OK, I listen to a lot of radio and if the radio’s not on, I’m probably eavesdropping. So I hear a lot of words. Perhaps that qualifies me to make the following observations.
- You don’t need to say ‘impact upon’ when you really mean ‘affect’.
- Changing tack means you are trying a different direction. Changing tact doesn’t make any sense.
- Sandwich has a d – and possibly ham and mustard – never a g.
- Rememberability and Forgetability are not real words.
- Pre-order is just the same as order. Have you ever tried
- post-ordering? Thought not. Likewise pre-arrange and pre-book.
- If something is about to happen we are before the event, not ahead of it.
- Blowing a gale – of course it’s blowing.
- Gale force winds – of course they’re winds.
- Generally, we will ‘try to’ do something not ‘try and’.
That’s it from the desk drawer of linguistic rage for tonight, but, rest assured, there will be more.