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PostPosted: Fri 08 Feb 2008 13:37 pm 
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Maybe its only me being a grumpy old so-and-so, but it bugs me that certain words are often confused and misused  :evil:  So in the quest for proper English (it is our language after all) here's a few tips  :arrow:

there = in that place
their = belonging to or affecting them
they're = abridgement of they (those people) are

to = in the direction of, comparison, introduction, limiting meaning
two = one more than one, one less than three
too = in addition, in excess

your = belonging to or affecting you
you're = you are

:smt024  here endeth the first lesson  :geek:

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My biggest bugbears are:

loose - untighten
lose - mislay

wary - careful, cautious
weary - tired

As I was typing the "loose/lose" bit, SWMBO used the "weary" to mean careful and she also thought "lose" was spelt "loose"!

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Another irritation

Muzzle break

That's just wrong

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Bought - I bought it at the shop
Brought - I brought it along

Are a couple more :idea:

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Owen wrote:
Bought - I bought it at the shop
Brought - I brought it along

Are a couple more :idea:

Bought = paid for
Brought = the past tense of bring

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Education eh?

Having said that though - one that is often missed is the use of 'an' before a word beginning with a vowel i.e.-

- An Apple
not
- A Apple :idea:

The rules for It is/It's/Its are also a bit confusing - anyone remember those?

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'parently I'm the departmental spelling fascist.

One of my bugbears here in Airbus is the fact that we have landing gear "boogies", not bogies. That often appears on our official external communications as well. I think it must be the spellchecker they use.

The trouble with me, though, is that I tend to type waaay too fast so I end up writing gobbledygook.

well, that's one of my troubles, anyway. I'm sure Paula'd tell you there are more...  :D  :wink:

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It's is a shortening of "It is".  Everything else is 'its'.

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Oooh nicely put, Owen. That reminds me of another of mine.

"A" in front of words beginning with "H". It is not "A hotel". It is "An hotel".

Course, if tha's from Yorkshire, laaak me, it's "t'hotel"  :wink:

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..and people who use 'of' instead of 'have'..
"I must of done something wrong"
"I should of known better"  etc..etc...
...and don't even get me started on the random apostrophe culture! :evil:


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So who has read "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" by Lynne Truss?

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Me!  And also 'Lost for Words' by John Humphries.

They're both reasonably interesting, but John Humphries has a much less tolerant approach.

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Paula & Dan wrote:
One of my bugbears here in Airbus is the fact that we have landing gear "boogies", not bogies. That often appears on our official external communications as well. I think it must be the spellchecker they use.

Or if you're American 'Boggies'

usually from the same people who think that tanks have 'turrents'

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Adrian,

Oh, I agree. I'd machine gun them all. Especially the market traders who sell their "pear's", "apple's" and "tomato's".

Grrr!

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Paula & Dan wrote:
So who has read "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" by Lynne Truss?

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Read most of it.
Really funny and it made me feel like I wasn't the only one who cared about my language. :)


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well me old mate,oi still avent got me old edd around amo amas amat let alone english :lol:

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Another one that annoys me is Licence being spelled License


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I get fustrated with American spell checkers - it is:

- Americanise, not Americanize :wink:

Is this just turning into a rant about the distortion of the Queen's English or is it just me?

Another thing that I can't ever remember properly is the rule for apostrophes when on the end of words - e.g. Peoples'. If it belongs to the people, then it would be the People's, but what is the rule for the apostrophe on the end?

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but what is the rule for the apostrophe on the end?


If the word already ends in 's'

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Owen wrote:
I get fustrated with American spell checkers - it is:

- Americanise, not Americanize :wink:

Is this just turning into a rant about the distortion of the Queen's English or is it just me?

Another thing that I can't ever remember properly is the rule for apostrophes when on the end of words - e.g. Peoples'. If it belongs to the people, then it would be the People's, but what is the rule for the apostrophe on the end?


The apostrophe goes on the end of the first word when both words are
plural.

"Mens' ties"
"Childrens' toys"

Also, certain first names, such as Charles and James always have the apostrophe at the end of the word, regardless of the noun being singular OR plural:

"Charles' car"
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