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by paulwiggins
Sun May 07, 2006 11:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: medalled - and other 'verbs'
Replies: 32
Views: 11630

medalled - and other 'verbs'

On a more serious note, to use goal as a verb in AFL coverage is useful, as aficionados would acknowledge.
by paulwiggins
Wed May 03, 2006 1:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'try and' vs. 'try to'
Replies: 10
Views: 4454

'try and' vs. 'try to'

The authorities cited are worthy of repect. That said, ''try to'' is more readily understood by people of varying degrees of English skills. In answer to the copyright question I think the usage comes under the ''fair treatment'' test that seems to be applied internationally.
by paulwiggins
Wed May 03, 2006 1:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: medalled - and other 'verbs'
Replies: 32
Views: 11630

medalled - and other 'verbs'

For those of us not singing off the same dictionary your antipodean contributers: verb (t) to decorate or honour with a medal I had found Doddie in the laughing midst of it, suited and medalled, striding out to the invisible band of the Colonel's parade-ground john bryson 1981 verb (i) to win a meda...
by paulwiggins
Mon May 01, 2006 11:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: sports writing & collective nouns
Replies: 11
Views: 7441

sports writing & collective nouns

Don't make me reach for my Fowler's Modern English Usage.
by paulwiggins
Mon May 01, 2006 1:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: sports writing & collective nouns
Replies: 11
Views: 7441

sports writing & collective nouns

That is precisely why we headline writers in this case include a verb that is usually left implied. Headlines, of course, involve a special set of rules.
by paulwiggins
Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: sports writing & collective nouns
Replies: 11
Views: 7441

sports writing & collective nouns

And personally, I don’t see why Safire and others think that sports teams require a separate set of rules differing in any way from standard usage (if there is any). If a front-page headline reads ''Australia are in trouble'', I know the cricket team is doing badly in the Test. If the headline read...
by paulwiggins
Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: pretty ordinary
Replies: 11
Views: 7329

pretty ordinary

Postscript on ordinary: the term was not used in this sense in New Zealand when I left in 1993. I hear it more in Australian sports commentaries than any other context.
by paulwiggins
Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: medalled - and other 'verbs'
Replies: 32
Views: 11630

medalled - and other 'verbs'

To medal is to present someone with an honour, not to win one.
by paulwiggins
Wed Apr 26, 2006 4:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: regional accents
Replies: 3
Views: 2982

regional accents

For experts, Macquarie Universtity provides a detailed guide on Australian accents

http://www.ling.mq.edu.au/speech/phonet ... owels.html
by paulwiggins
Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:09 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Thank you WoZ and Australia
Replies: 53
Views: 15898

Thank you WoZ and Australia

Bobinwales wrote: Cricket and rugby have "Laws" Norton, only common games and pastimes have rules.
Sacred laws.
by paulwiggins
Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:06 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Australian dates for autumn, spring, summer and winter
Replies: 22
Views: 13975

Australian dates for autumn, spring, summer and winter

The Australian seasons start on the first of the month because the division more accurately reflects climate patterns.
by paulwiggins
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: team: singular vs. plural
Replies: 7
Views: 4649

team: singular vs. plural

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That just doesn't sound correct - let alone warm and personal, which the client is wishing to portray.
Exactly so. Treat the team as a plural in this instance. This link should help resolve your dilemma: http://www.bartleby.com/64/C001/020.html
by paulwiggins
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ending Memos
Replies: 7
Views: 5276

Ending Memos

Wizard of Oz wrote: .. Khalid I think there may be cultural issues of respect of which we westerners are unaware
Quite right. It's also worth noting that New Zealand Commercial Practice secondary textbooks were still prescribing the formal approach in the 1970s because of tardiness in curriculum review.
by paulwiggins
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pombashing (usu pom bashing)
Replies: 17
Views: 7094

pombashing (usu pom bashing)

Agreed Bill, but when used by the sort of person who calls a tall man Shorty in the classic laconic manner it is neutral.