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  • Originally posted by vtphoenix View Post
    Perhaps I'd rather go to the range then the movies, than to the movies then the range.
    Of course wouldn't bother me at all... Have fun!

    Would other sticklers add any commas to that?
    Last edited by excursivey; 12-19-2012, 09:12 PM.
    Breathe. Move forward.

    I just eat what I want...

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    • Ongoing pet peeve: I graduated college. No, the college graduated you. You graduated FROM college. Don't know why that bugs me so much.

      I am also annoyed by the "with au jus" in one of the fast food commercials airing recently.

      Mercedes commercial annoyance: the model had "less doors" than some other model. Okay, I was a Grammar Nazi and emailed Mercedes to let them know that it actually has fewer doors.

      I love this thread.

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      • Originally posted by Lewis View Post
        This must be something to do with American English. That construction is common in English English -- and as far back as you like to go:



        Of course, the word order there is rather dictated by the rhyming pattern. The word "about" (in the 14th century pronounced "aboot", of course) is put where it is to rhyme with "route" which ends the previous line.

        But there's nothing very odd about that word order, and I could probably find some examples where the word order sounds more natural than that in very old texts if I chose to look.

        It's true that Dryden at some point went back through all his writings and changed them all, moving every "to" (and so forth) behind the "which" (or whatever) to which it related ... or which it was related to.

        But why do that?

        Apparently, Dryden did it because that would how things would be in Latin -- because "by which", "of which", "from which" can't be "split" because they're one word, because Latin is an inflected language. So what? English doesn't work like that.

        Why try to put English in a Latin strait-jacket?
        This is the same reason that the rules say not to split infinitives, which has nothing to do with the sentence making sense in English--it's a Latin grammar rule that was imposed on English relatively recently in the language's evolution.

        I'm a descriptivist by nature. I think we get far too hung up on Strunk and White and forget that we speak a living language.

        Oh, and I just signed my contract to teach university-level grammar.
        “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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        • I totally bombed on this SAT question the other day.

          The Official SAT Question of the Day

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          • Originally posted by Grok View Post
            I totally bombed on this SAT question the other day.

            The Official SAT Question of the Day
            Not so tough. Pick the most straightforward structure... B.
            “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
            ~Friedrich Nietzsche
            And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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            • Every time I hear someone say "I love me some (fill-in-the-blank)" my estimation of that person's IQ drops 10 points.

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              • Originally posted by waterjen View Post
                Every time I hear someone say "I love me some (fill-in-the-blank)" my estimation of that person's IQ drops 10 points.
                I love me some folks who can't embrace colloquialisms!

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                • The local authorities have put up a shiny new metal sign with a map of the local shops. It also tells you that Witney offers a 'traditonal shopping experience'.

                  Maybe this is the opposite of a polytonal one? Who knows?

                  (Spelling Nazis are friends with grammar Nazis.)

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                  • And then there is The Department of Redundancy Department:

                    People who say they are going to enter their PIN number into the ATM machine bug me. What do you think the N in PIN and the M in ATM stand for?

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                    • Speaking of redundancy, don't you just love retailers that offer free gifts this time of year?

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                      • I have been a total grammar nazi myself but...

                        http://boingboing.net/2012/12/13/lit...Boing+Boing%29

                        I found this article to be intriguing.

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                        • My personal grammar peeve is "There's". "There's too many products to choose from." "There's millions of reasons why I should do this."

                          "There's" is a contraction of "There" and "is". You would not say, "There is too many products" or, "There is millions of reasons." You would say, "There are."
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • I enjoy creative use of spelling :-)

                            l st and foound

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                            • which witch is which?

                              When going to grade school, I don't think i ever learned the grammer rules. I just looked at the pattern given in the example and repeated it on the exercices. I randomly put in comma. I did't know what a preposition phrase until someone explained it when I was in my 30's. No one caught on to this because I tested well. Due to my test scores, I was placed in the advance enlish classes. Grades were content A, grammer C, which always averaged to a B.

                              While speaking, I frequently mixed my tenses and had other grammatical error were evident. This waz over looked because I did't talk a lot to people.

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                              • There's another thing that annoys me, though it may not necessarily be grammar. If you watch football, you may hear it multiple times a day from various announcers. "He's as good as any in football." This is used to explain how great a player may be playing. Either they are saying he's not that great, or they are elevating everyone else to his level. Do they not realize that is not a compliment?

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