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Expressions that annoy you

Dvaid 9 257 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 10:45PM
To visit with.(to visit)
leatheredge (leverage)
weld (world)
gells( girls)
skedule(schedule as in shed)
except (accept)

All heard on the BBC! RIP British English.

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Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
3 Oct 2012 12:06AM
People giving fulsome apologies (again heard on the BBC) . Fulsome means fawning, grovelling, insincere..waether people saying the temp. will be "between ten to thirteen degrees.."
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 12:10AM

Quote:Fulsome means fawning, grovelling, insincere

I just looked fulsome up and meanings are

1) Complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree and
2) Of large size or quantity; generous or abundant

It's fine to use the word in the way the BBC used it.
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 12:14AM
I find it annoying when people prefix something with "literally" when they aren't being literal eg saying "My lips are literally frozen solid"
rhol2 7 369 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 12:34AM
Being offered something "for free"..instead of simply "free".
shadow18 7 406 England
3 Oct 2012 6:10AM

And I guess Shakespeare, Dr Johnson, Bronte and Byron would say the same thing.

Yeah! My teacher always said "Does usage follow grammar, or does grammar follow usage?" then he said the answer really is both.
If you think about it, why do we think that current proper English is better than maybe old English or middle English? What about when the French added a bunch of words, did that make English better?

Things are so much broader than our own time frame! A daunting thought!!

Still though, I am always compelled to correct my television, signs in stores or anywhere, and my family! Lol Smile
newfocus 12 647 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:30AM

Quote:when people prefix something with "literally"

Cautionary vision of the future
thewilliam 9 6.1k
3 Oct 2012 9:14AM
When I was at primary school in the 1950s, my father bought us an American textbook of English grammar. It had wonderful cartoons to illustrate many of the points and apart from the "strange" spelling of a few words, it was better than any text published in the UK.
Paul_Anthony 6 442 4 Wales
3 Oct 2012 1:49PM
Being labelled a 'Vulgar Professional'

Although I have had my moments, I do not consider myself to be 'Vulgar'. I much prefer 'Photographer'.

4 Oct 2012 10:27AM
My pet hate is the good old "glass half empty/half full" debate.

It's so absurdly stupid it has gone on for so long. It's only simple maths after all.

Full = 100%
Empty = 0%
Half = 50%

So therefore -

"half full" is 50% of 100% = 50%
"half empty" is 50% of 0% = 0%

So nothing can actually be classed as half empty if it does actually contain any of its original volume.

Phew! Ok, rant over Smile
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 10:49AM
I just think the glass is too big...
Paul_Anthony 6 442 4 Wales
4 Oct 2012 10:52AM

Quote:"half full" is 50% of 100% = 50%
"half empty" is 50% of 0% = 0%

So it's better to have a glass half full as you have 50% rather than 0% if your glass is half empty? Tongue
4 Oct 2012 10:53AM
Doesnt it depend on what your glass is half full of ?? Wink
Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 11:08AM
I'm with Lobsterboy...

A pessimist thinks the glass is half empty
An optimist thinks it's half full
An engineer thinks the glass is twice the size it needs to be

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
4 Oct 2012 11:56AM
Whether you think you can do it or not, you're right....

That's the difference between a pessimist and optimist, according to billionaire optimist Henry Ford Wink

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