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katycoo

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2160 on: February 09, 2014, 04:34:36 PM »
Today I was talking with two coworkers: one Australian and one American. We were all discussing the Olympics and the Australian said that he was always a little disappointed that he didn't get to watch his own country's athletes on tv: rather he had to hunt for videos online. Our American coworker was surprised that:

A) Australia has a winter Olympic team (But it's summer there now!)
B) That an Australian wouldn't automatically want to watch all the American competitors (But we're the best!)

We set him straight and he left us with the classic line "Huh, I never thought of that before!"

Just us, or did he think the whole southern hemisphere didn't compete?

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« Reply #2161 on: February 09, 2014, 04:36:23 PM »
It's not so much of a problem with the Winter Olympics, but I'm always irritated during the Summer Olympics that they don't cover all the sports. Fewer 'human interest' stories, more coverage of events like fencing and equestrian events!

Yes! Australia is OK at swimming internationally, I get it. But if you watch Olympic coverage, the first 6 days are the back of someone's head swimming up and down the pool. Heats, semi-finals, finals - every stroke of every race.

I want to see the hammer throw!

They always give priority to our medal-chance events.  I can guarantee if any of our hammer-throwers made the final, it would get televised.  I don't think its a sport we have excelled at in recent.

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« Reply #2162 on: February 09, 2014, 04:41:53 PM »
Teachers are under a lot of pressure to be "tolerant of different means of self-expression." This means, sometimes, not criticizing students for grammar, spelling, illegible handwriting, or other examples of non-conformity.

I can agree with this, to a point. I would hate to see a student pour out his/her heart in impassioned, and well-reasoned, prose, only to have it returned with "You split your infinitives - C+". On the other hand, it is a disservice to students who will have to write professionally not to teach them how to write in an accepted format. Unfortunately, a lot of graduates hit the working world with the attitude "as long as you know what I meant, it's fine."

Isn't there a happy medium? I'm pretty bad at spelling. And my grammar is pretty wonky. And lots not even start on my handwriting ok? But I've always loved to write and I'm pretty good writer. My teachers wouldn't mark me down terribly for spelling or grammar but rather give me tools to help me. Like insisting we always have someone proof read our work (by the way, it's always been my best friend, her writing isn't the best and dang can she spell and she's pretty good with grammar too. She's been proofing my work since grade school), or telling me to slow down, look words up, ect. And I'd get the same with my handwriting, just slow down a little. It's still not great, but it is legible and neat.

I'm not a teacher, nor do I play one on TV (which is good, because they're all twerking with students, or sleeping with students, really TV teachers have gotten quite terrible), but I'd want my pretend child to be able to formulate a decent sentence and also express themselves. I'm pretty sure they aren't mutually exclusive.

Though I did once have a boss who while checking her step-daughters homework, lost it over it being "sloppy" (didn't look too bad to me) and erased everything she'd done and made her re-do it. It was math homework and I guess her numbers were "sloppy", she really tore the poor girl down. So I could see it getting out of hand. Of course boss lady was not a nice person in general. There's an encouraging way to give criticism and a discouraging way. She was all about the discouraging way.

I think if you enjoy writing and do it even as a hobby, you owe it to yourself to improve your spelling and grammar skills.

And I think if you are in or want to be in a professional career where you will need to engage in written communication, it is a must.  If the lawyer I'm dealing with can't spell, how can I trust them to know the law?

If you have someone proofing your work, are you reviewing the corrections so you stop making them next time around?  Everyone makes mistakes, typos happen, but there's a huge difference in one typo and a letter than reads like a 5th grader wrote it.  Take pride in your work and present it in its best light, I say.

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« Reply #2163 on: February 09, 2014, 04:58:21 PM »
I stopped reading a recent book when someone in King Arthur's court was playing cards (possible - although they might have been stained ivory, bone, or vellum rather than paper) and scooped up the horde of that they'd won. 

Sorry - that is "hoard" - not "horde" - it wasn't the first major mistake - but it was the last one.  Four mistakes of letting Spell Check substitute the wrong homonyms in four pages just went over my limit....if you don't know the term you mean...LOOK IT UP!

Get off my lawn, you young whippersnappers...and take your bad grammar & spelling with you!
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« Reply #2164 on: February 09, 2014, 05:02:52 PM »
There's a big difference between coming upon a Viking hoard and a Viking horde.
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« Reply #2165 on: February 09, 2014, 05:09:32 PM »
I have seen a Viking hoard, I hope never to see the other.

