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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Count, Dec 3, 2019 at 12:13 AM.

  1. drumtime

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    I agree - after a few decades as a writer and editor, I have a hard time redefining "making mistakes" as "the language evolving." That said, and not to be a d**k about it, the word you meant to use is "tenet," not "tenant." See -- I can't help myself.
     
  2. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

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    You make a lot of parallels to different stuff, but neither driving into trees or religion is language

    Language does not only evolve to accomodate new things .. Take for example word genders. Words in my language used to have three genders (male, female and neutral) .. Now we only have two and no longer discern between male and female (unlike our german neighbours that still do).


    We also have two ways of applying commas (,). The old grammatical way based on sentence structure and the new way, which has different rules. Both are official and you can freely use both, tho you can't off course mix them.

    Words change spelling over time too

    etc etc.
     
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  3. Obsessed

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    Wow, this is an interesting perspective. I wonder if what is happening to our English grammar is evolving compared to other languages around the world? Is email and texting changing other languages in a similar fashion?
     
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    No it aint.
     
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  5. Toto'sDad

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    Yeah! I hate that stuff, man!
     
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  7. unixfish

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    But, but, but, but, but if everyone used that enough, it would be correct? :lol::lol::lol:

    Yep - I used the wrong word - not just a typo. Thanks for the update - seriously - as I probably would have made that same mistake again.
     
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    AYS? PMFJI but NO1 needs punctuation now days ATEOTD everyone is Tweeting and texting. TMWFI
     
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  10. Obsessed

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    My step daughters are now texting by just using imojis.o_O
     
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  11. nojazzhere

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    Uh, yeah.....I can tell you do.....;)
     
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  12. unixfish

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    1. The prophets fly.
    2. The prophet's fly.
    One is a means of transportation for clerics, the other is a cleric's zipper. Huh. I guess apostrophes do matter. :D
    1. Writers block.
    2. Writer's block.
    3. Writers' block.
    All mean something different - and only one is a sub-forum that I named. :lol:
     
  13. boris bubbanov

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    This post is funny except that, 30% of the readers see nothing wrong with it and only 60% see both misuses.

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    When you provide spell check, people let their guard down. They don't transfer their vigilance to punctuation; instead they relax entirely and do not worry about any of it. However, maybe where we are now is better than where many of my clients were in 1985. That is, functionally illiterate. Word processing and I-Phones have compelled a younger generation towards literacy of some sort. Even if it is highly imperfect.
     
  14. fretWalkr

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    What about quotation marks? I saw a shop once that advertised "fresh" fish. Based on the allegedly fresh nature of the fish I chose to pass on their seafood.

    Uh, what a sec...(HEY YOU KIDS, GET OFF MY LAWN!)
    I'm back, what was I saying?
     
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    I have not understood a single word my granddaughter has said since she became a teenager. I think you've uncovered why, they probably speak in imojis.
     
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    I've been complaining about this for years, especially with the stupidity that is rampant in the South. When I first moved to Floriduh, I was gigging across from a used appliance store that had a big sign in front that said "Washer's & Dryer's". I went over to inform them of the error, & they looked at me with that blank stare that southerners in Florida all have. I've since given up.
     
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    Trust me, my six year old granddaughter is very knowledgeable in the imoji hieroglyphs.

    I think we are going backwards.:cry:
     
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    Well, bess your heart, dickey. :cool:
     
  19. JL_LI

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    Taken to its (no apostrophe) logical conclusion, there needs to be a society to combat the misuse of punctuation on the line, thereby combating the misuse of the comma, semicolon, and colon. Most of us know where the period belongs. And no, a decimal point is not a period.
     
  20. boris bubbanov

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    Yes.

    For decades I would write guage when it was supposed to be gauge. And people didn't care enough to take me on over it. I wish they had, sooner.

    Just another one of those misspelled words I picked up from my Dad (who has had serious hearing problems since childhood). It was my job as a kid to edit the written presentations he did at work, but every once in a while his alternate approach somehow won me over.
     
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