View Poll Results: As a British speaker I prefer to use '...' in, 'I wouldn't touch it with a ... pole!'

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  • barge

    7 87.50%
  • ten-foot

    1 12.50%
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    Question 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole/ten-foot plole'?

    Hi all,
    I'm very much interested to know which one is more used in BrE. If you could kindly help me with this! (I'd also be my pleasure to receive replies from dear Americans. Thanks in advance.)

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    Re: 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole/ten-foot plole'?

    I have only heard "ten-foot pole" used in AmE.

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    Re: 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole/ten-foot plole'?

    I prefer a thirty-nine and a half foot pole.

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    Re: 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole/ten-foot plole'?

    Ah, Vic, my heart grew three sizes reading that.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole/ten-foot plole'?

    I'd never heard "ten-foot pole" until a few years ago. Certainly, in my lifetime in the UK, I've heard and used "I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole".

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    Re: 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole/ten-foot plole'?

    The version I've most often heard used combines them into "... a 10 foot barge pole"

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    Re: 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole/ten-foot plole'?

    I've heard both but "I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole" is more common in my experience.

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    Re: 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole/ten-foot plole'?

    [QUOTE=Mehrgan;820029]


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I agree that Americans would say "a ten-foot pole."

    (2) In fact, I doubt that many Americans have heard of "a barge pole" and would,

    quite frankly, find it rather "funny sounding."

    (3) More to the point, I doubt that this expression is used by the younger generation

    or even by many "mature people" like me anymore.

    (4) If we are afraid to discuss certain issues, I should guess that people say it in

    other ways, such as: No, no, no! I'm not going to comment. That's a hot potato!

    (And that expression is also rather dated.)

    (5) Quite possibly, when we do not wish to discuss politically correct/incorrect

    matters, people (especially politicians) simply say with a big smile "No comment"/

    "I'm not touching that"/ "I'm not going there."

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