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Turning the tables, linguistically speaking

Old Sep 27th 2012, 10:21 am
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We moan about creeping Americanisms, but it seems language is also going the other way and some of them don't like it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19670686
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Weird, Nunberg is a linguist yet a precriptivist? Can't be held in much esteem by his colleagues then.
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There is always somebody who is not happy...one way or the other...:P

I think it's great, it shows that people mix and take from each other what they find useful or like. Nothing wrong with that, IMHO.

Except of course, if somebody tells me to "do the needful"..
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if somebody tells me to "do the needful"..
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Except of course, if somebody tells me to "do the needful"..
Anybody else feel the need to do this when they hear that?

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Anybody else feel the need to do this when they hear that?

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I shall revert to you.....
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once you have reverted, please be so kind as to confirm where I can also avail of this.
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once you have reverted, please be so kind as to confirm where I can also avail of this.
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once you have reverted, please be so kind as to confirm where I can also avail of this.
No, no: saying "avail of this" could be acceptable. What actually invariably gets said including - especially - in advertisements is "avail this".
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Originally Posted by Meow View Post
We moan about creeping Americanisms, but it seems language is also going the other way and some of them don't like it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19670686
"Go missing"??? Is that particularly British? I hear 'disappeared' as often as anything else.
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Originally Posted by Miss Anne Thrope View Post
No, no: saying "avail of this" could be acceptable. What actually invariably gets said including - especially - in advertisements is "avail this".
That drives me crazy. I end up shouting 'of' at the radio and billboards.

I quite like 'do the needful' as it's shorter 'do what needs to be done'.

Pet hate is the particularly American habit, although it's happening in the UK too now, of using nouns as verbs. To golf is not a verb.
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My moron of an HR manager has started using headline-style punctuation: a comma instead of an ampersand or "and". One of his recent communiques was titled "Ramadan Timings in Abu Dhabi, Oman". Allegedly he has two masters degrees...
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Originally Posted by Bahtatboy View Post
My moron of an HR manager has started using headline-style punctuation: a comma instead of an ampersand or "and". One of his recent communiques was titled "Ramadan Timings in Abu Dhabi, Oman". Allegedly he has two masters degrees...
It's possible that there are two Master's out there wondering where their degrees are...
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