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Son of Sam 9:35 Wed Oct 10
Correct English
Is "for definite " ok I will be there for definite" or is "definitely" better like i will be there definitely ? And are both acceptable 50/50?

Secondly someone said to me the other day "Dont dirtify my clean floor", this was a totally new one on me as I would say "Dont dirty the floor" Is dirtify common usage?

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m11 10:54 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
It's "can I have" a coffee not "can I get".
You ask for it, they get it then you have it!

Swiss. 4:50 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Sorry I meant schedule...so which is it? I used to be 'shed' now i'm a 'sked.'

BRANDED 4:44 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Good Well Cunting

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 4:39 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
'I'm good'.

I'll be the fucking judge of that. You're well, you cunt.

Coffee 4:34 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Sign on a shop in India advising customers that the entrance is at the rear of the building: 'Entry through the backside only.'

It's grammatically correct.

Mike Oxsaw 4:31 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Will soonly be bigly dirtified.

Thank you very muchly.

camel-with-3-humps 4:22 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
A) Either can be used
B) No such word as dirtify - it’s an attempt to make the word a verb, but those words already exist such as ‘make dirty’ ‘dirtied’

Hammer and Pickle 2:46 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
... as in “scweam”

gph 2:41 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
I've heard shedule and skedule, and shematic and skematic, but never sheme - it's always been skeme.

Swiss. 12:50 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
How about scheme? hard 'k' or 'sh' ?

Aalborg Hammer 12:27 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
'Sloth' pronounced like 'Cloth' instead of 'Slowth' 'Leverage' without the silent 'a' so leverage and 'medsin' instead of Medicine...

gph 12:27 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
HFB = Ian Paisley

https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/an-aitch-or-a-haitch-lets-ear-it/

(What I get from my research is that the haitch/aitch-Catholic/Protestant connection for the whole of Northern Ireland may or may not be a myth, but it was a myth that was/is believed, and seems to be true of Slash City)

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 12:08 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Also Dr Johnson's advice against pretentiousness:

'Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.'

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 12:06 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Coffee 7:13 Thu Oct 11

Orwell's six rules and Fowler's Modern English Usage (a remarkably unsnobby tome) are your friends.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 12:03 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Gaol and jail are both correct, but we Brits like Hollywood westerns a lot, so the use of the somewhat more common 'gaol' spelling in Britain became obsolete (but is still perfectly correct). Both words are pronounced as 'jail'.

It's something to do with the difference between Norman French and Parisian French, but frankly, who cares?

Swiss. 11:53 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
its and it's are often misused as is who and whom. Why do we have gaol and jail?

Some people need to be re-grammartized.

Hasans Fish Bar RIP 11:01 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Using dirty as a verb is outrageous

My biggest bugbear however is pronunciation of ‘h’ as haitch. It’s everywhere. Even tv announcers are doing it ffs

Chigwell 10:44 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
The Hammers: I was disappointed to hear the new Dr.Who in her first appearance say "should of". Millions of kids will now think that's the correct form. Of course it could be her Northern upbringing, but you'd think that millennia of travelling around space-time would have had some educational effect.

Coffee 7:13 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Son of Sam 9:35 Wed Oct 10

Much depends on the context. Language is a bit like clothing - you wear and speak according to where you are, what you're doing, who you're with and what's considered acceptable. If you're chatting to a mate, virtually everything is acceptable as long as the mate understands it. If it's more formal written communication, "I will definitely be there" is probably best.

If you're interested, have a look at these:

The Economist Style Guide, taking particular note of Orwell's six rules on the first page of the introduction.
https://bordeure.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/the-economist-style-guide.pdf

Bill Bryson's book, Mother Tongue. A very entertaining history of the English language. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-Tongue-Story-English-Language/dp/0141040084/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539231278&sr=8-1&keywords=mother+tongue

If you haven't read Bill Bryson before, here's a taste of his style as he describes the game of cricket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEbtkmDv9K4

The Hammers 6:40 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Should of = Should have

DagenhamDave 1:22 Thu Oct 11
Re: Correct English
Hammer and Pickle 10:57 Wed Oct 10

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