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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #570 on: June 02, 2014, 05:31:55 PM »
Apostrophe abuse at a barbershop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Not to mention the odd typography, with the dot over each upper case "I".
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #571 on: June 09, 2014, 12:49:25 PM »
DH and I took The Beagle for a long walk in a local park.  Right there, on the walking trail, was this sign:

No trespassing after dark without permission.   :o

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #572 on: June 09, 2014, 01:09:32 PM »
DD came home from elementary school today with this bracelet:



It says "Caught Doing Good" and I'm not sure if that's supposed to mean that she was doing good in the community or if she was doing well in class.
Definitely the former, and not bad grammar.  After all, one isn't caught doing well in class.  Incidentally, my elementary school had something similar called a "caught being good."  A (male) classmate and I received one for freely pairing up in gym class.  Evidently most kids would whine when forced to pair with an opposite-gendered student during gym.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #573 on: June 09, 2014, 04:04:22 PM »
A consequence of the abundance of bad grammar on the internet:
I saw a correctly used "they're" and caught myself mid-eye-roll...Oh, wait...it's the correct spelling!

This is really bad - I've always been able to rely on my "sounds right" sense and now it's being slowly pushed askew.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #574 on: June 12, 2014, 04:55:54 PM »
"Myself" instead of "me" or "I" makes me want to scream. "Myself, my spouse, and our children went" or "He told Grandpa, Dad and myself that-"

No. Stop it. It does not sound more elegant that way!

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #575 on: June 12, 2014, 05:29:56 PM »
To some, any added syllables increase the prestige and emphasize the intelligence of the writer. Think ofthose who prefer 'utilize' over 'use'.   

A few years ago I posted about an article reviewing books for children.  The very well-regarded reviewer wanted to say that certain difficult concepts were presented in a way that children could begin to understand.  Instead of 'simple' she consistently used 'simplistic'. 

She believed that the extra syllable made her writing sound more authoritative. It just made people who know the difference between 'simple' and 'simplistic' want to strangle her.     

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #576 on: June 13, 2014, 02:55:46 AM »
"Myself" instead of "me" or "I" makes me want to scream. "Myself, my spouse, and our children went" or "He told Grandpa, Dad and myself that-"

No. Stop it. It does not sound more elegant that way!

POD POD POD! This drives me nuts.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #577 on: June 13, 2014, 09:03:01 AM »
"Myself" instead of "me" or "I" makes me want to scream. "Myself, my spouse, and our children went" or "He told Grandpa, Dad and myself that-"

No. Stop it. It does not sound more elegant that way!

Total POD. I attribute this misuse of "myself" to the fact that there is so much confusion as to whether to use "me" or "I" in a sentence. I believe people use "myself" instead so they don't have to decide.

It has become ubiquitous in emails:
Please contact Joe or myself if you have any questions.

Ugh.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #578 on: June 13, 2014, 09:30:37 AM »
"Myself" instead of "me" or "I" makes me want to scream. "Myself, my spouse, and our children went" or "He told Grandpa, Dad and myself that-"

No. Stop it. It does not sound more elegant that way!

Total POD. I attribute this misuse of "myself" to the fact that there is so much confusion as to whether to use "me" or "I" in a sentence. I believe people use "myself" instead so they don't have to decide.

It has become ubiquitous in emails:
Please contact Joe or myself if you have any questions.

Ugh.
DH does it for just that reason.  And I know that he knows the trick of using I or me, because I've heard him tell the grandsons.  What is so hard about using Joe and I when you would use a singular I, and Joe and me when you would use me? I went to the store.  Joe and I went to the store.  Please contact me.  Please contact Joe or me::) >:( :o
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #579 on: June 13, 2014, 10:03:26 AM »
Under a picture in an article:  "To embiggen, please click here."

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #580 on: June 13, 2014, 10:11:56 AM »
Under a picture in an article:  "To embiggen, please click here."
Isn't English a wonderful language?  ;D
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #581 on: June 13, 2014, 10:21:59 AM »
Under a picture in an article:  "To embiggen, please click here."
Isn't English a wonderful language?  ;D

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #582 on: June 13, 2014, 12:10:40 PM »
Under a picture in an article:  "To embiggen, please click here."

It's a perfectly cromulent word.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #583 on: June 13, 2014, 06:15:00 PM »
Under a picture in an article:  "To embiggen, please click here."
Isn't English a wonderful language?  ;D


English is indeed wonderful. I'm just not sure 'embiggen' is English...
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #584 on: June 13, 2014, 06:33:25 PM »
Under a picture in an article:  "To embiggen, please click here."
Isn't English a wonderful language?  ;D


English is indeed wonderful. I'm just not sure 'embiggen' is English...

Oh, come on. It's awesomesauce! <- and that is the new trendy term that makes me go