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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:46 PM
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10 words you need to stop misspelling - Funny!
From http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling


























LOL..."Every time you spell it this way a Dolphin gets run over by a jet ski"

:rofl:
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:47 PM
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1. I would LOVE to have this as a poster
for my classroom

I am a horrible speller, but these words were drilled into us
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:50 PM
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4. Check the bottom of the page I linked at the top
Edited on Wed Dec-30-09 11:09 PM by A HERETIC I AM
It is available as a poster and you can purchase it from the website.
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:58 PM
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41. "Definately" incompletely drilled...
according to these months and months of posts:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

But I still believe you that it was just a long-term plot to bait Tangerine LaBamba! :yourock: :eyes:
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:36 AM
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48. wow, hum
leave it at that
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:25 PM
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162. Don't feel bad.
I've frequently seen it spelled "defiantly." Makes me cringe every time.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:51 PM
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88. I've never seen an "a" in definitely. How did I manage to miss that.
But I always do the 90's instead of the '90s bit. Stand corrected. And weird is a word I usually have to write and look at before I'm sure I'm right.
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:32 PM
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222. Usually, I before E. But "weird" is weird.
Edited on Thu Dec-31-09 09:32 PM by DireStrike
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 03:34 PM
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242. I speak German. In German weise is pronounced "v (long i) za). The
ei is pronounced like the i in wise.
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PatrynXX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 10:56 PM
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226. get that right more than guarantee :P
that get closer?

course there's corporations messing us up too. Compact disc misspelled. Compact Disk!! oops. oh well

Now we have instead of sci-fi. SyFy seefee? wtf is that..
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:18 PM
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97. me too! great road map
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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:49 PM
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2. Please add "Lightning" to that!
Incredibly, I see "lightening" more and more as time passes. It really bugs me.
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caraher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:10 AM
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73. Amen
Once I was coaching rec league youth soccer and there was a team whose T-shirts read "Lightening." I felt bad for those kids...
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:52 PM
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90. caraher, maybe it was a weight-loss soccer team.
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pink-o Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:12 PM
Response to Reply #73
186. Maybe the team actually wanted to illuminate the sport...
but I somehow doubt it!
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rebel with a cause Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:40 PM
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103. Okay, my spellchecker doesn't catch that one. lol
I have always been a terrible speller and even worse so after one of my illnesses. I have a spellchecker on my computer that usually catches the words I mess up on but quick typing often makes us, well me at least, use similar words by mistake and a spellchecker does not catch these because they are not misspelled. I could care less any more, there are so many worse things I could be doing. ;)
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:00 PM
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182. But as any first time pregnant woman will tell you,
it does get much easier to breathe after lightening. That would be about 2-3 weeks before delivery. Women who have had more than one child often don't experience it until just before they go into labor.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:50 PM
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3. Love, love, love it! To funny!
Edited on Wed Dec-30-09 10:51 PM by Bluebear
:)

>>>>Every time you spell it this way a dolphin gets run over by a jet ski<<<< :spray:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:55 PM
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8. My dear Bluebear...
Um, that would be "too funny!" Not "to funny"...

Sorry...to be the spelling Nazi...

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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:57 PM
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12. Hence the smiley...an intended misspelling given the topic :)
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:59 PM
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13. Aha! Gotcha!
I hadn't figured that out!

Thanks, sweetie...

:)

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bluesmail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:34 PM
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165. Me also. or is it too?
Spelling Nazi that is. :hide:
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:15 PM
Response to Reply #8
207. I'm with you!
I'm a language freak and the mistakes I see drive me batty.
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 02:13 AM
Response to Reply #8
232. Just for you, my lovely Peggy


But I still love you, mwah!

Happy New Year, CP
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vixengrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:51 PM
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5. This is the most brilliant thing ever.
I want to run off a billion copies and distribute it throughout the English-language-posting-on-the-internet world.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:14 PM
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158. It is funny, isn't it?
I laugh every time I scroll down through it.

