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bangoutoforder Posted on 15/08/2011 11:50
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you're on a messageboard for football fans...if lazy punctuation really irks you, well firstly go and read the guardian and secondly GET A LIFE!!!

(i bet the lack of capitals has got a few on here spilling their ovaltine!!)


Capybara Posted on 15/08/2011 11:53
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Read the Guardian?

jeff_potato Posted on 15/08/2011 11:57
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There's not so many mistakes in the Guardian these days unfortunately, I've only spotted a few typos and sub-editor oversights this year.

Capybara Posted on 15/08/2011 12:01
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You are not looking hard enough then jeff. They clearly (as do most of the other newspapers to be fair) over-rely on spell-checking software, leading to homophone confusion on a regular basis. 'Lead' instead of 'led', for example, appears almost daily.

oooooo Posted on 15/08/2011 12:08
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I'd love us to have grammar police. Slapping tickets on greengrocer boards throughout the land!

speckyget Posted on 15/08/2011 12:11
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Greengrocer board's surely?

EpiphanyProudfoot Posted on 15/08/2011 12:21
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Ha ha ha ha!

oooooo Posted on 15/08/2011 12:22
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Greengrocers' boreds, I mean.

FlarPhone_Warehouse Posted on 15/08/2011 12:22
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send me an invite?


you will send me an INVITATION!

EpiphanyProudfoot Posted on 15/08/2011 12:26
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I don't really care what you all think.

I get a perverted pleasure out of doing it, so will continue to do so my little brothers.

atkingson Posted on 15/08/2011 12:30
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A perverted pleasure? What turns you on most ? Nowels or consequence ?

halcyon Posted on 15/08/2011 12:30
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Capital O for Ovaltine, OK? [smi]

Archie_Stephens Posted on 15/08/2011 12:34
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EpiphanyProudfoot [^]

Keep up the good work.

Capybara Posted on 15/08/2011 15:02
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From today's Guardian:

'The solution to prize puzzle No 25,394 contains an error as the solution to 20 down (EROICA) does not fit with 22 across (SPINACH).

Big_Ted_Church Posted on 15/08/2011 15:33
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'Iterate', not 're-iterate'.

Also, on another thread, someone has given an account of an incident at Leeds, after which, the police "dispensed".

Raoul_Duke Posted on 15/08/2011 15:46
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"From today's Guardian:

'The solution to prize puzzle No 25,394 contains an error as the solution to 20 down (EROICA) does not fit with 22 across (SPINACH)."

To be fair to the Guardian, most newspaper crosswords come from dedicated quiz companies and are rarely compiled in house - although I'm not sure if this is the case here.

plazmuh Posted on 15/08/2011 15:47
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Stick with me Specky. Ile make ya famous.. But be warned you will be busy night n day fella..

Capybara Posted on 15/08/2011 16:00
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Most cryptic crosswords for newspapers are compiled by freelancers who often contribute to more than one newspaper. The Guardian does, however, have a crossword editor so this error is unforgivable. He deserves to be plundered old wine on a TV horse (6).

oooooo Posted on 15/08/2011 16:09
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I'm pretty convinced that there is a genetic sequence I am missing which provides the ability to do a crossword. Cryptic? Might as well be in Russian.

There's not much I can't have a go at understanding but crosswords just don't compute.

gravyboat Posted on 15/08/2011 16:10
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Capybara Posted on 15/08/2011 16:11
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gravyboat Posted on 15/08/2011 16:16
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Being honest, I got 'sack' from plundered, and 'ed' from TV horse, but don't really understand how the old wine bit fits in.

Capybara Posted on 15/08/2011 16:20
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[mass noun] historical
a dry white wine formerly imported into Britain from Spain and the Canaries.

early 16th century: from the phrase wyne seck, from French vin sec 'dry wine'

gravyboat Posted on 15/08/2011 16:26
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Learn, new, every day, etc.

oooooo Posted on 15/08/2011 16:29
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If you'd just put ______ and had no clue, I would have guessed sacked. The clue convinced me otherwise.

In fact, [xx(] all round on that one.

junkyard_angel Posted on 15/08/2011 16:30
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That's a bit harsh Capy, I wouldn't say he deserves to be "plundered old wine on a TV horse," he just needs "the Spanish in hire purchase relief."

edit: ooops, on this of all threads[:I]

speckyget Posted on 15/08/2011 16:31
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gravyboat Posted on 15/08/2011 16:32
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junkyard_angel Posted on 15/08/2011 16:33
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oooooo Posted on 15/08/2011 16:39
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EpiphanyProudfoot Posted on 15/08/2011 23:57
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Every time a broadsheet paper makes a spelling mistake they encounter much ridicule from their rivals.

The tabloids press don't count.

The American papers are even worse at searching for errors amongst their rival rags.

