[LMB] people's use of language is funny (for some values of funny)

Sharon Micenko wembleyware at gmail.com
Tue Jul 6 08:53:51 BST 2021

Seriously nitpicking now. “One in five children are living in poverty” presses all the wrong buttons for me, IS, you fool. IS! There’s worse, the IGNORANT commentators who should have stuck to their illustrious football careers because they never paid any attention to their English lessons. "Geelong is versing Adelaide this weekend” Every time without fail I scream at the television. It’s versus, you fool! "It’s Geelong versus Adelaide."

Newsreaders are seriously bad, too, although probably  don’t write what they have to read out.


> On 6 Jul 2021, at 3:35 pm, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:
> From: Fred <fred.fredex at gmail.com>
> Here's one of my (many) language pet peeves, gleaned from CNN just now:
> The fake vaccination drives took place between late May and early June,
> So, that literally means it wasn't in May and it wasn't in June. so it took
> place during the 0.00000<ad infinitum>000 seconds between the end of May
> and the start of June?
> One of the plethora of things people say that don't actually mean what the
> person means to say.

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