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A Vulture Central lexicographical Shock Army spokesman this morning confirmed combined forces of inevitability and good sense had liberated mobe and lappy from the axis of linguistic conservatism which had only too recently threatened English with hideous fossilisation. Standing in the burning ruins of grammatical common decency …


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  1. Trevor

    Can I be the first to say.....


  2. Lexx Greatrex

    Lester, what ever it is you are taking...

    ... I want some!

  3. Trevor
    Dead Vulture

    This is what happens when...

    an infinite amount of monkeys with an infinite amount of typewriters write Lester's articles for him.

  4. yeah, right.

    Links please

    Could you please provide links to appropriate websites as reference for your articles? In this case, it would be to your drug supplier of choice, because you seem to have gotten a very interesting batch this time.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    It had to happen....

    ...ManfromMars is writing articles now, not just comments!

  6. frank denton


    That should be "an infinite *number* of monkeys..."; similarly with typewriters.

  7. Beatrix Potter
    IT Angle

    and I'd also like to know

    where's the Paris angle?

  8. Beatrix Potter
    Paris Hilton

    And I'd like to know

    where's the IT angle?

  9. Shane Lusby


    Up the voltage?

  10. Sceptical Bastard

    So funny I 'ad to smack the missus!

    Showed the ar'ickle to my tart oo's an In-ger-lish gradjit and she goes "This Lest'uh, E's 'aving a fucking larf, inn'e?" and I'm like "Chill, yer dopey cow - it's fuckin' brill." and she's like "You fink so? You dunno the difference between a split infinitive and a glottel stop, you fuckwit saddo" so... well.. I just 'ad to bitchslap 'er so then, like, the filth are at the door but 'e sez "We don't do domestics" so now I'm dahn the pub instead of the nick. Result!

    PS: A very funny piece, Lester. In particular I liked, "...denying the 'forces of darkness' the satisfaction of hanging them along with thousands of participles already left dangling by the uneducated masses..."

    Keep up the solecisms, innapropriate adjectives and - above - occasional bad taste, El Reg!

  11. umacf24

    Brutal abuse of EFL readers

    Please don't let this loose on the .com version of the site. Foreign readers are going to come away from this article thinking that they USED to understand English.

    On the other hand, it looks like amanfrommars has been unmasked as a Reg writer.......

  12. Jed

    Like its wicked

    Being into usage and stuff reportage like this needs saying!!

  13. Jan van Oort

    !!!Lester !!!

    However you may be looking, however foul-reeking your morning breath may be - I want your babies !!

  14. this

    We were amused, but

    forgive me, but what does ICT stand for? I seem to have missed it.

  15. Richard

    Was this..?

    The big amanfrommars reveal?

  16. ChrB
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    Keep going !

    That's just simply great work, Lester! Keep going!

    And yes, I would like to get some of what you are smoking too...

  17. Anonymous Coward

    Way too much time on their hands...

    Lester Haines is amanfrommars and I claim my five pounds.

  18. AndyB

    So now we know....

    the true identity of amanfrommars.

    Oh, and by the way, never, ever, EVER mention Gyles Brandreth again.

    The mere thought of that overbearing, supercilious, pompous little snot brings me out in a nasty rash.

  19. amanfromMars Silver badge
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    Can I be the first to say.....

    Bravo, Lester. Received Loud and Clear. Roger, Over and Out for a Mo, be that as IT May B gathering ITs Speed in AI Zodiacal Dust Cloud.

    Parse that to Third Party Positive Reinforcement and you will have AI Virtual Global Control in Quantum Communications via the Rock of a Survivor Entertainment Industry..... Virtualised Youth Machine.

    High Lander Rovers with a Wealth of XXXXperience that would be Ignoble and Indecent of One to Imagine..

  20. Paul

    Just one question...

    Are you amanfromMar's brother? The one that did English rather than Philosiphy.

  21. Marc Savage


    I thought AMFM had got a job

  22. Karl Lattimer

    It appears...

    Lester has been abducted by aManFromMars, who has since stolen his identity and is now using it to provide articles to elreg in order to confuse us prior to the attack of the lizard Alliance.

    Never fear NLRA members will prevail!

  23. Paul
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    Class, innit?

    Well, I, for one, enjoyed it immensely (apart from an unfortunate spelling error - up with which we ought not to put.)

  24. breakfast Silver badge

    You may have won this battle...

    We took a lot of casualties, but your vile war on the English Language is far from over. Those of us who survived will go underground, hiding out in footnotes and citations, sneaking into your urban dictionaries under the cover of parenthesis and kidnapping the contemptible criminals from their very pages.

