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Thread #84262 Message #1558878
Posted By: Gurney
08-Sep-05 - 06:09 AM
Thread Name: BS: Abuse of words
Subject: RE: BS: Abuse of words
When a sixteen stone Anzac says "Bikkies for brekky....."
'Chronic' really means 'recurring', not 'bad' or 'serious'.
Pronouncing words like 'grown', 'sewn' 'own', as if there is a 'U' in there. 'Growun', 'Owun phowen'. I'd applaud it if it was for groan.
Last months Readers Digest word quiz had only two words that I'd seen before. New words from the official scrabble dictionary or something. That's the first time in forty years that I've got less than 'excellent.' Must be getting stupid in my old age. Someone, anyway.
I looked up 'Army' in Collins, and it is from the Latin for "The armed forces of a country." So, the other meaning 'A large group of people' must be recent, eh?
Finally, my personal un-favourite. "An horrific....." "An historic....." Drop the bloody Aitch or don't, one or the other!
There, I feel SO much better now!