English as She Is Spoke

Could be insulting, have heard:

Cutting your nose off, despise your face.

From the caption of the first photo on here: “a new leash of life”


Beyond the pail

Quantas, but to be fair the guy is Canadian

I think you mean QANTAS.

Brexit, a word that has divided a nation and split a continent, has been named the word of the year because of its importance and flexibility. Collins said it was the most important political contribution to the English language since Watergate ushered in the most used suffix of modern times.

“Brexit is proving even more useful and adaptable,” Helen Newstead, the head of language content at Collins, said. She added that “as well as summing up in one word the result of one of the most significant events in British political history”, it was also “inspiring a lot of wordplay around endings and separations”.

There is now “Bremain” and “Bremorse”, not to mention “BrexPitt” - the breakdown of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s marriage.

Other inclusions in Collins’ words of the year include “throw shade”, a phrase made popular by gay communities in America which means a “subtle, but public insult”. The pop stars Taylor Swift and Britney Spears are believed to have used their lyrics to throw shade at rival artists.

Another Americanism is “Trumpism”. Ms Newstead said the longevity of Trumpism, compared with Thatcherism for example, would “depend on his success in the forthcoming election”.

Then there is the “snowflake generation”, which describes young adults who appear to be more prone to taking offence than their predecessors.

Ms Newstead said the selection of words highlighted how young people were the drivers of changes in language. “Most of this year’s words are used by or relate to the generation born towards the end of the last century,” she said. “Their contribution to the constant evolution of the English language should not be overlooked.”

many of whom are in their fifties and had worked thier for decades

^ The Age today re Hazelwood closure

^It would seem that error has now been fixed.

TC: I spend a lot more time on sentence structure and proof reading than normal when I’m in this thread.


The debate over commas is often a pretty inconsequential one, but it was anything but for the truck drivers. Note the lack of Oxford comma - also known as the serial comma - in the following state law, which says overtime rules do not apply to:

The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:

(1) Agricultural produce;

(2) Meat and fish products; and

(3) Perishable foods.

Does the law intend to exempt the distribution of the three categories that follow, or does it mean to exempt packing for the shipping or distribution of them?

Delivery drivers distribute perishable foods, but they don’t pack the boxes themselves. Whether the drivers were subject to a law that had denied them thousands of dollars a year depended entirely on how the sentence was read.

If there were a comma after “shipment,” it might have been clear that the law exempted the distribution of perishable foods. But the appeals court on Monday sided with the drivers, saying the absence of a comma produced enough uncertainty to rule in their favour. It reversed a lower court decision.

“All I can say is the players are behind Teaguey and back him to the hill and the results are starting to show,” he said.

Footy commentators and players are great for that sort of thing, plus mixed metaphors. My favourite was “we’re not reinventing the world, here…”

Wonder if the player or journalist used “hill”
They didn’t put (sic) after it.

Just whack a comma in if you think one is needed

Oxford comma only

20 char

At least it’s not kid’s, coache’s and umpire’s.

Message from my daughter’s principal:

There have been issues with rubbish, toilet roles and plant material being used to block toilet bowls


And people say kids don’t need to learn to spell because of spellcheck…

“On the other hand, I’ve chosen to do this. Most people in my kind of job don’t get to do that. I was determined not to be one of those people who gets a tap on the shoulder like the footballer who does one season two many.”