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"English as she is spoke", Our language and its quirks
henrietta
post Posted: Mar 21 2020, 07:58 PM
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Having just noticed the "ampersand" post, rather belatedly, I have just come across "strait", which I really don't think I have been aware of previously. Lord knows how many times I have mis-spelled these words !!

strait-jacket
strait-laced
dire straits
strait and narrow

Strait originally meant "tight" apparently.

The meaning of those phrases becomes clear when we know that 'strait' means, not 'free from curvature', but 'tight'. That usage goes back to the 13th century and an early example of the 'tight' meaning is found in John Trevisa's translation of Bartholomew de Glanville's De Proprietatibus Rerum, 1398:
A rynge that is streyghte on a fyngre and may not be take of afore mete, maye easely be take of after mete.
[De Glanville was clearly a messy eater.]

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henrietta
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In Reply To: joules mm1's post @ Feb 2 2020, 09:51 AM

The ampersand, &, originally from the Latin "et" meaning "and" ........... fascinating. Thanks for that joules.

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from the did you know file .....&c

https://twitter.com/i/moments/1223621086635491329



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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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