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Mr_Tigger

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#2
Don't start getting upset by BBC reporting standards. It's a slippery slope to head down and ends in despair and the inevitable topping of oneself.
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#3
In "AN HOTEL" is, actually, gramatically correct.

My apologies for bursting that particular bubble.
 
#6
Yes it is. The original BBC article says "A" hotel, which is why I posted it here. I'd still do the mother though.
 
#8
No thanks I couldn't eat a thing.
 
#10
Daily Telegraph said:
String them up by the watch-chains

My colleague Tom Chivers has written a blog post mocking The Times for describing the Queen’s encounter with Martin McGuinness as “an [sic] historic meeting”. As he puts it: “Verily, thou art speaking like thou hast watched too many costume dramas, milord.”

Quite right, Tom. Sticking the letter “n” before “historic” or “hotel” is a ghastly genteelism. I associate it with the sort of self-conscious young fogeys who call the radio the “wireless” and probably belong to the East India Club. Every time I hear them talk about “an historic occasion” I want to strangle them with their watch-chains. Or, if they’re sporting casual dress, with their cravats.
That stung a bit, especially as I'm an Eastindiaman!
 
#11
Oh yes it is.

[Isn't it a bit early for panto? 'Look, he's fucking well behind you!' etc, etc.]
It's been a slow day I could do with a laugh.

:)

Rodney2q
 
#12
Tom Chivers needs to be hanged by the balls.
 
#13
Haha the grammar nazis are turning on each other. Soon we'll all be able to misspell till our hearts content!!!!

Ps I'll stand by for incoming. Haha
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#14
#16
Haha the grammar nazis are turning on each other. Soon we'll all be able to misspell till our hearts content!!!!

Ps I'll stand by for incoming. Haha
Capital N, in Nazis mate :)
 
#18
Tossers - not you Plume old chap. I guess I'm one of those fogeys, though hardly young, who continues to put 'an' before historic and hotel. I don't wear a cravat though and it's been a long time since I listened to the wireless (not since that nice young Donna Summers sang 'On the radio' - rest her soul). Mind you how else does one secure one's watch if not with a chain?
East India Club? Good lord is that den of iniquity still creaking along?
 
#20
That stung a bit, especially as I'm an Eastindiaman!
Really :???: I always pictured you as being Caucasian with a touch of Irish.

No wonder there's such crap journalism about when the yoof can't speak properly. Only the other day I overheard a teacher say "Was you being naughty?"
 

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