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Bippy Bear


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Posted Thu Mar 5th, 2009 9:47am Post subject: Our unique language
Oh what a relief to find this thread.

After twenty years of teaching our language to foreign adults, I too have a schoolmarm in my head who shouts every time she hears a mis-use.

I throw things at the radio when people use "less" instead of "fewer". People ending sentences with prepositions and using who instead of of whom makes me wince.

The times I really want to cry is when people are interviewed on Radio 4 and I can't understand a word they are saying because their conversation is monotone and so peppered with unnecessary garbage that I can't follow the thread. It makes me a bit of a misfit I suppose.

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joan


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Posted Sat Mar 21st, 2009 11:41pm Post subject: Our unique language
Speaking in a monotone is what sportsmen tend to do when being interviewed, It is so prevalent here, we call it the 'sporting monotone'. They often waffle, state the obvious, and use poor grammar too. I've got no time for sport and all the bovine excrement surrounding it.

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