If a lifetime can be likened to a day, then this is Happy Hour!
I commented on this over at The Mansion, and made note that I foul up occasionally...sometimes on purpose.But #1 drives me NUTS.And, #10, too. I hear his majesty Limbaugh often use that word, and I think, "My 9th grade speech teacher, Miss Charlotte Jaynes (a confirmed old maid) would embarrass the hell out of him in front of the entire class."Trust me, she's done it before.
#2 drives me up the wall, Andy. It's all TOO common. My Mom resembled your Miss Jaynes... and mebbe that's where I get my pedantic streak. Well, that and bein' an editor for a number of years.
Whats the affect if we loose?I mess up on some of those classics on a regular basis. But I really don't like seeing smart people use loose vice lose.The English language is a real mess. We should all speak Esperanto. Or maybe Finnish, the chicks up there tend to be pretty hot.
We all make errors occasionally, Darryl. It's people that do so consistently that bug me. I don't think English is a mess... I love the width and depth of it. English, unlike some other languages, has a word for every-freakin'-thing and more often than not six different words, or more. Yeah, it's complicated and it's difficult... but name me sumthin' that is this useful and this beautiful that ISN'T complex.
English is complex - and beautiful. Some people just don't care about their grammar; more's the pity. I've read some pretty egregious stuff from people who lay claim to high falutin' educations.
..."but name me sumthin' that is this useful and this beautiful that ISN'T complex."English is tough enough for those born into it. What wood would when willed.My smart ass answer to the query above would be simple;Beer drinking blonde bikini clad Finnish girls at the beach.Not complex at all...;)
I've read some pretty egregious stuff from people who lay claim to high falutin' educations.Heh. I know someone who has a BA in Modern Languages, TWO masters degrees in English, and who is workin' on her PhD... in English. You should see some of the stuff she writes. ;-)Darryl: The act of drinkin' beer with bikini clad blondes ain't complicated, I'll give ya that. But engaging them in conversation and tryin' to figger out how they think would be. One kinda-sorta follows the other, don't it?
#2 do have exceptions, as when one is minding his p's and q's.
Granted, Skip... granted. English has more exceptions to the rule than most languages. Your understatement for the day. ;-)
It helps that I read the stuff on the sidebar of my blog and apostrophes are a recent topic ;-)
Sometimes the brain works faster than the hand - what my mind meant to say is not what comes out my typing fingers. My eyes then read what my mind meant to say and not what my fingers typed. I try to be forgiving of others and hope they do not snicker and think less of me when my body does not work well. On the other hand, I heard my beautiful friend stand up at the funeral of her father today and say, "I'm going to read a story out of the book of Exodust." I snickered.
I try to be forgiving of others and hope they do not snicker and think less of me when my body does not work well. That would be me, Lou... coz I make my fair share o' mistakes, too."Exodust." Heh. That's pretty funny... I'd have snickered, too.
You can take it too far.I like those old Westerns where the cowboys use "whom."Of course it is correct, but I have no doubts that cowboys never said "whom."So the movie is crap at that point. As in I want my money back.
I had a guy who wanted me to help him with his resume. So I read how he got several "metals" in the war.Pot metal, steel, aluminum, what?Do you mean medallions or medals for short?He was so embarrassed.
Cowboys: I dunno... some of those ol' cowboys were pretty literate types. A few might have used "whom."Metals: Heh. Yeah, I would've been embarrassed, too. ;-)
Just be polite... that's all I ask.