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    Loose language: time for a rant

    Posted by Gut City Hatter on 8/12/2023, 13:24:19

    The trends in the use of the English language really annoy me:
    - this morning, a supposed financial expert on Radio 4 referred to "damp squids" (well, of course squids should be damp, as they live in the sea - what he should have said was "damp squibs", i.e. wet fireworks)
    - then the dishevilled haystack appeared before the Covid enquiry and couldn't pronounce the word "you" (it's "yer" as far as he's concerned)
    - I think I'll go crazy if I once more hear Liz Truss or Suella say "reckonise" (there's a "g" in the word, for goodness sake)
    - and then the blessed Suella apparently invented a new political party in Parliament the other day: "the Conservaparty".
    It's bad enough that the so-called "Conservatives" are not conserving anything, but seemingly trying to destroy everything traditional about the UK, but I'm fed up with the destruction of the English language.
    And don't get me started on "appealing" something, which is American misuse: in Britain, you traditionally appeal AGAINST something.
    As Marshall McLuhan correctly said, "the medium is the message" - or should that be changed nowadays to "the media ARE the message"? (For anyone who didn't study Latin, "medium" is the singular of the plural "media".)
    That feels better - rant over (for now).

      Re: Loose language: time for a rant

      Posted by jimmyp on 8/12/2023, 18:36:03, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

      'step foot'

      There are more but I'm having a pint and don't want to wind myself up thinking about them.

      Cheers, Jim

        Re: Loose language: time for a rant

        Posted by Macc the knife on 8/12/2023, 15:23:17, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

        big baby

          Re: Loose language: time for a rant

          Posted by Wowser on 8/12/2023, 14:57:18, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

          I do enjoy me a double 'expresso' coffee in the morning as it is now apparently called!

          Re: Loose language: time for a rant

          Posted by Godders on 8/12/2023, 14:51:47, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

          And people's inability to understand the difference between uninterested and disinterested.

          Whilst I broadly agree with you it is important to also recognise that English is a living language and new words do come in and others change their meanings over time. The words "brexit" and "gay" respectively would be classic examples of that.

            Re: Loose language: time for a rant

            Posted by Brko's Bicycle on 8/12/2023, 15:55:57, in reply to "Re: Loose language: time for a rant"

            For example, we don't say "whilst" any more as it's no longer the 17th century

            Re: Loose language: time for a rant

            Posted by Andy Cappuccino on 8/12/2023, 14:50:41, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

            Suggest you get a hobby, or something to fill your time.

            Re: Loose language: time for a rant

            Posted by The Outsider on 8/12/2023, 14:48:41, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

            One pence - an expression that was regularly used by Gordon Brown when he was Chancellor.

              Re: Loose language: time for a rant

              Posted by Cotteridge Hatter on 8/12/2023, 14:32:53, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

              How about the use of the word protest, apparently now people "protest a piece of legislation", no they don't they "protest against a piece of legislation", let alone things like "weaponise", if you're given a banana have you been "bananaised"?

                Re: Loose language: time for a rant

                Posted by Earls on 8/12/2023, 14:23:13, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

                I saw someone write “reaper cushions” instead of repercussions the other day. I’ll stop laughing at that image sometime in March.

                  Re: Loose language: time for a rant

                  Posted by Sid on 8/12/2023, 14:13:44, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

                  The world's you're lobster

                    Re: Loose language: time for a rant

                    Posted by Nearly a Genius on 8/12/2023, 14:10:24, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

                    Bravo!!!

                      Re: Loose language: time for a rant

                      Posted by Random hatter on 8/12/2023, 13:58:21, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

                      Bet your fun on a night out.

                      Re: Loose language: time for a rant

                      Posted by RADSB on 8/12/2023, 13:33:35, in reply to "Loose language: time for a rant"

                      Squashed instead of quashed is a regular cock up.

                        Re: Loose language: time for a rant

                        Posted by Passenger on 8/12/2023, 13:47:01, in reply to "Re: Loose language: time for a rant"

                        I think the use of “can I get “may, ,at last, be in decline. But “guys “ to a mixed audience seems to be growing. Yuk.

                          Re: Loose language: time for a rant

                          Posted by James on 8/12/2023, 14:29:06, in reply to "Re: Loose language: time for a rant"

                          What about people that ask for "regular" Coke when they actually only want one?

                            Re: Loose language: time for a rant

                            Posted by Nearly a Genius on 8/12/2023, 15:10:05, in reply to "Re: Loose language: time for a rant"

                            Like "regular fries"
                            What's wrong with a "medium bag of chips?"

                            Having said that, McDonalds' fries are more like chipsticks.

                            Re: Loose language: time for a rant

                            Posted by Alien Nate on 8/12/2023, 14:17:05, in reply to "Re: Loose language: time for a rant"

                            So,,,, what I dislike, is sentences that begin with "So".

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