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32 questions of 'what do you call this where you live?' Mine is kind of confused because my mother, the main influence on my way of speaking, used almost no slang at all; also we lived down south but both my parents came from Lancashire. nd of course now I stil live down south but spend a lot of my time in Manchester.

If you have done this quiz, please tell me in comments where you posted it as I'd love to have a look.

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Monday, 4 December 2006 06:20 pm
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From John R Biggs, An Approach to Type, p 52

"It could be argued that in English, at any rate, we should be better off without the letter C, and though it would look odd to see the word Kake it would at least be directly related to the sound in speech."

First thought: but Kake doesn't look odd at all!

:)

Pedantry

Sunday, 13 February 2005 03:35 pm
taimatsu: (minako)
Aaaaaaaargh!

This rant has been brewing for a while. I can no longer put up with the gross misuse of thw word 'myself' without saying something.

Sarah and myself are going to the cinema tonight.
Myself and Sam got really drunk.
Could James please contact myself.
If you took a photo of me, please provide a copy to myself.


WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

Corrections of the above (real, if slightly paraphrased) examples:

Sarah and I are going to the cinema tonight.
Sam and I got really drunk.
Could James please contact me?
If you took a photo of me, please provide me with a copy.

Correct uses of 'myself'.

I'm all by myself, alone in the house.
I looked at myself in the mirror.
He's on holiday in Canada. I went there myself last year.
I made myself a new skirt.

Here's a brief outline of the problem.

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