Lines like "There are many reasons to discipline a cow. For starters, a cow who eats rancid casserole will later become a host for alien parasites." just make me giggle!

I like things like this. Make education fun and funny and more people will learn.

I'm so glad you and the others who have commented liked it.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:54 PM
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6. LOL these are great
:rofl:
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:55 PM
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7. These are the most common on DU.
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:56 PM
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203. More people get "it's" wrong than right now.
I constantly see "it's" as a possessive, On DU and everywhere else. I learned this rule in 5th grade and never get it wrong. Is it possible that there are no Americans left who can understand and follow a simple rule of grammar? How stupid are we, anyway?

BTW, I also hate it when people say "he gave a gift to my wife and I" or the like. Again, I learned that it is "to my wife and me" in elementary school. Now apparently nobody knows this any more. What is wrong with us? Pretty soon we will be back to communicating with grunts and hand gestures.

:eyes:
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 01:36 AM
Response to Reply #203
229. yep and who and whom are also used incorrectly
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 01:02 PM
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237. Everyone is screwing up pronoun cases. I hear it on TV and radio constantly.
I refuse to give this one up to "usage"! It's not logical. It's confusing. Confusion in communication is expensive!
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:55 PM
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9. Affect/Effect always
gets to me. And losing and loosing screws with my head for some stupid reason.

Thx for posting.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:04 AM
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43. "...loosing screws..."
:crazy:
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Caliman73 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:23 AM
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57. Just to be a little sadistic on New Year's Eve eve...
I will throw this one in.

Affect can also be a noun. Affect pronounced with an emphasis on the first syllable, is a term used to discuss the outward expression of a person's mood. A person describes their mood, but what you are seeing is their Affect.

For example, "Joe says he is sad, but he keeps laughing. His affect does not match his mood."
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caraher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:16 AM
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76. Quite true
but the rule-of-thumb that "affect" is usually a verb is very helpful to people who struggle with the difference.

And of course, "effect" can also be a verb!
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caraher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:21 AM
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77. Just for kicks, all the combinations in one sentence...
"The effect of noticing how my low mood affected my family was my decision to go into therapy to effect a change in my affect."
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:19 PM
Response to Reply #77
208. Bravo!
Excellent illustration of the usages.
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pink-o Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:16 PM
Response to Reply #76
190. Here ya go,,,
You "effect" changes (bring about results). His behaviour was "affected" (actually an adjective, meaning pretentious. And the Brit spelling is deliberate, I lived in London for 5 years. Trying to break the bad habit though--it's somewhat "affected" like Madonna's accent)
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:16 PM
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138. Just to be a pain in the neck
shouldn't you have have written your sentence this way:

And 'losing' and 'loosing' screws with my head for some stupid reason.

Sorry, blame the OP. Normally I am not a spelling or grammar nazi but I was influenced by the OP this time :-)

Mmm, now I'm wondering if it shouldn't be written this way:


And "losing" and "loosing" screws with my head for some stupid reason.
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:22 PM
Response to Reply #138
194. I will never
post in a Spelling/Grammar thread again! :dunce: :hide: :P
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:57 PM
Response to Reply #194
204. Lol!
Happy New Year! :hi:
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:09 PM
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206. I've never had an instance
to use those particular 'smilies.' I should have added the 'hurts.'

Happy New Year to you, too!

I'm expecting a sucky economy, but then there is always the hope of winning the lottery.....right.

Maybe learning Portuguese and moving to Brazil is an idea???? What do I have to loose/lose??? :toast:

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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:56 PM
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10. Another word you need to stop misspelling is "vicious"
Check the Oscar Wilde quote in your sigline
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:02 PM
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15. Oh shit! Thanks. Fixed.
Edited on Wed Dec-30-09 11:09 PM by A HERETIC I AM
Damn...I did that months and months ago.

