The Death of Contractions

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  1. nojazzhere

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    Oh...don't pay attention to @loopfinding......in his world, it's often "opposite day".....and he does this all the time. But seriously, he often gets things right! ;)
     
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    And that was the point of the “no contractions” plot device I spoke of in “Longmire”. It was about the precision of Henry Standing Bear’s thinking and method of expression, reflecting his internal values. It made later episodes of the series more interesting to see his struggles against ethical positions.

    Tour de force character development by Lou Diamond Phillips, IMO.
     
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    THIS!!! Is FUNNY!!!!!!!!!

    Deals with abbreviations and contractions! Genius!

     
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    I know nothing about being "proper" but since my writing is all most of the world sees of me, I'll contract to my hearts content, and let you think what you want. Just know that it really will have no effect on my day.
     
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    Question: When is it okay to correct someone's grammar on the interweb?
    Answer: When it's done like Dana Loeshe.

    She receives hateful posts like this all the time:

    "Your a s---, w----, b----, and I hope your killed with a gun."

    Her response is simply:

    "You're"
     
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    On an iPhone if I simply type were there’s a bar at the bottom with we’re and were to choose between or it chooses one or the other. The visible keyboard has no punctuation marks but it just adds an apostrophe if clearly needed.

    they're
    You’ve
    We’ve
    All got a suggested pop up window apostrophe
     
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    I just write whatever and however the hell I want. Always have. I don’t even know most of the rules. I had to help write an obituary a couple weeks ago and they edited out the Oxford comma! I don’t really care about grammar. Creativity with language and (at least the attempt of) original ideas are more important to me.
     
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    That’s ok since can and can’t are really the same.
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    Well I CAN…

    what you’re looking for is WILL

     
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    LOL, I questioned it before posting. Thanks!
     
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    On another hand, if I know what someone means when they write in their own personal style I can’t be bothered to care about our stylistic differences. It ain’t all a term paper.
     
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    Heh. I sometimes reply to such things by letting the person know that whatever it is that they’re saying belongs to me is actually everyone’s.
     
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    I can see where you’re coming from, but I can’t be bothered to worry about it.

    (Yaiks! Four posts in a row? I’m outta here.)
     
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    I think I don't use many because I don't generally use many in my speech, -yup I know I did there, but what the hey!:twisted:
     
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    What I see is many people using your for you're, and could of, should of, would of, for could've, should've, would've. I know that's what they sound like when we say them, but you should still know the difference. Didn't anyone pass high school English? And, while were talking about it, what's with the silent L?
     
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    Four posts to convey that you can’t be bothered???????
     
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    I'm going to try an experiment. When my wife comes home from work, I will try to speak without using contractions and see if she notices. Anyone else up for it? Report back tomorrow.
     
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