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11.30.07 - Grammar Nazis
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Sir Craigius



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Squig on a one way trip to room 101? Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, Tat is on a roll.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow that was random
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now THAT was a funny strip!!!
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TestTubeError



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I like how the comma is properly placed inside the quotes.


I liked that too. However, I think English punctuation rules are stupid. You should only have inside quotes the letters and punctuation said by the person quoted.

The sentence in the comic ought to have been:

It's "were", you preliterate imbecile!

This is how it ought to be:

Bob shouted "Get out of here!".

and

Lynn asked "Where was god when I needed him?".

Both of those are sentences with a quote in them. They should end in a period like any other sentence. And there is no reason for a comma before the quote. The quote is just the subject of the sentence like "dog" is in "Dan petted the dog.". We don't need a comma as in "Dan petted, the god.".

I said "My way is better.".

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Epic fucking win.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

freakin great strip, made my post-drinking half-day!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

der dativ ist dem genetiv sein tod....

great !
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DeD CHiKn wrote:
Pretty sure this comic was inspired by some posters around these parts. Not gonna name any names though.


I'm not going to name any names though. GET IT RIGHT! *starts the beat down* LOL


This comic is brilliant though.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

reas wrote:
der dativ ist dem genetiv sein tod....
great !

<ernilache>kchkchkchkch</ernilache> Very Happy

indeed great ..
And I read 'what' for 'was' first time .. not 'was' like 'were' so the the those grammar nazis went "what? WHAT??" ..

hehe and..
'Thought Police' Orwell anyone?
Great comic. Gets the lurker writing .. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TestTubeError wrote:
I think English punctuation rules are stupid.

I agree completely here.

It was just so fitting for grammar Nazis, though.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ktern wrote:
TestTubeError wrote:
I think English punctuation rules are stupid.

I agree completely here.


Yes and no. I don't really want to get into a full-blown grammar conversation/debate/flamewar here, but speaking as a teacher of English as a foreign language, in which role I frequently have to try and explain the whys and wherefores of our (and your) grammar to intelligent, curious adults, I'll just say this one thing: some (or indeed a great majority) of the rules are easily explainable and make a great deal of sense once you 'get' them. It's just the historical accumulation of irregularities that make it hard - the exceptions to all the rules. Just like the Dutch added all those '-ugh' and '-ough' endings (bough, trough, dough) because they were the ones with the printing presses and charged by the letter. True.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seriously hope an arguement about "which languages are superior and which are inferior" doesn't crawl out of the depths of hell and into this thread... christ, you'd all look so stupid.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brain.Damage wrote:
I seriously hope an arguement about "which languages are superior and which are inferior" doesn't crawl out of the depths of hell and into this thread... christ, you'd all look so stupid.


Agreed and seconded. Although my native language is English, I also speak Finnish, as well as a smattering of German, Czech, and Indonesian (it's actually the easiest, with the most basic grammar possible - saying a word twice makes it a plural, for example, and there's no future tense) and can passably understand Swedish and some spoken Russian. My wife speaks fluent Finnish, English and German, as well as Swedish and Italian. So I know fine well that there's no such thing as a "superior" language - although certain elements of a language (as with anything else) can of course be superior to equivalent elements elsewhere.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:50 pm    Post subject: usw Reply with quote

filecore wrote:
I'll just say this one thing
just is never a good substitute for merely or simply (altho common in everyday parlance), it is an insult to the more specific derivation .. you should know besser Wink
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