The Knowledge

It’s not just for taxis - it’s also needed for good grammar

Originally published over at Taxi Leaks, this provided a chuckle this morning and happens to sit at the intersection of two topics dear to my heart. Uber and Accurate Language. (Slightly edited for better flow and consistency with this blog’s style.)

“licence” is a noun

“license” is a verb (in British English, the Americans use “license” for both ) Hard to remember UNLESS you think of " advice " and " advise " , which work exactly the same way but their respective pronunciations give them away. FYI " practice " and " practise " also work the same way SO to choose a random example : Uber have lost their licence Uber are no longer licensed Uber were not deemed fit and proper to hold a licence TfL’s licensing decision re Uber was the right one Uber are appealing against the loss of their licence We all hope that Uber are not relicensed Hope that helps !

Vaughan Williams.

Who is Vaughan Williams? Producer of the stage play from the movie ‘The Knowledge’

September 24, 2017