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by Paul Habershon
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

Current 'Spectator' magazine, p.11:
'...when Robert Redford walked passed me...'

Not ignorance, of course, but a reminder that spellcheckers can't be perfect subeditors.
by Paul Habershon
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999)
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: Remembering WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999)

Paul, Thanks for this. I was intrigued by "I was eventually born" which reminds me of The Piranha Brothers in which Doug was born in February 1929 and Dinsdale two weeks later and a week after that. Indeed, John, even as I wrote it I did fear that some fun could be had therewith. I suppose it is 'e...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999)
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: Remembering WIM Rowena Bruce (15-v-1919 24-ix-1999)

My mother, born 14th June 1920, went to the same school in Plymouth as Rowena, who was just over a year older. This is scarcely of historical interest, but none of the biographical details above say where Rowena was educated and unfortunately I do not know the name of the school my mother and she at...
by Paul Habershon
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

Just been staying at a hotel golf complex. Covid protocol included many yellow discs on the floor where you queue for food. They were spaced two metres apart and were inscribed 'Thank you for practicing social distancing'. Practising please! S for the verb, c for the noun, as in to license/a licence...
by Paul Habershon
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

A member of the Sage committee talks of 'intensive care units being rammed full of very sick patients...'

Has 'rammed' in that sense become an acceptable synonym for 'crammed'? I have seen it used thus in recent years, but I would always use 'crammed''.
by Paul Habershon
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

Regarding trousers/pants, isn't that a British/American distinction? Indeed an important distinction. Do the Americans simply use 'underpants' for our 'pants'? 'Bore (or scare) the pants off...' - I can't find the origin. Did it start in England or USA? BBC local TV news yesterday: 'the attacker la...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Julian Farrand
Replies: 23
Views: 2699

Re: Julian Farrand

Extensive 'Times' obituary today.
by Paul Habershon
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

pseudo collective words - A variety of arbiters was/were queuing outside the local curry house for their dinners. Is variety singular or plural ? Variety is singular but I would avoid controversy here by simplifying and improving the style. 'Various arbiters were queuing...', 'Some arbiters were qu...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

Not wanting to corrupt another thread. What is an elo/Elo/ELO rating? I know of nowhere that actually uses Elo's formula exactly. We have FIDE ratings and national ratings but nothing advertised as FIDE ratings. This misnomer is even worse when people talk about someone's Australian elo rating. On ...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

Robert Crampton in the Times Saturday magazine: '...the children's beds had been lain on...' No criticism, it's correct! It's just so surprising to see that beautiful word 'lain' being used properly. So many now say 'the beds had been laid on', which of course merely means the beds had been provided...
by Paul Habershon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

I saw a good one in the local pharmacist today. A sign said "Every item in the basket 50p". I suspect that they really meant "Each item ...", but I was tempted to carry the entire contents of the basket to the Covid barricade and offer them 50p. Nice one! I wonder if there are commercial laws which...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44910

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The difference is I guess that you have to bid at Bridge tournaments, in the same way that singing is a problem at church services with the increased danger of spreading the virus. Chess on the other hand can be played without your opponent saying a word to you and without your opponent even needin...
by Paul Habershon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Wolfgang Uhlmann (1935-2020)
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

Re: Wolfgang Uhlmann (1935-2020)

Informative obituary in today's Times. He narrowly escaped death in the 1945 bombing of Dresden.
by Paul Habershon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

"Is it really true that 'It is I' is technically correct?" Yes - but it does look and sound a little odd. I was joking about everyone knowing the accusative. It helps to have been taught Latin. I have had telephone conversations which went, (I answer 'phone) (Caller) "Who's speaking?" (Me) "You are...
by Paul Habershon
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 155
Views: 3206

Re: Pedants United

Well done Paul for starting this Topic. Lots of interesting posts. I wasn't very good at English when I attended school. I am learning a lot. Thank you, Simon. There is a Saturday 'Times' column called 'Feedback' which invites readers' comments about the newspaper's content. Someone from Hereford t...