My apologies. Thanks for pointing it out.

All better now.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:52 PM
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36. Remember the spelling police motto!
;)
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:56 PM
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37. I've pretty much given up on correcting anyone, primarily cause I'm such a doofus.
I am a bit dyslexic and there are some things I can never get right, no matter how many times I see them spelled properly.
If it wasn't for the fact that I'm using Firefox and its automatic spell checkerizer, I would have a butt load more misspellings in every one of my posts!
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:05 AM
Response to Reply #37
44. Now, see, you were supposed to ask me what the spelling police motto was, so I could say
I couldn't remember!
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:27 AM
Response to Reply #44
47. See? Told ya.
Edited on Thu Dec-31-09 12:28 AM by A HERETIC I AM
I'm a doofus.
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PatSeg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:43 AM
Response to Reply #37
79. It seems to me
that anything I didn't learn correctly as a child, gives me trouble as an adult. Thank god for spell check. I've been surprised to find that I had been misspelling certain words most of my life and my brain still wants to misspell them.
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gratefultobelib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:01 PM
Response to Reply #79
82. I was in my 30's before I realized "surprise" was not spelled "surprize!" College graduate I am!
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:10 PM
Response to Reply #82
83. No Pullet Surprise for you! nt.
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gratefultobelib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 01:24 AM
Response to Reply #83
228. Omigosh. I was taking a shower a little earlier tonight, and all of a sudden I "got" your pun! Duh
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PatSeg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:33 PM
Response to Reply #82
201. That must have been quite a "surprize"!
I thought alot was a word.
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:58 PM
Response to Reply #37
111. I diligently avoid correcting people
because my son dubbed me the "Spelling Nazi" even before the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld existed. I was always correcting him, and I still do, because it's my duty to help my (now college-graduate) son put his best foot forward in the world.

But, the internet? I had to chill when I started communicating online, otherwise I would be deemed to be an insufferable know-it-all (which is easy enough to happen, anyway, when you're spouting your opinion right and left).
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zeemike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:21 PM
Response to Reply #37
176. I know what you mean.
And what a lot of people don't understand that this kind of learning by memorizations does not work for a lot of dyselixic...
I can remember having to chang words I am using because i just can't figure out how to spell the word I wanted to use....just a complete blank. And most of the time they are common words not the complex ones or hard to spell like scissors.or vacuum.

But I can see how some people would find it hard to understand that...I don't understand it myself.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:06 PM
Response to Reply #37
183. I'm a great speller despite my dyslexia
but I cannot keep a 4 number string in my head for anything. I switch numbers all the time!
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mascarax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:56 PM
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11. K&R - excellent poster!
Thanks for posting.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 10:59 PM
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14. The eleventh word...
Pubic / public.
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spartan61 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:03 PM
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16. And yet another mis-spelled word that really bugs me:
Correct spelling: SEPARATE

Incorrect spelling: SEPERATE

I see this so often and find it very annoying.
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:15 PM
Response to Reply #16
19. There's a rat in separate.
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Fla Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 10:59 AM
Response to Reply #19
72. Well there is in both spellings, but there is a PAR in separate. n/t
Edited on Thu Dec-31-09 11:00 AM by Fla Dem
:hi:
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:45 PM
Response to Reply #72
105. There's "A RAT" only in the correct spelling.
:hi:
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Fla Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:23 PM
Response to Reply #105
161. You're absolutely correct!!! I overlooked the small "a" in you 1st note. LOL Happy New Year n/t
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johnaries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:18 PM
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21. And that's one that Spell-check actually catches.
I'll admit, I have found myself accidentally misspelling words and not noticing because I have come to depend too much on Spell-check. If the word is listed in the Spell-check library, then you don't get that alarming red squiggly line and so it goes unnoticed. But if it's not in the Spell-check list... that's just sad!
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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:31 PM
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33. That's it, seperate drives me out of my mind
I go storming into co-worker's office, "It's SEPARATE!!!"
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:56 AM
Response to Reply #16
52. I remember that as Se pa rate
don't know where or why , but that sticks out in my mind
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polmaven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 04:08 PM
Response to Reply #16
148. I am more than a little annoyed
every time I see someone who could of done something when that person really could've done it!
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johnaries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:12 PM
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17. Bookmarked! And I know the first person I'm sending the link to.
Edited on Wed Dec-30-09 11:14 PM by johnaries
errr.. I mean, I know the first person to whom I'm sending the link.

