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littlesue
Travisina wrote:

Ellen York wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Speaking as a person of a certain age, who used to fill up the old kettle and put it on the gas stove and then wait......
...I still ask my dearest 'to put the kettle on.'
It's an electric one, plugged into the wall...


I still "put the kettle on" even though it is an electric one.

Same here. Although it's often been the source of Goon Show- style exchanges:

"Put the kettle on."
"Ngh. It doesn't fit me at all!"

So that's where Hubby got that reply from!!! I've had to endure that for nigh on 42 years!!!Angry
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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Joe Dredd
Travisina wrote:
"Put the kettle on."
"Ngh. It doesn't fit me at all!"


We do that too!

"I'm going to put the kettle on."
"What's wrong with what you're wearing?"

I remember having to explain to my daughter about how we used to have whistling kettles. She wanted to know what the "when I get all steamed up, then I shout" line in "I'm a little teapot, short and stout" meant.
 
Tyce
littlesue wrote:

Travisina wrote:

I love that we still talk about 'dialling' a phone number, even though phones haven't had rotary dials for about 40 years!

@littlesue - it's amazing any of us survived the 1960s, eh?


Talking of telephones,

We didn't have a phone at home, (we was poor, we was Grin ) so to phone my dear Gran Up North (Lincoln) we had to write a letter to say when my Mum would be ringing. At the appointed hour, we would toddle off round to the telephone box, hoping no-one was using the phone; have a pile of pennies, phone the operator and ask for a Fulbeck number.
The phone would ring in the telephone box outside Gran's house.
Usually the neighbour at no. 6 heard it, came out, answered it..'Hello'
'Could you go and get Mrs Dawson at no. 8? It's her daughter here."
"All right...."
Minutes later, hence the pile of pennies, Gran would come on the line having totally forgotten about the letter!!!
How on Earth did we manage back then????

We didn't even have public phone boxes. We had to used our own style of semaphore. My grandparents live on one side of our little country town and we lived on the other. My mum and grandma used to signal each other with tea-towels.

Now wait on did I just detour 'from' the topic or get 'off' topic??
 
Anniew
Now wait on did I just detour 'from' the topic or get 'off' topic??


You took a detour away from the topic but you might have got off-of your chair as you did so. Or even off your chair...or moved away from your chair. You got off the topic but it was such a lovely image of two families signalling each other with Tea towells that it was worth the detour.

Now I have to go put the kettle on and then get Suki to take it off again so we can make a cup of tea from a tea bag wot I got off of the shelf in a supermarket.
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
littlesue
Anniew wrote:

Now wait on did I just detour 'from' the topic or get 'off' topic??


You took a detour away from the topic but you might have got off-of your chair as you did so. Or even off your chair...or moved away from your chair. You got off the topic but it was such a lovely image of two families signalling each other with Tea towells that it was worth the detour.

Now I have to go put the kettle on and then get Suki to take it off again so we can make a cup of tea from a tea bag wot I got off of the shelf in a supermarket.


It is so nice to see English like wot Anniew writ.

And I'm still pondering the question at the start of this thread...innit...
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Travisina
Tyce wrote:

littlesue wrote:

Talking of telephones... we would toddle off round to the telephone box....

We didn't even have public phone boxes. We had to used our own style of semaphore... with tea-towels...

This is starting to sound like Monty Python's Yorkshiremen - "Luxury - we used to dream of having a semaphore tea towel!"
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Lurena
This is what I learned:
download software from the internet
From is used before the place, thing, person, time etc that is the point at which an action, journey, period of time etc begins.
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
 
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Joe Dredd
Make sure you cast your vote in the poll, Lurena!

Then we can get onto 'have', 'got', 'have got' or (*shudder*) 'gotten'. ; )
 
Anniew
My least favourite word in the universe "gotten".
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
Lurena
Joe Dredd wrote:

Make sure you cast your vote in the poll, Lurena!

Then we can get onto 'have', 'got', 'have got' or (*shudder*) 'gotten'. ; )

Voted.

- HAVE GOT Used in British and American English
In both British and American English, have got means have when its followed by a noun phrase, and have to (or must) when its followed by to + a verb.
HAVE GOT + NOUN = have (more common in British English than American English): They have got two dogs and a cat.
HAVE GOT + VERB = have/has to, or must: Shes got to save money for college.

-HAVE GOTTEN Used in American English, only
Have gotten has three different possible meanings in American English: have obtained, have become, and have entered.
HAVE GOTTEN = have obtained: Ive gotten a lot of compliments on this hat.
HAVE GOTTEN = have become: Things have gotten much better.
HAVE GOTTEN = have entered: Chemicals may have gotten into the water.

I hope that is correct re American English, but this is what I learned.
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
 
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Joe Dredd
Lurena wrote:
- HAVE GOT Used in British and American English
In both British and American English, have got means have when its followed by a noun phrase, and have to (or must) when its followed by to + a verb.
HAVE GOT + NOUN = have (more common in British English than American English): They have got two dogs and a cat.
HAVE GOT + VERB = have/has to, or must: Shes got to save money for college.


Although it's often used, the 'got' in 'has got' is redundant -
"They have got two dogs and a cat" - "They have two dogs and a cat."
"She's got to save money for college" (= "She has got to save money for college") - "She has to save money for college."

The phrasing I see nowadays that I can't help but mentally edit is the McDonalds "I'm loving it" type wording where an -ing is unnecessarily needed because of wrong wording beforehand. Unfortunately it seems to be increasingly prevalent. E.g. I saw this on a primary school teacher's website yesterday:

"This is your opportunity to show how responsible you are for your learning; something you will be doing daily in high school."

Clearly "you will be doing" should simply be "you will do"; adding the unnecessary 'be' forces the need to employ an -ing. To quote Fowler's Modern English Usage, "Man, it sucks bigtime that teachers are doing this and don't know no better!"
 
President Solvite
Well I am currently in Venice and am loving it! Pfft
 
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Anniew
Joe, I think there's a slightly different shade in meaning between " she has to save for college" and " she has got to save for college". The first states it's necessary and must happen sometime before she goes to college ...the second implies it's imperative she starts to save now.
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
meegat39
I feel you either have to say Off of the internet or From the internet. Off the internet is not grammatically correct although it is frequently used and becoming more and more commonplace.
"If you didn't want the answer, you shouldn't have asked the question."
 
Joe Dredd
Stolen and adapted from David Marsh's "For Who the Bell Tolls" -

Blake: "I've discovered an example of a kernal clause that is semantically or pragmatically exclamative, but syntactically declarative."

Avon: "You did WHAT?"
 
President Solvite
Lol Smile

It could be worse, if like French and other languages we have gender to deal with as well!
 
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