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Re: Vocab tune-up
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2013, 09:31:30 PM »
I completely concur regarding the importance of grammar.
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Re: Vocab tune-up
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2013, 10:02:48 PM »
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Re: Vocab tune-up
« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2013, 03:54:34 AM »
^it's amazing the number of people who use words without really thinking - what does this mean exactly (or even roughly). Or write articles without defining terms.
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a prize example being the word 'spirituality'. Related Wikipedia page starts "The term spirituality lacks a definitive definition ..."; yet, it is very commonly used without any attempt at definition. (It's not an on-topic word for dc, hence the spoilers.)

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Re: Vocab tune-up
« Reply #28 on: September 26, 2013, 05:28:27 AM »


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It's a good example in ways: he'd have to shoot the complete population of Ireland for the way they pronounce 'H' ;-)


Haven't heard that one about ignorami vs. ignoramuses before...
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Re: Vocab tune-up
« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2013, 10:52:04 PM »
Stephen Fry has a great essay on language pedants: summarized in an article here:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/stephen-fry-takes-on-the-language-pedants/article624941/

Or read the entire treatise here:  http://www.stephenfry.com/2008/11/04/dont-mind-your-language%E2%80%A6/

In the article on his page - the second link above - the part about pedantry is at least halfway down the page.

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Re: Vocab tune-up
« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2013, 02:52:06 AM »
maybe *you* have a fifter I could kiff ?
fo forry, fad to fay no fifter.  :(

Actually, that would be 'kiſs your ſiſter', consistent with the post-medieval/pre-modern usage of the archaic 'long s'w
Glad to see it go, really.  I've a spelling-nazi streak in me that would have been driven to fits...

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Re: Vocab tune-up
« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2013, 10:38:53 AM »
maybe *you* have a fifter I could kiff ?
fo forry, fad to fay no fifter.  :(

Actually, that would be 'kiſs your ſiſter', consistent with the post-medieval/pre-modern usage of the archaic 'long s'w
Glad to see it go, really.  I've a spelling-nazi streak in me that would have been driven to fits...
True, but I haven't a long s on my f-ing keyboard   :o
 

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Re: Vocab tune-up
« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2013, 11:08:06 AM »
consistent with the post-medieval/pre-modern usage of the archaic 'long s'w.

I guess that would be related to the German "scharfes S" (= "ß" ~ "ss"/"sz").
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Even though long s has otherwise disappeared from German orthography, ß is still used as a ligature and is replaced by 'SS' or 'SZ' in capitalized spelling. Its German name is Eszett, the lexicalized expression for "sz", from "es-zed") or scharfes S, "sharp S").
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seems to indicate that it co-existed with the "long s"...


I've a spelling-nazi streak in me that would have been driven to fits...
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and here I thought all along that you were this real chilled out kind of guy ;-) :p
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Re: Vocab tune-up
« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2013, 04:00:51 PM »
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and here I thought all along that you were this real chilled out kind of guy ;-) :p

 ;D  Well, actually, my reaction to most grammar and spelling mistakes:

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So... yeah.  ;)