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Thegonagle Donating Member (548 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-04-07 06:39 AM
Response to Reply #32
85. I wish there was somthing like a 75/75 method. That would surely improve the hit rate.
Affect vs. effect is is even greater than the who vs. whom on the "Englishisms I'll never really 'get'" scale.

The best I can do is try to avoid using either, but if I absolutely must, I hope for the 50/50 method to save my dignity.
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  -Language Police Tip of the Day: No such thing as being totally decimated Xipe Totec  Nov-03-07 04:46 PM   #0 
  - Almost like turning a molehill into a mountain...  HypnoToad   Nov-03-07 04:47 PM   #1 
  - Don't decimate my patience....  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 04:51 PM   #2 
     - and how would you punish me?  HypnoToad   Nov-03-07 04:59 PM   #9 
        - By ignoring 10% of your posts  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 05:09 PM   #19 
           - ! ! ! ! !  HypnoToad   Nov-03-07 09:51 PM   #77 
  - Thank you.  tofunut   Nov-03-07 04:51 PM   #3 
  - It's on the top ten most unwanted list.  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 04:58 PM   #7 
  - Me too..  WCGreen   Nov-03-07 10:11 PM   #79 
  - Thank you.  mycritters2   Nov-03-07 04:55 PM   #4 
  - Do effect vs affect and make me understand  Inchworm   Nov-03-07 04:55 PM   #5 
  - The 50% rule--that's how I used to handle French exams.  mycritters2   Nov-03-07 05:05 PM   #13 
  - Woohoo Mona Me!  Inchworm   Nov-03-07 05:23 PM   #26 
     - Say SEE bong! nt  mycritters2   Nov-03-07 05:38 PM   #42 
  - Affect generally suggests an emotion  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 05:07 PM   #15 
  - Seems pretty simple :)  Inchworm   Nov-03-07 05:26 PM   #29 
  - Easy.  tofunut   Nov-03-07 05:17 PM   #23 
  - hehe.. simultaneous posts..  opiate69   Nov-03-07 05:20 PM   #25 
  - When we're right,  tofunut   Nov-03-07 05:27 PM   #30 
  - ooooh!  Inchworm   Nov-03-07 05:28 PM   #32 
     - I wish there was somthing like a 75/75 method. That would surely improve the hit rate.  Thegonagle   Nov-04-07 06:39 AM   #85 
        - I have problems with "nauseous"  FloridaJudy   Nov-04-07 07:05 PM   #89 
  - Easy...  opiate69   Nov-03-07 05:18 PM   #24 
  - See #32- but hec it seems you guys are sharing a brain  Inchworm   Nov-03-07 05:29 PM   #35 
     - No problem! And hey, Tofunut.. can I have the brain for a bit? I have a Sudoku to finish!  opiate69   Nov-03-07 05:31 PM   #37 
        - Sure.  tofunut   Nov-03-07 05:32 PM   #38 
  - Guess what?  BarenakedLady   Nov-03-07 07:36 PM   #59 
     - Hey sexy!  Inchworm   Nov-03-07 08:30 PM   #66 
        - Okie dokie  BarenakedLady   Nov-03-07 08:34 PM   #69 
           - Just got up fom my nap  Inchworm   Nov-03-07 08:38 PM   #71 
              - Then you picked the perfect post number to reply to  Xipe Totec   Nov-04-07 06:56 PM   #88 
  - When I hear someone say that I want to decaptiate his head off...  Richardo   Nov-03-07 04:56 PM   #6 
  - ...and defenestrate them out the window. nt  tofunut   Nov-03-07 04:58 PM   #8 
  - ...and eviscerate his guts out.  Richardo   Nov-03-07 04:59 PM   #10 
     - and exsanguinate out all of their blood!  tofunut   Nov-03-07 05:00 PM   #11 
        - It's deja vu all over again nt  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 05:07 PM   #16 
           - I'm having spinach florentine for dinner.  Richardo   Nov-03-07 05:09 PM   #18 
              - I won't be having roast beef with au jus sauce, that's for sure.  tofunut   Nov-03-07 05:10 PM   #20 
                 - Try the soup du jour of the day!  Richardo   Nov-03-07 05:13 PM   #21 
                    - I'm short on cash, so I have to stop at the ATM machine on the way.  tofunut   Nov-03-07 05:24 PM   #27 
                    - I'll meet you there, I'm fixing a leak in my hot water heater.  Richardo   Nov-03-07 05:37 PM   #41 
                    - Someone told me I shouldn't pre-set mine above 120 degrees.  tofunut   Nov-03-07 05:49 PM   #44 
                    - Make sure to move all the inflammable and flammable materials from the area nt  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 06:03 PM   #47 
                    - Let's hope you don't forget your PIN number! nm  dicksteele   Nov-03-07 07:39 PM   #60 
