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13 December 2016

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  1. finishability - Word Spy

    “n. The characteristics or qualities that enable something to be read, watched, or listened to completely.” Citing me as the earliest usage! (via @hugovk)

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  • philgyford’s avatar

    @hugovk @wordspy Well, that’s nice! Thanks.

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    @MyCycleRide I’m not saying it’s a logical position, just that it’s commonly held. Anyway, I must work. Nice chatting. Happy cycling :)

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    @MyCycleRide I can’t remember now :) But I’d say cyclists’ infringements are more noticeable - and so each one gives cyclists a worse name.

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    @MyCycleRide Sure. The goodness or badness of car drivers is not the issue.

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    @MyCycleRide Sure. Speed-limit-breaking car drivers are bad and wrong. Doesn’t make cyclists any better :)

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    @MyCycleRide 20-40% still seems a crazy high percentage to me.

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    @MyCycleRide Yeah - when there’s a queue, it only takes the two at the front to stop and everyone else must do :)

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    @MyCycleRide I imagine the % varies a lot across junctions - visibility, business, what others tend to do etc.

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    @MyCycleRide I can’t believe anyone would think it’s a rare issue :) I keep meaning to watch with a notepad sometime, do some counting.

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    @MyCycleRide No I don’t film my rides. Yes, I’ve been cycling in London for over 20 years.

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    @edspindrift So you don’t have a defence for pavement cycling or going the wrong way? Yeah, there are worse things, doesn’t make them right.

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    @MyCycleRide We must cycle in different places :) This morning I saw loads of cyclists going through reds. At one 4 went through, I waited.

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    @edspindrift Cyclists on pavements or going the wrong way, because they ignore the instruction, are doing nothing wrong?

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    @MyCycleRide Yes, of course! But I’m so often the only cyclist left waiting at a red light while others go on ahead.

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    @edspindrift Oooh, personal insults too. You are clever.

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    @edspindrift Lovely talking to you until you resorted to talking nonsense rather than put up a good argument. Have a nice day!

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    @edspindrift Cyclists ignoring them usually end up cycling on pavements, or the wrong way down streets, in my experience. Which is wrong.

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    @edspindrift I can do this all day. I’m a cyclist but I despair of the selfish, inconsiderate nature of many of my fellow cyclists.

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    @edspindrift Because cyclists are more agile, can stop quicker, cause less damage if they hit someone?

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    @edspindrift Oh, so something is only “wrong” if it’s illegal? Maybe cyclists could just be more… polite and considerate? Would that be bad?

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    @edspindrift If I go out on any road in central London and watch the cyclists and drivers, it’s definitely more the cyclists.

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    When will something be done to tackle the shocking levels of illiteracy and red/green colourblindness in London’s cyclists? Poor things.

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    Is there a less effective instruction in English than “Cyclists dismount”? #rhetorical

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  • hugovk’s avatar

    Quoting @philgyford. twitter.com/wordspy/status…

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    finishability n. The qualities that enable something to be read, watched, or listened to completely. wspy.ws/fini