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Silly comments (Misuse of English)

I heard three comments today on the BBC that made me chuckle/frustrated me:

"2012 will be a very hectic eighteen months"

"Tomorrow will be the one week anniversary of the earthquake"

The use of the word 'Quadbike' instead of 'Quadcycle' or Quadracycle'

The first was by a potential Olympic competitor in an interview.
The second was a BBC News reporter.
The third appears frequently and seems to be accepted even though it is incorrect.

Had these come from somebody who did not have English as their first language I may not have thought more of it.

Have you any other examples like this?
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I heard three comments today on the BBC that made me chuckle/frustrated me:

"2012 will be a very hectic eighteen months"

"Tomorrow will be the one week anniversary of the earthquake"

The use of the word 'Quadbike' instead of 'Quadcycle' or Quadracycle'

The first was by a potential Olympic competitor in an interview.
The second was a BBC News reporter.
The third appears frequently and seems to be accepted even though it is incorrect.

Had these come from somebody who did not have English as their first language I may not have thought more of it.

Have you any other examples like this?
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Old 17.03.2011, 17:20
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I heard three comments today on the BBC that made me chuckle/frustrated me:

"2012 will be a very hectic eighteen months"

"Tomorrow will be the one week anniversary of the earthquake"

The use of the word 'Quadbike' instead of 'Quadcycle' or Quadracycle'

The first was by a potential Olympic competitor in an interview.
The second was a BBC News reporter.
The third appears frequently and seems to be accepted even though it is incorrect.

Had these come from somebody who did not have English as their first language I may not have thought more of it.

Have you any other examples like this?
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Old 17.03.2011, 17:22
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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of Engish)

"High temperatures and Thunderstorms can be expected over the Summer months"
- Regional Queensland radio station. (weather report)

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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of Engish)

If there's a disease outbreak, it's always referred to as a virus, whether it's a virus, bacteria, or parasite etc.
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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of Engish)

Footballer Ian Rush's classic observation when asked about the difficulties of adjusting to playing and living in Italy:
"It was like being in a foreign country."
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Footballer Ian Rush's classic observation when asked about the difficulties of adjusting to playing and living in Italy:
"It was like being in a foreign country."
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That could be the EF motto.
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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of Engish)

People who say "everybody has, does, etc, some x" when they mean to say "not everyone has, does, etc, some x." Of course, the contrapositive of this as well. I don't know if this is a problem in other languages.
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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of Engish)

I know I've said this before, but:
"I could care less.."
instead of the correct:
"I couldn't care less.."
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my biggest pet peeve: "None of us are..."
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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of Engish)

Double negatives annoy the hell out of me, but they have become fairly acceptable in North America. I shake my head in disbelief whenever I hear the President drop one of these.
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I know I've said this before, but:
"I could care less.."
instead of the correct:
"I couldn't care less.."
Those crazy sayings .... Like when someone asks "Don`t you want to go out?" ... and I reply with "No" ..and they look astonished and say "But I thought you wanted to go out?" .. and I say "Yes I do". "But you said No" .... "No, I said *No, I do want to go out, but you asked if I don`t want to go out, to which the answer is No ... I DO want to go out*.

And then when someone looks at a photo and asks who someone is and you say the person on the left ... and they ask "Is that looking at the photo, or from the photo out?" ..... Huh .... like the photo is looking at them?

And the left side of the house. "Is that from the house looking at the street?... or looking at the house from the street?"

Motor car ... same story ..... left back wheel..? is ..the....?
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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of Engish)

Yea Silly comments (Missus of Engish)
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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of Engish)

Yesterday ... my Swiss daughter-in-law told her daughter to "Spray it with the hairdryer" (to dry some water off her homework)
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Double negatives annoy the hell out of me, but they have become fairly acceptable in North America. I shake my head in disbelief whenever I hear the President drop one of these.
They've been acceptable on this side of the Atlantic since Chaucer's day:

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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of Engish)

BBC Radio 4 has some beauties from the general public. I suspect they leave them in for the BBC staff's own amusement.

Strident Welshman in full flow:
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Anxious mother describing the wait after a hospital examination:
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Of course, we were all on tender bricks waiting for the results...
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I heard " they are all on pins and needles at the moment" -
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Oops. A Freudian slip! Thanks to the mod who corrected this.
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Double negatives annoy the hell out of me, but they have become fairly acceptable in North America. I shake my head in disbelief whenever I hear the President drop one of these.
It's true, but funny how you put it.
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Re: Silly comments (Misuse of English)

While on holiday in Italy, in a dressing room, a little hand written poster said, "Take your clothes off here and have a good time"

p.s. I love Italy and Italians generally speaking.
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