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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #750 on: August 26, 2014, 04:28:36 PM »
I am taking a college history course online, started yesterday.  Instructor asks for us to join in a discussion with name, location, background and clues to our favorite historical person but not their name for the rest of us to guess.  Some are very interesting and difficult. 

I copied the exact text: My favorite historical figure was a president in office that was cripled from the waiste down but that never stopped him. He had one of the most important speches that led to the tearing down of the berlin well. He was an actor in California before becoming governor.

I don't want to get into political trouble here - but I cannot find ONE president that meets this criteria.  I found one that was crippled from polio and one that was an actor prior to being Governor of California and made an important speech about the Berlin Wall. 

Again, this is college and this person is a local high school graduate.  I just want to call their high school and cry.   

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #751 on: August 26, 2014, 05:12:17 PM »
I just saw something on that bastion of excellent writing and grammar, Facebook, where someone's Twitter post is being shared around so it can be jeered at for referring to the Holocaust as the "Hall of Cost" - an unusual (perhaps Freudian) slip, given the appalling cost to humanity.

The clincher was one of the jeerers in the comments, who wrote " Well, he may have the actually spelling wrong, and the actual name of the Halocoast...."  Presumably some saintly beach resort, somewhere.

Grins. I love irony.

I saw this on something yesterday and could not figure out what they were talking about...

dear heavens - Hall of Cost ???   I'm just stunned into near silence. 

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #752 on: August 27, 2014, 05:02:14 AM »
I just saw something on that bastion of excellent writing and grammar, Facebook, where someone's Twitter post is being shared around so it can be jeered at for referring to the Holocaust as the "Hall of Cost" - an unusual (perhaps Freudian) slip, given the appalling cost to humanity.

The clincher was one of the jeerers in the comments, who wrote " Well, he may have the actually spelling wrong, and the actual name of the Halocoast...."  Presumably some saintly beach resort, somewhere.

Grins. I love irony.

There's another message board which I frequent, which has "coined" an Internet "Law" of its own (called Gaudere's Law, after a poster thereon, with that online name, who has seemed to be a frequent victim of the phenomenon concerned). Which is, that anyone who makes a post correcting another poster's spelling or grammar, is extremely likely -- if not outright guaranteed -- to have an error of some kind in that very post of theirs.  Admittedly, this is usually a matter of typos, rather than of being wrong / mistaken oneself.  However, it tends to make one wary of perpetrating such correcting-type posts !

With "the highly ignorant correcting the highly ignorant", though -- absolutely: you've got to laugh.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #753 on: August 27, 2014, 09:15:41 AM »
If I see one more person state that orange female cats are "incredibly rare" I'm going to scream. Roughly 1/4 of orange cats are female. That's not incredibly rare - or ever regular old rare.

Thank you!

You're welcome - although I now realize I posted that in the wrong thread.  :D

Which thread is it? I can't find it! I have a male calico, the number of people who insist I'm wrong is astounding...

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #754 on: August 27, 2014, 10:49:57 AM »
If I see one more person state that orange female cats are "incredibly rare" I'm going to scream. Roughly 1/4 of orange cats are female. That's not incredibly rare - or ever regular old rare.

Thank you!

You're welcome - although I now realize I posted that in the wrong thread.  :D

Which thread is it? I can't find it! I have a male calico, the number of people who insist I'm wrong is astounding...

I had an all white cat with green eyes who wasn't deaf.  Plenty of people insisted I was wrong even after I called to him and he came to me.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #755 on: August 27, 2014, 11:01:25 AM »
My brother got married at the weekend.

I earned a great many Good Sister Points for biting my tongue and not pointing out the 150 (approx!) missing apostrophes on all their place cards and menus. They all said "Elphaba and Fiyeros Wedding" - it's not even correct if there'd been more than one groom. Gah. And the really sad part is I'm probably the only person who noticed...

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #756 on: Yesterday at 03:52:15 PM »
I am taking a college history course online, started yesterday.  Instructor asks for us to join in a discussion with name, location, background and clues to our favorite historical person but not their name for the rest of us to guess.  Some are very interesting and difficult. 

I copied the exact text: My favorite historical figure was a president in office that was cripled from the waiste down but that never stopped him. He had one of the most important speches that led to the tearing down of the berlin well. He was an actor in California before becoming governor.

I don't want to get into political trouble here - but I cannot find ONE president that meets this criteria.  I found one that was crippled from polio and one that was an actor prior to being Governor of California and made an important speech about the Berlin Wall. 

Again, this is college and this person is a local high school graduate.  I just want to call their high school and cry.   

 :o

My assessment is the same as yours!

One of my favorite books is "Anguished English" by Richard Lederer.  It is chock full of grammar mistakes and comical historical inaccuracies.  Example: "Beethoven wrote many symphonies.  He also fathered many children.  In between, he practiced on a old spinster in the attic."  ;D

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #757 on: Yesterday at 04:30:20 PM »
I am taking a college history course online, started yesterday.  Instructor asks for us to join in a discussion with name, location, background and clues to our favorite historical person but not their name for the rest of us to guess.  Some are very interesting and difficult. 

I copied the exact text: My favorite historical figure was a president in office that was cripled from the waiste down but that never stopped him. He had one of the most important speches that led to the tearing down of the berlin well. He was an actor in California before becoming governor.

I don't want to get into political trouble here - but I cannot find ONE president that meets this criteria.  I found one that was crippled from polio and one that was an actor prior to being Governor of California and made an important speech about the Berlin Wall. 

Again, this is college and this person is a local high school graduate.  I just want to call their high school and cry.   

 :o

My assessment is the same as yours!

One of my favorite books is "Anguished English" by Richard Lederer.  It is chock full of grammar mistakes and comical historical inaccuracies.  Example: "Beethoven wrote many symphonies.  He also fathered many children.  In between, he practiced on a old spinster in the attic."  ;D

Or the bank that said "Save with us - you'll never reget it!"

I love Richard Lederer's books. ;D
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #758 on: Today at 02:27:28 PM »
I copied the exact text: My favorite historical figure was a president in office that was cripled from the waiste down but that never stopped him. He had one of the most important speches that led to the tearing down of the berlin well. He was an actor in California before becoming governor.

So someone made a Frankenstein-like president out of FDR and Ronald Reagan? Politically, that would have been very interesting!
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #759 on: Today at 03:07:35 PM »
If I see one more person state that orange female cats are "incredibly rare" I'm going to scream. Roughly 1/4 of orange cats are female. That's not incredibly rare - or ever regular old rare.

Thank you!

You're welcome - although I now realize I posted that in the wrong thread.  :D

Which thread is it? I can't find it! I have a male calico, the number of people who insist I'm wrong is astounding...

The people saying that about orange cats was on Facebook rather than here. I meant to put my post in the Things That Drive You Nuts thread instead of this one.

My cats' vet has a male calico, also. They're few and far between, but they certainly exist. :)
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #760 on: Today at 04:18:21 PM »
I copied the exact text: My favorite historical figure was a president in office that was cripled from the waiste down but that never stopped him. He had one of the most important speches that led to the tearing down of the berlin well. He was an actor in California before becoming governor.

So someone made a Frankenstein-like president out of FDR and Ronald Reagan? Politically, that would have been very interesting!

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