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Old 02-01-2016, 05:40 PM   #41
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What annoys me as a Australian English speaking person v Americans spelling. No wonder America still uses imperial measurement


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Old 02-01-2016, 05:50 PM   #42
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That reminds me. Some posts are too long, no matter how well "paragraphed".
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Mr. g. With the Americanization of the "English" (the Queen's English) language I think what you should say instead of " No wonder America still uses imperial measurement" is "It is a wonder America still uses imperial measurement".
Two friendly countries separated by a common language...Churchill when describing the US and England, I think.

Mr. BK. But, but...Mr. g was only up to the "d's".
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Mr. BK. But, but...Mr. g was only up to the "d's".
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Yes, I confess, I am an English major (and still got a job!) but I've developed a very thick skin when it comes to bad writing. It's pointless to get upset at the tsunami of bad writing and grammar in today's culture, as if you're drowning in the middle of the Pacific and you get angry at the water. There are two things that still drive me nuts though, when they're used on any boating forum. Those cylindrical cranky things on sailboats are called winches, not wenches!! And that motorized cranky thing on your bow that pulls up your anchor is a windlass, not a windless!!! For crying out loud, you crank your jib sheets with winches, wenches are the buxom German-looking babes on St. Pauli Girl beer posters.

Okay, I feel better now.
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Would anybody take ect to mean something different than ect.
What's the point?
And then there's windlass and windless ... nobody is going to confuse that either.

And I often make/leave spaces to cause a tiny pause to the timing of the flow of the words to make it flow better ... and be more comunicative. Getting the job done better.

The only thing I intend to change or improve is my terrible spelling. I am actually improving though.
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Would anybody take ect to mean something different than ect.

The only thing I intend to change or improve is my terrible spelling.
You mean, like, etc.?

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Yes, I confess, I am an English major (and still got a job!). I've developed a very thick skin when it comes to bad writing. It's pointless to get upset at the tsunami of bad writing and grammar in today's culture. It is as if you're drowning in the middle of the Pacific and you get angry at the water.

There are two things that still drive me nuts though, when they're used on any boating forum. Those cylindrical cranky things on sailboats are called winches, not wenches!! That motorized cranky thing on your bow that pulls up your anchor is a windlass, not a windless!!!

For crying out loud, you crank your jib sheets with winches. Wenches are the buxom German-looking babes on St. Pauli Girl beer posters.

Okay, I feel better now.
KT, I tried to set your paragraph and sentence structure up to comport with those of us that claim ADD is running rampant on TF. It is more fun than trying a snappy reply.

BB and THD, you two are next.
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If I am upside down, with my trifocals blipping from visible to invisible, when typing (meaning finger stabbing) an answer, quarantine. (damned auto corrext$. Question it becomes apparent that the true message comes through even though the text appears wrong. We all put aside our precious linguistics and go with it. Well.... Most of us. Some just have to pick pick pick. , , not necessarily in that order.
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KT, I tried to set your paragraph and sentence structure up to comport with those of us that claim ADD is running rampant on TF. It is more fun than trying a snappy reply.....
Should it read... "I tried to set your paragraph and sentence structure up to comport with those of us who claim ADD is running rampant on TF."?
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And then there's windlass and windless ... nobody is going to confuse that either.
IMHO it might be worth noting that it's more generous to laugh with Mrs Malaprop than at her.
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Does anyone here expect quick forum posts to be much more than text messages for content, grammar and spelling?


Dream on...if a point gets through, you are already ahead of the game....especially if it saves you time, money or your life.


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Should it read... "I tried to set your paragraph and sentence structure up to comport with those of us who claim ADD is running rampant on TF."?
Diesel, you beat me to it.
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"Loran was based on hyperbolas. " I think this thread is based on hyperbole.
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Should it read... "I tried to set your paragraph and sentence structure up to comport with those of us who claim ADD is running rampant on TF."?
Not necessarily.

For me, this reinforces all the reasons not to be an online grammar cop. The truth is that grammar is a very complex subject where there are many blurred lines between style and correctness.

Historically the word "that" was the only relative pronoun, used for both human and non-human subjects. The the pronoun "who" came along later. This is a much debated area. However, it's generally agreed that "who" should only be used for human subjects and that "that" can be used for either. Stylistically, "that" is often used where the human subject is not known personally to the author (as in the example given above.)

Incidentally, the proliferation of -ize endings in American English dates back to 15th century English. As with many supposed "Americanisms" it's actually old English that has remained unchanged in the US. It also happens to be a perfectly acceptable spelling in England.

In my opinion it's poor form to correct other people's spelling and grammar in a forum. In some cases the correction will be wrong or at least debatable. In many others the "grammar cop" will make a different grammatical "error" in his or her post.

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