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Old Feb 19th 2012, 5:17 pm
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I've done a search and can't find this in this section ... so apologies, if you seen it before ... but for those who haven't .... enjoy!



I've only just come across it and laughed my head off (not literally)
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Old Feb 19th 2012, 5:51 pm
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I love David Mitchell. I don't think we're entirely innocent of phrases that make no sense. Can anyone explain "it would be cheap at half the price" to describe something inexpensive? Of course it would be. A $160,000 Ferrari would be (comparatively) cheap at $80,000 but it doesn't mean it's a bargain at $160,000. then again, maybe I'm grabbing the wrong end of the stick
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LOL LOL LOL thanks Sue!! I especially love the 'erbs!! what is all that about!!!
Just played it for DH - he just said the guy talks too much - like all us Brits and that he could care less!!!!! Touchy!!!!
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That is just too funny!
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Old Feb 19th 2012, 9:46 pm
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I've seen a few of them in the past and they are great aren't they....one of the few worth subscribing to on Youtube
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I like this a lot. I get on my soapbox about the use of 'gotten' it's 'got'.

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This belongs here as well then.

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Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix View Post
I like this a lot. I get on my soapbox about the use of 'gotten' it's 'got'.

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Gotten is fine.

British English - get, got, got
American English - get, got, gotten
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Originally Posted by Herpes Simplex View Post
This belongs here as well then.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xUdaPNXC_68
OMG I love this!!! DH is out - cant wait till he gets home to show him!!! Hes going to love it -NOT!!!
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The one that drives me mad is using 'no' in place of 'not' as in: -

"Did you do that or no?"

WTF?!?
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Originally Posted by fatbrit View Post
Gotten is fine.

British English - get, got, got
American English - get, got, gotten
And of course, "gotten" was standard in British English three hundred years ago.
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Originally Posted by cluedweasel View Post
I love David Mitchell. I don't think we're entirely innocent of phrases that make no sense. Can anyone explain "it would be cheap at half the price" to describe something inexpensive? Of course it would be. A $160,000 Ferrari would be (comparatively) cheap at $80,000 but it doesn't mean it's a bargain at $160,000. then again, maybe I'm grabbing the wrong end of the stick
I believe the phrase is "would be cheap at twice the price". That makes more sense.
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Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
And of course, "gotten" was standard in British English three hundred years ago.
Just like ain't, but we're considered uncouth for using it.
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Originally Posted by Sue View Post
I've done a search and can't find this in this section ... so apologies, if you seen it before ... but for those who haven't .... enjoy!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw

I've only just come across it and laughed my head off (not literally)
Gee, if that's all we have to do to gain the respect of you Brits, I should think we could handle that! I've been browbeaten into saying Herbs by my resident Brit, but it still feels alien on my lips. Now he's working on gair-edge instead of my gar-ahdje. I really like this clip - guess I'll have to see what else I can find by David Mitchell. Thanks for my first chuckle of the day!
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"Could care less" instead of "couldn't care less" isn't a proper American expression either, it's incorrect here as well. People who say that are generally disreputable types who say "irregardless", spell the possessive of "it" as "it's" and the like.
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