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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by unixfish, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    You are about 4 pints of cider short there

    Don't overdo the cider or you might start Robbie Burnsing it, ye wee timorous beastie
     
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    I under stand most word proh ssessorss ig knore duble spayss eevn if dey letyoo in sert dem.

    All so, thuh reezun Inglish haz reeplaiced French as thuh glow ball langooedge is beekoz duh French luved thair rulz too much.
     
  3. uriah1

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    WHEN IN DOUBT, ALL CAPS.
    IT GETS YOUR POINT ACROSS AND LET'S
    YOU STAND OUT. MARKETING 101
     
  4. Charlie Bernstein

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    I've done a lot of editing and writing, used to tutor college students in writing, have had articles published from time to time, and often help students at an online ESL forum. (Which does not make me an authority. Just opinionated!)

    The idea that there are grammar rules is a myth. Some countries - France, for instance - do have official rules. Happily, no English-speaking country does.

    We do have customs, traditions, preferences, trends, and standard practices - and someone to disagree with any custom or practice you name.

    There are also people and organizations dedicated to writing books on grammar, usage, and spelling. Schools, governments, and large businesses often tell their students or employees which of those books are their accepted references. But those are internal rules dictated by the school or business, not universal rules.

    So what's the standard practice for capitalizing the first letters of words in the field at the topic of a thread a title in a web forum? Simple:

    If you want to think of it as a title and proceed accordingly, thats fine.

    But if you want to think of it as a subject line and proceed accordingly, that's fine, too.
     
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  5. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    Oh, yeah! Couldn't think who that might be. The ol' fuzz box, fer sher.
     
  6. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    Creem was radical press, along with Ramparts, East Village Other, the Oracle, Forty Acres and a Mule, and Screw.

    Great writers at all of them. Gone are the days!
     
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  7. beagle

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    That deserves a Victoria bitter for effort...
     
  8. unixfish

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    TL;DR

    I.E., Too Loud. Didn't Read. :lol:
     
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  9. Charlie Bernstein

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    It's spilled over into everything. I know teachers who have to argue with students about whether LOL is a word.

    And someday it might be.
     
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  10. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    See post #64. It's a title if you want it to be a title.

    In forum subject lines I use full sentences sometimes and phrases sometimes. It depends. Either way, I capitalize the first letter. If it's a sentence, I use a period or question mark, too.

    But besides me, who cares? Do whatever works for you.
     
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    stxrus Friend of Leo's

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    ole fuzzy. When I first came here I immediately became a fan of his. Great wisdom and humor.
    I missed him when he left. Still do
     
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  12. Charlie Bernstein

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    Yup. See post #64.

    Imagine anyone trying to impose rules. It would be the most divisive issue of our times. Which is saying a lot!
     
  13. Charlie Bernstein

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    He was a little cranky for my taste. But never dull reading!
     
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    Well, it's a name, I have a friend called Lol.
     
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  15. Charlie Bernstein

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    No double spaces for me.

    But I love using short paragraphs!
     
  16. Charlie Bernstein

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    Yup! See post #64.

    The real difference between how Americans and Brits think about English becomes obvious when you compare each country's foremost authority: The Chicago Manual of Style and The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language.

    Chicago is mainly prescriptive. It tells you how to talk and write. Cambridge is mainly descriptive. It tells you how different people in different situations actually do talk and write.

    A really thorough and fun comparison of American and British English is linguist Lynn Murphy's The Prodigal Tongue. She's lived in both countries and has a lot to say. In English.
     
  17. Charlie Bernstein

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    The nerve! Oh, well. Trimming them out does make for easier reading. I don't think they're trying to correct writing. My bet is that the software just doesn't accommodate double spaces.

    Doube-space - the final frontier!
     
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    Look you guys:

    it's 0le FUZZY

    Git it right!
    :lol:
     
  19. Endless Mike

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    Well, even though people resent it, shouldn't spelling be included? When it's taken into account that there are multiple different means to have spelling checked, why not? Not to be a 1930's German National Socialist about it.

    The question is though, how does a spell checker correct for "piqued" instead "peaked" or "voila" instead of "wah-la". Probably shouldn't have brought it up. It just upsets people, and little can be done about the fact that literacy has been on the decline for some time.
     
  20. Charlie Bernstein

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    To avoid spell-check errors, just disable spell-check and use a dictionary.

    Foolproof. (It's even me-proof!)
     
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