Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Pedants' Revolt

I suppose being a journal editor for 28 years has made me a little pedantic and sensitive to the subtle nuances of the English language (see also posting of 22 September 2010). So I loved this cartoon of the "Pedants' Revolt".

Barbara has gotten (sorry I mean got) used to me shouting at the TV when an announcer tells us he is stood (standing!) or sat (sitting!) watching an event.

I have given up with sentences ending with prepositions but, fellow pedants, what assaults on the English language makes your air turn blue?

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  1. This is really a good one, Barry.

  2. Coming from ‘up North’ I often say “give it me back” when I want something returned! Drove my husband mad!
    Meg Winter, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    1. Yes, we say that too, but hadn't realised it was a north of England expression


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