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Old 25.03.2010, 16:47
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This thread has made my day. Of course, I have an entire shelf dedicated to publication manuals and stylistic writing handbooks. I also know people that have broken up with romantic interests over "your great". I'm not quite that pedantic, but I do often do a mental face/palm when reading through emails.
I'm afraid I'm one of those people. I haven't even broken up with anyone over it but if a "potential" sent me a message with...

"It was grate to meet u your the funnest person ive eva met especialy since your one of there mates"

...or similar, I'd delete their number and never speak to them ever (or should that be eva ) again.
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Old 25.03.2010, 16:52
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I'm afraid I'm one of those people. I haven't even broken up with anyone over it but if a "potential" sent me a message with...

"It was grate to meet u your the funnest person ive eva met especialy since your one of there mates"

...or similar, I'd delete their number and never speak to them ever (or should that be eva ) again.


I'd break up with them for being idiots, not for the misspelling. Thankfully, I don't have to go through THAT anymore. My husband and I have agreed that both American and English spellings can be used in Scrabble; that was the final linguistic argument we had.
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Old 25.03.2010, 16:56
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Re: Use of the apostrophe and other linguistic pitfalls

Can we mention American dislike of adverbs?

e.g.

"I went to the mall real quick".

Rather than:

"I went to the mall really quickly".

You often hear "he did good" rather than "he did well".

I feel this is probably correct American usage by now, but I hate to see it becoming more frequent in the UK.
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Old 25.03.2010, 16:57
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With the Internet, isn't this a mute point?
Call me pedantic, but I think you mean moot.
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Old 25.03.2010, 16:58
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Re: Use of the apostrophe and other linguistic pitfalls

I really hate it when people say 'it's hardly nothing' when they really mean 'it's hardly anything.'

I do giggle when people pacifically tell me something though.
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:01
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I really hate it when people say 'it's hardly nothing' when they really mean 'it's hardly anything.'

I do giggle when people pacifically tell me something though.
he he, you are bound to love 'I aint done nothing' then!
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:01
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he he, you are bound to love 'I aint done nothing' then!
I think my head just exploded.
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:01
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Can we mention American dislike of adverbs?

e.g.

"I went to the mall real quick".

Rather than:

"I went to the mall really quickly".

You often hear "he did good" rather than "he did well".

I feel this is probably correct American usage by now, but I hate to see it becoming more frequent in the UK.

While I am not guilty of those, I am guilty of occasionally splitting infinitives and frequently ending sentences with prepositions in day-to-day speech. Of course, where would Star Trek be without split infinitives?

By the way, the only people I know that say, "He went to the mall real quick" and "He did good" are from rural Indiana and the like.
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:04
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Can we mention American dislike of adverbs?

e.g.

"I went to the mall real quick".

Rather than:

"I went to the mall really quickly".

You often hear "he did good" rather than "he did well".

I feel this is probably correct American usage by now, but I hate to see it becoming more frequent in the UK.
If you were in Scotland they would say (or mumble) 'He done good'

Or if someone is in agreement 'Aye, me 'n all!'
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:04
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With the Internet, isn't this a mute point?
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Call me pedantic, but I think you mean moot.
I guess the wink wasn't clear enough for you...
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:04
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Re: Use of the apostrophe and other linguistic pitfalls

Some of the mistakes on this page are kind of amusing if anyone is ever bored..
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=2209553478

I couldnt find it now, but there was one "print screen" of some kids little "about me" caption on his page that was "My Enemies Enemy Is My Friend. Read Slow Retards"
Nice.. in more than one way..

I get lazy with apostrophes for words like "couldnt" (as I showed above).. I think someone smarter than me called them contractions.. but the incorrect use of apostrophes to show plural and possessive drives me crazy.

As does not knowing the difference between your, you're, there, their, they're

But sometimes I mortify myself by making these mistakes. If its on EF I can quickly go edit my post, but on fb I just have to delete the whole thing and hope nobody saw it..


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If you were in Scotland they would say (or mumble) 'He done good'

Or if someone is in agreement 'Aye, me 'n all!'
I often hear my Australian friends saying "alls I know is.."
Is this just an Australian thing? I dont understand where it came from..
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:06
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I do giggle when people pacifically tell me something though.
That's exspecially annoying, isn't it?
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:08
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I guess the wink wasn't clear enough for you...
Guess I've been here too long ...
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:14
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Re: Use of the apostrophe and other linguistic pitfalls

Isn't it fun making fun of the uneducated masses

On a more serious note, I dont think neone whos a native english speaker shud be making ne of the mistakes in this thread on a regular basis.

My advice to anyone wanting to improve their written English would be to never think 'It's just an SMS/forum/email/IM, it doesn't matter.'
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:16
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By the way, the only people I know that say, "He went to the mall real quick" and "He did good" are from rural Indiana and the like.
I heard Josh, in the West Wing, say "I did good" (Season 2 somewhere). Maybe this was ironic? Intentionally folksy?
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I heard Josh, in the West Wing, say "I did good" (Season 2 somewhere). Maybe this was ironic? Intentionally folksy?
Perhaps that was his intern's surname?
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Old 25.03.2010, 17:18
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Re: Use of the apostrophe and other linguistic pitfalls

I think that part of the problem with forums, texts, etc is that they are open to ambiguity.
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Re: Use of the apostrophe and other linguistic pitfalls

Ooo, here's another one for the list...

"He asked me a question and I was literally stumped."

"I was literally over the moonl"

Arg! Please don't use the word literally when you mean figuratively. If you can't be arsed to put figuratively into a sentence, don't use it at all.
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I think that part of the problem with forums, texts, etc is that they are open to ambiguity.
... and that, in a nutshell, is precisely what is so important about paying attention to one's writing.

Unless one is being ambiguous on purpose.
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