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August 6, 2015
Comments Off on Didn’t do, or didn’t didn’t do?
By the laws of the planets and logic, "didn't do nothing" means "did something." Only if you're language course is called "maths."
April 24, 2012
Comments Off on According to your crap or my gold?
Updated 15 Oct 2012 Stylebook of Invoiceable English according to WHENEVER you use the expression according to (especially in paid work), it needs to be followed by some kind of counter. Otherwise according to on its own will make you sound sarcastic and possibly also defamatory. Leaving according to dangling without a counter is plain (and plaintively) bad English […]
March 19, 2012
AS SOME OF YOU have gathered already, my other blog (The Naked Listener’s Weblog) is on furlough until further notice. (If perchance you are unfamiliar with the word furlough, you should head straight to this article instead. Then go furlough yourself afterwards.) My upstairs neighbour Johnny remarked that the arseholes people who have upset me […]
June 2, 2011
No English dictionary has been able to explain the difference between the words complete and finished. Some people say there is no difference. It’s the same situation with the words ‘complex’ and ‘complicated.’ Textbooks usually give dried-out examples, such as: A complete set of Mark Twain’s writings. (Full, entire, nothing lacking) A complete orbit. (Finished, […]
May 31, 2011
Comments Off on When you hate something, say it
LOATH or LOATHE? MANY PEOPLE ARE IN CONFUSION with these two words — even well-educated native English speakers are fallen. Usually the problem is the use of one where the other is more appropriate. loath (adj) ‘Loath’ is a rather formal adjective meaning ‘unwilling’ or ‘reluctant’ to do something. It is usually followed by ‘to’ (as […]