An article to put grammar nazis in their place

  1. Cathbad

    Cathbad Level 30 Geek Master

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    Hey! I have a speech impediment, called by its professional term, "Stupidity". Don't make fun!

    Well, actually, I was referring to placement. We say "green dress", while the rest of the world says "dress green".

    (And would "someone" like to explain whassup with me and all these "quotation marks" recently??)
     
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  2. Ursa major

    Ursa major Bearly Believable Staff Member

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    Saying "green dress" rather than "dress green"** is not unique to US English. We say "green dress" over here too. (In fact, we taught you to say it that way....)


    ** - An injunction to wear sackcloth and ashes...? :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    I'm wondering how long it'll take before grammarians decide the "rules" of texting. :D

    "No, you cannot use more than one emoji in a single line."
     
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  4. R.T James

    R.T James Furry Steampunk Street Urchin

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    What? :eek::confused:o_O:eek:

    I can see that happening. I can so see that happening. I do appreciate the rules of grammar. I grasp the bare minimum and I confess this openly, but some people go way over the top.
     
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  5. DelActivisto

    DelActivisto WARG!

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    Umm... ok. o_O
     
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  6. Radrook

    Radrook Science fiction fantasy

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    Two that irk me are the use of "except" for "accept" and "effect" for "affect". Even more annoying is the use of "went" for "go".
    Now that is a humdinger!
     
  7. DelActivisto

    DelActivisto WARG!

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    I went to go affect you, but before I had an effect on you I had to accept that I had nothing to gain except to eat cookies.

    Now that was tongue in cheek and I may not have even done it right. I get them mixed up all the time, despite keeping my dictionary handy. I can even use force-click on my MBP to instantly get dictionary definitions on any standard word I type, but still I sometimes mix up the "standard really annoying English" words.
     
  8. Radrook

    Radrook Science fiction fantasy

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    I can understand those very basic mistakes happening when English is in the process of being learned as second language. However, from a person raised and educated in an English-speaking country such as England or the USA confusion over the meaning of such simple words comes across as very unusual.

    Example:

    Did you ate the apple?

    Any person raised in an English-speaking country would know that the above use of "ate" is flawed.
     
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  9. DelActivisto

    DelActivisto WARG!

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    Sure, but native English speakers are unlikely to make that mistake, while it's quite common for people to mix up "effect" and "affect." They even used to be the same word.
     
  10. HareBrain

    HareBrain Bunny of Wonder Staff Member

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    æffect?
     
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  11. Danny Creasy

    Danny Creasy Well-Known Member

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