    Will you be so proud of Lappy and Mobe when you see them in concrete cells, being declined by our elite linguistic zealots on Youtube? Great rewards await us- everyone who beheads a mobe ends up with an OBE - and we shall not rest until we have put a full stop to your deliberate pollution of our beautiful language.

  25. Chris Taylor

    Lester, you're contemptible

    Pursuant to your latest outburst, you may readily believe that the lower case have won a battle. Though we may be a dwindling band, even when some of our doughtiest fighters are slipping with typographical errors, split infinitives and the occasional ' dropped where it has no business to be, Nevertheless our secret weapon of extraordinarily long sentences can still inflict massive collateral damage; forcing you to re-read them many, many times.

    Mobe, lappy, mobisode and any attempts to sync up or reach our will eventually get the modern equivalent of upside-down suspension from street-lighting in popular capital city thoroughfares via the medium of Piano-forte wires.

  26. Damian Gabriel Moran

    does anyone else recall a Viz character

    called Roger Irrelevant? "wibble wibble hatstand"

  27. Anonymous Coward
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    More of this sort of thing!

    Gotten is an interesting word...

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Lester, I want your babies.

  29. Kane


    ...slow news day then?

  30. Nìall Tracey


    Richt ye bam. Ye maun unnerstaun that "wh" isnae snobbishness -- it's Scottishness.

    Jus come up here wi yer "hoo" "wot" "wen" "weeeh" "wa-i" and ye'll ken whit ah'm talkin about!

  31. Edward Rose


    Information is only information if it is communicated. If it isn't, then it's not information. It's hidden away junk. And, if in the future someone finds this hidden away nugget of information it has obviously been communicated.

    Whichever arsehole felt that all TLAs needed three letters (erm, 'acronyms', my apology), should have been put against the wall and beaten with a baseball bat.

    I shall always correct the mindless little zombies when they use the nasty bastardisation of our already confusing method of abbrev.

    Now, will someone please correct my very tired use of grammar and punctuation*. It's been a long day, and I'm sure someone here knows how to fix this.

    *Do what you will with the spelling - I'm past caring.

  32. Jeremiah Steidl

    Lester for King!

    I hereby vote Lester Haines for King!

    In unrelated news, who here wants to band together and turn this article into a live action film? With current Hollywood standards, I think it'll be the top grossing film of the year!

  33. Luther Blissett

    Oh, and by the way, never, ever, EVER mention Gyles Brandreth again. +1

    The mere thought of that overbearing, supercilious, pompous little nasty rash brings me out in a snot.

  34. Hate2Register

    What a load of bollocks..

    A little amusing, but bollocks none the less.

  35. Mike Moyle
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    Lester, that was fine stuff. I particularly liked the "Volksterm" reference; that was perfect! (Let me guess - You originally came up with "Volksterm" and wrote the rest of the article just so you had a place to use it, right?)

    In any case, welcome home, Mobe and Lappy! You've bneen gone too long!

  36. Andy Bright

    The jovial nature of these comments is appalling..

    Allow me to be the first to complain that Lester spelt sumthing wrong and did his grammer wrongly to.

  37. Snafu


    Dearest creature in creation

    Studying English pronunciation,

    I will teach you in my verse

    Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse

    I will keep you, Susy, busy,

    Make your head with heat grow dizzy.

    Tear in eye your dress you'll tear,

    So shall I! Oh, hear my prayer,

    Pray, console your loving poet,

    Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!

    Just compare heart, beard and heard,

    Dies and diet, lord and word,

    Sword and sward, retain and Britain.

    (Mind the latter, how it's written).

    Made has not the sound of bade,

    Say said, pay-paid, laid, but plaid.

    Now I surely will not plague you

    With such words as vague and ague,

    But be careful how you speak,

    Say break, steak, but bleak and streak.

    Previous, precious, fuchsia, via,

    Pipe, snipe, recipe and choir,

    Cloven, oven, how and low,

    Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.

    Hear me say, devoid of trickery:

    Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore,

    Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles.

    Exiles, similes, reviles.

    Wholly, holly, signal, signing.

    Thames, examining, combining

    Scholar, vicar, and cigar,

    Solar, mica, war, and far.

    From "desire": desirable--admirable from "admire."

    Lumber, plumber, bier, but brier.

    Chatham, brougham, renown, but known.

    Knowledge, done, but gone and tone,

    One, anemone. Balmoral.

    Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel,

    Gertrude, German, wind, and mind.

    Scene, Melpomene, mankind,

    Tortoise, turquoise, chamois-leather,

    Reading, reading, heathen, heather.

