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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #90 on: October 17, 2010, 01:54 AM »
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I adopt American spellings of words when I play Scrabble online because my opponents more often than not are in the US.  I've got the advantage though of being able to use British spellings too. Very Happy

I should be better at Scrabble than I actually am. The same goes for Countdown.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #91 on: October 17, 2010, 01:54 AM »
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It's just a Usenet group filled with writers and grammarians

It's popularity has waned over the years, but Usenet was huge in the 90s and early 00s. I don't know if you've ever used it, but Usenet groups were like prehistoric discussion forums. A lot of people used them via Outlook Express.

Cool. I'm sure it's just one of those 'oversights' you mentioned, but you might want to edit out that apostrophe in it's.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #92 on: October 17, 2010, 01:55 AM »
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For what? I didn't apply for any benefits until last year. I decided to go to uni after my arthritis was diagnosed.

Just a cheap shot. Sorry.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #93 on: October 17, 2010, 01:59 AM »
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Cool. I'm sure it's just one of those 'oversights' you mentioned, but you might want to edit out that apostrophe in it's.

Yeah, definitely an oversight. It's 2am, so I'm sure you'll let that one slide. I'm obviously not oblivious to possessive forms.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #94 on: October 17, 2010, 01:59 AM »
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Just a cheap shot. Sorry.

And it was all going so well.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #95 on: October 17, 2010, 02:00 AM »
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Nighty night.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #96 on: October 17, 2010, 02:01 AM »
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G'night.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #97 on: October 17, 2010, 02:18 AM »
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #98 on: October 17, 2010, 03:17 AM »
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I said, "an hour" today.


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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #99 on: October 17, 2010, 09:46 AM »
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I really don't remember grammar being taught at school - I think it was just something that I picked up as a small child through reading an awful lot. My parents have always spoken properly too - no rubbish such as 'i ain't done nothing' that always sounded awful to me when other kids said it even when I was about 6.

Now I think about it, I actually think I learned a lot about grammar through studying French. Terms such as 'infinitive', 'past participle' and 'conditional tense' were only covered when learning foreign languages.
Looking back, certainly at secondary level as I really can't remember primary, English was all about Shakespeare, Austen and poetry, to the detriment of a fundamental education in the language. No wonder standards are so bad these days.

We MW young'uns have probably benefitted from our parents and an innate sense of standards! Smile
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #100 on: October 17, 2010, 09:53 AM »
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We MW young'uns have probably benefitted from our parents and an innate sense of standards! Smile

yes

and Nigel not to get into an argument but just as a comment


But why is almost everyone under 35 virtually illiterate, when there are exceptions such as your good self?

A slightly extreme view I would have thought and I also hope that you view the majority of us who are under 35 on MW as exceptional in this respect. Smile
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #101 on: October 17, 2010, 10:18 AM »
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and Nigel not to get into an argument but just as a comment

A slightly extreme view I would have thought and I also hope that you view the majority of us who are under 35 on MW as exceptional in this respect. Smile

Yep, by modern standards, the level of English on here is reasonably good.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #102 on: October 17, 2010, 12:06 PM »
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Another one I love is when people say 'i will be with you momentarily'.  Listen to Americans in restaurants or theme parks. It's so common and makes me laugh.

And I've heard Americans say that Scots sound like they are talking with a piece of meat in their mouths, so guess it all evens out.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #103 on: October 17, 2010, 12:25 PM »
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I have not found a source for this but I believe that grammar was introduced into the English National Curriculum  in about 2003. There has been trouble implementing it as  teachers did not learn grammar when they were at school! Perhaps there is hope for the future. There is a reference here
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #104 on: October 17, 2010, 01:06 PM »
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And I've heard Americans say that Scots sound like they are talking with a piece of meat in their mouths, so guess it all evens out.

Yeah, we Scots have got the most awful accents and habits in the entire English speaking world. You should hear some of the awful mutations my local dialect have come up with. You wouldn't actually recognise it as English sometimes.

Daisy you're so wonderful at pointing out what is wrong with all of us and all of the things we say about others. You're a fabulous asset to this forum and I'm glad that you've graced us with your presence. It's difficult to be in the presence of someone so perfect.

Can I also apologise to any Americans I may have offended with my previous comment. And I did actually mean common as in 'it happens all the time' not the negative connotations.

Afterall, the irony of a Scot calling anyone 'common' when we're all so unbelievably working class.
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