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    Can anyone from WA enlighten me on this?

    It always makes me twitch when a journalist says something like "a West Australian man..."

    Isn't the state called Western Australia, hence it should be "a Western Australian man..."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesperatelySeekingSleep View Post
    I wonder if any mods secretly edit posts to correct grammar when a thread has gone stale.

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    If there were I'd send them a list of suggestions about what they could be using their time for better... that would be rather sad indeed. They should correct the grammar ASAP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesperatelySeekingSleep View Post
    I wonder if any mods secretly edit posts to correct grammar when a thread has gone stale.

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    Pfft- we've got lives you know!

    I correct thread titles alll the time.. and sometimes when a mistake (grammar or spelling) is blatantly obvious I will edit the post and fix it.. but rarely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    Can anyone from WA enlighten me on this?

    It always makes me twitch when a journalist says something like "a West Australian man..."

    Isn't the state called Western Australia, hence it should be "a Western Australian man..."?
    Hmm yeah I've never really thought about. But your rite. It should get pronounced western Australian. I personally say it both ways.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    Pfft- we've got lives you know!

    I correct thread titles alll the time.. and sometimes when a mistake (grammar or spelling) is blatantly obvious I will edit the post and fix it.. but rarely.
    Well your a very good conscientious mod thank I lets revisit this in 6 month's time and sea if all the thing's you could of corrected get's corrected(which is lot's even my fone was having a hissy fit typing this out



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    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    Can anyone from WA enlighten me on this?

    It always makes me twitch when a journalist says something like "a West Australian man..."

    Isn't the state called Western Australia, hence it should be "a Western Australian man..."?
    No idea!!! From WA myself, and I think it has something to do with just shortening things... Plus a lot of people from WA feel left out, so they have to make themselves feel special somehow... Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by London View Post
    Im sorry if this has been explained already, but every time I read the title of this thread my brain goes 'wtf??'. Can someone knowledgeable explain to me how 'Pet grammar bugbears' means 'grammar mistakes that bug you'? Lol What is a bugbear??
    I'm not claiming to be knowledgeable , but I have always known the definition of 'bugbear' (english not american definition) as 'something that keeps annoying or worrying you'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenhorn View Post
    My absolute hate is the posts that have no punctuation or grammar and you find yourself reading every post with one breath and makes you feel tired how can people type like this I don't. Understand also when people use punctuation where it isn't needed
    lol good one :thumbup:

    Quote Originally Posted by veggiemama View Post
    Just wondering if anyone knows about the saying "of a morning" or "of an evening". It may be correct, I had never heard of it before I went to the uk and a few of my (aussie) colleagues used it... It always just sounded wrong to me but possibly because i'd never heard it before (i grew up in nz).

    It was even in our paperwork that we gave to patients so I always hoped it was correct! "take your injections of an evening" or similar. I came back to australia and i've heard it a handful of times since... Does anyone know?? Sorry for the lack of capitals... it's not knowing how to use my phone!

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    I use that expression, what do you use instead?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lissy12 View Post
    Ok, what about this.

    Words like its, our, yours, mine, their, are already possessive pronouns. They show possession no matter what and, therefore, don't need a possessive apostrophe.

    Does that help?!
    Well it will help for a month or so, then I'll forget this thread and have to start again

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    Default Pet grammar bugbears

    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    I think you will find such spellings were originally used to avoid censorship. In the UK you will find terms like f.e.c.k and s.h.i.t.e used. It was orginally to avoid media censorship but found their way into common every day language. I would assume the problem lays with those who don't realise this and actually think this is the correct spelling?
    Haha -yes we do know that **** is not the correct spelling. Hilarious!!!

    It's so we can swear without swearing

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    Default Pet grammar bugbears

    That was f.a.r.k - which gets censored so must be an official swear word now!!

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    Default Pet grammar bugbears

    Ooh ooh, I have another one...

    I know someone that still uses "bate", as in, "he bate me up"...

    I kept telling him over and over it's "beat", but he doesn't believe me, "bate" is past tense according to him.

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