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Curmudgeon Corner

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Snufkin, Apr 11, 2020.

  1. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    How strange. I’d always assumed you lived in a Tory led area.
  2. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    Yay, my favourite thread is back.
    • The incorrect use of 'myself' by TV types, as in 'Steve and myself will be...'. You don't say 'Myself will be...' do you?
    • (This is probably a repeat but it's getting even more common) 'Sort of' uselessly peppering sentences too. Listen to male BBC Breakfast presenters and Adam Frost, who stands in for Monty on Gardeners' World.
  3. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    I was led to believe that they all are nowadays.
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  4. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    Definitely agree with the first.

    I like Adam Frost, and he's an excellent stand in for Monty, but I do find the way he breaks up his sentences slightly distracting. I've never heard commas made so audible.
  5. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    Oh agreed Steve, as a gardener and a bloke I like him. Just that savvern way of speaking less so.
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  6. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    So, I want to know when "to" became "ter".

    Boris Johnson says it all the time, and it's spreading.
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  7. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    The use of CHAOS on this forum. An acronym I see nowhere else, thankfully.
  8. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Not sure you're supposed to rejoice on this thread (but I empathise.....:))

    Yes, this pisses me off too, but it's not just TV personalities; it's EVERYONE (who is ill-educated). Myself and yourself. Themselves, herself and himself are, luckily, impossible to bugger up.

    Example: 'My wife and myself' is pretty bad, but 'Myself and my wife' is doubly so, as it relegates t'other half to the scullery, in effect. There are a number of erroneous variations on this theme.

    Big poster for an annual local fair states, every year, 'Antique Fair'. Really/ How old is the fair, then? My daily paper yesterday made a similar error in confusing the adjective with the (pl) noun

    I do wonder, sometimes, if other alphabetically based languages are similarly mangled grammatically or syntactically to such a degree.
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  9. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Appalling, isn't it. Everyone should know by now that in the context of antiques or pub food the word is spelled 'fayre'.
  10. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Ha ha! With food, it's 'fare', shirley(!) Re. 'Antiques Fayre', my local one calls it 'fair', but it is Norwich, after all. Within the context of antique pub food, the jury's out.
  11. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Prefer my pub food to be a bit fresher rather than antique
  12. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    It’s spelled “grub” innit?:)
  13. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member


    That concludes the case for the prosecution, m’lud.
  14. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    I like the vaguely apostrophe-shaped steam arising from beneath the lid, tantalisingly placed so it might or might not be after the 'r' in 'Brewers'.
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  15. Nero

    Nero Call me 'Goose'

    Ahem, that's not food
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  16. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Booyakashah, check out my avatar...

    Correct. That's a sign.
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  17. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Don't agree with Joe re. 'accidentally deliberate' apostrophe, because the sign is totally inaccurate. 'Fayre' is a 'ye olde' faux word for 'fair' and has no connection with food. If they got that wrong, I'd be amazed to see an accurately placed apostrophe. I doubt they could organise a 'postrophe in a brewery. Actually had a reasonable curry there a few years back.
  18. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Booyakashah, check out my avatar...

    an old-fashioned spelling of fare, used to talk about the type of food served somewhere:
    a chance to sample fine local fayre

  19. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Well, my New O.E.D. simply has it as 'pseudo-archaic sp. of fair'.

    Can't read your Cambridge version because of the annoying cookie panels, unfortunately. These are another thing which I submit to this thread. Yes, I know it was done without one's knowledge in the past, but what you don't know........
  20. Frizzy

    Frizzy Liberal anarchist

    If this is place for pedants, my ire is irked at the continual overuse of the phrase ‘existential crisis’ no one has problems any more, everything sounds more ominous when it’s a ‘existential crisis’

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