"That is a criticism up with which I shall not put!"

:evilgrin:

Seriously, those are some of my pet peeves.... although my pet's name is actually Dodger and not "Peeve"....

Somebody, please stop me! Or else ask me about the prostitute and the Koala bear who eats bushes, and leaves......
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:14 PM
Response to Reply #17
18. Have you been drinking Malt Liquor with a Panda by any chance? n/t
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johnaries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:20 PM
Response to Reply #18
23. Worse. White Russians with a Pit Bull.
Although he's currently passed out on the bed.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:24 PM
Response to Reply #23
30. My Old Boston Terrier couldn't hold his liquor either.
But he could hold the HELL out of a tree limb;


Not to mention suck his thumb;

That's him after one too many Whiskey Sours.
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:59 AM
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68. See the "How to Prepare Your Pet for War" link on that page
Your doggie looks like he'd be an instant war hero! :-)
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:36 PM
Response to Reply #23
166. SO, johnaries....now that it's New Years Eve...
Is your Bully looking at the Kahlua and Vodka with a wanton eye?

Happy New Year to you and your pup pup!

:fistbump: :toast:
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:24 PM
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28.  my pet's name is actually Dodger ............... bah hahha. pushed your button
down below.........

and got another with the

............

lol
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:10 PM
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112. No, no.
Edited on Thu Dec-31-09 02:12 PM by TicketyBoo
It's eats, shoots, and leaves. But you knew that.

http://www.amazon.com/Eats-Shoots-Leaves-Tolerance-Punc...

On second thought, it must be another joke I never heard about. (About which I never heard?) A dangling preposition sometimes makes for a less-awkward sentence.
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:23 PM
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209. That is
eats, shoots, and leaves.
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margotb822 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:16 PM
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20. One more thing:
can we agree to limit our use of multiple periods to a proper ellipses?

No more of this:............................................

Please!

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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:21 PM
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25. huh?????????? lol. nt
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:50 AM
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50. problem is, in the title bar the little dots have to be used because multiple spacer bar hits
do not register. So, you HAVE to use multiple ellipseseses to spread it out.

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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:15 AM
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75.  . . . . . . . . phooey.
Won't do it. . . .
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:17 PM
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114. Not sure how to do it
on a Windows keyboard, but on a Mac, "Option" + ";" gets you an actual ellipse instead of three periods. (Just in case you may not have known and it comes in handy for you.)
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StarfarerBill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:20 PM
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22. Thank you for this! K&R
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:21 PM
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24. mine is chose and choose. but my pet peeve. rediculous. it is RIDICULOUS> lol. nt
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:22 PM
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26. These are great. I need serious help with thatery and the lie/lay
lecture because I STILL don't understand it. :blush:
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:05 AM
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54. As my MIL used to say,
"Only hens and immoral people 'lay'"
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:18 AM
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56. LOL. But what does that mean?!
Do you lay a foundation but lie on the ground?

I'm hopeless. lol
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:29 AM
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59. Pretty much.
"lay" is generally something you do to something else (it requires a direct object - such as "Sally" in my MILs scenario: Joe laid Sally last night, or the egg the hen is laying)
"lie" is generally something you do your self (doesn't require a direct object)
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:43 AM
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65. Lie with me because I want to lay you.
:shrug:

:hi: :* Happy new year Beth!