                    - I hear it's what all THE HOI polloi are having at their five-YEAR ANNIVERSARY celebrations. n/m  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-03-07 08:24 PM   #62 
                       - This year it's either at the Rio Grande River or the Sierra Nevada Mountains  Richardo   Nov-03-07 08:28 PM   #64 
                       - And the guest speaker is Jack Layton, the leader of Canada's NDP party. n/m  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-03-07 08:29 PM   #65 
                          - I'm sure he'll receive many kudos...  Richardo   Nov-03-07 08:44 PM   #74 
                       - Five year anniversaries have lost their luster nt  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 08:34 PM   #68 
  - That's redundant  in search of sanity   Nov-03-07 05:04 PM   #12 
     - I don't get it  Richardo   Nov-03-07 05:06 PM   #14 
     - I caught the humor.  in search of sanity   Nov-03-07 05:08 PM   #17 
     - Alert the Department of Redundancy Department.  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 05:13 PM   #22 
  - To lose one-tenth  Ellen Forradalom   Nov-03-07 05:24 PM   #28 
  - To reduce by one tenth.  tofunut   Nov-03-07 05:34 PM   #39 
  - If you lose 30%  Ellen Forradalom   Nov-03-07 05:36 PM   #40 
  - Texas force decimated after black bean lottery  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 05:39 PM   #43 
  - That's the most unique  cloudbase   Nov-03-07 05:27 PM   #31 
  - Hopefully, you'll remember it. nt  tofunut   Nov-03-07 05:28 PM   #33 
  - Nearly identical  Ellen Forradalom   Nov-03-07 05:29 PM   #36 
  - good one  kagehime   Nov-03-07 05:29 PM   #34 
  - The one that drives me nuts is the melding of regardless and irrespective  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 06:01 PM   #45 
  - If something were decimated 10 times, wouldn't that equal 100%?  mycritters2   Nov-03-07 06:02 PM   #46 
  - No.  tofunut   Nov-03-07 06:06 PM   #48 
  - Damn you, Mathbot! Damn you and your clever calculations!  mycritters2   Nov-03-07 06:12 PM   #50 
  - You would have gotten away with it, too,  tofunut   Nov-03-07 06:18 PM   #51 
  - The limit approaches zero...  UncleSepp   Nov-03-07 06:28 PM   #52 
     - But it wouldn't drop below four, would it?  tofunut   Nov-03-07 06:41 PM   #53 
        - Assuming discrete units isn't as fun, though!  UncleSepp   Nov-04-07 01:24 AM   #81 
           - Ah, you're just trying to avoid the math, sicko.  tofunut   Nov-04-07 01:34 AM   #82 
  - No, it would equal 35%  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 06:06 PM   #49 
  - Merriam-Webster definition #3 of "decimate"  Fox Mulder   Nov-03-07 06:56 PM   #54 
  - Can't blame you for trying  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 07:06 PM   #55 
     - Really?  Fox Mulder   Nov-03-07 07:09 PM   #56 
        - Merriam-Webster is not unreliable - you have to use it as intended  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 07:20 PM   #57 
           - Ah, okay.  Fox Mulder   Nov-03-07 07:30 PM   #58 
           - That's not right.  lwfern   Nov-04-07 09:15 AM   #86 
  - I am a member in good standing of The Fraternal Order Of Language Police Officers.  Aristus   Nov-03-07 08:16 PM   #61 
  - Brother!  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 08:27 PM   #63 
  - Actually  Capn Sunshine   Nov-03-07 08:32 PM   #67 
     - Exactly decimated would be more correct nt  Xipe Totec   Nov-03-07 08:35 PM   #70 
        - Actually decimated would be more completely correct  Capn Sunshine   Nov-03-07 10:17 PM   #80 
  - You can totally lose one tenth of your forces (or be totally reduced to one tenth).  porphyrian   Nov-03-07 08:40 PM   #72 
  - Decimation comes to us from the Romans  NoPasaran   Nov-03-07 08:43 PM   #73 
  - Today we call them layoffs.  Xipe Totec   Nov-04-07 04:03 AM   #84 
  - You are 100% correct, not that it will shield you from getting flamed.  Redstone   Nov-03-07 09:05 PM   #75 
  - Sure you can  EstimatedProphet   Nov-03-07 09:51 PM   #76 
  - But the American Heritage Dictionary defines decimate as "to destroy a large proportion of"  fishwax   Nov-03-07 10:09 PM   #78 
  - Still a proportion, not a totality  Xipe Totec   Nov-04-07 03:59 AM   #83 
  - I never thought it that way, but  Maestro   Nov-04-07 09:40 AM   #87 
  - It's not as bad as IRREGARDLESS.  CrabbyPatty   Nov-04-07 07:11 PM   #90 
 

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