Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Hard News: So far from trivial,

    Oh lawd. Did this thread just turn into another 'Why Robbery Thinks Russell is a Tryhard Media Emperor and Has No Clothes' argument? Because honestly? I don't think I can bear it.

    Russell has no clothes? We could get him some jorts. Danielle, shall we get him some jorts?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4548 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Abusage,

    In tee slogans, I quite like "I wish these were brains".

    I like 'if you can read this, you're staring at my tits'.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4548 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Abusage,

    I do quite like the black-singleted understatement of 'pretty fucking average'.

    Me too, with particular reference to cricket. The crushing understatement is part of the culture.

    Some people call us pedants but we know better.

    I'm working on weaning myself off. Step one has been trying to stop wincing every time someone says 'different to'.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4548 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Abusage,

    The way I've heard it used to describe anything from the mildly irritating to the fractionally dire is... there's a word for it somewhere.

    How about 'mildly irritating'?

    Mind you, after fifteen years of nagging my partner can now tell from my facial expression when he's said 'less' instead of 'fewer'.

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  • Island Life: Abusage,

    Speaking of doing dumb things with language (so as not to sound like a total thread-jack)

    Language Log on 'black' holes

    Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections "has become a black hole" because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

    Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud "Excuse me!" He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a "white hole."

    It also contains the funniest sentence I've read this morning:

    I'm afraid, though, that the search for collocational analogies for X hole, beyond X=black and X=white, is hampered by interference from unrelated patterns.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4548 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Abusage,

    Danielle - there's something of a tradition of bad names for Bond films - Octopussy! Goldfinger! But this one is bad and illiterate, which is quite something.

    I love it. Let's get some big words, stick them together, and manage to convey absolutely nothing at all. It's practically existential.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4548 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So far from trivial,

    In fact, from the Herald article

    Judge Michael Lance agreed with Mr Haigh that Busch's assaults were a "human and inevitable" reaction to seeing his partner in bed with other people.

    Scuse me while I go vomit.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4548 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So far from trivial,

    I seem to remember (Robbery ,you may need to correct me;-) that the 'lion man' celebrity that Bridget Saunders talks about (back 10 or so pages) denied, went to court, denied, fined $8000, keeps job.

    From Wikipedia (because I couldn't remember either)

    Craig had a previous conviction in 1991 for assaulting a female, for which he received a periodic detention. In 2005, Busch was convicted for assaulting his former partner, Karen Greybrook, who received a lumbar fracture, bruising and a cut head during the assault[1], which occurred when Busch discovered Greybrook in bed with another couple in January 2005[3], who stated things were not as they seemed[4]. In May 2005, Busch plead guilty to two charges of assault, and six other charges were dropped[3], and he was ordered to pay Karen $8,000 in reparations, but received no other sanctions

    The pervading stench around that one was that he'd caught her in flagrante, and her adultery made his actions 'understandable'.

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  • Random Play: The Pope, the Veitch, his…,

    Coals to Newcastle ...

    Ooo, burn!

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  • Southerly: A Trip to Canberra with Alan Bollard,

    Hey! Some of us live perilously close to Kelston, you know!

    Ah yes, Kelston Perilous...

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