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pgk pgk29/04/2019 13:46:37
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Perhaps we should bring back the old english long s (the f-shaped one) or use the german es-zed ß That would be handy for Miß and avoid Miss or Miz arguments - also handy for american gentleman in dark suits and sunglasses...

Georgineer29/04/2019 13:54:09
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Posted by John Flack on 29/04/2019 12:06:55:

Nobody has yet to ask if misspelt is missspelt...........

I used to struggle with misshapen.

By the way, can anybody find a rhyme for month?

George

Mick B129/04/2019 13:54:15
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Posted by John Flack on 29/04/2019 12:06:55:

Nobody has yet to ask if misspelt is missspelt...........

Ah, well - there I think you're misled.

Neil Wyatt29/04/2019 18:37:33
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I don't think they hold Miss Pelt anymore, with the decllne in real fur coats.

Neil

Bill Phinn29/04/2019 19:39:47
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 27/04/2019 20:59:00:

The use of the hyphen in English compound nouns and verbs has, in general, been steadily declining. Compounds that might once have been hyphenated are increasingly...combined into one word.

MichaelG.

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Yes, I suppose this is inevitable as we get more and more used to seeing a newly compounded word. I wonder whether anyone writes "girl-friend" any more? Or "to-day" or "cup-board"?

One bugbear (or is that bug-bear?) of mine is the word "predate". Having read widely in ecology in my youth I got very used to understanding the word "predate" to mean to "prey on". "Pre-date" was the other word. Now, they're both "predate". A useful disambiguation has been squandered.

Edited By Bill Phinn on 29/04/2019 19:44:29

Michael Gilligan29/04/2019 22:16:36
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An excellent catch, Bill yes

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Neil Wyatt29/04/2019 22:59:22
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Posted by Bill Phinn on 29/04/2019 19:39:47:

One bugbear (or is that bug-bear?) of mine is the word "predate". Having read widely in ecology in my youth I got very used to understanding the word "predate" to mean to "prey on". "Pre-date" was the other word. Now, they're both "predate". A useful disambiguation has been squandered.

Does this means antecedants are now predators?

Neil

P.S. relieved to finally find another ecologist!

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 29/04/2019 22:59:36

Bazyle29/04/2019 23:00:16
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A young lad at work last week used 'curate' to say he would tidy up the store room and was unaware of its previous as in historic usage. sigh.

Bill Phinn29/04/2019 23:10:10
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 29/04/2019 22:59:22:
 

Does this means antecedants are now predators?

 

Always were, Neil; specifically apex predators of the ursine variety, namely forebears.

🐻

Edited By Bill Phinn on 29/04/2019 23:11:48

Nick Clarke 330/04/2019 08:04:15
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Posted by Bill Phinn on 29/04/2019 23:10:10:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 29/04/2019 22:59:22:

Does this means antecedants are now predators?

Always were, Neil; specifically apex predators of the ursine variety, namely forebears.

🐻

Edited By Bill Phinn on 29/04/2019 23:11:48

Typical inflation - in my day Goldilocks only met three bears!

SillyOldDuffer30/04/2019 08:34:30
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Posted by Bill Phinn on 29/04/2019 19:39:47:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 27/04/2019 20:59:00:

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One bugbear (or is that bug-bear?) of mine is the word "predate". Having read widely in ecology in my youth I got very used to understanding the word "predate" to mean to "prey on". "Pre-date" was the other word. Now, they're both "predate". ...

Reminded me that Churchill claimed disappointment after reading a paper entitled 'Sex Lives of the Primates'. It wasn't about Archbishops.

John Flack30/04/2019 10:02:27
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it's interesting how certain words can baffle ones brain . You might just have a double take on these..........

REDIAL

BEDRAPE

FORESTRESS. All may not be as it appears

Michael Gilligan30/04/2019 10:15:04
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Posted by John Flack on 30/04/2019 10:02:27:

it's interesting how certain words can baffle ones brain .

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All may not be as it appears

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I remember doing a double-take when I saw a journal in the library : THERAPIST

MichaelG.

Ian S C30/04/2019 14:22:37
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In my Airforce days, A notice went up on the flight notice board about coming sporting event, headed "Intercourse Competition", maybe should have been "Inter - Course Competition", a series of sporting events between first and second year trainees. The notice was still remembered at our 50 year reunion in 2014.

Ian S C

Edited By Ian S C on 30/04/2019 14:23:10

Georgineer30/04/2019 15:17:05
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 30/04/2019 10:15:04:

I remember doing a double-take when I saw a journal in the library : THERAPIST

MichaelG.

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Michael Gilligan30/04/2019 16:54:03
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Ian S C30/04/2019 17:51:25
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One day walking down Manchester St in pre quake Christchurch I looked up at a shop sign, and at first glance it read Children swear, it was just the angle at the time, and as I got closer it resolved as Childrens Wear.

Ian S C

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