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Hare's breath

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Elrel Sun 24-Sep-17 23:20:16

Nooo, 10 o'clock news. Did anyone else hear 'hare's breath' instead of 'hair's breadth'? The newsreader was describing the incident with the coach narrowly avoiding disaster in the Austrian Alps.

Marydoll Sun 24-Sep-17 23:35:12

This drives me mad.

Tonight I watched a video from a well known bank about how to log onto their Internet banking site. I swear the actor said, "Pacifically", instead of specifically.

Greyduster Mon 25-Sep-17 07:55:26

Sloppy diction is increasingly overlooked everywhere, including in the BBC and other broadcasters. There is no excuse for it.

patriciageegee Mon 25-Sep-17 09:20:49

This morning on good morning the newsreader actually said "kneeled" instead of knelt!!! Aaarrrgghh!!!

Chicklette Mon 25-Sep-17 09:25:24

And news readers always seem to say 'terrist' instead of terrorist. Drives me crazy!

Al1gran Mon 25-Sep-17 09:26:03

How about "the problem is is..." you hear it all the time!

radicalnan Mon 25-Sep-17 09:26:34

I heard kneeled...ouch. I hadn't even had 2 cups of coffee before people earning a fortune to commuicate, were at it mis pronuncing.

ExaltedWombat Mon 25-Sep-17 09:27:25

I am ALWAYS going to say 'Hare's breath' now!

annsixty Mon 25-Sep-17 09:37:40

I think it has been used many times before and a search on Google confirms that and seems to make either version acceptable.

mernice Mon 25-Sep-17 09:38:54

Kneeled is fine grammatically.

Hm999 Mon 25-Sep-17 09:41:10

Spitting feathers means very thirsty. Spitting fire/flames means angry. However quite often on TV you hear spitting feathers meaning angry! Why??!

Luckygirl Mon 25-Sep-17 09:42:33

Hare's breath - I like that!

Jaycee5 Mon 25-Sep-17 09:43:45

mernice. I agree. Kneeled is more common in America but it is an acceptable form according to the major dictionaries.

Jaycee5 Mon 25-Sep-17 09:45:41

annsixty I googled 'hare's breath' and most sites describe it as a malapropism. They do find their way into the language though - like abdicate responsibility for abrogate.

patriciageegee Mon 25-Sep-17 09:51:07

Well I don't like it - spits out dummy!

maryhoffman37 Mon 25-Sep-17 10:03:36

Not to mention "a damp squid" (aren't they all?) and "the proof is in the pudding."

JanaNana Mon 25-Sep-17 10:07:57

One of our local newsreaders was referring to an item about "whooping cough". He said the word several times ,every time pronouncing the W as in wooping cough. I don,t think some of these newsreaders would have made the grade years ago.

ChrisCross Mon 25-Sep-17 10:17:27

What drives me potty is the use of the word "like" - e.g.: "you know like, I said to him like, what is it you want and he said well, like, I would mind a cheese sandwich" ugh.

Shortlegs Mon 25-Sep-17 10:17:49

Two things that really annoying me:
1) "The proof is in the pudding". Wrong. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

2). Why do people being interviewed insist on starting with "So......"

Lilyflower Mon 25-Sep-17 10:27:32

The specifically/pacifically error gets my goat and the use of 'disinterested' instead of 'uninterested' is a sad loss of a useful word meaning 'objective'. 'Can I get a coffee?' instead of 'Could I have a coffee?' is an irritating Americanism as is 'different than' instead of the (correct) 'different from'.

These have all been endlessly remarked on but the one solecism I have begun to notice that no one else has commented on to my knowledge is the odd usage of 'likely' as in 'He is likely absent' instead of 'he is likely to be absent'. Now I have noticed it I read and hear it everywhere. Perhaps it's me who's wrong or perhaps we have all just given up on the correct version as the incorrect one has become ubiquitous in the same way that 'Can I get?' has now passed into current usage.

Teetime Mon 25-Sep-17 10:28:48

Deteriation instead of deterioration - they say it all the time - drives me mad.

Caro1954 Mon 25-Sep-17 10:30:28

I know I've said before but Bregzit drives me round the bend! Presumably they say egzit instead of exit? wink

Esspee Mon 25-Sep-17 10:37:36

Hm999 Very interesting. I had always thought that spitting feathers meant foaming at the mouth with anger.

knspol Mon 25-Sep-17 10:40:56

Agree totally with Shortlegs starting sentences with 'so' is my current pet hate. Read this am that 'so', 'like' and split infinitives are now acceptable! Why do we always seem to dumb down to the lowest possible denominator - because it's less hassle???

Esspee Mon 25-Sep-17 10:42:27

Lily flower, I have always said "may I have" rather than "can I have" or "could I have". Is this wrong?