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Re: High Street chain collapse sweepstake

Posted: Thu 12 May, 2022 06.32
by tillyoshea
cwathen wrote: Wed 11 May, 2022 20.44 [they] are working at pace
One of my least favourite expressions, and one which seems to be everywhere in business (and the Civil Service) these days.

I’ve long imagined this to be a mishearing of the word “apace” which has become so common as to be generally accepted, but I’ve really no idea whether that’s true. Does anyone know? It seems to be a novel enough usage that it hasn’t made its way into any of the major dictionaries yet as a synonym for “quickly”.

Re: High Street chain collapse sweepstake

Posted: Thu 12 May, 2022 08.10
by bilky asko
I can find nothing either. Working "at speed" is a recognised phrase, so it might be applying that construction to a similar word.

Re: High Street chain collapse sweepstake

Posted: Sun 15 May, 2022 09.46
by BBC TV Centre
tillyoshea wrote: Thu 12 May, 2022 06.32
cwathen wrote: Wed 11 May, 2022 20.44 [they] are working at pace
One of my least favourite expressions, and one which seems to be everywhere in business (and the Civil Service) these days.

I’ve long imagined this to be a mishearing of the word “apace” which has become so common as to be generally accepted, but I’ve really no idea whether that’s true. Does anyone know? It seems to be a novel enough usage that it hasn’t made its way into any of the major dictionaries yet as a synonym for “quickly”.
It's one of the Civil Service behaviours they assess on applications - "delivering at pace" so it is no wonder the term is embedded into the language of the organisation. I did apply for a job once and had to write a section about it.

Re: High Street chain collapse sweepstake

Posted: Fri 20 May, 2022 19.27
by Martin Phillp
McColl's administration also affected Yodel's Click and Collect from their stores.

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