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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by dotsontour on Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:59 pm

Granddaughter  to me , can you borrow me a pound please . NO ! I will lend you a pound. It took me 30 minutes to get through to her .
I then gave her the pound . A small lesson learnt I hope innit
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by crisp on Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:49 pm

She was asking you to request a pound from a friend obviously!
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Charliefarlie on Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:00 am

Charliefarlie wrote:
steamdrivenandy wrote:I've known several people who just can't pronounce 'specific' and end up saying 'pacific' instead.

Crinimal that is ............ up!
Hinnit ............

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by pablo on Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:21 am

what drives me mad is the fashionable but superfluous "executive speak" used by Politicians, Managers etc saying "going forward" every other sentence as in:

"The future of the xxxxxxx is now in safe hands, going forward" .......

Or "following a year long review xxxxxxxxx have embarked on a new strategy, going forward.........

and " having taken note of past failings what xxxxxx plan to do now going forward...........


so far as I understand the future, strategy, and plans don't go backwards! AAAAAGHHHHH!!!!!!!
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by crisp on Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:21 pm

And I cannot stand "back in the day" what is that supposed to mean unless you use it during the night when i still don't think it is right.
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by littlelondoner on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:25 pm

It's nice to know I'm at home when it comes to language grumps....

and another thing..... 

Last week a young man called us on our home phone, uninvited, from an online estate agent called Tepilo (because I'd used their online home valuation service) and started the conversation by saying "how're you doing today, mate?". When I pointed out that I am not his mate he said he was only trying to be personable. I mean, do these companies not bother to give their staff any training?
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by boxerman on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:37 pm

I would have replied 'not too bad Buddy - how are you?'


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Post by steamdrivenandy on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:51 pm

The short answer is no, they don't. Complain to the buxom Ms Beeny, Tepilo is her baby.
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by boxerman on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:16 pm

Complain about what? being spoken to in a friendly manner? Don't tell me you expect to be called 'sir' - unless you been knighted of course rolleyes

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Post by steamdrivenandy on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:22 pm

No, but that form of address is presumptive and slovenly. A more appropriate form of address would yield a more respectful response.
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Quilter on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:23 pm

Oh ! I'm liking it. More, please.

( One that had us puzzled for a while last week was a young lady who rang to check the details of something we'd ordered,  Her reason for ringing she explained was that she wanted to " make sure we're all reading from the same page ".  )
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by NORGIL on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:27 pm

You can't call anyone mate if they'm from South of Coventry cuz theyme all posh bay um.

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Paulmold on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:30 pm

I can't stand being addresses as 'hun' , presumably shortened from 'honey'. It seems to be the 'in' way to address people on Facebook. I only look at a couple of for sale groups and I noticed that anyone asking a question about an item is answered with 'hun'.
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by boxerman on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:35 pm

NORGIL wrote:You can't call anyone mate if they'm from South of Coventry cuz theyme all posh bay um.

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Not like us Auto-Sleeper owners then? hugegrins

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Gromit on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:45 pm

It annoys me when perfect strangers call me "My friend", usually because they are trying to be patronising and superior in some way.

Since I haven't got any friends it annoys me even more! rainyday
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Post by NORGIL on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:57 pm

Aaah poor gromit, no friends. I'll be your friend, just get my address from Admin and send a cheque.

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by boxerman on Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:04 pm

Gromit wrote:It annoys me when perfect strangers call me "My friend", usually because they are trying to be patronising and superior in some way.

Since I haven't got any friends it annoys me even more! rainyday
I used to work with an Indian guy who called everyone 'my friend' but he meant it though - lovely bloke.

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Post by Jaytee on Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:20 pm

And politicians that start a sentence with 'Now what I say'!!! Aaaaaaaaaaargh. I know they are saying it cos their lips are moving. What's that saying? 'How do you tell when a politician is lying? Their lips move' hugegrinshugegrins

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Sue68 on Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:01 pm

I hate people, who i don't know and lot younger than myself, using my christian name. It puts my back up immediately.

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Gromit on Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:03 pm

Sue68 wrote:I hate people, who i don't know and lot younger than myself, using my christian name. It puts my back up immediately.

Don't let it get to you Mrs (or Ms) 68. lol4

Mrs Gromit dislikes being called Ms.
It usually results in me getting a kicking, because when people call her Ms I can't resist taking the Ps. Whistle1
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Post by Quilter on Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:06 pm

Gromit wrote:


Don't let it get to you Mrs (or Ms) 68. lol4

Mrs Gromit dislikes being called Ms.
It usually results in me getting a kicking, because when people call her Ms I can't resist taking the Ps. Whistle1


She should be so lucky ! Our local authority is proposing to address all women as "Mx" so as not to offend anyone who has got thus far without knowing whether they are Mr, Mrs ,Miss or Ms.
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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by boxerman on Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:16 pm

When I was mem sec. some lady members objected to being called Mrs, some objected to Miss.
I took to addressing all our lady members as Ms so as not to cause any offence and the habit stuck. If I am addressing an envelope to someone of the female gender, they get Ms.

BTW. I prefer to be addressed by my first name.

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by Traficlady on Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:56 am

One of my pet hates is "two nine nine" etc. when quoting prices in adverts.

I like colloquialisms (thank goodness for predictive text!) but it's the Americanisms that annoy me - and I know I'm as guilty as anyone for using them but at least I know the English versions.

My husband is from Lancaster and has a strong accent, I'm from London and, of course, have none. I don't understand half he says, which is probably a good thing really

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by daisy mae on Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:01 am

I hate the MS term, that is one I take umbrage with,  language is  varied all around the country, would be boring if we were all the same, live and let live, it is how people are to each other that counts in my book.

Saying that there are just two accents I really do not like, for one cannot understand a word they say. wouldn`t name them on here though, wouldn`t want to upset anyone.

The accent I love is the Irish.

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Re: Why can't we talk English

Post by steamdrivenandy on Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:10 am

Ah but even the Irish have several different accents.

As said, accents are not a problem, they bring diversity. Like others I don't like slovenly speech and Americanisation of our language.
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