-Hoot
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:44 PM
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104. "Lie" is something you do yourself. "Lay" is something you do to something else.
You lie down on a bed, but you lay a book on the table.

"Loan" and "lend" drive me crazy, too. "Loan" is a noun, "lend" is a verb. "Can you loan me a buck?" guarantees that I'll smack you in the mouth. It's, "Can you lend me a buck?"
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:30 PM
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121. Confusing the matter
is the fact that "lay" is the past tense of "lie."
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Pharlo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:30 PM
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141. You think the 'Can you lend me a buck?' is bad,
I live in a world with idiots who actually ask "Can you borrow me a buck?" Whenever I hear it, it grates on my one remaining 'Idiot' nerve. So, I respond "LEND!!! Can you LEND me a dollar?" And The Idiot will reply "Yeah, that's what I asked. Can you borrow me a dollar?" These Idiot's have no friggen clue!

I'm far from perfect, and I try to avoid correcting others, but that particular error, I have problems coping with for some peculiar reason.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:11 PM
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184. Perhaps you have problems with it because the speaker sounds like a moron.
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polmaven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 04:14 PM
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150. "Thatery"???
I am not familiar with that one. What is it actually supposed to be? :shrug:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 04:56 PM
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154. Thatery is described in #3:
3. Watch Out For Whooery, Whichery and Thatery

Ken Macrorie, my mentor, taught me this tip in graduate school
. Watch how the excessive use of who, which and that can be a source of wordiness in your sentences. Here are a few examples from Kens book Writing To Be Read:

a. Mr. Rendew, Alices father, (was a man who) actually liked to have his lawnmower go wrong so he could tinker with its motor.

b. George ( is the type of man who) always shines his shoes before going downtaown.

c. (The people that) I would like to tell you about (are) Father and Mother.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Five-Classic-Revision-Technique...

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nightrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:23 PM
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27. this is great, I hope the poor spellers pay attenshun
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:24 PM
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31. lol. nt
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:24 PM
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29. Perhaps we can finally rein in those who don't realize that only monarchs reign.
That one drives me fucking crazy.
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Mariana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:51 PM
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89. Yeah, that one is everywhere.
I'm trying to think of just one instance in which I've seen someone write "free rein" instead of "free reign" and I'm coming up blank.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:13 PM
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187. Actually, they only reign in the rain
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:26 PM
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32. Saving to print out and hang in my classroom
Edited on Wed Dec-30-09 11:45 PM by proud2BlibKansan
After some selected editing. LOL


I love it!
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Boxerfan Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:33 PM
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34. I'm sorry-my brain was infected years ago...I before E except after C....
Damn nursery rhyme thing messes me up every time dagnabit
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Jim Lane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:29 PM
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84. The expanded version of the rhyme might help.
"I" before "E", except after "C",
And when sounding like "A", as in "neighbor" and "weigh".
The exceptions are weird, and that's one of them.
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:28 PM
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119. 
i before e
except after c
or when sounded like a
as in neighbor or weigh;
and except seize and seizure
and also leisure,
weird, height, and either,
forfeit, and neither
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:43 PM
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35. I always get then/than confused.
:banghead:
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:56 PM
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38. Noone will pay attention.
Then there's the mute point. Better tow the line.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:47 PM
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106. What does the lead singer of Herman's Hermits have to do with anything?
(Peter Noone, for those of you under 50.)
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:56 PM
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135. I always love how people think poor Peter will do everything.
"Noone will like it." "Noone wants that." "Noone cares about you."
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Bobbie Jo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:56 PM
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39. LOL
Thanks for this. Can I steel it? :rofl:
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:57 PM
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40. wonderful! KNR
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 11:58 PM
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42. Can I request one I see here ALL the time?
The difference between huge and Hugh.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:07 AM
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45. That's not a misspelling. That's a Freeperism. n/t
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:15 PM
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189. Another freeperism you will see here all the time is using
moran instead or moron. I'm almost to the point that I never spell that one right.
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:19 PM
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192. Don't you mean, "all OF the time"?
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:22 AM
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46. All those drive me barking mad. My pet peeve: "Facist."
"Facist" isn't a real word, but if it were, it would rhyme with "racist" and probably denote a prejudice against ugly people, or perhaps discrimination against fully-veiled Muslim women and people in Halloween masks.

