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03/05/2010

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hotrod

[this is good] Jeez, I was really hoping for something to argue with here, but you're right on point with all of them.  I'll have to save my rebuttle for another time.

Dabysan

Definately. 

M-----l

I wasted four minutes trying to use all five of your grammar peeves in one sentence, but I couldn't do it.  FAIL.

Dabysan

I don't see how that could possibly be considered a waste.

Interestingly (to me at least) my objection to "FAIL" differs slightly from my objection to "WIN."

"WIN" I just find intrinsically annoying. But FAIL is in some ways worse because it steals the thunder of a far superior linguistic affectation that Hotrod and I have been using for years.

When we find something objectionable (which is often) we often say "F. Terrible", which, of course is a million times cleverer than spelling out FAIL.

Basically what I'm saying is that we invented it, and now its being misused.

hotrod

Even though I invented FAIL (which Daby copied from me, natch), the usage of WIN bothers me more.  If I never again read the phrase "full of WIN", I will die a happy man.

crankypants

DefinATEly drives me crazy.  The same people usually know how to spell the word "finite" if asked.

The whole FAIL and WIN thing is overused and annoying.  I also hate "not so much".  And people answering their own questions.  Example.  Do I answer my own questions?  Not so much.

the 'unique' thing drives me insane as well.  But what drives me even more crazy is that when you look it up in the dicitionary (or, dictionary.com), they allow for this shit because of common usage.  Bullshit.  Just because a lot of people use it, doesn't make it right. 

 

Dabysan

SIng it sister! Just because everybody decided to start bastardizing the English language does not mean dictionaries should be giving those violations the rubber stamp.

Not so much in that construction is super aggravating as well. Definately top 10.

hotrod

I got into that argument just yesterday with a co-worker.  She was using "unique" to describe a CHAIN of sandwich restaurants.  I asked how that adjective could possible apply to a restaurant chain.  She told me I was insane.  I asked her if she knew what the word meant.  It's not synonymous with "different" or "special." 

M-----l

I despise all of the quirky internet language (lol, FAIL, teh, etc.).  I try to use proper grammar and punctuation when I write, but I get tripped up in a few areas because it's hard to remember all the way back to the third grade.  I still have no idea where to put the punctuation when ending a sentence with a quotation.  Does the period go in the quotes or outside of them?  I go back and forth.

hotrod

I realize this isn't so much a grammar peeve - it's in the same arena as "definately" - but I find "ex-patriot" to be a particularly unctuous error.

hotrod

Sources differ on the location of punctuation and quotation marks.  The important is that you double-space at the end of every sentence.

I mostly avoid the internet slang as well, but a judiciously used FTW can be effective.

crankypants

I already explained that to you.

 

M-----l

I've already had it explained to me about a dozen times by a dozen different people.  My mind becomes a blank slate after about two minutes and I can't remember it the next time I'm writing.  I like to put the punctuation inside the quotes because it looks better to my eye.  I've tried it outside before and it looks stupid.  I think the second way might be the correct way, though.


crankypants

think of it this way...is the thing inside the quotes in need of that puctuation?

"Hey," she said, "Are you going to give me back my Klark Kent CD?"

I don't care if you think you "borrowed it". 

"You're a jerk!" she yelled.

"Did you just call me a 'jerk'?" he asked.

see?

M-----l

I have no idea what FTW means.  I thought it was a goofed-up WTF.

hotrod

It means "for the win" and originated with Hollywood Squares.

crankypants

A chain of restaurants is definately NOT unique.  FAIL.

I used to never use internet speak and I still avoid a lot of the uber cutesy or annoying crap, well, I try to, but I like WTF a lot.  and OMG, though I use OMG kind of sarcastically sometimes. Srsly.

Dabysan

I'm that way about dates. Even though I've looked up a million times the date of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I can't, at this moment, tell you when it was...though I do know it is "a day that will live in infamy."

M-----l

I just did a screen capture of your fictional dialogue.  I think that will help me in the future.  Thanks.

(I know you had it in early November of 2009.  You sent me some of the songs.  Or maybe they were already on your computer and you didn't have to rip them then.  Where and when did you last see your Klark Kent CD?)

hotrod

If it makes you feel any better, it took a homestarrunner.com animation to finally teach me the difference between IT'S and ITS.  I always wanted to stick an apostrophe in the possessive.

M-----l

I really use the word "really" too much.  It really doesn't mean anything.  I'm really trying to break the habit, but it's really hard.

crankypants

Dec. 7th, 1941.

Yeah M-----l, I ripped it for you in November.  That was the last time I remember seeing it, I think.  I had it upstairs and then I don't know what happened to it.  I know I didn't have it in my car.  I just looked under all the (dwindling) piles on my coffee table and it's not there.  It's possible it could have made it into one of the piles UNDER the table.  Maybe I'll get to it this weekend.  I also looked at desk # 2 in the computer room and cleaned most of that off and it's not there.  It's a mystery.  I think there is a black hole in my life.  There are a bunch of CDs in there (not too terribly many, maybe 4 or 5) and socks.

hotrod

I do that too.  I'm also guilty of misusing "hopefully."

Dabysan

I've been known to toss around a ZOMG or two in a text, though I have no clue what, if anything the "z" stands for. 

M-----l

I caught myself pluralizing the word "iPod" as "iPod's" the other day.  This moronic error was actually in one of my Vox posts for a few minutes.  It was the first time I've ever made that mistake.  I think I'm getting stupider from reading too much computer writing.

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