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Postby beppi » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 3:10 am

"Botheration" - I just love this word, it should have been invented earlier (and not necessarily by such a brute).

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Postby nutnut » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:55 am

beppi wrote:"Botheration" - I just love this word, it should have been invented earlier (and not necessarily by such a brute).


It was invented earlier, I assume that the "inventor" was not such a brute!

Never heard of the word before? it's early 20th Century at least!
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Postby JR8 » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 4:29 pm

I think I have heard it used as an exclamation 'Damn and botheration!', but a long time ago, might have been in the States, don't know.

It certainly is obscure.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 4:36 pm

I've heard it when I was young, but again, I haven't heard it used in eons now.

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 4:42 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:I've heard it when I was young, but again, I haven't heard it used in eons now.


C'mon, SMS, things change in several hundreds of years...

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 4:42 pm

beppi wrote:"Botheration" - I just love this word, it should have been invented earlier (and not necessarily by such a brute).


I assume it is a similar grammatical construction to "Updation", which I often see in emails from colleagues in different time-zones. Example of common usage:

"Kindly do the needful and revert back with status updation"

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 4:44 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
beppi wrote:"Botheration" - I just love this word, it should have been invented earlier (and not necessarily by such a brute).


I assume it is a similar grammatical construction to "Updation", which I often see in emails from colleagues in different time-zones. Example of common usage:

"Kindly do the needful and revert back with status updation"


Like "prepone."

"We are going to prepone the meeting in the morning instead of in the afternoon."

#vicariouslifeexperiences

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 4:55 pm

nakatago wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:I've heard it when I was young, but again, I haven't heard it used in eons now.


C'mon, SMS, things change in a several hundreds of years...

:P


I tried hard not to say "YES" to what you said just now .. :) :)

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 5:13 pm

zzm9980 wrote:"Kindly do the needful and revert back with status updation"


And what is with the use of 'revert', as in the sentence above. Completely incorrect usage. Don't know if folks think this is some kind of 'classical English'... in reality it is hooey! The correct word is 'respond'.

re·vert   [ri-vurt]
verb (used without object)

1. to return to a former habit, practice, belief, condition, etc.: They reverted to the ways of their forefathers.

2. Law . to go back to or return to the former owner or to his or her heirs.

3. Biology . to return to an earlier or primitive type.

4. to go back in thought or discussion: He constantly reverted to his childhood.

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 5:15 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:"Kindly do the needful and revert back with status updation"


And what is with the use of 'revert', as in the sentence above. Completely incorrect usage. Don't know if folks think this is some kind of 'classical English'... in reality it is hooey! The correct word is 'respond'.

re·vert   [ri-vurt]
verb (used without object)

1. to return to a former habit, practice, belief, condition, etc.: They reverted to the ways of their forefathers.

2. Law . to go back to or return to the former owner or to his or her heirs.

3. Biology . to return to an earlier or primitive type.

4. to go back in thought or discussion: He constantly reverted to his childhood.


Each time I see an e-mail requesting me to REVERT, I will be so tempted to send back the same e-mail the sender sent me in original form and reply 'REVERTED'

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Postby sweetgazebo » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 5:27 pm

Poor chap! He'd originally requested for information on applying for Singapore PR. He's only got his English, and from his kind, scrutinised, analysed and microscopically dissected! :-|

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 5:30 pm

sweetgazebo wrote:Poor chap! He'd originally requested for information on applying for Singapore PR. He's only got his English, and from his kind, scrutinised, analysed and microscopically dissected! :-|


Well, his little tirade did stir up a botheration; reverting to the regulars about PR abusers...

:roll:

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 5:32 pm

sweetgazebo wrote:Poor chap! He'd originally requested for information on applying for Singapore PR. He's only got his English, and from his kind, scrutinised, analysed and microscopically dissected! :-|


Cos, probably the OP is mad that he didn't get the service that he demanded and .. the residents here decided to make use of the thread anyway ... :)

And it all started off with BOTHERATION :D :D

Oh bother .. !!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 5:35 pm

nakatago wrote:
sweetgazebo wrote:Poor chap! He'd originally requested for information on applying for Singapore PR. He's only got his English, and from his kind, scrutinised, analysed and microscopically dissected! :-|


Well, his little tirade did stir up a botheration; reverting to the regulars about PR abusers...

:roll:


Aww come on, you said earlier in this thread that we can have fun here, right? :P

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 07 Feb 2012 7:37 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:"Kindly do the needful and revert back with status updation"


And what is with the use of 'revert', as in the sentence above. Completely incorrect usage. Don't know if folks think this is some kind of 'classical English'... in reality it is hooey! The correct word is 'respond'.

re·vert   [ri-vurt]
verb (used without object)


Indian English my friend! It is just as legitimate, or even more so, than Singlish :)


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