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Drago's English language rant #72

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Drago, 18 May 2017.

  1. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
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    I'm literally gobsmacked. I was literally watching the news when some woman opined "Teresa May is literally taking food out of children's mouths."

    Whhoooaa there a moment. Mrs May is shoving her hand into the mouths of children and physically withdrawing the food? Why has this not been in the news before?

    The word 'literally' has become so common in use that it now, quite literally, seems to mean the opposite of that which it should. I'm literally stunned.

    Its becoming literally as bad as hearing the word negotiate mis-pronounced all the time... ;)
     
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  2. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    If they said Theresa DisMay is 'litter tray', they literally might be right.
     
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  3. Afnug

    Afnug Yining & Yanging but mostly Yanging

    And why when the answer yes would suffice, do people insist on saying absolutely.
     
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  4. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

    Because they feel that Yes doesn't suffice.
     
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  5. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

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    Over the Hill
    Absolutely
     
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  6. Buck

    Buck Über Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    It's a trend of nonsense. Very similar to those who like to start a reply with "So,..."
     
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  7. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine

    Location:
    Stevenage
    So true. Absolutely.
     
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  8. @Drago ......you may want to edit the first line where it says, 'children's MONTHS' !!

    Bloody grammar police !! lol
     
  9. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    "So. The Spear Danes in days gone by,
    And the kings who led them had courage and greatness"

    What a crap line eh!
     
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  10. Moodyman

    Moodyman Veteran

    Indeed.
     
  11. Afnug

    Afnug Yining & Yanging but mostly Yanging

    Or "Look.."

    They probably also use "at this moment in time" and "going forward" and not forgetting "road map" when they mean plan.
     
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  12. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
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    Cheers Biff. No feeling in two fingers so my typing ability lags behind my grammatical rage.

    When giving a speech, why do politicians (and Chief Constables) ask themselves a question out loud before going in to answer it themselves?
     
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  13. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Absolutely is a non commital answer, you're simply agreeing.
     
  14. Adrian

    Adrian Heed the elf's wisdom

    WTAF?
     
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  15. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    They've done an "Houdini".
     
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