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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #150 on: December 26, 2015, 12:27:16 AM »

Ozzie's /Aussie's surely?
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #151 on: December 26, 2015, 03:08:03 AM »

Ozzie's /Aussie's surely?


Ozzie's what? An Ozzie's English usage?
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #152 on: December 26, 2015, 09:10:12 AM »

Ozzie's /Aussie's surely?

According to the Urban Dictionary, the terms Ozzie and Aussie are interchangeable in that either can be used to refer to a native of Australia. Other sources say that an ozzie is a breed of Australian dog. In neither case does the plural form have an apostrophe.
Strangely I can't seem to find an equivalent term for an English person. "Brit" is the most obvious, but that could also include anyone from N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales or the outlying islands.

Martin what happened to the spell checker  %) %) %)

I find that I need to click on the box marked Spell Check for this to work. It's just below the RH end of this text box. Works for me  8)

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #153 on: December 26, 2015, 10:12:00 AM »

One of my pet hates is hearing people say 'should of' instead of 'should have'. Graham 
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #154 on: December 26, 2015, 11:32:00 AM »

Colin, unfortunately many people take the view if someone is being paid to do a job they don't need to be thanked, an attitude I heartily disagree with. As you said, it cost nothing to be polite, or to thank someone, even if they are "only" doing their job.


Peter.
I agree with you Peter, the difference between someone doing an ok job and someone doing a great job, is usually the person who gets the thank you's feels better in themselves and puts in that extra effort to do the great job, by doing the great job, they get more thanks, and continue to do a great job.
By getting the thanks, they do the great job, feel content that they have earned the thanks, and are happier in their job.
where I work, I am in a lower position as a support assistant, I do a great job, and have been recognised by the company as one of the top 5 employees last year, on christmas eve the MD stopped at my desk and congratulated me on my hard work, and thanked me. even though my role is a support assistant, I bring to that role the experience of a full drawing office manager, I support my colleagues, and keep the team morale high - even though my role does not require this, I am doing a job I love in a role with absolutely no responsibility, and am able to give an outstanding level of service, for (to me) no appreciable effort. a little thanks can make the difference between a good employee and a great employee.
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #155 on: December 26, 2015, 01:01:04 PM »

Ozzie's /Aussie's surely?
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Strangely I can't seem to find an equivalent term for an English person....




Pommie?
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #156 on: December 26, 2015, 01:22:11 PM »

Never heard a Yank or Canuck or Yarpie
calling you English Pommies.
Us Taffs don't call you poms
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #157 on: December 26, 2015, 02:03:56 PM »

Never heard a Yank or Canuck or Yarpie
calling you English Pommies.
Us Taffs don't call you poms
 either. O0
No - I think that term is peculiar to Strine in much the same way that "Les Rosbifs" is to the French.
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #158 on: December 26, 2015, 02:09:42 PM »

We don't call the Frogs 'Les Roschevals'  %% %% %%


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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #159 on: December 26, 2015, 03:09:05 PM »

Why would we? First we speak English. Secondly ,to the English the custom of eating horseys is not something to joke about.We can joke about eating snails, a bit like winkles and frogs legs.
ergo Frogs.
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #160 on: December 26, 2015, 04:25:00 PM »

One of my pet hates is hearing people say 'should of' instead of 'should have'. Graham
    That might be from the phonetic  "should`ve "
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« Reply #161 on: December 26, 2015, 04:28:49 PM »

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #162 on: December 26, 2015, 04:46:56 PM »

 >>:-( The one I hate most is gotten when used as past tense for get,why can't they just say "I have got" sounds so much nicer,still what does this grumpy old man know about English grammer,I should stick to mucking about with toy boats,anyway seasons greetings to all my friends on Mayham and may all your boats turn out as you wish......Ray. :-)) :-)) 
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #163 on: December 26, 2015, 05:17:51 PM »

I am absolutely amazed at the discussion this  small gripe of mine has generated.

