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MEL_Traveller

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Re: The totally off-topic thread

As in?

Furthermore, both should be capitalised and it is "Veuve Clicquot"
people say they drank veuve. or say 'there was no veuve in the lounge'. (or more amusingly will say something like 'there was veuve on ice in the lounge')

veuve means a widow. In slang it also means something quite different!

'Cliquot' is correct when referring to Veuve Cliquot.
 

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Another filler in hot use with the young ones is "like". She was all, like, up in my face, like. So I told her, like, move.
 

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One phrase/acronym which I have trouble understanding is 'IMHO': in my honest opinion. Is this not a tautology? Is it possible to have a dishonest opinion? I would understand 'in my frank opinion' but IMHO needs canning, surely.
 

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I thought that was in my humble opinion.
One phrase/acronym which I have trouble understanding is 'IMHO': in my honest opinion. Is this not a tautology? Is it possible to have a dishonest opinion? I would understand 'in my frank opinion' but IMHO needs canning, surely.
 

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people say they drank veuve. or say 'there was no veuve in the lounge'. (or more amusingly will say something like 'there was veuve on ice in the lounge')

veuve means a widow. In slang it also means something quite different!

'Cliquot' is correct when referring to Veuve Cliquot.
Yes I seem to see that most will "shorten" and refer to that particular Champagne as simply, "Veuve". Most will also misspell it. I guess if we really had to be pedantic, the entire house's name is Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin.

"Cliquot" is spelt incorrectly - it is "Clicquot". I think I've done that myself a couple of times, too (lucky I don't drink it more often, otherwise I might just misspell it more often, too).

I guess while we are at it, to tie back more directly to the topic, Champagne is the proper way to spell that word, not champagne. If you are strict, the only Champagne in existence must come from that region of France and is both a proper noun for the location as well as the said drink. From any other region, it is sparkling wine, irrespective of what people make it out to be. The lowercase use of the word is used as a "slang" by these regions (e.g. American champagne, or Russian champagne); it can also be used to refer to things which are of the yellow-like colour (e.g. champagne watermelon).

Another filler in hot use with the young ones is "like". She was all, like, up in my face, like. So I told her, like, move.
Argh... sometimes I find myself doing that. Not sure where I picked it up from, but it's not good!

Seems to be more popular amongst females, though.
 

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One phrase/acronym which I have trouble understanding is 'IMHO': in my honest opinion. Is this not a tautology? Is it possible to have a dishonest opinion? I would understand 'in my frank opinion' but IMHO needs canning, surely.
Ah, you are one of those people who have heard too many start a statement with, "To be honest...." :)

I think what was meant to be said was, "To be blatantly honest...". Maybe more ideal would be, "Let me be brutal...", or, "I'll be blunt..."
 

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If you spend any time in Canberra you hear quite a lot of sentences start with, " Frankly ...." and you just know they are going to tell porkies w' a straight face.

Ah, you are one of those people who have heard too many start a statement with, "To be honest...." :)

I think what was meant to be said was, "To be blatantly honest...". Maybe more ideal would be, "Let me be brutal...", or, "I'll be blunt..."
 

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A pet hate of mine is when Americans (or anyone, but they often seem to be the culprits) spell it QUANTAS...
 

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Just to keep the ball rolling, this thread title is "Grammar Discussions", but is it?
Many comments are on style, spelling, punctuation, and dialect differences ... Not too many sentence tree diagrams needed!
 

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