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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by NORGIL on Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:19 pm

Yo Quilts babe, yo just got to get down with the kids, way to go innit yeah.

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by crisp on Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:00 pm

Unless you've still got American English set, if such a thing exists!!
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Quilter on Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:29 pm

NORGIL wrote:Yo Quilts babe, yo just got to get down with the kids, way to go innit yeah.
No can do....it's mi knees.
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by NORGIL on Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:40 am

Quilter, I know the problem well. I have no problem getting down with the kids, I just can't get up again. hugegrins

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Quilter on Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:42 am

NORGIL wrote:Quilter, I know the problem well. I have no problem getting down with the kids, I just can't get up again. hugegrins

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lol4   I'm liking it loads !
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Askit on Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:20 am

D'yi know wot, a close second to interviewees starting answers with "so" annoying me, are those who start their answers with........."d'yi know wot"  Whistle1

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Post by crisp on Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:00 am

But surely Droada if he had stopped it, it wouldn't have been a goal anyway.
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Gromit on Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:07 am

Gromit wrote:I just had a call from an eager young super-salesman from our local garage, 
quite openly trying to sell us a new car. . . . . . .

 . . . . . "No sweat" he said, "I get a lot of that myself so I feel your pain!"
We will go and see what they have to offer, and I shall enjoy the encounter enormously!  Whistle1  lol4
We went.

Were met by another eager youth, but he was very polite and self effacing. Even admitted that he couldn't answer a couple of questions. (Another thing I hate is being treated like a senile idiot and fed with bull****.)
So we bought a new car off of him. Does that count as enjoyment?? Whistle1

While we were in discussion the young lady receptionist walked past, noticed that we had finished our coffee, and politely edged into the conversation. Wonderful so far - a caring and observant employee checking on customer comfort. up!

Then she spoiled it all by saying, "Do you want another coffee?"

It doesn't really matter at all of course, since her thoughts and actions were exemplary, but wouldn't it have been so much nicer if she said, "Would you like . . . . . ?" or even, "Can I get you another coffee?" ("May I" would be even better)

Kids today!! - or is it we boring old farts who should be less grumpy?? (BTW - The term "kids" doesn't bother me at all Quilter. Other words do though. I really hate the word "puke". Don't know why, but I do.)

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Askit on Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:22 am

Yes, makes me sick as well  snigger

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by NORGIL on Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:46 am

Yes puke is one of those horrible words. I much prefer ' pavement pizza ' or ' technicolour yawn ' smile!

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by dbroada on Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:20 pm

crisp wrote:But surely Droada if he had stopped it, it wouldn't have been a goal anyway.
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<scrolls back to page 1>

we are talking about vocabulary, not logic

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by groundhog on Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:27 pm

English.... I have five grandchildren, one talks proper Deb'n  ( Devon) and I can't understand half what he says and the other four are Canadian and they can't understand half what I say.....It will be very quiet next time we all get together. biggrin wave

If you want to know how to tell an American from a Canadian by the way, just ask them to say "I am going out". A Canadian will distinctively say OAT and an American ART or AYT. There are other ways but then I am biased!
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by NORGIL on Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:56 pm

The other way to tell a Canadian from an American is to stand them in front of a mirror. The American will say "Hey that guy looks just like me" the Canadian will adjust his collar.

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Cymro on Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:19 pm

Gromit wrote:
Gromit wrote:

Then she spoiled it all by saying, "Do you want another coffee?"
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Your comment is music to my soul, Dave! Endorsed unreservedly!

I'm lost as to primary education these days (grandchildren too young, and anyway will be educated in Welsh) but it doesn't seem as if A First Aid in English is currently the standard book - more's the pity!
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Gromit on Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:36 am

Yes indeed Cymro, and your grandchildren will probably speak better English as a result, since (I believe) Welsh is always very grammatically correct, both when written and spoken.

English syntax still occasionally gives Mrs Gromit problems and I have to proof read, but she's getting there! smile!

I must admit to being careless with the spoken word, more so than when writing, but I do know how to speak proper. Interestingly I never mastered clause analysis at school. I can't recognise any but the most common parts of speech (verbs and adjectives is about as far as I go) because I could never see the point of labelling for the sake of it. I could/can "feel" whether it's correct, so I didn't see the need to boldly go there!! lol4

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Askit on Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:17 pm

I was just wondering, after hearing an ad on TV, is my MH built on a Purrr-Joe or a Pew-Joe. Whilst I'm getting some points of clarification, does Brexit mean Brexit or does Brr-eggs-it mean Brexit  confused0Whistle1

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by NORGIL on Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:50 pm

Did you buy your Purge owe at an aukshon or an oxshun?

