Y'all are gonna hate my posts. I ain't never learnt to talk talk english good. As a product of the Dade County Public School System(all the Miami will know what I speak of) I'm lucky I made out able to spell my name. But I will try my best, so be gentle with me.
The irony is I married an English professor who has been known to write letters to editors correcting their publications.
I like people who deliberately use poor grammar (just like the late, great, Les Dawson (Brits of a certain age will remember him) used to play the piano deliberately badly - only someone of almost virtuoso standard can play that 'badly').
From one of my favourite poets (and ought to be Poet Laureate)
Got lost in
Moral: - She shouldn't have went.
La tristesse durera toujours...
I saw this article today over at Lew's site: Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.
Originally Posted by Mica
I was taught to use two spaces in between sentences, I guess now I will try and stick to just a single space unless I'm using a monospace font.
Yeah, I read a similar article yesterday and my head almost exploded. I learned to type in the 1970s, and it was considered an error if we did not leave two spaces after a sentence.
> I could care less
It depends what that person means when he says it. For example, I care now but if you keep bugging me about it, I will care less.
Oh - this hurts - I've been double spacing after a period in a sentence for close to 50 years - can I ever unlearn this?!
Originally Posted by Grok
I learned how to type in 1992 and it was a 0 if you didn't put 2 spaces after a period and I still do. Not going to stop that now.
Originally Posted by dragonmamma
I am a grammar nazi, but more of a spelling nazi really. I am constantly on my oldest daughter about how atrocious her spelling is.
Indeed. Love this thread. Compulsive apostrophication vexes me. But, there worse crimes, and I think we should err on the side of inclusiveness and affirmation. And, if you can't play fast and loose with the lingo someplace like this, where can you?
Stand up and shout out if Archie and Mehitabel is on your top 10 favorite books list!
And another thing...
The one that raises my blood pressure the worst is "pleaded". Nooooooooo!!!!!! It is "pled", damn it!
Oh, and I saw somewhere discussion of a new book called, The English is Coming, which I'm eager to see. Idea is that English has been wildly syncretic and rapidly changing for centuries, and can only become more so as there are now six people speaking it as a second or third language for every person speaking it as their first language. Buckle your seat belts, my fellow English grammar nazis, the ride only gets bumpier from here.
Returning to telegraphic, arch forumspeak. That is all.
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