Need to cap a 3/4" washing machine connection, not using the connector any
more and the tap won't completely turn off. Shops are telling me to either
change the tap or remove the tap and cap the 15mm pipe. I ain't no plumber
and I don't want to start now, all I want is a sealed end to screw on where
the hose used to be - anyone know where I can get such a widget?
Here, here! And meter instead of metre and so on.
In Canada where we are 'supposed' to be using real English, we
have "Canadian Tire"!
But take heart; the language is always changing, at least it has
during the portion of my 70 years when I've been at all cognizant
of language or the written word.
Prithee you, what say William Shakespeare would make of "Cyber",
"Bytes", "Digital" and "Microwave" and the like of that speech.
It all adds color (Oops, sorry' colour!) to English as one of the
most adaptable, colourful (got it right this time?) and flexible
PS. So flexible one cannot depend on 'spellers' either. Mine
rejects "Winston" and "Churchill" let alone accepting "cheque"
instead of "check", "yew" instead of "you" etc. etc.
After ranting about English usage in another group I was (correctly as it
happens!) taken to task over the use of 'here here' which I understood
originated from Members of Parliament using it meaning 'I (here) agree' but
a little research shows it actually was initially used in Parliament meaning
'let him be heard' ie hear hear.
Ah well . . .
who's ever heard Parliamentary proceedings (or school debating societies
imitating same) can ever have conceived it as meaning anything other than
"I like what I'm hearing", "let's hear more of that", "this is what
we've been crying out to hear", and so on. I don't think there's anything
remotely "initial" about its use - it continues to be used in that way
in the yaboo chamber (and doubtless also in Another Place, as they so
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