. In the south, I seem to frequently hear the word "ask" spoken as "axe". It is an easy word that needs to be pronounced correctly.
Wah you be say?
Can you translate that into English?
Probably not, directly, it's "Ebonics". Frequently heard amongst the street folks in Chicago.
They use the phrase often while holding barbecue parties in drained swimming pools. I'm serious. My co-worker at Sears, Karl Deffenbaugh, witnessed the feat next door to him.
Excuse me, what?
Accents are just fine - as long as I can understand them
Soon after I moved from Manchester UK to Birmingham UK as a student I went to the outdoor market and decided to buy some cheese. I asked for some Cheddar and what I heard in reply was "Strong or boiled?" It made no sense to me. This is more or less how the conversation progressed :
Me : Pardon
Cheese seller : Strong or boiled?
Me: Strong or boiled?
CS : Yes.
CS : Do you want strong or boiled?
Me: I'm not sure, I've never had boiled cheese.
CS: Strong then?
Me: Do you have mild?
CS: Yes! Boiled!
Brummies with a strong local accent really do sound like they're saying "boiled" when they're saying"mild". Similarly, they say "lung" for "long", "loik" for "like", "sumthink" for "something" , "poi" for "pie", "cluck" for "clock", "toylit" for "toilet", "I ent got nun" for "I haven't got any" ....... think Ozzy Osborne.....
- you've tickled me there