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Old 20th Jan 2010, 14:15
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I went to Ashton Grammar,
It really was sublime,
But Latin French and English
were a total waste of time.
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 14:21
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Janice was a prefect
With lovely long blond hair
I longed to grab and kiss her
But she never knew I cared

I say SN, damned sight more interesting reliving our schooldays than discussing wretched grammar, what ?

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Old 20th Jan 2010, 14:23
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Absobloodylutely OFSO old bean. Spiffing jape!!

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Old 20th Jan 2010, 15:09
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I leaned my P's and Q's
"Mind your Ps and Qs" was an instruction to apprentice printers in the days of movable type, when they were putting the letters back in their boxes, as the reverse-image characters were easily confused.

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Old 20th Jan 2010, 15:13
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"I Leaned" my P's and Qs ?
OK if you're that way inclined I suppose?
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 16:17
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Nah Stormin, that's 'I Italicised my P's and Q's'.
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 17:07
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'I Italicised my P's and Q's'.
There ain't a noun that can't be verbed!

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Old 20th Jan 2010, 18:17
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The whole purpose of writing is the communication of ideas, and anything that . . .
Now, I put it to the panel. Is the use of an Oxford comma appropriate here?

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Old 20th Jan 2010, 20:48
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LR, the Oxford comma is entirely up to the author, I beleive, but as the idea behind punctuation is to assist the reader,(ie when to take a pause),then in this instance it probably is correct.


Also, didn't 'mind your Ps and Qs' originally stand to mean 'mind your PINTS and QUARTS'?
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 21:11
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Why do people being interviewed generally start their response to questions "Yeh, no..........."?
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 21:14
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Why do people being interviewed generally start their response to questions "Yeh, no..........."?
And why do they go to all the trouble of saying 'absolutely' when they could just say 'yes'.
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 22:22
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... and I haven't heard the word 'basically' used to add any value to a sentence for years. (I seem to remember using the word 'actually' a lot when I was a teenager - that didn't mean much either.)
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 22:51
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"Yeah, (I hear your question), No, (you are wrong").

I call it value added expression. Probably subject to Taxes.

I blame the 24 hour news cycle. Twits embellishing their scripts, with extraneous, baffling, and moronic utterings.


"Absolutely, (you are bright and exquisitely correct; pay me the same demeanor in your response?") A pathetic pay for humour 'drop'.

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It's an odd thing, but I have a friend at home that is a great 'natterer' (well, you can say flatterer.) Anyway, another pal says to me, 'Old Scrutbucket, is always swearing . . . uses the F-word several times a sentence.'

'Does he?' Says I.

Next time I saw my pal, we talked for our usual hour or so, and I realized that he did indeed cuss, almost all the time. What is so odd is that in 35 years, I hadn't really noticed.

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Old 20th Jan 2010, 23:22
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You have a friend at home who is a great natterer.......?
 
Old 20th Jan 2010, 23:32
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Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
Avoid clichés like the plague (They’re old hat).
Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
Be more or less specific.
Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
No sentence fragments.
Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used.
Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
One should NEVER generalize.
Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
Don’t use no double negatives.
Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
One word sentences. Eliminate.
Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
The passive voice is to be ignored.
Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
Kill all exclamation points!!!
Use words correctly irregardless of how others use them.
Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forward earth shaking ideas.
Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.
Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations”.
You’ve heard it once you’ve heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
Puns are for children, not groan readers.
Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
Who needs rhetorical questions?
Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 23:35
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Bear, you're worse than the lovely ladies in the writer's group, you are. Okay then, I'll settle for: Who's a great...


And Capitano, that's a great list. For some unknown reason, it reminds me of a French type rating instructor who always pronounced Pitot head as pee-tot head. I said, 'Surely, pitot is a French word, is it not?' and he said, 'Don't call me Surely.'
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 01:34
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Italics are leaning, it's visual, not grammar.
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 09:18
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Yes, but in your example "italic" has been used as a verb!

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Old 21st Jan 2010, 10:40
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All these kids who are used to texting probably think this thread is about someones grandma.
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