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22 January 2013 15:36
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I must admit I am a nightmare at work. i teach, and when kids ask me if they can "lend a pencil" I say "Sure, have you got one?" and they say "No, can I lend one?" and so it goes on...

And when they get stuck on some work I set, they suggest that I never "learned them that", and I of course say "No, i never learned you that!" They go on to ask how they could do it, and I say "Well, I taught it to you last week!"....and so it goes on...


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22 January 2013 15:58
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The one that drives me mad, is... 'From the get go'.

What the hell does that mean?

'From the word go' was bad enough, but at least we all understood the Monopoly reference. What on earth is a Getgo? A small furry animal of some description?

Dave


22 January 2013 17:02
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when kids ask me if they can "lend a pencil"



I had a friend ask me once if he could lend a fiver, to which I replied, "It's your money, you can lend as much as you want." Of course, I 'borrowed' him the money in the end


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22 January 2013 17:42
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Quote from Crippen
The one that drives me mad, is... 'From the get go'.

What the hell does that mean?

'From the word go' was bad enough, but at least we all understood the Monopoly reference. What on earth is a Getgo? A small furry animal of some description?

Dave



That's not a monopoly reference it refers to starting a race and seems perfectly reasonable. Never heard your other phrase - is it local ?

Like any dealer he was watching for the card that is so high and wild he'll never need to deal another...


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22 January 2013 17:44
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I had a friend ask me once if he could lend a fiver, to which I replied, "It's your money, you can lend as much as you want." Of course, I 'borrowed' him the money in the end



I think these illiteracy references are taking the thread, which is about Americanisms, off track.
Like any dealer he was watching for the card that is so high and wild he'll never need to deal another...


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22 January 2013 18:26
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'Could I GET a Latte' meaning could I have... or I would be pleased if you would sell me is a most annoying and inaccurate phrase.



If I were a shopkeeper, my reply to a customer asking such a question would be "sorry, sir, you can't. But our staff would would be delighted to get one for you."

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - Groucho Marx.


22 January 2013 18:31
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I think these illiteracy references are taking the thread, which is about Americanisms, off track.



Well I'm relatively new on here (2 months), but I read the forum a lot and I've yet to read a thread that hasn't, sooner or later, gone off the original topic. It just seems to be the way they evolve. But at least this diversion away from the original topic isn't that far removed. For an extreme example read the 'What's the most pretentious thing you've said/heard' thread.


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22 January 2013 18:37
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The significant thing about "mathematics" is that the word is plural. It is probably a contraction of mathematical problems/equations etc. in the same way as we talk of "electrics" as being a contraction of electrical circuits.

English has kept the plural as "maths" whilst the septics have made it singular.


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22 January 2013 18:51
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"Should OF" makes me want to kick puppies.

And "infront", "alot" and "aswell"
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22 January 2013 18:56
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whilst the septics have made it singular.



Would those who disagree with the septics be known as antiseptic?



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