Annoying spelling, galling grammar, irksome words, frustrating phrases

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"He have, sir." Is that correct?
 
"He have, sir." Is that correct?
No. As Toby says, it's likely to be an attempt at characterisation. It's not one I've noticed before, but using an odd/wrong tense is common to demonstrate dialect or less-educated speech eg "We was going" instead of "We were" or conversely "I were there" rather than "I was".


EDIT: to add to the Hare-Holmes brilliance, I would also point out the "said he" and though that might be a deliberate archaism, the gap between "porter" and the semi-colon (possibly also a gap before the question mark) is certainly not commonplace nowadays, not to mention the overabundance of commas.
 
not to mention the overabundance of commas
Then there are the gaps around some of the quotation marks.

The Aluminium Dagger by R. Austin Freeman is a short story published in 1909 in the collection, John Thorndyke's Cases (published in the United States as Dr. Thorndyke's Cases).

Apparently, Freeman made a contribution to the detective story genre by inventing, to quote his Wikipedia entry:
the inverted detective story (a crime fiction in which the commission of the crime is described at the beginning, usually including the identity of the perpetrator, with the story then describing the detective's attempt to solve the mystery). This invention has been described as Freeman's most notable contribution to detective fiction.
 
A thread, partly inspired by Astro Pen's Quizzed! thread, to vent and rant about all those misspelt (misspelled), misused, overused, fad, trendy words, phrases, spelling and grammar that seem to infest everywhere.


I'll start with one that annoys me so much, I wrote a mnemonic

Two words are 'a lot'
One word they are not.


And it would appear I'm not alone in finding that irritating

I have plenty more, but I'll give someone else a chance first before I get on a roll ;)
A thread, partly inspired by Astro Pen's Quizzed! thread, to vent and rant about all those misspelt (misspelled), misused, overused, fad, trendy words, phrases, spelling and grammar that seem to infest everywhere.


I'll start with one that annoys me so much, I wrote a mnemonic

Two words are 'a lot'
One word they are not.


And it would appear I'm not alone in finding that irritating

I have plenty more, but I'll give someone else a chance first before I get on a roll ;)
 
Were you allotted a double post? :giggle:
A similar one that really annoys me, and is probably already posted above, is infact instead of in fact.
 
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I use a mechanical, automatic self-winding wristwatch, that winds itself up with the movement of that hand and wrist.

But there's another: wristwatch, not just watch...
But I have have a pocket watch and a fob watch along with my wristwatch.
[Admittedly I rarely wear any two, let alone all three, at the same time]
 

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