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BBC NEWS | UK | Councils ban use of Latin terms



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It would appear that they haven't banned them per se.
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Common sense innit?
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But they should be banned - pro bono publico.
 
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In fact all words that might be too hard for some people to understand should be banned and replaced with easier words.

I'll start you off with one suggestion

Council Official - Numpty

I'm sure there are load s more......
 
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Erm......


No they didn't.

They basically said that their own literature would be published
using wording that was pitched at the average reading age in the UK.

Which is sadly 12.

So yes stuff like latin phrases could possibly get dropped from
their pamphlets.


Shock!


Was this in the Daily Mail, by any chance?
 
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It would appear that they haven't banned them per se.
Heh heh.

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A number of local councils in Britain have banned their staff from using Latin words,

It's actually one.

One council is doing this, not "a number".
 
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But surely one IS a number?

Not a very big one admittedly......
 
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Heh heh.




It's actually one.

One council is doing this, not "a number".
Hate to be precise, but one is a number.
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But surely one IS a number?

Not a very big one admittedly......
I don't think "a number" in a sentence means "one".

Otherwise you'd use "a" shurely?

Also:

It's "A number of councils have..." not
"A number of councils has..."
 
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Reading age of 12 eh?

Harry Potter then?

Loads of Latin in that, so we should be OK.
 
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its all Greek to me
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its all Greek to me
I think latin was roman
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I think latin was roman
its all Roman to me
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It's "A number of councils have..." not
"A number of councils has..."[/QUOTE]

At the risk of getting really a***, "A number of councils have..." is not correct grammer. The noun is singular ("A number"), so the verb needs to be "has". I was just pointing out that "one" is also "a number" - a pun on the double meaning of much of the English language rather than any comment on your logic.

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Sounds like it should be "one council has"......
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It's "A number of councils have..." not
"A number of councils has..."
At the risk of getting really a***, "A number of councils have..." is not correct grammer. The noun is singular ("A number"), so the verb needs to be "has". I was just pointing out that "one" is also "a number" - a pun on the double meaning of much of the English language rather than any comment on your logic.

Cheers,

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now that really IS greek to me
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At the risk of getting really a***, "A number of councils have..." is not correct grammer. The noun is singular ("A number"), so the verb needs to be "has".
Meh I'm an engineer how do you ecpect me to know correct English ?!?!


Let's ask Google:
AskOxford: Should I write 'a number of people is' or 'a number of people are'?

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Should I write 'a number of people is' or 'a number of people are'?



Although the expression 'a number' is strictly singular, the phrase 'a number of' is used with plural nouns (as what grammarians call a determiner). The verb should therefore be plural: 'A number of people are waiting for the bus'.

This is not the case with 'the number', which is still singular: 'The number of people here has increased since this morning.'

**** me! I'm actually surprised I got something right!!
 
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Meh I'm an engineer how do you ecpect me to know correct English ?!?!


Let's ask Google:
AskOxford: Should I write 'a number of people is' or 'a number of people are'?




**** me! I'm actually surprised I got something right!!
Humbly I leave apologies. But why am I amazed at yet another rule being broken by the English language. Guess I should have gone to Oxford. That's me told
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Meh I'm an engineer how do you ecpect me to know correct English ?!?!


Let's ask Google:
AskOxford: Should I write 'a number of people is' or 'a number of people are'?




**** me! I'm actually surprised I got something right!!
Q.E.D.
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Humbly I leave apologies. But why am I amazed at yet another rule being broken by the English language. Guess I should have gone to Oxford. That's me told
Pure luck on my part, I assure you.
 
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See what you have started

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But all this tittle tattle keeps us amused whilst waiting for the US election result.
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