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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:35 AM
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Can we start bitching about the misuse of apostrophe's now?
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 10:36 AM by TXlib
Sorry, Lynne. I couldn't resist.

Yes, I am a smartass. :evilgrin:
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Another Bill C. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:37 AM
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1. What's you're problem?
n/t
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:39 AM
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2. Your not serious, are you?
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:40 AM
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4. Im completely serious.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:43 AM
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7. In freepish: "I'm series!"
Your right, TXLib, use the apostrophe for it's proper purpose...as a title for a Frank Zappa album.

And "while" we're at it, be sure "you" know how "to" use quotation mark's, also.

:D
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:45 AM
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10. Whens the World Serious.
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 10:47 AM by BurtWorm
Im routing for the Yankee's.

PS: unless the Red sock's have a "miracle."
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:50 AM
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14. Ask Yahoo Serious
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:04 AM
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23. Did I misuse quotation marks somewhere?
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:07 AM
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25. No - just piggybacking on the apostrophe thing with a peeve of my own
:evilgrin:
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:07 AM
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26. Where are you're "quotation" mark's?
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roughsatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:05 AM
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24. Sirius is called the Dog star because of its prominent position
in the constellation. Geesh, get Sirius!
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xJlM Donating Member (955 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:40 AM
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3. The spelling Nazis will be here any minute!
:)
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:43 AM
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8. Frau Dolo, checking in
I walked past a stand this weekend where they were selling "Cookie's - $2.00/box"...I casually asked "Cookie's what?" and was greeted with a completely blank stare. </pet peeve> ;)
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:59 AM
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21. Good, we need to clean this place up
There - As in "Over there."
Their - As in "That is their prerogative."
They're - As in "They are the real enemy of the American people."
Theyre is not a word (No, it ain't!)

Your - As in "Is that your opinion or rough rimjob's?"
You're - As in "You're nuts to think bu$h is good for anything."

Is there any reason why we can't come across as being better educated than the dark side? What is with this being proud of being ignorant thing anyway? :think:
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roughsatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:08 AM
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27. As a grammar Nazi, I approve of your use of the exclamation point.
It is overused so much. It is refreshing to see it appropriately employed. :)
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:43 AM
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5. You can come to Delaware and kiss my sorry white ass
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:46 AM
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11. Not to pick nits, but...
...your ass looks red to me. :P
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:48 AM
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12. You're next in line for kissing my ass
I have one of those "Take a Number" ticket machines and you just pulled #2
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:51 AM
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15. Now serving: 4
Darnit! I hate being in the bathroom when my number gets called. Now I have to wait until the numbers come back around! x(
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:52 AM
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16. KCDem might have a problem with that
Otherwise, I might have taken that literally...

:evilgrin:

Maybe a little instead...
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 01:33 PM
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38. You better tell KC to keep your ass in line
and not out there ragging on me.

:eyes:
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:43 AM
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6. Actually - someone had an apostrophe use thread a couple days ago
He/she explained proper usage for those who may have forgotten. Sorry you missed it.

:)
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:53 AM
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17. I saw it.
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Jonte_1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:45 AM
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9. Its such a non-issue
Stop you're whining - your just being silly!

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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:50 AM
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13. I gues's your "right"?
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:56 AM
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18. J'u's't' W'a'n't'e'd' T'o' P'i's's' Y'o'u' O'f'f'
T'h'e' P'r'o'f'e's's'o'r'
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:57 AM
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19. smack smack smackety smack
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roughsatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:13 AM
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29. Jonte, I laughed out loud
Of course, due to the title, I clicked on your post ready to castigate you. :P
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:59 AM
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20. Like the one in your subject line?
Sorry, I couldn't resist either... :evilgrin:

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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:02 AM
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22. Yes, that was deliberate, to parallel with the thread
I was parodying:

"Can we start bitching about the Emmy's now?"
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:19 AM
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31. Duhhh
I recognized the parody of the thread but not the use of the '.

Silly me...I apologize for the smartassedness.
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GainesT1958 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:10 AM
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28. This apostrophe misuse thing...
And why your making a big deal about it's misuse...its happening more and more, and you're point is well-made! :eyes:

You know its--oops--IT'S--bad when you start to see it in Time, and on TV station website's--oops, websites! :crazy:

B-)

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Ratty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:14 AM
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30. Things like 20's and LED's are OK!
That's what my style book says. That surprised me. So you can write:

"I paid for my LED's with a stack of 20's."

And you would be correct. However, I see on certain persnookity grammar mavens' websites that it is NOT correct but my style and grammar book says it IS.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:21 AM
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32. Hmmm
I always used acronyms and such without apostrophes to make the plural. Please don't tell me it's "Elements of Style" that says it's okay.
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Another Bill C. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:13 PM
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33. The "Chicago Manual of Style"
says leave out the apostrophe in the case of acronyms, initials, etc. unless it's confusing. Exceptions are initials having more than one period in them, such as M.D.'s or Ph.D.'s.

The "Chicago Manual" also allows an apostrophe in the plural form of single letters, such as x's and y's. This is not a hard and fast rule, though, since the examples given in one section have no apostrophes.

The Associated Press Stylebook agrees with the "Chicago Manual."

I couldn't find a reference to this situation in "Elements of Style."
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Ratty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:24 PM
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39. I like that
"says leave out the apostrophe in the case of acronyms, initials, etc. unless it's confusing."

I agree. I think LEDs is much better than LED's. But it's also nice that grammar gives us some official leeway here.

Also, x's and y's is WAY better than xs and ys. Ugh. My style book said that too.

I don't remember the title of the style book. I found it in a box of old books I used in high school. It was still wrapped in plastic. It had a really weird smell when I opened it. But I sat around reading it one evening. I love stuff like that.

It wasn't Strunk and White, which i also have.
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:40 PM
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34. Would that be Strunk & White?
I think I remember reading that "LED's" is acceptable, but "LEDs" is preferred.

I prefer it, even if "LED's" is correct, just to avoid perpetuating the grammatical myth that apostrophes are used for pluralisation.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 12:46 PM
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35. Strunk and White was my bible
Let me rephrase that...their book was my bible. I was a writer/editor before I retired.
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Hogarth Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 01:13 PM
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36. Let's talk about the TV journalists ...
... who use the term "quote-unquote" before quoting words or phrases. That really peeves me. How did they ever graduate college?
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 01:14 PM
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37. Well, you can usually tell
where the quote ends by the inflection of their voice.

But, yes, I find that irritating.
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