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Binocular or binoculars?


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6 hours ago, JeremyS said:

Ah, but do you wear them outside your trousers, Stu? 😊

Bill Bryson describes over-nighting in a UK bus shelter, having donned everything in his rucksack to ward off the cold.  On waking, he asked an early morning gent if there was a café open and was directed to one. 'One thing, though,' said the gent. 'Before you go inside I might be inclined to take them pants off yer 'ead.'

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1 minute ago, ollypenrice said:

Bill Bryson describes over-nighting in a UK bus shelter, having donned everything in his rucksack to ward off the cold.  On waking, he asked an early morning gent if there was a café open and was directed to one. 'One thing, though,' said the gent. 'Before you go inside I might be inclined to take them pants off yer 'ead.'

Olly

I remember that line well 😀

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1 hour ago, Mr Spock said:

Binocular or binoculars - at least we don't call them spyglasses 🤣

my dad did refer to the micro binos that I have several of as opera glasses tho 😞 

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2 hours ago, Mr Spock said:

Binocular or binoculars - at least we don't call them spyglasses 🤣

It’s the darn figure of 8 view you get through binoculars that I can’t get used to

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Just, for the first time ... watched "My Fair Lady"! Your poor deprived child! For my wife, Debbie, and me it would be a dozen or more.

 

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With binocular(s), at least there is no ambiguity in meaning.

In geometry lessons, students would sometimes ask me if they could "borrow a compass".
"Why, are you going orienteering?"

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All, please let’s all remember that this thread is actually about whether we say binocular or a pair of binoculars, no more, no less, so let’s keep a reasonable sense of perspective about it.

Thanks.

To be clear, my comment relates to a post which I’ve hidden.

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1 hour ago, WJC said:

Just, for the first time ... watched "My Fair Lady"! Your poor deprived child! For my wife, Debbie, and me it would be a dozen or more.

 

To be honest I only watched it to appease my girlfirend, otherwise I wouldn’t have touched it with a bargepole! ;) 

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