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Old 17th June 2017, 09:14   #2761
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Like Amitabh Bachchan said "English is a very funny language"

The American President has challenged the British Prime Minister to a debate. Nobody knows what will happen.

Trump may trump May or May may trump Trump.
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Trump may trump May or May may trump Trump.
Bhpian swissknife has this to say on the Official Jokes thread:

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However, the British are hoping that May may fair (fare?) well to trump Trump.
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Like Amitabh Bachchan said "English is a very funny language"
The American President has challenged the British Prime Minister to a debate. Nobody knows what will happen.
Trump may trump May or May may trump Trump.
Trump may have trumped Comey; on the other hand there is the chance that Comey may come to the aid of May - in the interests of a good debate!

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How complex could english get, specially when used in a school journal?
Totally fascinating! - that a bloke like this is actually the principal of a school! Could only happen here, wherever 'here' is.
Churchill - who advocated children be given exemplary punishment for not speaking Queens English - would, no doubt, have suggested that this chap be drawn & quartered!
Our movers & shakers should, perhaps, suggest something similar - for not knowing one's mother tongue. But, for the English language, this kind of mind-boggling garbage is about par for the course. Sad for the children, but.

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Trump may trump May or May may trump Trump.
Shouldn't that be "Trump might trump May or May might trump Trump" to be pedantically correct?

The best joke of this category I've heard relates to the 2000 presidential election. It is a bit PG-15 to be posted here though.
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to be pedantically correct?
May is about permission; Might is about possibility. So if samaspire is in charge, then his version is correct

May is more often confused with can. The classic lesson is the child who asks the teacher, "Can I go to the toilet?" The answer is, "I don't know, but if you can't you should see a doctor."

Ahh... the bad jokes that taught me my own language!
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Ahh... the bad jokes that taught me my own language!
My teacher was more polite. He said, "You can but you may not".

... correct?
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Nice! But mean!

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From the Financial Express today:
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also appraised the Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the situation in the hilly areas of the northern part of West Bengal, according to ANI. Earlier, as per reports from the Indian Express, Rajnath had spoken to Mamata and offered to resolve the tense situation in Darjeeling.
Please note the word that I have highlighted. An all too common mistake!
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Please note the word that I have highlighted
Noted. And I have not used either appraise or apprise for such a long time I had to google to see which was which and what the correct usage is.

So, the chief minister should have apprised the home minister of the situation?
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So, the chief minister should have apprised the home minister of the situation?
That is correct.
Most people encounter the word 'appraisal' in the context of having to file annual appraisal reports about the people working under them.
(Thereby the company is apprised of the state of the department).
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Please note the word that I have highlighted. An all too common mistake!
Indeed. Once my company CEO himself made the same mistake that I had to correct him (in private email, of course).

"Sir - now that you have been apprised of the problem, we hope you will appraise the situation and propose solutions".
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