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02/04/2011 07:15:49 PM · #76
At my age it is better not to talk any colons.
02/04/2011 07:21:56 PM · #77
Originally posted by aliqui:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by aliqui:

One of my underlings at work was just granted email access, and she sends out the worst emails. They're full of misplaced apostrophes, common spelling errors, and nothing is capitalized correctly. I feel bad for correcting her, but it's embarrassing for me to have to claim her as my own. She will learn proper grammar, oh yes, she shall.


I presume, then, that you can correct the above? Or shall one of the grammar mavens flog you? (wink)

R.


Ummmm, are you talking about me linking nouns with verbs? Starting sentences with conjunctions is something I've been wanting to learn to correctly use lately. I've just not taken the time to look it up. Maybe I'll do that tonight after work, unless you want to school me now. :)

"They're full of misplaced apostrophes and common spelling errors. And nothing is capitalized correctly."


Actually, this works fine:

"They're full of misplaced apostrophes and common spelling errors, and nothing is capitalized correctly."

R.
02/04/2011 07:23:34 PM · #78
I was taught never to begin a sentence with 'And' :-)
02/04/2011 07:28:56 PM · #79
Then there's the people with gender-neutral user names, female user icons, and male given names.
02/04/2011 07:32:19 PM · #80
Originally posted by nshapiro:

But the crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.


Wow--not a single Frank Zappa fan in the discussion. How can you seriously discuss an apostrophe without mentioning Frank Zappa? ;)

The most interesting interpretation of this: The apostrophe is a symbol which is meaningless out of the larger context, like life.

Message edited by author 2011-02-04 19:41:24.
02/04/2011 07:34:43 PM · #81
Originally posted by Louis:

Then there's the people with gender-neutral user names, female user icons, and male given names.


The there's the people with cameras taking pictures of bridges. That's a worrisome trend.
Actually wasn't trying to make fun of anyone there. I think it just fits with current debates in our world.

The profile for tnun did confuse me a moment.
02/04/2011 07:40:08 PM · #82
Originally posted by nshapiro:

Originally posted by nshapiro:

But the crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.


Wow--not a single Frank Zappa fan in the discussion. How can you seriously discuss an apostrophe without mentioning Frank Zappa? ;)

The only Zappa lyrics I know are from "Bobby Brown", and I don't think they're repeatable in polite company. So they're perfect for here I guess. Ba-dump bump.
02/04/2011 07:43:59 PM · #83
Originally posted by Louis:

Originally posted by nshapiro:

Originally posted by nshapiro:

But the crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.


Wow--not a single Frank Zappa fan in the discussion. How can you seriously discuss an apostrophe without mentioning Frank Zappa? ;)

The only Zappa lyrics I know are from "Bobby Brown", and I don't think they're repeatable in polite company. So they're perfect for here I guess. Ba-dump bump.


It's from the album Apostrophe, the song "Stinkfoot":
...excerpt...

Well then Fido got up off the floor, and he rolled over
and he looked me straight in the eye
And you know what he said?
"Once upon a time, somebody say to me"
This is the dog talkin' now
"What is your conceptual continuity?"
"Well I told 'em right then," Fido said,
"It should be easy to see:
The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe."


..it goes on...
02/04/2011 07:48:45 PM · #84
Originally posted by Louis:

Then there's the people with gender-neutral user names, female user icons, and male given names.


How delightful! Apostrophe abusers have no gender or iconic boundaries.

And, just for the record...I have no idea who Bobby Brown is, AND I am a polite apostrophe user...;-P

02/04/2011 08:10:58 PM · #85
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Screw the apostrophe. That's child's play. Let's talk semi-colons.


This is the greatest explanation of semicolons I have ever read: //theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon
02/04/2011 08:13:18 PM · #86
Perhaps as we celebrate(?) the centennial of Mark Twain's death (and the publication of the first volume of his unexpurgated autobiography), we should also take a fresh look at his plan to rationalize spelling in the English language ...

Originally posted by Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), "A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling":


For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g-j" anomali wonse and for all.

Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud
hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.
02/04/2011 08:16:44 PM · #87
Originally posted by Ductyl:

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Screw the apostrophe. That's child's play. Let's talk semi-colons.


This is the greatest explanation of semicolons I have ever read: //theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon


Nice! That was awesome; I found it clear and concise!
02/04/2011 08:23:59 PM · #88
'Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing.' Kurt Vonnegut
02/04/2011 08:26:44 PM · #89
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Isn't that just like a hahn, brings a grammar book to a photography site!

