Tuesday 12 April 2011 12.10am
I'm sure I've murdered the English language many times over with my postings, because they are mostly written in haste and never previewed. I therefore have no right to be pedantic about other peoples mistakes. However, I still wince at certain things such as ill-written signage e.g., a recent sign outside a local shop undergoing refurbishment which read:
'Work in progress. Sorry if youve got trouble getting passed.'
I left school at the age of fifteen with the bare basics in education. If needed, I have that as an excuse for my bad grammar, spelling, diction, ect. However, my pet hate, which I find inexcusable when uttered by university educated fanancial correspondents on radio and t.v., is the term: 'Half a per cent.'
Watch out for phoney the proof reader chalkey!
No comma after signage, youve instead of you've, (unless that was part of the signage mistake). ect instead of etc. Fanancial instead of financial.
There is a business in Pancras Road N.W.1 that according to the sign above the store, sells radiator's, two premises along,another store apparently sells mirror's!
Still, I cannot boast of always being right, a Texan got in my cab years ago and boomed, "Take me to the Tar Hotel son."
Assuming that he meant The Tara in Kensington I took him there.
On arrival he enquired, "Where's the goddam river?"
Apparently Tar is Texan for Tower, he wanted The Tower Hotel by Tower Bridge!