While I am on the subject of plurals… we have noticed several people on TV recently saying incidences when they are talking about something that has happened. I think they mean to say incidents but get carried away with the importance of the moment. You often hear this kind of overly-formal speech containing made-up long words from emergency services personnel (think the local policeman or fireman) when they are called on to give a report of what happened on TV or radio. Here’s a short excerpt from a book about common errors in English usage by Paul Brians at Washington State University, where he explains the confusion between incident, incidence and instance. However he doesn’t mention this ‘interesting’ (OK, wrong) new plural form. Language change in action?
- Internet falls in love with tiny quoll Sparky themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/… #cute overload 6 hours ago
- Mrs Frances Underwood opening the museum today :-) swarmapp.com/susan_m/checki… http://t.co/WW69jVoKCr 16 hours ago
- Do the funky rooster - the new dance craze in the hen house huonview.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/do-roo… #blog #video #poultry 1 day ago
- RT @IngridHarrison: Hobart's hole in the wall cafes and 15 bite-size eateries. Great list for foodies and coffee nuts #editas http://t.… 1 day ago
- RT @KathWalters: Do you measure your #content #marketing? This article contains a handy matrix: buff.ly/Xg9fhK thanks to @Econsulta… 1 day ago