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Carers UK Forum • English at school - Page 2
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The language has always been

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:11 pm
by Scally
The language has always been evolving, the vocab. expanding and changing, it's a far faster process than we give it credit for. If we were able to listen to someone speaking the English language just 700 years ago in the times of Chaucer (possibly our finest poet and rudest comic writer ever!) - it would hardly be recognisable. The French tend to be more concerned about this than we are; it's their Gallic pride. But to be fair, the huge expansion of the internet has "conversationalised" the language - the former gap between spoken and written English has narrowed, and that isn't such a bad thing; you could call it the 'democratisation' of language if you like.
Ultimately it's our language to do with as we wish - used or abused. But can I make a plea for the humble apostrophe?

Excaly - hear, hear. I

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:19 pm
by NanaNana
Excaly - hear, hear. I love apostrophes, but ONLY when people know how to use them properly. However, on a recent showing of QI on television, it was said that there have never been any rules about the apostrophe? What? So, why all those English grammar lessons about it then?

Well, I'm glad that I'm not the only person who gets aggravated about this topic. And don't even get me started on official correspondance with spelling mistakes, or the ones which are addressed to Mrs Drake at the top, but then start their letter with 'Dear Mrs Drae'. Are admin not taught to 'read through' for spelling and typing mistakes? All too easy with the spell checkers isn't it? But on official letters, it's a real disaster...

Had great fun when reading

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:24 pm
by no1mum
Had great fun when reading a solicitors letter in a divorce case, the soon to be ex wifes solicitor sent a letter to husband saying that the soon to be ex wife only wanted contact with the husband by "text mAssages". Caused great merriment and the reply was hilarious.

Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:51 pm
by NanaNana
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Ey oop, here we go. It's

Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:11 pm
by NanaNana
Ey oop, here we go.

It's pms, Audrey.

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pmsl.

Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:23 pm
by no1mum
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I've only just got round

Posted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:02 am
by charles47
I've only just got round to the "text massages". I can see it now...

"Apply phone to affected area. Wait for text. Send replies for further texts until the affected area feels better."

Gave me a smile to start the day.

To be fair though, we

Posted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:32 am
by Sassy
To be fair though, we have all contributed to the decline of "proper English" with our use of regional dialect - every county seems to want it's own identity nowdays... Scotland and Wales even have their own language to boot

The one saying that makes

Posted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:15 am
by Caring_Mind
The one saying that makes me see red is - "almost exactly"!!! I even hear BBC newsreaders using that one!
*Pamela now checks her spelling very carefully*

To be fair though, we

Posted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:49 am
by Guest
To be fair though, we have all contributed to the decline of "proper English" with our use of regional dialect - every county seems to want it's own identity nowdays... Scotland and Wales even have their own language to boot
I love many of the regional dialects and would miss them if they vanished, what I do not like is the sloppy use of grammer in the printed press, etc. and the Americanisation of the English language, fine in the US but I prefer England to be English, dialect or not.