ThumbSprain Posted on 16/08/2011 00:09
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Surely "firstly go" should be "go firstly". Split infinitive. [|)]

Capybara Posted on 20/08/2011 22:35
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Not a good week. They printed yesterday's crossword again today as the weekly prize crossword. Or the prize crossword a day early, whatever. Took the shine off the day it did.

Oh and junkyard [smi] Missed it the other day.

jimmy_james Posted on 20/08/2011 22:44
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Can the Grammar Police please state the rule book they spout their rules from for the use of the English language, If not f00k off you nasty little irksome tw4ts.

I will say this now there are no official rules for the use of the English language!

EpiphanyProudfoot Posted on 21/08/2011 09:09
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Go away, yes there is, the rules that I make are the rules that count. Not that your opinion counts anyway.

BillBones Posted on 21/08/2011 09:52
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That second comma should be replaced with a full stop.

McGonagall Posted on 21/08/2011 09:59
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Jimmy James, spot on. David Crystal, one of the world's greatest authorities on the English language, makes the point quite clearly that grammar is descriptive rather than prescriptive. Old pedants and grammarians will always try to protect the 'purity' of the language but it's as pointless as trying to stop the tide coming in.

Barrynelli Posted on 21/08/2011 10:38
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It was indeed annoying that they reprinted Friday's as Saturday's prize crossword. I had a very apologetic, personal, reply from the crossword editor himself.
Fortunately I was at home and so could print out the correct crossword for yesterday, though in truth it was a bit too easy for a prize one.

DowningAlbion Posted on 21/08/2011 10:56
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Clubfoot is self-appointed grammar police but actually he is very error prone.

e.g. 'yes there is' above should have been 'yes there are' and punctuation around it is wrong, 'tabloids press' should have been 'tabloid press' etc etc.....

Very easy to catch him out.

Holgateoldskool Posted on 21/08/2011 10:58
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Storm in a teacup. Example ? No one has corrected the thread Singapore Advise into Singapore Advice today - yet!

10hickton Posted on 21/08/2011 11:13
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With Ovaltine being a brand name it requires a capital letter. That will be all .[;)]

Capybara Posted on 22/08/2011 00:08
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Well it nearly ruined my weekend. Thanks to my Boro heroes and a steam engine at King's Cross for rescuing it [smi]

EpiphanyProudfoot Posted on 22/08/2011 07:35
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It is not easy to catch me out DoyleAlbion.

It is pin-in-a-haystack time.


bungydinsdale Posted on 22/08/2011 08:01
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that's the problem though Mr dour toof. when you hold yourself up as better than others over something like grammar then you run the risk of being hoisted by your own petard.
and it's very easy too, there are several errors among your posts and I've only read two or three of them on here. far too many for one who likes to get perverted pleasure from others'...
it's just a XXXXXXing messageboard man, not another of those rejected manuscripts eh?
chill out, what does it matter if somebody's fat fingers type faster than their brain???

jimmy_james Posted on 22/08/2011 08:10
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"Go away, yes there is, the rules that I make are the rules that count. Not that your opinion counts anyway." [Sic}

I see you have caught yourself out there!

Please name the official rulebook, if not please stop quoting rules from a rulebook that does not exist.

All that education and not the common sense to look up where the rules that they quote get their official status!

Capybara Posted on 22/08/2011 15:19
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Link: scroll to the bottom of the letters

Texas_Pete Posted on 22/08/2011 17:36
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Have just noticed this thread. (or wouldn't have started a new one).

I agree with the first post. However, those who constantly pick other up on their grammar should really know the difference between 'their' and 'there'

Link: epiphany blandfeet

peterkay Posted on 22/08/2011 17:43
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zaphod Posted on 22/08/2011 17:48
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Complaints about split infinitives are a bit 1930s. The language has moved on & the verbal gymnastics involved in avoiding split infinitives are often ugly. The rhythm of the English language is usually enhanced by split infinitives.

That rule will be scrapped before long, if it hasn't already.

jimmy_james Posted on 22/08/2011 19:06
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"Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." [Sic]

"Honi soit qui mal y pense" [Sic]

A police force without an authoritative law is just a bunch of loud mouth clowns.

jimmythewondercat Posted on 22/08/2011 20:03
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Hold everything!!!

A steam loco at KGX?! Why wasn't I informed?!


Capybara Posted on 22/08/2011 20:10
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Didn't know about it until I arrived back just before 10 last night jtwc.

ThumbSprain Posted on 22/08/2011 20:14
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Zaphod, I thoroughly agree. Just thought I'd weigh in with the pedants. I boldly go with the best of them the rest of the time. [:D]

jimmythewondercat Posted on 23/08/2011 08:41
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Fair enough CB - happened to me at Euston a couple of months ago - made myself popular by telling Mrs WC to pop off and have a fag while I ran down platform 13 to take a few photos!

Capybara Posted on 23/08/2011 09:51
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This tells you more or less what's going on. Looks like there's one coming your way on Thursday. And I've jus missed one going through here a couple of minutes ago.

Edit: no there isn't, it's electric haulage to Preston.

Link: woo woo