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Askit on Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:08 am

Can anyone tell me where the "g" is in spinach or the "ish" in liquorice   scratch head

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by chrisvesey on Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:49 am

Hi,
UPS emailed me that a delivery time was "end of day"????????? As they attempted delivery at 1pm they obviously didn't know either, and no I wasn't in. They will try again on monday, guess what time
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by willy eckerslike on Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:07 pm

Askit wrote:Can anyone tell me where the "g" is in spinach or the "ish" in liquorice   scratch head
The "ish" in liquorice is in Pontefract.  bow

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Askit on Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:27 am

willy eckerslike wrote:
Askit wrote:Can anyone tell me where the "g" is in spinach or the "ish" in liquorice   scratch head
The "ish" in liquorice is in Pontefract.  bow

Ah, Pontefract cakes........, as I have an intense dislike of liquorice they are my idea of hell  so_sad When, as a child, I was given one of Bertie Bassetts best (the original three piece sweet?) it was a case of eating around the horrible stuff.

Yes, in pronunciation the word concludes with "is" but it will always be "ish" to me lol4

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by TravelKat on Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:49 am

One thing that annoys us is when someone being interviewed precedes every other sentence by "like".  As in: Like I got up early and like it were raining, etc, etc.

The other thing that my OH seriously objects to, and so do I for that matter, is being called "guys".  At the NEC one year a Caravan Club rep (or whatever it is called now) came up to us and said: "Hi guys". OH didn't react well and proceeded to give him a lecture on how, as a a person of the female gender, his wife is not a guy and he himself objects to being referred to by an Americanism.

And as for him being called "mate" by a complete stranger, you can guess the reaction to that!

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Cymro on Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:03 am

Askit wrote:Can anyone tell me where the "g" is in spinach or the "ish" in liquorice   scratch head

In the Valley where I was brought up, no one called it "liquorice". That would have been very posh, and anyway, we couldn't spell it or pronounce it. The stuff was called "Spanish" - so no problem with the "...ice / ,,,ish" pronunciation debate - and we could buy "Spanish Root" from the chemist.

At the risk of going dangerously off-topic, but in the best educational interests of this erudite Forum, I found this on the web:

"LIQUORICE is a constituent of the root of the liquorice shrub which grows wild around the Mediterranean, including Spain. The Spanish root is sweet enough to be sucked in its raw state, whereas the root used in confectionery comes from the Eastern Mediterranean and has to be mixed with sugar and treacle to make it palatable. Hence the term 'Spanish' has been traditionally used to refer to sticks of liquorice root sweet enough to be sucked as they are. The connection with Yorkshire arises from the fact that the manufacture of liquorice confectionery has been largely concentrated there. In the the Middle Ages monks introduced the liquorice plant to the Pontefract area where the soil was particularly suitable.
D. G. Johnson, ex-chairman of Bassett's (Liquorice Allsorts), Truro, Cornwall."


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Post by boxerman on Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:17 pm

Cymro wrote:

"LIQUORICE is a constituent of the root of the liquorice shrub which grows wild around the Mediterranean, including Spain. The Spanish root is sweet enough to be sucked in its raw state, whereas the root used in confectionery comes from the Eastern Mediterranean and has to be mixed with sugar and treacle to make it palatable. Hence the term 'Spanish' has been traditionally used to refer to sticks of liquorice root sweet enough to be sucked as they are. The connection with Yorkshire arises from the fact that the manufacture of liquorice confectionery has been largely concentrated there. In the the Middle Ages monks introduced the liquorice plant to the Pontefract area where the soil was particularly suitable.
D. G. Johnson, ex-chairman of Bassett's (Liquorice Allsorts), Truro, Cornwall."


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It was always Spanish around here but I never knew what the connection was up!
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Post by Askit on Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:32 pm

boxerman wrote:
Cymro wrote:

"LIQUORICE is a constituent of the root of the liquorice shrub which grows wild around the Mediterranean, including Spain. The Spanish root is sweet enough to be sucked in its raw state, whereas the root used in confectionery comes from the Eastern Mediterranean and has to be mixed with sugar and treacle to make it palatable. Hence the term 'Spanish' has been traditionally used to refer to sticks of liquorice root sweet enough to be sucked as they are. The connection with Yorkshire arises from the fact that the manufacture of liquorice confectionery has been largely concentrated there. In the the Middle Ages monks introduced the liquorice plant to the Pontefract area where the soil was particularly suitable.
D. G. Johnson, ex-chairman of Bassett's (Liquorice Allsorts), Truro, Cornwall."


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It was always Spanish around here but I never knew what the connection was up!
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I wish they had kept it to themselves   so_sad

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