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Old 2nd Dec 2019, 10:03
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WE DO NOT EXCEPT PERSONAL CHECK'S
It's English Jim, but not as we know it.
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Old 2nd Dec 2019, 10:12
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Originally Posted by Loose rivets View Post
The lovely Elizabeth says:

See number 3. That's one that gets a lot of question marks.

https://www.english-grammar-revoluti...postrophe.html
Not sure about her use of language, though. The page starts off with her writing "Hello! I'm Elizabeth O'Brien and my goal is to get you jazzed about grammar".

Since when has a distorted term for a type of music become a verb?

Also, why the need for the exclamation mark after "Hello"?
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Old 2nd Dec 2019, 10:47
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What's a "personal check"? That what the airline security do? English please!!!
Was that more irony, or a genuine mistake?
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Originally Posted by megan View Post
What's a "personal check"? That what the airline security do? English please!!!
Was that more irony, or a genuine mistake?
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How many years have I carried a black whiteboard thick-tipped marker pen past the boundary sign to BISHOPS STORTFORD ................
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Old 2nd Dec 2019, 12:19
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Another important grammar concept to bear in mind when creating hand-lettered small- business signs is that you should put quotation marks around random words for decoration
Also used by journalists when they come across a word or phrase with which they are unfamiliar. Recent examples "junior rate" in an article on the Navy, and "pitot head" (several examples, usually when reporting aircraft accidents). I have also come across faulty "pilot head", which on reflection may be closer to the truth in some cases!
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 08:38
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Whats an apostrophe ?
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 08:54
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apostrophe - a noun (pronounced/əˈpɒstrəfi/)

singularnoun: apostrophe; plural noun: apostrophes


definition : a punctuation mark (') used to indicate either possession
(e.g. Harry ' s book ; boys ' coats )
or the omission of letters or numbers
(e.g. can ' t ; he ' s ; 1 Jan. ' 99 ).

Do you need the definition of a noun as well?
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 09:05
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Originally Posted by Paultheparaglider View Post
Whats an apostrophe ?
Nice one.....you got a bite as well 😎
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 10:45
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Originally Posted by Alsacienne View Post
apostrophe - a noun (pronounced/əˈpɒstrəfi/)

How does one pronounce an upside down e?
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 10:47
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What's an apostrophe ?
(Apostrophe added by Ptp)

Nice one.....you got a bite as well ��
It certainly did, StAn gelo, and thank you to Alsacienne for the definition.

Whilst the above quotes may well be have delivered tongue-in-cheek, I am still somewhat amazed at the occasional post from some supposedly educated Ppruners, especially those in the Dunnunda Forum, who really have NFI of the correct use of the apostrophe. And spelling of words such as lose and loose; two, too and to etc.

All of the English Teachers I had in both Primary School (In the Barossa Valley district of South Australia (where 'Barossa Deutch' was still heard spoken quite often when I was a Child) and then at a Lutheran College Boarding School in Adelaide, could almost be considered fanatical when it came to correct spelling and grammar.


I like to think that at least in my case, some of the verbal thrashings we received sunk in!

Oh yes; Rant over!
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 10:48
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Also used by journalists when they come across a word or phrase with which they are unfamiliar. Recent examples "junior rate" in an article on the Navy, and "pitot head" (several examples, usually when reporting aircraft accidents). I have also come across faulty "pilot head", which on reflection may be closer to the truth in some cases!
Reluctant as I am to correct TTN, whose posts I always enjoy reading, I have to say that "junior rate" is a perfectly normal expression in everyday use in the Royal Navy, and indeed other Old Commonwealth navies. The expressions "rate" or "rating" are virtually interchangeable, and equally in use for senior and junior ratings, with a particularly good example of the former at https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-an...ate-fast-track

That said, I'm also quite amused to see that no one has taken issue with the fact that the opening post on a thread concerned with the misuse of the English language contains the expression 'ignorance and laziness' has won.

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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 11:03
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Originally Posted by Union Jack View Post
Reluctant as I am to correct TTN, whose posts I always enjoy reading, I have to say that "junior rate" is a perfectly normal expression in everyday use in the Royal Navy, and indeed other Old Commonwealth navies. The expressions "rate" or "rating" are virtually interchangeable, and equally in use for senior and junior ratings, with a particularly good example of the former at https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-an...ate-fast-track

That said, I'm also quite amused to see that no one has taken issue with the fact that the opening post on a thread concerned with the misuse of the English language contains the expression 'ignorance and laziness' has won.

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I merely quoted the man himself; John Richards of The Society For The Protection Of Apostrophes
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 11:40
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Originally Posted by Auxtank View Post
I merely quoted the man himself; John Richards of The Society For The Protection Of Apostrophes
Apologies for any hurt feelings, although I note that the BBC webpage quoted actually reads 'The 96-year-old said: "We have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won."'

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And Mr Jack leads 30:15. New ball's, please.
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Originally Posted by Pinky the pilot View Post
(Apostrophe added by Ptp)
And deliberately omitted by the other Ptp.
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 22:55
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Union Jack,TTN was referring to the use of quotation marks and not the actual term.
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 23:45
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Originally Posted by Saintsman View Post
How does one pronounce an upside down e?
Saintsman, called schwa, it denotes a neutral or empty sound we use for unstressed vowels such as e in ‘the book’, or the a in ‘sofa’. (Or were you pointing out that it is in not being pronounced that it finds its very existence?)

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Old 4th Dec 2019, 10:35
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Thumbs up

And deliberately omitted by the other Ptp
I had actually assumed that! A thousand apologies though...

Should we ever meet, the first bottle of Barossa Shiraz is on me!
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