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Discussion in 'Personal' started by lindenlea, Feb 27, 2020.
Good heavens no! That's totally against T&C.
Sorry everyone for having disappeared without so much as a by your leave
I've learned something today. I just looked up this phrase, cos I don't think I've ever actually committed it to writing. And behold it's "by your leave". I've been under the impression, over all these years (too many to contemplate now), that it was "by or leave".
Reminds me of that South African cricketer, Jon T. Rhodes...
Welcome back Shadrack.
Did your device auto-correct it?
Waves to ES
I almost always use my computer for TES posting, for which there is no such auto-correct, thankfully.
My other device, namely my brain, never had the phrase correct in the first place.
I'll "has it" a guess that it's not the last time such an event will happen (another one of mine).
Hello Emanuel. What will the effect of coronavirus on TES Meets for 2020, do you think?
How did you know you had it wrong then?
None of this "welcome back" and other cheery nonsense...
I demand an interrogation... an accounting... a reckoning... where has he been? Who has he been with? Why do I have CCTV of him in Wuhan in early December? Why was he at the grassy knoll? Why did he fake the moon landing? Why was he the secret first man on the moon? Why did he spike my coffee? Who invented Chihuahuas? Why is my hand melting?
We must know!!!
Now there's a question.
I'm afraid knocking up any sort of answer to that would be in serious breach of the Thread Diversion Act.
I fess up. I've been busy planting controlled explosives.
Why is he wanting to "knock me up"? How is he suggesting he'll do this? Do I need to be there? Why me? Why you? Why anything? Why y?
I used a "popular seach engine" to check the exact usage, and came upon this page:
I see I'm not the first person to make the mistake in question, as the author of the article writes:
I have to admit that, as a callow youth and when my mother used this phrase, I though [sic] it was 'without a by or leave', not really knowing what a 'by' or a 'leave' might be.
It's sometimes useful to take a diversion on threads that get bogged down, because it allows the chance to return and surprise your opponents by heading them off at the pass, like they used to in cowboy films.
I'm trying not to panic here but I am wondering about using the tube now. A friend of mine (retired) has said she will not be going into London for the foreseeable future as she doesn't want to use the underground.
Yeh but yeh but... what made you think you had it wrong in the first place?
So you can stroll in the bracing fresh air and not the metallic sardine tube that passes for public transport.
Good point. Also there are lots of ways to contract all sorts of diseases. As I'm not immune suppressed I won't stop travelling until official advice dictates otherwise.