Author Topic: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch  (Read 54011 times)

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #765 on: August 30, 2014, 01:46:49 PM »
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.

Well, you obviously taught your cat to lip read.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #766 on: Yesterday at 05:15:31 AM »
is it ironic that the word "Spelling" in the thread title mistakenly has three l's instead of 2?
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #767 on: Yesterday at 06:13:10 AM »
We had our first overnight guests in the new house.

Our guests sent a Thank You card, which was very thoughtful.  It is also a great example of why you don't use quotation marks for emphasis:


We just wanted to say "Thanks" for the "hospitality" and we "love, love, love" your new house.

The first time I read it I was trying to figure out how I had offended them.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #768 on: Yesterday at 06:50:24 AM »
is it ironic that the word "Spelling" in the thread title mistakenly has three l's instead of 2?

I believe it's deliberate :)
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #769 on: Yesterday at 07:22:41 AM »
We had our first overnight guests in the new house.

Our guests sent a Thank You card, which was very thoughtful.  It is also a great example of why you don't use quotation marks for emphasis:


We just wanted to say "Thanks" for the "hospitality" and we "love, love, love" your new house.

The first time I read it I was trying to figure out how I had offended them.

That just made me crack up laughing.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #770 on: Yesterday at 08:43:23 AM »
I may have ranted on this subject mentioned it before, but transitive verbs are not the same as intransitive verbs. I passed an advertisement today for mattresses, saying something like 'lay down and try!' I know this is acceptable in US English but it's wrong here in the UK!

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #771 on: Yesterday at 12:51:23 PM »
I may have ranted on this subject mentioned it before, but transitive verbs are not the same as intransitive verbs. I passed an advertisement today for mattresses, saying something like 'lay down and try!' I know this is acceptable in US English but it's wrong here in the UK!

I don't think it's correct in the US, either. Common usage, though, that will probably become entrenched and acceptable.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #772 on: Yesterday at 03:31:27 PM »
I may have ranted on this subject mentioned it before, but transitive verbs are not the same as intransitive verbs. I passed an advertisement today for mattresses, saying something like 'lay down and try!' I know this is acceptable in US English but it's wrong here in the UK!

Nope, not acceptable here, or at least it shouldn't be.

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #773 on: Yesterday at 07:17:07 PM »
I may have ranted on this subject mentioned it before, but transitive verbs are not the same as intransitive verbs. I passed an advertisement today for mattresses, saying something like 'lay down and try!' I know this is acceptable in US English but it's wrong here in the UK!

Nope, not acceptable here, or at least it shouldn't be.

And "lie" is not only grammatically correct, but it makes a nice little rhyme. Have a "try lie." (Years ago I also heard a mattress store inviting customers to take a "test rest.")

I think I first saw "ridic" in an Archie comic book in the 1960s, so it's not new. It may be making a comeback because of textspeak ("txtspk"?).

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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #774 on: Yesterday at 10:51:47 PM »
Diffuse instead of defuse. No...you defuse a bomb. You don't diffuse it. The latter is an extremely bad idea.
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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #775 on: Today at 03:45:29 AM »
Here's a new one:

If you are calling in back up or support you are calling in the cavalry.

If you are calling in the calvary, you're asking for a small hill in/near Jerusalem.


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Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #776 on: Today at 04:44:57 AM »
And "lie" is not only grammatically correct, but it makes a nice little rhyme. Have a "try lie." (Years ago I also heard a mattress store inviting customers to take a "test rest.")

That could also perhaps be a colloquial term for perjury -- the telling of an untruth when someone was being tried in court  :) ...