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by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 153
Views: 3112

Re: Pedants United

BBC joins in, although learning to spell with "To be or not to be" is rather an easy start.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-53941008
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Congresses Going Ahead
Replies: 50
Views: 3488

Re: Congresses Going Ahead

"A tournament near Barcelona that I noticed a few weeks ago and thought I might play in now says it is going ahead - El Llobregat." It is an interesting idea. If any of my Sedgemoor club colleagues want to play, I suppose I could sit in the same room in Wembdon (at a safe distance) and watch, if sui...
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 153
Views: 3112

Re: Pedants United

"Sorry I missed the irony in your accusative comment, Kevin."

Well - it's not easy in the written word... And I am not going to use emoticons!
by Kevin Thurlow
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 153
Views: 3112

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 Kevin Thurlow
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 153
Views: 3112

Re: Pedants United

While we are on the millennium, it started on 1/1/2001 (as there was not a year zero...) I was watching a documentary about life in Australia (entitled "Neighbours") and the Head of the school said, "Between you and I". Surely everyone knows that "between" takes the accusative, so it should be "betw...
by Kevin Thurlow
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 918
Views: 43672

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

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The dog bottom left looks really unimpressed...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 153
Views: 3112

Re: Pedants United

"Gotten" Yes - that was proper English a few centuries ago, interesting that USA retained that and we didn't. Some US spellings (omitting the "U") make sense. I already mentioned colorimeter, there's also "labour"/"labor", but the English word "laborious", so the US spelling is at least consistent. ...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 153
Views: 3112

Re: Pedants United

"In English class the word 'fecund' came up and the teacher asked us its meaning." How did he pronounce "fecund"? I was interested to hear an American say the chemical element "roentgenium" as "Rent-genn-ium", instead of the correct "Rerrnt-genn-ium". Then I used Google to find a Mr Roentgen deliver...
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Remedy to junior variability
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: Remedy to junior variability

Expecting to beat someone might make a difference. Either on grading or, "Oh, I'm winning" and then you lose concentration...

They might notice this has happened or maybe somebody has to tell them!

I have played some strong juniors who are not very good at endings - experience really helps there.
by Kevin Thurlow
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What Should the Arbiter Do?
Replies: 9
Views: 633

Re: What Should the Arbiter Do?

"If this is not hypothetical then I am reluctant to get involved without hearing more and from all sides."

And presumably to know who was involved?
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 153
Views: 3112

Re: Pedants United

Susie Dent has preached to us on many occasions that language changes and of course we accept that - sometimes there are improvements. I find some errors entertaining, e.g. people using "prestigious" to mean "with prestige", when it actually means "tricky" as it comes from "prestidigitate". I did co...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Congresses Going Ahead
Replies: 50
Views: 3488

Re: Congresses Going Ahead

I should clarify that I only pass on adverts for information purposes - I can bear no responsibility for public safety either at the venue, or travel to and from the venue...
by Kevin Thurlow
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Congresses Going Ahead
Replies: 50
Views: 3488

Re: Congresses Going Ahead

"The registration deadline for the CZECH OPEN 2020 festival without an extra fee for the late enrolment has been prolonged by 10th September 2020. Let us invite you most cordially to this year´s upcoming tournaments held within the frame of 20th CZECH TOUR 2020/2021 Series." http://czechtour.net/hra...
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 153
Views: 3112

Re: Pedants United

"If this is an area for pedants to debate things shouldn't the title be Pendant's Divided?" Nice to see you're getting in the swing of it... "Infer" used for "imply" annoys me, and "If it was" instead of "if it were". What have you started Paul? We'll soon have more posts here than in the other one.
by Kevin Thurlow
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On Line Auction today (3rd September)
Replies: 9
Views: 661

Re: On Line Auction today (3rd September)

"Wow, what a result, I'd have thought they would have been lucky to break the £100 mark."

I was thinking that! It's given me hope for when I sell most of my collection.