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Grafter
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Re: Words I hate

BT do. I think it's generally used in the ISP industry.
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My only real pet hate for words is :-
affect vs effect
I can never work out a reliable or consistant rule for which applies where.
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Grafter
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Yeah, that's the way I rememebr it.  Something causes an affect otherwise it's an effect.
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Affect (verb):
To influence someone or something e.g. Loss of sync will affect your broadband.
To move emotionally: He was profoundly affected by his loss.
To attack (as in a disease): Mumps affects children.
Effect (verb): To cause to occur e.g. He effected a change
Effect is also a noun, e.g. The effect was to produce rain.
There, clear as mud now???

(Thanks to my old Collins dictionary for the help :))
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Googling (sorry :p) for it, I also found reference to 'affect' as a noun  Cry
Example: The woman took the news of her husband's sudden death with little affect.
so it looks like both affect and effect are either noun or verb.
I usually just make as best educated guess as possible and hope for the best  Embarrassed
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Reminds me of a 50p bet that I have with my best friend, that nobody has ever been able to settle satisfactorily.
The question:  "What is the difference between the words 'Assume' and 'Presume'"
Answers on a postcard, (or by reply to the thread, obviously.)
Words I hate: 
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Barry.
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Grafter
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An assumption can be a presumption but not vice versa?
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I agree that they are basically interchangeable, although presume does sound a little old fashioned in this context (to say the least)
But please remember that "to assume" is to make an [Censored] of you and me.
Whoops forgot the censor, but you get the picture.
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I never use the word assume due to the reason above. I even changed the Assumptions section in all my documentation to Presumptions as well!
As for the there and thier thing, I have to hold my had up to that one, I do it all the time 😛
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Quote from: James_H
Surely everything takes /some/ time?

Does time take time? hehe.
One I used to get mixed up with was programme and program, until an old school teacher pointed out to me that there is no such thing as a "TV program". Another phrase i hate is "if you see what I mean" - of course I dont see it, you can't see speech!
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"Program" is an example of American spelling.  In America you do watch a TV "program".  It's the same as "disk" and "disc"  The correct English spelling is "disc", because the Americans think they invented the computer (look up Angry Charles Babbage), and much of the early technology was American, their spelling predominated and has become accepted in the computing industry.
Anything other than a computer program is a programme.
John
Having said that, they think they invented the TV, the car, the radio, and just about everything else.
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Quote from: hulls
"Program" is an example of American spelling.  In America you do watch a TV "program".  It's the same as "disk" and "disc"  The correct English spelling is "disc", because the Americans think they invented the computer (look up Angry Charles Babbage), and much of the early technology was American, their spelling predominated and has become accepted in the computing industry.
Anything other than a computer program is a programme.

Cheers for clearing that up John! I always assumed it was just "program" for a computer program and "programme" for tv/etc, didn't know the Americans got involved (should have known really :P)
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Grafter
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Momentarily - when used incorrectly (American style) to mean "in a moment".
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Leverage - when used incorrectly (American style) to mean ... well what do they mean?
Leverage (I don't really care how you pronounce it although I prefer leeeverage) is an abstract noun, and NOT a verb.
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I've lost count of the number of times I've been onsite with a customer and heard the dreaded three words....
"While you're here...."
Roll_eyes