?

Log in

entries friends calendar profile AT: Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn Previous Previous Next Next
A usage note, for Christmas. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
wemyss
wemyss
A usage note, for Christmas.

From Allan Massie and Kingsley Amis.

Tags: , , , ,

4 comments or Leave a comment
Comments
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 23rd, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was my dad's pet peeve too! Any time any of us started a sentence with "Dad, can I..." he would say, "Well, I don't know. Can you?" Sometimes he would say that whether or not we were able to do a thing was moot, because we were not permitted to do it.

Moot was his favorite word...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 26th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ho ho ho.

Jingle, and all that. Sorry: I was late in replying. I like yr father.
fpb From: fpb Date: December 24th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes! Yes! Yes!

YES!! I had May, Might and Could drummed into me by my first English teacher, God rest her soul, and since then I have more than once answered ill-phrased questions with "Well, you certainly COULD, but you MAY NOT". I wonder if they ever understand.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 26th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Important, truly.

And a standard well worth maintaining.
4 comments or Leave a comment