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    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It has nothing to do with descriptive vs prescriptive.
    Well I think it has.

    Nancy B has provided substantial evidence that the phrase has been in current use by native speakers for a few years. Why then does our senior faculty detest it so and decline to explain it? How is it worse than "do the stanky leg" or "ain't got none", or for that matter "23 skidoo"?

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    #12

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Why does this bother you so much?

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    #13

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It has nothing to do with descriptive vs prescriptive.
    Well I think it has. Nancy B has provided persuasive evidence that the phrase has been in use by native speakers for several years. Why then do our senior faculty dislike it and decline to interpret it? How is it worse than "do the stanky leg", or "ain't got none" or "23 skidoo"?

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    #14

    Re: "What's the haps?"

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    Why does this bother you so much?
    Because of the job I think we all signed up to do.

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    #15

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    I didn't sign up to recommend silly slang phrases. Don't know about you. There are many such phrases in use. This one is not special.

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    #16

    Re: "What's the haps?"

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    Why then does our senior faculty detest it so and decline to explain it?
    WE are perfectly entitled to express our personal dislike of certain expressions. There was no need to explain it - TheParser did that in the first post

    How is it worse than "do the stanky leg" or "ain't got none", or for that matter "23 skidoo"?
    Nobody has said it is worse than those expressions.
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    #17

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It has nothing to do with descriptive vs prescriptive. It is a about a silly slang phrase.
    "Silly" is in the eye/ear of the beholder. I personally think it's harmless. Nevertheless, as a former TEFLA trainer and working translator with a fondness for language/s, what I do find disappointing is the apparently snooty and “holier than thou” dismissal of the term, and by extension, of the asker.
    I’d expected more from the forum.

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    #18

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Quote Originally Posted by acme_54 View Post
    "Silly" is in the eye/ear of the beholder. I personally think it's harmless. Nevertheless, as a former TEFLA trainer and working translator with a fondness for language/s, what I do find disappointing is the apparently snooty and “holier than thou” dismissal of the term, and by extension, of the asker.
    I’d expected more from the forum.
    There are other views expressed- I said that I had never heard it in the UK, though also pointed out that I am not that young. Forums are places where people say what they think, and the fact that someone thinks something is silly does not mean that this is the opinion of the entire forum. We have to rub along and allow differences of opinion. Some may think it's silly, other may point out the geographical/age limits of it, etc, and Probus came out in favour of it. To characterise the view of the forum by quoting the view of one is to misunderstand the forum. We have people of different backgrounds, variants and views expressing opinions, and often that allows someone to see a varied picture of a question and get closer to the heart of it.

    I love Cockney Rhyming Slang. I have heard a few speakers of other variants say that they find it irritating and confusing. A learner who sees this will learn that this slang is not for everyone- that seems a sensible position to me.

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    #19

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    I love the expression "rub along". It is purely BrE, of course, never heard or understood in AmE.

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    #20

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    I've never heard it.

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