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Derek Holding-Willey


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Posted Sat Aug 15th, 2009 6:25pm Post subject: Influencing the BBC/ the ghastly "store" trend..

Dear Stephen

My wrath knows no bounds. I have just heard the jewellery shop recently raided referred to on Radio 4 as a STORE!
I utterly deplore the inaccurate use of this term. Can you not use your undoubted influence at the BBC to eradicate this ridiculous usage? To my knowledge John Lewis and M&S (for example) do not exist primarily as warehouses to store goods. They are shops. They sell things. There is and has been for years a perfectly simple word for such a retail outlet.
The notion that this apparently upmarket jewellery shop featured on the news is some kind of bijou warehouse is absurd.
I have complained to the BBC and they maintain that this is now common usage and therefore acceptable. I disagree. For that matter, who promulgated this Americanism? I give you the BBC.
I notice your site boasts a general store. I haven't perused the items therein stored but I imagine a range of books, DVDs etc. The collocation of the two words "general" and "store" is permissible although I would have preferred "Corner shop" (perhaps tucked to the far left of the window?).

In sullen hope
DHW


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exoskeleton


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Posted Sat Aug 15th, 2009 9:23pm Post subject: Influencing the BBC/ the ghastly "store" trend..

you might listen to the most recent episode of Fry's English Delight to hear Stephen's sentiments about changing usage. they're rather different from your own.

sockdolager.

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Derek Holding-Willey


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Posted Tue Aug 18th, 2009 5:45pm Post subject: Influencing the BBC/ the ghastly "store" trend..

That's all very well and I did try to listen to this morning's programme. It irritated the bejeezus out of me after a few minutes. Too much repetition. I'm sorry but I'm no longer of the school of thought which accepts any old utterance with a nod of respect to its context. No, I have decided to insist upon rigour in the spoken word when spoken on Radio 4 on a respected news programme.
"Store" for "shop" diminishes the language. Texting abbreviations add to and enrich it.
Hmmm.


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Nitro


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Posted Tue Aug 18th, 2009 6:02pm Post subject: Influencing the BBC/ the ghastly "store" trend..

R U sayin' U d-plore abbr.'s N such 4 words?

heh heh heh

( Actually, I'm somewhat sympathetic to your viewpoint. )

Really? Wow.

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