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Baron Grim Posted 4 Days Ago
Yeah, pluralizing the word "individual" is almost self contradictory. It hints at suggestion rather than statement.
PH: The use of the phrase "a person of interest" when the term "suspect" is obviously appropriate. Even worse when it's not clear that the person is a suspect. The term is legally meaningless yet very damaging in its usage. Just ask Richard Jewell (the man falsely implicated in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing).
Icy North Posted 3 Days Ago
According to the OED, the noun 'individual' has three senses.
It means 'a person (as distinct from a group)'; 'a person of a specified type or character' (often depreciative); or 'a distinctive or original person who doesn't conform to a stereotype'.
Context is everything.
Icy North Posted 2 Days Ago
Icy North Posted 2 Days Ago
PH #2: Ice cream gluttons
Having a busy morning, I didn't get out to lunch until 2:30. It was sunny and warm. I fancied an ice cream.
At the Co-op I found the freezer, but a lady in front of me had a basket and was clearly getting them for her whole office. Basically she cleared out their entire stock. There was nothing left. Lady 20 Me 0.
Sgt. Bluebottle's Lonely Hearts Club Band Posted 2 Days Ago
Baron Grim Posted 2 Days Ago
I may have mentioned this before, but I still hate it pettily.
Related to your PH #1, when people say something is X times LESS/SMALLER/QUIETER/SHORTER...
Is this just me? I understand what they mean. If someone says this amoeba is 1000 times smaller than a chihuahua, I get it.
But it's still not the way to say that. Mathematically, if you multiply something by a whole number larger than one, it cannot be, in any way, "less than". A penny is not 100 times less than a pound or a dollar. It is a hundredth of it. It is 0.01 times it.
This is getting way too common. It makes my brain itch.
SashaQ - happysad - Editor Posted 2 Days Ago
Teasswill Posted 2 Days Ago
I popped into a Tesco local store & thought I might treat myself to an ice cream. Did my shopping, went past the freezer section - big tubs etc only. Went through the checkout, THEN noticed the ice lolly freezer by the door. Huh.
Still probably much better for me not to have one...
Mr. X ---> Just can't seem to die. Posted 2 Days Ago
Pink Paisley Posted Yesterday
It can't be. I can think of two of us off the top of my head!
Mr. X ---> Just can't seem to die. Posted 21 Hours Ago
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