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"English as she is spoke", Our language and its quirks
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post Posted: Yesterday, 08:02 AM
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Well that's a bit weird. As you would expect, the Guardian refers to the the van "ploughing" into pedestrians in Toronto but unexpectedly for me the London Telegraph refers to the van "plowing" into pedestrians. Seeing how nationalistic the crew at the London Tele is I'm surprised they have allowed creeping Americanism onto their pages.

As an aside, there seems general agreement from news organisations that the vehicle "plowed" or "ploughed" into the people: from my sample only our auntie and the FT made the effort to avoid using the hackneyed term.



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A PEDESTRIAN was killed at Bexley North last night after being hit by a car


Poor pedestrian having a very rough day ......... firstly being hit by a car, then being killed.

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In Reply To: triage's post @ Mar 8 2018, 01:46 PM

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Rooves as a plural for of roof is dated, but not incorrect. The Oxford English Dictionary lists “rooves” as an alternate to roofs, one of several outdated spellings used in the UK, and in New England as late as the 19th century.




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In Reply To: triage's post @ Mar 8 2018, 01:46 PM

I would go for roofs. Rooves just doesn't sound right.

Cricket bats would need a sense of direction, which your average thug might be light on, as opposed to the baseball bat which could be wielded any which way

Not speaking from experience I hasten to add.



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In Reply To: henrietta's post @ Mar 8 2018, 01:35 PM

is it roofs or rooves?

Also, why do thugs in Australia use baseball bats and not cricket bats? Either a high percentage of local baseball players are violent miscreants or the local ruffians watch too many US crime movies (I saw an interview of a real life New York mafioso and he readily admitted that much of the time he and his mates were mimicking what they saw in movies like The Godfather, not the other way round).



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Two men allegedly entered the Footscray home before 11pm last night with some reports saying they had knifes and baseball bats.

“They were disrupted by the sole occupant, a man in his 20s, who was subsequently assaulted with an unknown item,” a police spokeswoman said.


My 6 year old grandson could do better.

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When Medical terms are spoken, they sound like ...

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In Reply To: nipper's post @ Feb 10 2018, 02:31 PM

"Go to Whoa" makes sense. Whoa is the Stop command given to a horse or horses.

Of course, given the woes our steel, and generally our entire manufacturing, industry finds itself in, Auntie's alternative spelling is understandable.



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We used to have a proper steel industry in Australia from go and woe, but at the moment it's more to do with...
it could be that's what they really meant, though 'whoa' is more commonly used.
(ABC ; of course ) http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-10/p...ection=business



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“This is really concerning, fortunately, it’s not something that happens every day and I don’t for a second want to underscore how serious this incident is.”


Premier Gladys of NSW.

Maybe she meant "understate", not "underscore". Not uncommon for pollies to say the exact opposite of what they mean.

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