Message edited by author 2011-02-04 20:37:31.
02/04/2011 08:27:59 PM · #90
I love semicolons; I think they are truly incredible!

Message edited by author 2011-02-04 20:29:17.
02/04/2011 08:37:36 PM · #91
Originally posted by clive_patric_nolan:

'Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing.' Kurt Vonnegut


That couldn't be more wrong. The semi-colon, whilst much-maligned and even more misunderstood, is an extremely valuable punctuation mark. The earlier-linked "oatmeal" description of semi-colon use is spot on.

R.
02/04/2011 08:38:39 PM · #92
Originally posted by vawendy:

I love semicolons; I think they are truly incredible!


Output.Text := 'Semicolons are for ending lines of code you silly bird';

Not sure how many people will understand what just happened. Maybe I should do it in C syntax instead lol.

Message edited by author 2011-02-04 20:40:46.
02/04/2011 08:44:12 PM · #93
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by clive_patric_nolan:

'Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing.' Kurt Vonnegut


That couldn't be more wrong. The semi-colon, whilst much-maligned and even more misunderstood, is an extremely valuable punctuation mark. The earlier-linked "oatmeal" description of semi-colon use is spot on.

R.


I think Kurt Vonnegut had his tongue firmly in cheek with that quote. Although i don't think he used them much. Here's another quote...

No semicolons. Semicolons indicate relationships that only idiots need defined by punctuation. Besides, they are ugly.
Richard Hugo, The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing

I like them myself and think this Hugo guy is missing half the point and that is the musicality of writing.

Message edited by author 2011-02-04 20:50:03.
02/04/2011 08:47:33 PM · #94
Originally posted by chromeydome:

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Isn't that just like a hahn, brings a grammar book to a photography site!

Oh, I don't know. If this was a grammar and spelling site, I'd post photographs. It's just who I am.

Seriously, I'm still traumatized by the presidency of "W" and his bushisms. Let's not let that kind of trauma reoccur.

Here's your Bush malopropism: "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." -LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000
02/04/2011 09:03:36 PM · #95
Originally posted by clive_patric_nolan:

I like them myself and think this Hugo guy is missing half the point and that is the musicality of writing.


Hah! I actually knew Richard Hugo. Still miss him sometimes :-(

R.
02/04/2011 09:04:28 PM · #96
Using there's as as a contraction for there are. ARGH! You wouldn't say 'There is three cats on the sofa' yet people feel comfortable saying 'There's three cats on the sofa'. Hmmmph.
02/04/2011 09:06:02 PM · #97
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by clive_patric_nolan:

I like them myself and think this Hugo guy is missing half the point and that is the musicality of writing.


Hah! I actually knew Richard Hugo. Still miss him sometimes :-(

R.


Ha! That's a coincidence.
02/04/2011 09:19:56 PM · #98
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Originally posted by Sirashley:

The misuse of "good" and "well" is another common mistake that I see and hear all the time.


Of course there is another school that says language is always in the active state of evolution and "good" is now widely accepted as an adverb in certain context. I'm doing good, thanks. :)


So how are we going to distinguish between a saintly person and a patient on the mend? The one's doing good, the other's doing good, we're losing something here...

The one that's currently driving me crazy is the growing acceptance of "their/they" as a singular for purposes of gender-neutrality. I've never seen a better solution though, if we accept that his/her is too clumsy for common usage. "If the photographer needs more light in the shadows they should move their fill light closer to the subject." In that case you can easily correct by using the plural (photographers) but that's not always easy to do. One of my professors used to suggest alternation: "If the photographer needs more light in the shadows she should move his fill light closer to the subject." But that's just plain weird and it never gained traction :-)

R.


"If the photographer needs more light in the shadows she should move his fill light closer to their subject."

I think that makes it clearer. ;-Þ
02/05/2011 04:44:43 AM · #99
There/their - from one of todays BBC news articles, 'Another possibility is that the bird's are developing less well as their is less invertebrate prey to eat'. Ouch!
//news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9387000/9387395.stm
02/05/2011 04:51:04 AM · #100
Originally posted by SaraR:

There/their - from one of todays BBC news articles, 'Another possibility is that the bird's are developing less well as their is less invertebrate prey to eat'. Ouch!
//news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9387000/9387395.stm


And that's not the only mistake in the article.

Message edited by author 2011-02-05 04:51:15.
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