A bit of a diversion here… but couldn’t help laughing when I read the entry for a certain hotel in the printed version of the Pride of Britain Hotels directory earlier today. I’ll spare them the embarrassment of naming them, but if you look closely you’ll find one that serves an English speciality known as “local duck spit roasted on an open fire”. Yum! Tastes much better without the hyphen, I think you’ll agree.
And while we’re on a general Eats, Shoots & Leaves theme, since when did “likely” become an adverb? Continued use of this word in such a manner will ‘likely’ annoy me. Sadly, proliferation of this grammatical monstrosity makes truly depressing viewing (according to Google ngrams):
And since when did the phrase “next several” become anything less than a complete abomination? What’s wrong with “next few”? This is yet another thing that’ll ‘likely’ annoy me for the ‘next several’ years:
And as for ‘submittal’ (and the even more abhorrent ‘transmittal’, with its equally pointless cousin “expiration”) if anyone commits these atrocities again I will beat them into ‘submittal’ with a leatherbound copy of the OED.
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