Off topic: Another language-related anecdote ("we've already arriven")
Thread poster: George Trail

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May 15, 2010

I hope not to come across as petty when I say this, but I believe the end comment of the blog will explain it all.

During the Christmas holidays, my brother and I went to stay with our parents in Tenerife (yes, a real Christmas location). And we got to where we were going to be staying, and we had all settled down with beers. My Dad's organiser started to beep; when he looked at it he commented that it was a reminder to go and pick us up - I don't know what the exact words of the reminder were but my Dad made the point my brother and I were due to arrive at that time. And I casually blurted out, "Except we've already arriven, haven't we?"

The linguistic faux pas was a source of amusement for us all. No-one reminded me that I was the linguist of the family - but you do say "given", don't you? I consider this an example of the subtle ways in which language changes.

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