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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #630 on: July 26, 2014, 10:32:07 AM »
Flout and flaunt. 

Flout means to openly disregard. 
Flaunt means to parade some perceived superiority. 

The only things you can flout are rules and convention.  You can flaunt  wealth, education or anything else that makes you feel you're better than someone else. 

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #631 on: July 26, 2014, 12:49:23 PM »
For some reason today I'm coming across the 'silent e' thing. Can people not hear the difference with words that aren't even pronounced the same way? This morning I've encountered 'I am loathe to do...' No, you aren't. You're loath to. Loathe is a verb. I loathe eating offal, I am loath to eat it. One is a verb and the other is an adjective. I've also seen 'I'm just going to change my cloths' for 'clothes', and 'she couldn't breath properly'. I'm a bit hiss and spit this morning and it's annoying me even more than usual.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #632 on: July 26, 2014, 01:00:47 PM »
Mine is comma abuse.  Hubby always puts a comma in a sentence as he put it: " when you are pausing in a sentence, you add a comma".  I don't look at it that way as it looks like comma splicing, and so I do not let him proof my school papers (although he can do anything else!)  Working in the local school system, I see a lot of beginning spelling mistakes from my kids, what I do is ask them to speak out the word and then try to spell it.  If that doesn't work, then I introduce them to Mr. Webster (we keep children's dictionaries in the classroom) and try to introduce them to the joys of a well written sentence even in second grade! 
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #633 on: July 26, 2014, 01:03:26 PM »
For some reason today I'm coming across the 'silent e' thing. Can people not hear the difference with words that aren't even pronounced the same way? This morning I've encountered 'I am loathe to do...' No, you aren't. You're loath to. Loathe is a verb. I loathe eating offal, I am loath to eat it. One is a verb and the other is an adjective. I've also seen 'I'm just going to change my cloths' for 'clothes', and 'she couldn't breath properly'. I'm a bit hiss and spit this morning and it's annoying me even more than usual.

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Uh, I've always heard "loath" and "loathe" pronounced the same way. I still spell them differently, though.

The others, though, make no sense.


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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #634 on: July 26, 2014, 01:11:42 PM »
This is syntax more than anything else, but



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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #635 on: July 26, 2014, 01:27:10 PM »
I'm glad I read your explanation...I was horrified there for a minute. I thought, 'The plane carrying the bodies from that crash *crash landed*?? Those people are CURSED!"
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #636 on: July 26, 2014, 06:29:25 PM »
For some reason today I'm coming across the 'silent e' thing. Can people not hear the difference with words that aren't even pronounced the same way? This morning I've encountered 'I am loathe to do...' No, you aren't. You're loath to. Loathe is a verb. I loathe eating offal, I am loath to eat it. One is a verb and the other is an adjective. I've also seen 'I'm just going to change my cloths' for 'clothes', and 'she couldn't breath properly'. I'm a bit hiss and spit this morning and it's annoying me even more than usual.

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I never knew that, thank you. This will help me whenever I'm not certain about that last E, without the need to check the dictionary.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #637 on: July 28, 2014, 08:09:09 AM »
 Another syntax-y issue. I'll call it the dangling 'which', since I'm not sure of the terminology.

 e.g. Stan and Fauntleroy are making cakes. Stan makes a superb, exemplary cake, whereas Fauntleroy becomes distracted, leaves something to overheat, goes off somewhere and returns to find half his ingredients aflame. No one is pleased.
 You want to convey this displeasure to Fauntleroy, thusly: "You were meant to be baking... something which Stan accomplished, but you not only failed *spectacularly* at, but topped off by setting the cheese on fire."
 
 I see a lot of this instead: "You were meant to be baking... Stan accomplished this, which you not only failed *spectacularly* at baking but set the cheese on fire too."

 It works if you substitute 'whereas' for 'which', but it's like the writer/speaker lost track of what their 'which' referred to (i.e. baking), spiralled off into a new thought, and restated a whole unnecessary clump of sentence. It reads as if it's switched tracks suddenly in the middle, and if it's a very long sentence, I lose the thread.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #638 on: July 28, 2014, 01:02:34 PM »
This is one that really bothers me, because if you read it it makes no sense: "First come, first serve." It makes my brain hurt!

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #639 on: July 28, 2014, 01:09:43 PM »
This is one that really bothers me, because if you read it it makes no sense: "First come, first serve." It makes my brain hurt!

I've seen it with or without a D on the end, but either way is extraordinarily lazy shorthand for, "The first people who come through the door are the first people we serve/first people who are served."

"Drive-Thru" -- I might have brought this one up before, but the "thru" spelling really bothers me in this context, and it's worse when it's used for any other "through." It's so commonplace that I don't think people realize they're doing it.

"Donuts" instead of "doughnuts": Add this to the list of do-nots. :D

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #640 on: July 28, 2014, 02:57:52 PM »
This is one that really bothers me, because if you read it it makes no sense: "First come, first serve." It makes my brain hurt!

I've seen it with or without a D on the end, but either way is extraordinarily lazy shorthand for, "The first people who come through the door are the first people we serve/first people who are served."


After getting ice cream yesterday, The Sweetie and I were musing about why "ice cream" instead of "iced cream" is okay but "can goods" instead of "canned goods" isn't.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #641 on: July 28, 2014, 03:09:42 PM »
This is one that really bothers me, because if you read it it makes no sense: "First come, first serve." It makes my brain hurt!

I've seen it with or without a D on the end, but either way is extraordinarily lazy shorthand for, "The first people who come through the door are the first people we serve/first people who are served."


After getting ice cream yesterday, The Sweetie and I were musing about why "ice cream" instead of "iced cream" is okay but "can goods" instead of "canned goods" isn't.

Also, "ice tea" - not ok. It's "iced tea".

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #642 on: July 28, 2014, 03:12:28 PM »
This is one that really bothers me, because if you read it it makes no sense: "First come, first serve." It makes my brain hurt!

I've seen it with or without a D on the end, but either way is extraordinarily lazy shorthand for, "The first people who come through the door are the first people we serve/first people who are served."

"Drive-Thru" -- I might have brought this one up before, but the "thru" spelling really bothers me in this context, and it's worse when it's used for any other "through." It's so commonplace that I don't think people realize they're doing it.

"Donuts" instead of "doughnuts": Add this to the list of do-nots. :D

Re: the "D," if you leave the letter off it means that you are the first to serve, not to be served (the first people to come through are the first served). Yes, people write it, "first serve," but it's incorrect.

I don't like "thru," either. Even when I'm texting I spell it "through."

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #643 on: July 28, 2014, 03:13:13 PM »
This is one that really bothers me, because if you read it it makes no sense: "First come, first serve." It makes my brain hurt!

I've seen it with or without a D on the end, but either way is extraordinarily lazy shorthand for, "The first people who come through the door are the first people we serve/first people who are served."


After getting ice cream yesterday, The Sweetie and I were musing about why "ice cream" instead of "iced cream" is okay but "can goods" instead of "canned goods" isn't.

Also, "ice tea" - not ok. It's "iced tea".

Yes, that one, too!  :)

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #644 on: July 28, 2014, 04:05:01 PM »
A local ice cream store had "salt carmel" as their special flavor of the week.  When I saw it I turned to DH and did this  :o ::) >:(.

He looked at me and said "You want to take your red pen out of your purse, don't you?".

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