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"English as she is spoke", Our language and its quirks
henrietta
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Pedestrians cross a bridge by foot as smoke haze settles over the town of Batesman Bay


As distinct from the pedestrians who were riding buses. Sigh wacko.gif

And I just noticed the Bateman's Bay !!?? So many stories to type, and so little time .....

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henrietta
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Her and her mother were on Tuesday trying to return to their pub and open it up for the community.


Fair dinkum, it just gets worse and worse, and this in The Australian.

Maybe things will improve in 2020 ......... Happy New Year everyone.

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alonso
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Contrary to popular belief, as encouraged by various media, the Apostrophe Protection Society is NOT closing down, but its website

is closing for a while for upgrading due to an increase in demand.

I don't think I'm pedantic and I fully appreciate that English is a living language. But change must always be monitored to ensure that

customary usage does not become an excuse for reducing either the richness of the language or its potential for precise expression of thought.

The preciseness of English is a marvellous thing and the correct use of the apostrophe is just one of a wide range of tools which go to ensure that

preciseness.






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henrietta
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New book ........ maybe a Christmas present ??

"Death of a Typographer", by Nick Gadd.

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Nick Gadd's second novel, Death of a Typographer, is both a celebration and a gentle satire of typography. With in-jokes scattered joyfully about, it's easy to be drawn into its ''typomania'' and Gadd delivers a novel that combines detective mystery and letterform aesthetics.


and

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a romp of a novel. It's witty and playful quasi-detective fiction that's populated by a motley crew of obsessives who swoon or grimace at particular letterforms. Gadd's endearingly oddball characters ride on a narrative full of typographical jokes and exotic locations.

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nipper
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All too hard

(You beat me to it)



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alonso
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A life too short perhaps but its' good to know when to quit:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-02/apos...chards/11756830






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In Reply To: henrietta's post @ Dec 2 2019, 07:37 AM

Gramma is fuh nerds.
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ABC boss David Anderson candidly told The Australian back in October: “We’re facing an ABC of the future that has less people.”


Wouldn't you think that the boss of the ABC would know when to use "fewer" and "less" ?

Guess not.

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.... Barnard writes in the book’s introduction,
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“The language of the convicts endures. Words such as seedy, serve, snitch, snooze, square and stash are now commonplace. Slang contributed to the shaping of an Australian identity: danna, meaning human excrement, gave way to dunny. Togs became ‘swimming costume’. Ridge — gold—became ridgy didge — ‘genuine, good’. Larking probably became ‘larrikin’. Swag is the origin of ‘swagman’. And grog still means grog.’’

The dictionary offers insights into the rich idiom and lives of Australia-bound convicts. Under the entry for “bashed”, we learn that while a convict wife could ask to be removed from an abusive husband, a free married woman was denied such protection.

That officials and magistrates could not understand convicts’ slang reflected the colonies’ rigid class divisions. “The irony,’’ says Barnard, “is the slang is highly imaginative. It’s not indicative of a lower intelligence. It’s painfully funny and clever.’’

But it’s not all irreverent half-puns and sly banter. Some entries allude to the penal system’s undeniable brutalities. “Twisted’’, for example, is a reference to hanged prisoners who slowly twisted to death when the noose caught them under the chin.

This horrific scenario was “quite common’’ in Australia during the transportation era, says Barnard. The longest-serving British executioner was a Tasmanian convict who “hanged all of his victims at the same length, regardless of their weight. So botched executions were pretty common. Really awful. Painful, terrifying. But the black humour takes hold."


Does Barnard have favourite “flash” terms?
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“There are lots of terms I like,’’ he replies. “One that comes to mind is ‘to star the glaze’ for breaking a shop window. Other terms like ‘hopperdockers’ for shoes, is really fun — barefoot people hopped to dock their feet.’’


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James Hardy Vaux was hardly a typical convict, forced to live on the breadline during the grimmest days of the industrial revolution, and stealing to survive.

Born in 1782 in Surrey, England, Vaux was the son of a London butler and grandson of a lawyer. He was relatively well-educated, [but] ......by Vaux’s “own admission, he was guilty of ‘buzzing, dragging, sneaking, hoisting, pinching, smashing, jumping, spanking and starring’,” — convict slang for different forms of theft, forgery and issuing counterfeit money. With a weakness for gambling, drinking and whoring, Vaux also boasted he was involved in illegal activities such as “the letter-racket, the order-racket and the snuff-racket”.

However, his most startling pursuits were literary: in 1812, while at Newcastle’s Penal Station, he compiled an extensive dictionary of convict slang — the cant or “flash” language which transported felons used to describe and disguise their crimes.




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"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne

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SLANG TERMS USED BY TRANSPORTED CONVICTS

Boned: Taken into custody; apprehended.

Breaking up of the spell: Pickpockets of “the lower order” would descend on theatres at the end of a performance, in order to prey on departing patrons.

Bum trap: Bailiffs who walked behind sheriffs and “caught” their farts.

Cardinal: A lady’s silk cloak.

Kid-rig: To use deception to steal from young errand and delivery boys.

Bunce, blunt or lour: Money.

Under the arm pits: To commit crimes, such as petty larceny, that would attract a maximum sentence of seven years’ transportation. By following this system, thieves avoided the halter, or noose, “which certainly is applied above the armpits”, for bigger thefts.

Flesh-bag: A shirt.

High-Toby: Highway robbery conducted exclusively on horseback.

Lushy-cove: A drunk man or woman.

Lush-crib or lush-ken: Gin shops or pubs. Convicts were banned from pubs, so some dressed as sailors or soldiers “to get around the rules’’. If caught, they could be flogged or sentenced to hard labour.

Mott or blowen: A prostitute. “Blowen may derive from the German word bluhen, meaning bloom or blossom, or from beluni, Romani for ‘a sister in debauchery’. Prostitutes may have also been called blowens because their reputation had been ‘blown’.”

Blow the gaff: To reveal another’s secrets or crimes out of revenge or another motive.

Beaks: Magistrates. “May have originated in the 17th century when magistrates wore beak-shaped masks stuffed with herbs and spices to prevent them contracting the bubonic plague from prisoners”.

Rump’d: Flogged or scourged.

Ruggins’s: To go to bed.

Oliver is in town: “The moon was nicknamed Oliver because of the likeness it bears to the letter O.’’ Bright, moonlit nights were considered “unfavourable to depredation’’.

Adapted from the new edition of James Hardy Vaux’s 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang, featuring additions by Simon Barnard.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/revie...b1b44a8c50c0da9

James Hardy Vaux’s 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang and other Impolite Terms as used by the Convicts of the British Colonies of Australia, by Simon Barnard, Text Publishing, $29.99, is out on August 20



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"Every long-term security is nothing more than a claim on some expected future stream of cash that will be delivered into the hands of investors over time. For a given stream of expected future cash payments, the higher the price investors pay today for that stream of cash, the lower the long-term return they will achieve on their investment over time." - Dr John Hussman

"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
 


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