Started by sillydog, April 06, 2008, 04:15:35 PM
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Quote from: Camazotz Automat on April 27, 2008, 01:22:32 AMThis is an off topic observation I will feel compelled to delete later, but I really appreciate Disgusted stating his opinion correctly. I don't know how many times people have said "I could care less" instead of "I couldn't care less." If you could care less, then why don't you flipping do so?I have been known to bring it to the offender's attention and he looks me dead in the eye, saliva running out of the corner of his mouth and quips wittily, "Well, Camazotz, I could care less about what ya think."
Quote from: Michael Vandeven on August 03, 2008, 04:32:59 AMthe faux pas that makes me want to puke is use of the non word irregardless.
Quote from: exC2Cfan on August 03, 2008, 10:00:45 AMA valiant effort, EvB, but alas, no. I give you credit for getting some of the harder ones in Test Three correct, however. Perhaps I'll be merciful and allow you another chance. Then again, I may not because, I am sorry to tell you, you've committed yet another error: "I still try to follow traditional rules - but everyone has their quirks and many of them are regional." Although this is VERY common, in correct English, we traditionally say he. The more PC minded among us say he or she, which, being PC minded myself, I will allow.Also, there is nothing regional about these errors--I am tolerant of regionalisms. All of these are matters of standard English (or not).
Quote from: EvB on August 03, 2008, 10:15:12 AM I'll just call one of the "pre-need" outfits so my son won't have to arrange a funeral.
Quote from: EvB on August 03, 2008, 10:15:12 AMI wish we had a gender neutral form, not for PC reasons - but for clarity.
Quote from: exC2Cfan on August 03, 2008, 12:10:36 PMA man who wants to avoid prostate cancer should have their prostate checked every year.or in situations where there is no question that a statement is in reference to a male or female. For example, in a school where all the students are girls:Any student who wants to go on the field trip must ask their teacher to give them a permission slip to be signed by their parents.
Quote from: PhantasticSanShiSan on August 03, 2008, 10:03:11 AM13. He started each chapter with a famous quote by Shakespeare.
Quote from: PhantasticSanShiSan on August 03, 2008, 06:50:50 PMHe Traded Funk & Wagnalls for Scotch & Soda
Quote from: Michael Vandeven on August 03, 2008, 03:08:59 PMTest One8. If he caught as good as he hits old ladies, he'd be in the majors. But he don't.
Quote from: exC2Cfan on August 03, 2008, 10:47:12 PMOh boy, EvB, I am totally stumped by that. The mysteries of the English language I understand, but getting people and dogs across rivers in row boats is something I've never been good at. Maybe because I'm a cat person.Here's a question for you:Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
Quote from: EvB on August 03, 2008, 11:35:20 PMMount Everest - that is, unless someone finds a higher one.
Quote from: exC2Cfan on August 03, 2008, 10:47:12 PMOh boy, EvB, I am totally stumped by that. The mysteries of the English language I understand, but getting people and dogs across rivers in row boats is something I've never been good at. Maybe because I'm a cat person.
Quote from: exC2Cfan on August 04, 2008, 01:04:54 AMEvB,As you might have guessed, I'm an English teacher (and ESL textbook writer).
Quote from: mikemcc on August 04, 2008, 07:10:20 AMOne of the things I like about this forum is the generally high level of attention to quality writing, in terms of both content and correctness. With regard to correctness, we all make typos or have mind-glitches from time to time -- I've noticed a number of issues in my own writing when I reviewed some of my prior posts. I certainly do not mean to disparage my students when I say that I wish *they* would always write with the same quality and attention to correctness that I see in this forum...
Quote from: EvB on August 04, 2008, 07:59:30 AMWow- with you guys here - I'll be minding my Ps, Qs, and my QWERTY for that matter. I do tend to just slap stuff up here- that's the nature of these typs of forums and I'm often just posting as I take a short break from "real" writing. Not that I don't care what I say, I very much DO. I just don't take care the the fine details.Siiiigh - that may be at an end. ;
Quote from: mikemcc on August 04, 2008, 08:41:29 AM (I don't mean to imply that tech writing isn't creative -- it absolutely is -- just in a different way from what I'm talking about now...)