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Offline The Matelot

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Sticklers
« on: February 15, 2006, 04:15:48 PM »
Hi all,
With my new aire of excitement in joining the world of writing I am currently re-reading Lynne Truss´ book `Eats, shoots & leaves´, together with an old brush up your grammar book.

As a matter of interest, how many of you are obsesed sticklers like she describes herself in her book?

My reason for this little snippet is, when I arrived back in UK after 3 years in Naples, Italy, I somewhat became annoying to my family and friends by outrightly correcting the pseudo-Italian cafés and coffee shops with their choice of spelling and grammar.

For example: Panini is plural for panino, so paninis or panini´s don´t exist!

just wondering.........
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Tam
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Offline Linda Aitchison

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Re: Sticklers
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2006, 06:08:44 PM »
I am.

Pet hates are misplaced apostrophes and the use of 'alright' for 'all right'. :)

Sad isn't it!
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Re: Sticklers
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2006, 01:43:10 PM »
Hello there, Not often I get into the Coffee Shop these days but i have to tell you that the Dutch are the worst culprits Ive come across so far for strange slogans in English. (remind you I live in Holland)

Many of their Lorries have a slogan across the windscreen in English which has absolutely no meaning at all.   Sometimes they display slogans which are crude, rude, pornographic type language, and I really dont understand why they do it as the English just doesnt make sense at all.  It struck me that its HIP to write something in English no matter what it means.  Trouble is they often dont get the real meaning.

I went into the vets today with my dog and I saw a sign for a pop group calling themselves "It Don't No Matter"  Quite obviously English translation gone wrong at the highest level.

My Bank had a slogan recently to advertise Student Banking and the slogan said "Pimp My Room"   Well to me the older generation that's a bit weird.   So I told the bank what a PIMP was and I notice recently the slogan has been removed!!!

So, there you go, Ill keep you informed about Dutch slogans, some of them are quite funny.   Trouble is whenever I see one Im usually driving and cant remember it by the time I get home.

Ok enjoy

Lin


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Re: Sticklers
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2006, 03:16:38 PM »
You´re right, it is hip to have anything written in English, even though they don´t understand what it means. here in Natales we have 60-80 yr old men walking around in `T´ shirts with slogans such as : Ride On. Death or Glory, and you know fine well they haven´t a clue what it means.
Bless ´em...

Tam
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Offline Caroline

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Re: Sticklers
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2006, 08:45:00 AM »
I'm with Old Hack on this one....wayward apostrophes enrage me!

And seeing 'could of', 'should of' etc makes my eyes bleed  >:(

As an ex-teacher who has marked hundreds of English and English Lit papers from all ages and abilities,  you'd maybe expect me to have become immune...alas, not!  :)

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Re: Sticklers
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2006, 09:20:09 AM »
Careless typos and punctuation in printed books and magazines that I'VE PAID FOR really annoy me - sheer laziness and I can't see any excuse for it. Yes, the occasional one - there'll always be an occasional one, but no more than that!

Use of 'less' when it should be 'fewer' is a major bug of mine!
"Great plan but I wish there were less people involved." - ARGH!!!

To say nothing of my own postings! I think it's age creeping up but I'm increasingly horrified at the number of typos I find in my own postings which seemed perfectly all right at the time   ::) 

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Re: Sticklers
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2006, 02:41:56 PM »
Blame it on dyslexic fingers S.

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