Posted: Mar 21, 2014 11:50 am
by Agrippina
nunnington wrote:I'm getting bad flashbacks now, as for a while I worked at UCL on the Survey of English Usage, and one of the things I did was collate some of their references to uses of 'and'. These are all real life textual examples, from both written and spoken contexts, and the total Survey contains a million items (not of 'and' of course). It's kind of interesting, but I certainly never want to think about 'and' ever again. It predated computers, so to begin with the spoken stuff was recorded on reel to reel tape recorders, and then transcribed by hand! Incidentally, there are now published grammars based on the Survey.

When I watch live interviews on TV, the use of "and" to start sentences really triggers my obsessiveness. "a....n....d." Also one of our most popular sports commentators on TV drives me mad with "" at the beginning of almost every sentence. Probably just me and my personal freakishness. :grin: