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Essorant
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25 posted 06-15-2009 06:31 PM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

A horror at the restaurant:

Waitress: "How is your guys's meal?"
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26 posted 06-15-2009 06:40 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I hate the word squeet.

How many times have you heard someone say. "I'm hungry. Let's squeet!"?
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Apostrophes where they don't belong. I.E. This isn't your's. That is our's.

My other pet peeve about most businesses that try to accomodate the Spanish speakers here in the U.S. is that they tend to mis-conjugate their verbs.

"Se habla espaņol." should be "Se HABLAMOS espaņol."

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Actually, that's not true, rachel. Se habla epsanol literally means "English is spoken here". Se hablamos is bad Spanish.
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29 posted 06-30-2009 12:58 AM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

Did you just translate espanol as "English"?  
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How about those English folk that say "poems" instead of poemata, "commas" instead of commata, "colons" instead of cola?  Fie!  
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31 posted 06-30-2009 08:59 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Ouch! Got me there, Es! I guess my Engish is worse than I thought!

btw, let's leave colons out of this....please?????
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     Jeeze, Mike, you're lucky he didn't start talking about semicolons!  He's certainly sharp enough.    

    
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Language was created for the sole purpose of communicating, written form simply a product of evolution.

I personally don't believe it matters, as long as I understand the meaning then It's all fair.

Also, I truly enjoy purposely misspelled words to emphasize a certain dialect or pronunciation.

-LostPoet
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     I've got to go with Lost Poet here.  Clear is good.  Lively is good.  Expressive is good.

     Vague, muddled, unclear, are not so good.

     If read widely enough, almost any piece of writing will upset somebody.  Lots of folks tried to improve on Shakespeare by adding and taking parts out.  If the piece of writing has enough life to it, it will thumb its nose at everybody and get away with it.  

     If a piece of grammar or usage has enough energy and substance to it, it will remain lively in the language and will be used.  If not, cola will remain a word used primarily about soft drinks and will not be used very widely to speak about the plural of the punctuation mark colon.  That doesn't mean that the word is bad, it simply means that it's being forced out of circulation, and that the majority of speakers of English don't turn to it as their first choice, and that when they hear it, it sounds stilted and somehow wrong.  I like the word "lanting" myself, but it's simply obsolete and a bit revolting, and folks don't even like to imagine it has anything to do with their beer.  It's quite possible that the word won't be making much of a comeback in the near future.
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I agree with Bob.  Language is a living, evolving being and we should treat it as such.  Some words fall out of usage, and other words are invented every day that were not relevant a few years ago but are now applicable and (in my opinion) welcome.  

That being said, I still love that the plural of platypus is platypi.

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36 posted 03-14-2010 06:56 AM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

I wish people wouldn`t use bad as an adverb.
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37 posted 03-15-2010 10:29 AM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K



     What about "good," then; how do you feel about "good" as an adverb?  as opposed to "fine" or "well" or "swell?"

     Different speakers have different funny bones in their linguistic elbows, don't they?
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He wrote the poem bad?  
He wrote the poem good?  


I think even my six year old niece would recognize that those aren't adverbial forms.

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Angel is spelled A-N-G-E-L.  There is no such thing as an orthogonal angel, though perhaps there are some sharp or obtuse angels.  Perhaps God himself would be the best person to answer that

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40 posted 02-26-2012 02:11 PM       View Profile for oceanvu2   Email oceanvu2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for oceanvu2

The confusion of founder and flounder when used as verbs.  Ships and corporations may founder, people may flounder, and Flounders probably couldn't care less.

  jimbeaux
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Wow, jimbeaux, quietly peeked in here.  I have been missing him.
 
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