It’s not just for taxis – it’s also needed for good grammar
Originally published over at Taxi Leaks, this provided a chuckle this morning and happens to sit at the intersection of two topics dear to my heart. Uber and Accurate Language. (Slightly edited for better flow and consistency with this blog’s style.)
“licence” is a noun
“license” is a verb
(in British English, the Americans use “license” for both )
Hard to remember UNLESS you think of ” advice ” and ” advise ” , which work exactly the same way but their respective pronunciations give them away.
FYI ” practice ” and ” practise ” also work the same way
SO to choose a random example :
Uber have lost their licence
Uber are no longer licensed
Uber were not deemed fit and proper to hold a licence
TfL’s licensing decision re Uber was the right one
Uber are appealing against the loss of their licence
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I met someone the other day and having looked over their website, I happened to mention that the RSS feed from the site’s blog was called ‘RSS Feed’ – and not something useful like ‘John’s RSS Feed For All Things Amazing’ …..
The reply :
“It’s so funny when you mentioned the RSS feed – I didn’t know people still did that so I’ll definitely look into it.”
This person strikes me as very bolted into the world of business and tech, definitely switched on to the social media circus circuit … and her response is all too typical of what I hear from so many people. Which in turn means that I think it is one of the most serious issues we face today.
Surely you jest Mr. Philpin? I do not ….
(Consider the news that emerged over the weekend that Facebook 'unknowingly' sold advertising to Russian Troll Farms ..
"The ads -- both traditional advertisements and sponsored posts -- were intended to sow discord among the American electorate by amplifying "divisive social and political messages," Stamos said. These ranged from "LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights."
Allow that to sink in for a moment - and I know you would never be caught out by such obvious false influences .... except you are. We all are. All the time. That is why the art of the con is alive and well.
And no, RSS doesn't fix that all by itself - but it sure does help.
I wrote a long reply to my new friend about why RSS was important … and when it was finished, decided not to send it, but rather turn it into a blog post and just send the link, because it is something I come across a lot. This article is a personal position on RSS, a recognition that it needs to get easier and a plea that really – if you want news – getting it from your Social Feeds is not a good idea. Continue reading →
I know what he means – but wow – when you come to understand that most people don’t know how to use Word or EMail properly – that is one hell of a stretch …. but yes – definitely a goal. I have don’t that – as a learning function. It still sits there … though I no longer put content there …. sorry Dave. (It was his software I installed and continue to run).
I’ve been advocating teaching journalism students to run servers. because it’s so central to freedom of the press these days, to not be controlled by techies. And techies love to control users. If the journalists knew what was possible and weren’t scared of running a server, they might be able to just do things for themselves without waiting for permission. I’ve seen very powerful things created with gutsy users who didn’t like to hear NO from devs. 😉
It is amazing that after twenty years – this is still a problem. I have my own problems – no single place to point the finger – it is everywhere.
She had to spend the money at Amazon in the US, which meant shipping costs to the UK would have been huge. They didn’t say this up front, or I would have used Amazon UK to give the gift. We’ve been using the web for commerce for 20 years. These glitches should have been worked out long ago.