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Sam



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"[T]he prisoners were to be sent forthwith to the BicÍtre, and there, making one chain, to be sent on to the Bagne at Brest. It is unnecessary to say that I was relying on escaping en route."

and by this point in reading it, you know it to be true.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is the anniversary of sliced bread being for sale in the United States. It wasn't until many years later that the federal government banned it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I learned that 'cannot' is considered a word. I wouldn't have a problem with it, but it's bizarre to me that spell check decided 'can not' is spelled wrong and should be replaced with 'cannot.' If it's a good or better alternative, I feel that I should have run into it by now.
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Jabberjay



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you ever need to know anything about english linguistics just reference the online Oxford English Dictionary.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/cannot?q=cannot

The full version even has the origin of every english word and phrase. The harbacked paper copy takes up an entire shelf in my university library.
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Heretical Rants



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd consult a proper search engine first.

You shouldn't believe your spellcheck, in any case. It doesn't exactly have its finger on the pulse of common usage. Fundamentally it's just a whitelist of guaranteed-acceptable character sequences.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'cannot' is definitely a word! although it seems to be falling out of usage, though, replaced by "can't".

it's one of those style things - can give things a subtly different flavor.

i remember a bit in a book, when a rather rough-hewn character surprises someone by saying "i cannot do it", rather than "i can't do it"; "cannot" being more formal than "can't". "i can not do it" gives things a slightly different stress - or at least the potential for a different stress. 'i CANNOT do it" seems to put the focus on one's lack of ability, where "i can NOT do it" points to more the importance of the 'not'. "i CAN not do it" moves it back to the agency of the person...or so it feels to me.
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