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"English as she is spoke", Our language and its quirks
forrestgump
post Posted: Feb 2 2009, 10:49 AM
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Harry Potter lives in the street!!


LOL.

I'm one of the very few people in the world who have never read a Harry Potter book nor seen a Harry Potter Movie. I had to do a quick Google to understand your reply.







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Rodent
post Posted: Feb 2 2009, 10:37 AM
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What it means is that Harry Potter lives in the street!! biggrin.gif

 
alonso
post Posted: Feb 2 2009, 10:31 AM
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I frequently have to remind myself that English is a living language; that it is so different from the usage in the 18th century which in turn is so different from the 16th century etc etc.
Having said that, it drives me up the wall when I increasingly come across wrong spelling & use of grammar, punctuation etc in publications (no proofing) and the media, never mind privately.
If you don't like change life can be challenging.



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forrestgump
post Posted: Feb 2 2009, 10:15 AM
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G'day henrietta,

The one that continually irritates/amuses me are the roadsign signs advertising

"FRESH" EGGS

To me, the use of quotation marks in this context implies that "we are calling these eggs fresh, even though they are not"

My neighbours recently put up a sign that says (this is absolutely true):


PRIVET

I'm guessing they mean that this is private property and we should not enter. Then again maybe it's something to do with a hedge.




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henrietta
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Hi there

Just came across this article regarding the use of the apostrophe in signage ( my old Macquarie doesn't have this word but I'm sure the newer ones would) in England. Reminded me that we have a fascinating and infuriating language which must be an absolute nightmare to learn for non-English speakers.

Wonder how long the apostrophe will be with us ?

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=736489

Cheers
J



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