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    Quote Originally Posted by WOM View Post
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    E.g. 'Waiting with bated breath' is often mis-spelt 'waiting with baited breath'...

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    I keep seeing 'kerb' and 'curb' interchanged - including published in a novel I'm currently reading. Which is really irritating.

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    This morning I also read "they give us feedback piece mail".
    What in the world should that have been?

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    Piecemeal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdsx View Post
    E.g. 'Waiting with bated breath' is often mis-spelt 'waiting with baited breath'...
    Right...but I think you're supposed to post the witnessed fuckup, not the correct way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiblflibl View Post
    Piecemeal.
    Oh, I see. People really are 'thick as'.

    'The whole kitten caboodle.' I saw that a few years back.

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    A kitten caboodle sounds like a nice thing, though.

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    Yep - it sounds like something cozy to wear in winter.

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    Yep. Served with something mulled as part of that whole 'hygge' thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WOM View Post
    Right...but I think you're supposed to post the witnessed fuckup, not the correct way...
    What does "bated" mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdsx View Post
    And, although it's slightly off topic, "If you think I'm going to contribute to this thread, you've got another ***** coming."

    This is the phrase which causes more argument than anything (of a similar nature) I have ever come across; virtually everyone is absolutely convinced that their version of the word/phrase is correct, and that the 'alternative' is not only incorrect, but it is simply incredible that anyone could even conceive of saying it!

    The missing word is clearly 'thing', by the way.....anyone who thinks it is 'think' is utterly wrong....
    Also 'think' is not a noun. 'Another thought' might work.

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    “Bated” means to hold in suspense. It has the same root as “abate” and is now almost exclusively used with “breath”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
    Also 'think' is not a noun. 'Another thought' might work.
    Well, it kind of 'is' - when used in a sentence such as 'if I were you, I'd have a think about that'.

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    This can be extended into "similar domain names". For example:

    http://www.penisland.net

    Sadly this one has long since been corrected.

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    Someone who's written a new style-guide for Buzzfeed, and published it as a guide for on-line English usage, was interviewed on CBC yesterday. In reply to question as to why such a guide was necessary she said "Well, to get to the nutshell of the problem... "

    Huh? I suppose she meant "in a nutshell" or, better, "the kernel of the problem." Anyway I'm not inclined to buy her book.

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    Nobody who's a guest on CBC can speak any more. Most of them now begin their answer to perfectly routine questions with "Yeah, great! So..." Or "Of course! So, I...."

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    Quite. When exactly did "So..." become the default intro to any answer? It wasn't that long ago I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jah Womble View Post
    I keep seeing 'kerb' and 'curb' interchanged
    As a verb, you mean? And "keep" interchanging? How often do you use "kerb" / "curb" in a novel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthdownRebel View Post
    This can be extended into "similar domain names". For example:

    http://www.penisland.net

    Sadly this one has long since been corrected.
    I recall one where a therapist had a URL along the lines of .....therapist.com (possibly apocryphal).

    Mrs Flibl often told me how someone would "woof down" their food.

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    Cynical when people mean sceptical.

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    "Cynical" appears to mean any number of things. "That's an ugly new building."; "Oh, don't be so cynical. It's nice."

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    could of, would of, should of

    Those will be correct soon if they aren't already.

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    I went through years at school writing 'orgasm' instead of 'organism' in biology lessons.

    Probably not totally in keeping with the thread as I'm not sure it caused any issues except maybe giving my teacher a good laugh. I don't recall my spelling ever being corrected I had to work it out for myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treibeis View Post
    As a verb, you mean? And "keep" interchanging? How often do you use "kerb" / "curb" in a novel?
    I'm confused by this one as well. Isn't "curb" simply the US spelling and "kerb" the British one? I've never seen anyone spell the verb "kerb".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenlander View Post
    I went through years at school writing 'orgasm' instead of 'organism' in biology lessons.

    Probably not totally in keeping with the thread as I'm not sure it caused any issues except maybe giving my teacher a good laugh. I don't recall my spelling ever being corrected I had to work it out for myself.
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