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by paulwiggins
Fri Feb 02, 2007 6:40 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Land of hope and glory.
Replies: 23
Views: 6915

Land of hope and glory.

To cheer you up andf I can tell this one because I'm a Kiwi 50,000 Kiwis meet in Eden Park for a "Kiwis Are Not Stupid" Convention. Helen Clark says, "We are all here today to prove to the world thet Kiwis are not stupid. Ken I hev a volunteer." Carlos Spencer gingerly works his way through the crow...
by paulwiggins
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: humankind
Replies: 15
Views: 5211

humankind

When you talk about dogs that includes female ones two, doesn't it? A fair point. The way to avoid awkward constructions is to think in terms of being ''gender inclusive'' rather than non-sexist. To employ the word makinsd is not being sexist But to use the word humanity (accepting the Macquarie's ...
by paulwiggins
Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Land of hope and glory.
Replies: 23
Views: 6915

Land of hope and glory.

Did anyone happen to catch the New Zealand-England ODI at the WACA?
by paulwiggins
Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: express OR expressed (permission)
Replies: 12
Views: 21912

express OR expressed (permission)

Indeed but the best approach is to specify the method and watch tautology. A substantial number of things had to be done by telex in those days so the language of commerce tended to be minimalist.
by paulwiggins
Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: express OR expressed (permission)
Replies: 12
Views: 21912

express OR expressed (permission)

In general I agree with your point, Paul, but in this case I think the inclusion of 'express' suggests that the manager's permission needs to be more substantial than mere acquiescence or a casual verbal OK. What I thought when I was a young accounts clerk but management formed the view that you ei...
by paulwiggins
Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: express OR expressed (permission)
Replies: 12
Views: 21912

express OR expressed (permission)

In the following context, could you advise which would be the correct phrase to use? "Staff may book flights with the express/ed permission of their line manager." Thanks. Delete the modfier. Adjectives can be the enemies of nouns. If the document reads ''Staff may book flights with the permission ...
by paulwiggins
Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: apostrophe
Replies: 21
Views: 8680

apostrophe

Ain't misbehavin'. Spelt thus. Facts prevail over She Who Must Be Obeyed At All Times.
by paulwiggins
Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:28 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Thank you WoZ and Australia
Replies: 53
Views: 15843

Thank you WoZ and Australia

I think we are straying into the realms of cruel and unusual punishment here.
by paulwiggins
Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:15 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Thank you WoZ and Australia
Replies: 53
Views: 15843

Thank you WoZ and Australia

Quite right. What was I thinking?
by paulwiggins
Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:15 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Thank you WoZ and Australia
Replies: 53
Views: 15843

Thank you WoZ and Australia

a couple of notes here .... Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein if the correct appellation




Foster's takes an apostrophe
by paulwiggins
Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:43 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Thank you WoZ and Australia
Replies: 53
Views: 15843

Thank you WoZ and Australia

Bobinwales wrote: Don't you start Paul, it's bad enough having Woz rub our noses in it!
Alas, in another life I am a sports subeditor, of New Zealand birth.
by paulwiggins
Thu Jan 04, 2007 5:01 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: .. a bird communicates ..
Replies: 14
Views: 5013

.. a bird communicates ..

An aside. In US English, pot plant has a different meaning than it does in Australia. Our estranged cousins call them potted plants, apparently.
by paulwiggins
Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:59 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Thank you WoZ and Australia
Replies: 53
Views: 15843

Thank you WoZ and Australia

Dads Army 4. Barmy Army 0.
by paulwiggins
Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: home vs house
Replies: 13
Views: 4103

home vs house

A matter of style this is. Our stylebook specifies: home/house House is preferred in most references: A four-bedroom house was sold; A house was built/burnt/wrecked. Use home in contexts that relate a house to its occupants: Her home is in Castlemaine; They bought their home in 1966; An Englishman’s...
by paulwiggins
Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: word times three
Replies: 30
Views: 7737

word times three

(@ thread) Well, I'm impressed, and I disagree with K Allen on the punctuation in quotes. I'll just be wrong... No right or wrong answer to that one. It is a matter determined by house style, as is the use or otherwise of the Oxford comma. Style books will generally reflect a national consensus. Am...