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    Common expressions are now being forgotten, and incorrect or nonsensical versions are taking their place - a pirate ship is (correctly) 'the scourge of the seas' not 'the surge of the seas', and something that makes us feel sad should be 'heart-rending', not 'heart rendering'.
    http://archive.knoxnews.com/opinion/...359930721.html

    It may be that people using the incorrect expressions have only heard the cliches and never seen them written down.

    Sometimes, though, the written language can be responsible for misunderstandings. Which is correct - 'under way' or 'under weigh'?
    See this article: https://www.publichealth.org/public-...yths-debunked/
    Last edited by Ella Beck; Mar-18-2019 at 18:40.
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    The language used about Race, like that about gender, is another minefield and particularly subject to change as dictated by the moods of the Zeitgeist.

    When I was young, it was polite to talk about people of Afro-Caribbean origin as 'coloured', and it was considered racist to describe them as 'black'.

    Now, it is the reverse - though maybe not so much downright racist to talk about 'coloured people' as somehow patronising.

    I have made the change without problem, but only recently a UK politician got into trouble for describing a British black person as 'coloured'.
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