I was only pointing out two slips of grammar that should have been amended by the production crews, before going out for viewing in general and it has had nearly 4000 views.

I will think twice before posting something controversial in future, as I am sure all your people must have better things to do ( i.e. model making) than keep thinking about this topic.

I dare not mention proof reading of articles, before publication, especially in the tabloid press. Or am I skating on thin ice there.

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #164 on: December 26, 2015, 05:23:06 PM »

Jim,
Why do you think this is called Mayhem?  %% %%


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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #165 on: December 26, 2015, 05:27:35 PM »

I am beginning to realise, Ned.

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #166 on: December 26, 2015, 05:32:34 PM »

 ;) Never mind Jim,strange things happen on Mayhem that's part of the fun of it,you start a topic and you never know where it might end up at,I know,I have started a thread and it lasted for ages and went off on several tangents before returning to the original subject,so expect anything on Mayhem,it is as the name implies Mayhem!......Ray. %) 
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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #167 on: December 26, 2015, 05:40:05 PM »

Well at least war never broke out. Seven pages and no blue ink! Anyone might think it was X'mass ... Or should that be 'would' think? I shall fret until advised. Seasons greetings all.


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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #168 on: December 26, 2015, 06:08:19 PM »

There are usually at least two typos/misused words in The Times each day so if they can get it wrong I'm not going to lose any sleep over a missing apostrophe in Model Boats....

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #169 on: December 26, 2015, 06:51:19 PM »

Sorry, Colin. It infuriates me.  >>:-(

It's so easy to get this right.

It is = it's - "See my boat? It's sinking!"
It has = it's - "It's sunk."

Posessive 'it', as in "that pond and its high waves" never ever never has the apostrophe. "The pond's high waves" does get the apostrophe.

See how difficult it's? ;-)

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #170 on: December 26, 2015, 07:33:11 PM »

Andy, I don't know exactly what point you are trying to make but you seem to have missed the ones I made earlier in this topic. I don't need any lessons in elementary grammar, I have been writing for magazines since the 1970s and I do put MY apostrophes in the right place. However, many of the people who submit material for magazines are first and foremost model boaters and their grammar and spelling are not always 100% right. It is the job of the Editor to correct this but practical pressures and the publication process does mean that the occasional typo finds its way into print. If there was unlimited time for proof reading then maybe the number of errors would be less but I would maintain the the accuracy of the text in Model Boats with just one person responsible for the editing process is close to being on a par with that of The Times.  Wrongly used apostrophes can be annoying although I'd bet that much of the readership doesn't even notice them. But don't just pick on apostrophes, what about discreet instead of discrete, principal instead of principle, stationery instead of stationary, astrology instead of astronomy - the list is endless. These all annoy me too - almost as much as nitpickers.

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #171 on: December 26, 2015, 08:47:04 PM »

Well at least war never broke out

Sorry, I should have said hasn't. Tricky this English so I think I'll stick to Scouse in future  :D

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #172 on: December 26, 2015, 08:56:37 PM »

Oh yes, one more - hasn't & ain't.  :-)

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #173 on: December 26, 2015, 09:13:31 PM »

To Eck with this English Mularky ......Me i'll Stick to Welsh.....Nadolig LLawen I bawb a Blyddyn Newydd Da........Happy xmas and a happy new year
 Oh and do I really care a stuff about spelling and punctuation ...Heck no You all understand me by now

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Re: Correct use of the English Language
« Reply #174 on: December 26, 2015, 10:41:56 PM »

Once upon a time, if ever a publication, book, paper, etc, contained a grammatical/spelling error it was pulped and republished.

Nowadays, because money is  the criteria, incorrect usage of the language, is being forced on to readers.

Imagine the damage, this is doing to the current generation, who are battling to learn survival skills, let alone be able communicate.

Pommies, are all those from over there and Yanks, are all the other mob from the other side.

We haven't got onto center, color, armor, etc which your cousins insist is correct, it's not even Oztralian.
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