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hildajenniJ Thu 11-Aug-16 18:48:57

I hope I am not being unreasonable, but it makes me cringe every time I hear a presenter or commentator tell TV viewers that an athlete or sportsperson have medaled or are medalling. In my opinion you cannot medal, you can win a medal however. I know that language evolves, but isn't this a step too far?

Wobblybits Sun 28-Aug-16 20:51:31

Can I ask, what is "Trending" ??

acanthus Sun 28-Aug-16 20:40:53

Here's another one that seems to be creeping in: 'summit(t)ing' as in "I've summitted Everest three times".

Re. the 'aitch' discussion - I don't think it's regional - just poor education.

As for the poor child who corrected the uneducated teacher, it still rankles that many years ago a teacher took me to task for writing in an essay on my favourite books 'Noel Streatfeild' (a popular children's author in the Fifties). I was a timid child so didn't have the courage to show her a book cover to prove I was right.

LullyDully Thu 18-Aug-16 08:40:33

Haitch does.seem to have growing usage. Where did it come from, not American even.? Teached is just incorrect English!!!!!!

We must remember that language is changing all the time. I remember when I first heard 'parenting' that it really jarred but I have no problem with it now. Perhaps hitch and medalling will be the same in 20.years time.( even my Kindle is asking me if I want to add medalling to my dictionary. QED)

Pigglywiggly Thu 18-Aug-16 07:18:23

Totally agree about haitch.
I absolutely hate it when people say 'And where is X in all this?'

Helmsley444 Sun 14-Aug-16 20:52:24

Yes i agree and i find it most condesending.Drs receptionists are the worst

gettingonabit Sat 13-Aug-16 22:57:26

jayh I think it's the confusion between the sound of the letter and how it's spelled. People wrongly think it's"haitch" because the letter makes a "h" sound. But "h" is spelled "aitch". I think there's further confusion because people tend to drop the "h" when speaking, and kind of assume that "haitch" is correct because you have to kind of make an effort to say it. "aitch" sounds as though you've dropped the "h", ironically.

I've never heard the alphabet (English) taught with "haitch" as a letter.

Deedaa Sat 13-Aug-16 22:24:04

I don't think anyone teaches haitch. Over 60 years ago my primary school teachers waged a losing war against it.It seems to go hand in hand with leaving the aitch off words that should have it. "I've told you not to say Haitch aven't I?)

Jayh Sat 13-Aug-16 21:13:33

I was taught to say aitch. Where does haitch come from? It must be taught in some parts of the country. Anyone?

gettingonabit Sat 13-Aug-16 20:42:20

jayh "haitch" is incorrect, afaik. It doesn't make sense, anyway. It's spelled "aitch".

DaphneBroon Sat 13-Aug-16 20:41:33

I questioned the very peculiar usage of "treaded" and "would have treaded," which are BTW WRONG just as others have question teached,sunk, and medalled.
I did not involve anybody else (ilrina ) or inspire * cherrytree* to offer odds.
2 to 1 is out and out bullying but it isn't the first time you have had a go at me and I hope it gives you satisfaction.
Outta here?
As if.

Jayh Sat 13-Aug-16 20:36:12

Haitch or aitch? I think it is a regional pronunciation.
Tomayto, tomato? Zeebra, zebra? I don't care
But I do cringe at dove for dived.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 13-Aug-16 20:36:10

I'm outta here! hmm

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 13-Aug-16 20:35:19

And your remarks to Obieone Are???? What????

DaphneBroon Sat 13-Aug-16 20:31:47

Yeah right.
I thought I had left the playground bullies of my primary school 60 years ago behind me.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 13-Aug-16 20:31:31

I hate "haitch" instead of "aitch".

thatbags Sat 13-Aug-16 20:30:58

I wish I had ever been good enough at anything to be "medalled" for it. Or even "gonged".

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 13-Aug-16 20:29:48

Oh Daphne. sad Are you looking for a shoulder to cry on?

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 13-Aug-16 20:28:46

I'm just glad so many of our athletes are "medalling"! Especially Bradley and his team last night. smile

gulligranny Sat 13-Aug-16 20:25:22

One of the worst I've heard recently was "teached" instead of "taught" - and this was said by a teacher! If objecting to that makes me an old fart, so be it.

Daphne, am now wearing colander on head to ward off blows ....

DaphneBroon Sat 13-Aug-16 19:46:17

Well I got well and truly jingled bo**ocked for commenting on obieone's use of "treaded" and "have treaded" earlier today, so would don protective headgear if I were you!

whitewave Sat 13-Aug-16 18:20:20

It started in 2012. As did Team GB.

Sometimes we do come across as old farts - remember when we were young and all the phrases we introduced and used.

gulligranny Sat 13-Aug-16 18:16:21

It's the inability to use the proper past tense that makes me see red. "The boat sunk" - no it didn't, it SANK! And don't get me started on "I was sat...."

And I don't think we who care are being pedantic. It's all very well and good that language evolves but not out of laziness or ignorance.

1inamillion Sat 13-Aug-16 08:55:52

Totally inappropriate Juggernaut, same thing happened to my DD about 23 years ago now. She was accused of being cheeky and she was so shy and polite! However what really irked was a mother of another child in the class ringing me up to tell me about it before my child could. As a former teacher this sort of punishment is Dickensian, fully accept that if she was cheeky then she should have been reprimanded but like that, no. We have a good laugh about it now.

1inamillion Sat 13-Aug-16 08:41:15

You're right Maggymay, one of our local forecasters also says ' toasty temperatures. I.I also cringe when my dil says ' come to mine' or ' I'll come to yours'

hildajenniJ Sat 13-Aug-16 08:35:50

Sheilasue, medalling meaning winning a medal, meddling meaning interfering.