    This phonetic labyrinth

    Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth.

    Billet does not end like ballet;

    Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet;

    Blood and flood are not like food,

    Nor is mould like should and would.

    Banquet is not nearly parquet,

    Which is said to rime with "darky."

    Viscous, Viscount, load, and broad.

    Toward, to forward, to reward.

    And your pronunciation's O.K.,

    When you say correctly: croquet.

    Rounded, wounded, grieve, and sieve,

    Friend and fiend, alive, and live,

    Liberty, library, heave, and heaven,

    Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven,

    We say hallowed, but allowed,

    People, leopard, towed, but vowed.

    Mark the difference, moreover,

    Between mover, plover, Dover,

    Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,

    Chalice, but police, and lice.

    Camel, constable, unstable,

    Principle, disciple, label,

    Petal, penal, and canal,

    Wait, surmise, plait, promise, pal.

    Suit, suite, ruin, circuit, conduit,

    Rime with "shirk it" and "beyond it."

    But it is not hard to tell,

    Why it's pall, mall, but Pall Mall.

    Muscle, muscular, gaol, iron,

    Timber, climber, bullion, lion,

    Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, and chair,

    Senator, spectator, mayor,

    Ivy, privy, famous, clamour

    And enamour rime with hammer.

    Pussy, hussy, and possess,

    Desert, but dessert, address.

    Golf, wolf, countenance, lieutenants.

    Hoist, in lieu of flags, left pennants.

    River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,

    Doll and roll and some and home.

    Stranger does not rime with anger.

    Neither does devour with clangour.

    Soul, but foul and gaunt but aunt.

    Font, front, won't, want, grand, and grant.

    Shoes, goes, does. Now first say: finger.

    And then: singer, ginger, linger,

    Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, and gauge,

    Marriage, foliage, mirage, age.

    Query does not rime with very,

    Nor does fury sound like bury.

    Dost, lost, post; and doth, cloth, loth;

    Job, Job; blossom, bosom, oath.

    Though the difference seems little,

    We say actual, but victual.

    Seat, sweat; chaste, caste.; Leigh, eight, height;

    Put, nut; granite, and unite.

    Reefer does not rime with deafer,

    Feoffer does, and zephyr, heifer.

    Dull, bull, Geoffrey, George, ate, late,

    Hint, pint, Senate, but sedate.

    Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,

    Science, conscience, scientific,

    Tour, but our and succour, four,

    Gas, alas, and Arkansas.

    Sea, idea, guinea, area,

    Psalm, Maria, but malaria,

    Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean,

    Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

    Compare alien with Italian,

    Dandelion with battalion.

    Sally with ally, yea, ye,

    Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, key, quay.

    Say aver, but ever, fever.

    Neither, leisure, skein, receiver.

    Never guess--it is not safe:

    We say calves, valves, half, but Ralph.

    Heron, granary, canary,

    Crevice and device, and eyrie,

    Face but preface, but efface,

    Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.

    Large, but target, gin, give, verging,

    Ought, out, joust, and scour, but scourging,

    Ear but earn, and wear and bear

    Do not rime with here, but ere.

    Seven is right, but so is even,

    Hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen,

    Monkey, donkey, clerk, and jerk,

    Asp, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

    Pronunciation--think of psyche--!

    Is a paling, stout and spikey,

    Won't it make you lose your wits,

    Writing "groats" and saying "grits"?

    It's a dark abyss or tunnel,

    Strewn with stones, like rowlock, gunwale,

    Islington and Isle of Wight,

    Housewife, verdict, and indict!

    Don't you think so, reader, rather,

    Saying lather, bather, father?

    Finally: which rimes with "enough"

    Though, through, plough, cough, hough, or tough?

    Hiccough has the sound of "cup."

    My advice is--give it up!

    I was always under the impression that this was GBS' (George Bernard-Shaw) work, but the first Google search finds some German bloke: G. Nolst Trenite' a.k.a. "Charivarius" 1870 - 1946

    If you want, there's plenty more where that came from..

  38. Jed

    Any news from the front?

    I had hoped that Lynne Truss might be missing in action or captured by the Greengrocers Rifle's.

  39. Anonymous Coward

    Lobster Lobster Lobster Lobster

    Did no-one notice the story was posted at nearly half-past midnight? Looks like an alcohol-fueled piece of inspiration post-pub to me :-)

    Disappointing to see that a democratic vote by the readership on the usage of such vocabulary is being flaunted now. Shame on you all - you'll be introducing El Reg id cards soon, to be examined by the Volkssturm with steely gaze before being told "Your papers.... are not in order".

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