Harry & Wills like, you know, innit, am I bovvered

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by OldRedCap, Jun 20, 2007.

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  1. Withdrawn by original poster.
     
  2. Nice pic! :D

    Should that not read, 'Old Red Chap'?
     
  3. He's not really making sense - he's suggesting that the Princes need to improve there grasp on the English language (IMO they do not, but then this is only his opinion).

    He then has a lenghty e-mail from his granddaughter about what she does and does not like, and suggests that she has a better grasp of english? Interesting.

    I would argue that there will always be pauses in spoken conversation, and that it is much easier to write without appearing to have a poor grasp of the language. Directly quoting the Princes will obviously reveal speech which may not appear very royal, but I bet that this old man doesn't exactly have the Queens English pouring out of him.
     
  4. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    All he is doing is learning the art of saying nothing at all in the public arena. I don't think he is really that interested in people knowing or analysing what his opinions are. He knows better than most what happens to Royalty if they actually express a view on any subject - vilified by half the Press and ridiculed by the rest.

    If he can get away with spouting non-consequential rubbish for the time being, good on him. Smart move, I say

    Bet he is a little different in barracks with the boys.
     
  5. As army hopeful said, the princes have been quoted directly with all the "umms" and "errs" included. Anyone who has ever seen a transcript of any speech (police interview, telephone conversation, etc) from even the most erudite person, you would assume that they were a tad thick. Its interesting that this old git is bigging-up his granddaughter but she appears, at best, to be semi-literate and it would be interesting to see a transcript of HER speech. I am pretty confident that the princes would not speak this way when giving orders or instructions to their troops, no-one does.
     
  6. Their not there.

    Blair's edukashun sistem dont teech the difference betwean there, their and they're eny morr saym as your and you're.
     
  7. I admit that I'm guilty (repeatedly) of using "there" instead of "their" and vice versa. However, I DO know when to use they're, your and you're.

    Quick hint for those mongs out there (correct usage!) who get confused:

    1) Use there when referring to a place, whether concrete ("over there by the building") or more abstract ("it must be difficult to live there").

    2) Use their to indicate possession. It is a possessive adjective and indicates that a particular noun belongs to them.

    That's clarified it all then!
     
  8. His granddaughter's writing looks like a 10-12 year old wrote it. I know my writing was far more mature than that at 14; and I'm hardly brilliant at English. Her punctuation is atrocious too. I think if we wrote like that at age 10 there'd be a hell of a lot of red pen scrawled across it. Some 14 year olds are only a year off their GCSEs; that's nowhere near a decent GCSE level. Spoken and written English are completely different too; as is talking to your family and having to think carefully about what you're saying in an interview.
    The author seems a bit of a stuck up prick IMHO.
     
  9. I have an 11yr old son who writes with much greater flair his spoken English is superb too, the missus and I put this down to the fact he reads anything and everything! Whereas his elder and younger siblings are both shite at anything academic, but give them a sports field or a paintbrush....
     
  10. I didn't see the bit about the girl being 14 - she is writing at a level much younger than she should be, in that case - the guy who wrote the "article" needs to get a grip and stuff doting on his clearly stupid granddaughter.
     
  11. I take it that that was a PERSEC Wah, then? Since I seem to remember your original post refering to the comment, "...which I have made on this blog linky...".
     
  12. Crikey, that wasn't OldRedCap in that picture on that blog was it?!
     
  13. You have to wonder - hence my initial response.

    The link's probably in the 'history' folder - would it be rude to...? Yes, okay, it probably would be. :D