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« Reply #2166 on: February 09, 2014, 05:13:44 PM »
I have seen a Viking hoard, I hope never to see the other.

And if I'd stolen one, I wouldn't want to see the other either.

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« Reply #2167 on: February 09, 2014, 05:13:49 PM »
I'd love the hoard - as long as there were no dragons around.

But a horde, with or without dragons...nope, I wanna hide.

Which is what I did to that Smashwords publication....
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« Reply #2168 on: February 09, 2014, 08:44:13 PM »
In my mind:

"Hoard" brings to mind the "Hoarders" and "Hoarders - Buried Alive" series;
"Horde" makes me think of my brothers' family;

Both are very messy and destructive.


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« Reply #2169 on: February 09, 2014, 08:48:36 PM »
Yes, that was Leningrad that did that. It was first St Petersburg, then Petrograd, then Leningrad and now back to St Petersburg. Stalingrad is now called Volgagrad.

My husband loves to tell this joke: A journalist was interviewing an elderly man in Leningrad.
Where were you born? he's asked. "St. Petersburg."
Where did you grow up? "Petrograd"
Where do you live now? "Leningrad"
Where would you like to live? "St. Petersburg."

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« Reply #2170 on: February 09, 2014, 10:05:37 PM »
Today I was talking with two coworkers: one Australian and one American. We were all discussing the Olympics and the Australian said that he was always a little disappointed that he didn't get to watch his own country's athletes on tv: rather he had to hunt for videos online. Our American coworker was surprised that:

A) Australia has a winter Olympic team (But it's summer there now!)
B) That an Australian wouldn't automatically want to watch all the American competitors (But we're the best!)

We set him straight and he left us with the classic line "Huh, I never thought of that before!"

Just us, or did he think the whole southern hemisphere didn't compete?

AND he's never watched the generally exhaustive opening ceremonies where each and every country competing has athletes walking around the track?  Some teams are gigantic, some teams are teeny, but the LIST of teams is huge.....
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« Reply #2171 on: February 09, 2014, 10:15:30 PM »
I have seen a Viking hoard, I hope never to see the other.
Oh, it can be worse than you thought.  Much worse.  Picture a Viking horde swarming up over the hill toward your monastery.  Got that picture firmly in mind?  What colors are they wearing?

An SCA acquaintance was doing primary research on dyes available to the medieval-era Norse, lichen and other natural dyes.  She used them to dye wool, and was making socks with the result -- lemon yellow and lilac. 

Was that Viking horde wearing dull earth colors, mostly browns and grays?  NOW picture them in lilac and lemon yellow!
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« Reply #2172 on: February 09, 2014, 10:31:46 PM »
I have seen a Viking hoard, I hope never to see the other.
Oh, it can be worse than you thought.  Much worse.  Picture a Viking horde swarming up over the hill toward your monastery.  Got that picture firmly in mind?  What colors are they wearing?

An SCA acquaintance was doing primary research on dyes available to the medieval-era Norse, lichen and other natural dyes.  She used them to dye wool, and was making socks with the result -- lemon yellow and lilac. 

Was that Viking horde wearing dull earth colors, mostly browns and grays?  NOW picture them in lilac and lemon yellow!

hehe That makes me chuckle from my safe spot in history  :D

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« Reply #2173 on: February 10, 2014, 01:56:06 AM »
I once had to tell a co-worker that people in the Old Testament weren't Christian- we were all chatting idly in the office. She was flabberghasted and asked me seriously how I knew. I said "because they lived before Christ. How can they have believed in Him if he hadn't been born yet?" She thought and finally "So Adam and Eve weren't Christians?" No. No they weren't.

And yes she is a devout Christian.
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« Reply #2174 on: February 10, 2014, 02:33:17 AM »
Not sure this fits here but here goes.

I was lined up behind another car at the boom gate at the car park exit. It's one of those car parks where you insert your paid ticket in a slot to make the boom gate rise up to let you through.

The driver in front of me seemed to be having problems. She kept trying to put the ticket in the slot.

I couldn't work out why she was doing this because the boom gate was already in the upright position. I tried to get her attention - shouting out that the gate was up, giving the horn a quick tap but she was pretty focused on the card slot. I ended up getting out of my car to let her know. Probably should have done that first but I really thought she'd just look up and see it.