If you want to refer to the political line of thought involving militarism, dictatorship, etc., as in Mussolini, then it's "fascist."
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:41 AM
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49. I am not a great speller. I don't take the time to edit my posts
and it shows.


Funny, I can spot others but my own work not so much. I am much more careful when it is for classwork, but on here, I am bad...it is well documented. I should use the spell check more often, I would save my self a lot of grief.
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:52 AM
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51. Writeous, Dewd!!
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Cowpunk Donating Member (572 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:57 AM
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53. One more thing...OF is not a verb.
I see a lot of people using "of" in place of the word "have" or its contraction "'ve".

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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:14 AM
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55. "Effect" as a verb and "affect" as a noun
These are absolutely right, but only when the meaning is right: To effect a plan, for example - to put something into effect. And "affect" meaning an emotional or psychological appearance.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:24 AM
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58. "Nothing gets a point across like a solid kick to the hemmies"
Sometimes I need one (a kick to the hemmies, that is) just for effect.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:14 AM
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60. Rather than being misspellings, a lot of them are just using the wrong word.
The case of weird is spelling a word wrong, but they're, their, there are using the wrong word. I'm surprised they forgot to, too, two. I have a friend who is an intelligent person but never uses the correct word in that case.
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condoleeza Donating Member (464 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:39 AM
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61. I just get so "flustrated"...
when I am trying to decide between affected and effected. I'm such a snob about proper language, but I still struggle with that one.
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:34 PM
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123. Since it would be the past tense of a verb,
affected is usually correct.
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condoleeza Donating Member (464 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:08 PM
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172. That's my usual choice, though I still question it every time I use it.
No idea why this just doesn't sink in for me, but thanks for what you said, I'll error on affected now and be right most of the time, LOL.
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:45 PM
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216. Your "flustrated" reminds me of a phrase my son
coined years back (he was probably 3 then): "pains and needles".

That works nicely, I think. Logical little man, he is.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:32 AM
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62. Ooooooo! That is SO bent!! Love it! and . . .
Thanks for the help with "Lose" and "Loose" & "Effect" and "Affect"; those usually trip me up.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:35 AM
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63. P.S. We need one of these on Subjective and Objective Pronoun Case!!
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CBR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:39 AM
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64. Guilty as charged with the word definitely...
hate that word!
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:38 PM
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125. I always remember that one
by remembering that it contains the word "finite."

finite infinite definite
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CBR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:04 PM
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156. Good tip! Thanks! nt
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 02:00 AM
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230. You're welcome. n/t
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:46 AM
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66. Can someone explain to me why
It is talking about wolverine fur being good for the thigh when riding them and the picture is of a person riding a manatee?

:rofl:

Whilst the author has a grasp of spelling and grammer, perhaps they should get some animal flashcards.

-Hoot
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:36 PM
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85. He is pissed off because he is stuck riding a Manatee to school while Randy
gets to ride a Wolverine!

It is the perfect illustration of the unsuitability of large, slow aquatic mammals as school transport. Everyone knows that small, ferocious woodland mammals provide much better rides. Also, while you're in school and your Wolverine is chained to the bike rack, it can munch on the bike tires of the kids you don't like. A Manatee would just lay there and try to sweat.

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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:17 PM
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96. Effin DUH!
Cheese and Rice!

:rofl:

I blame the caffeine not kicking in yet.

Yeah, that's the ticket.

-Hoot
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:18 PM
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98. ROFL! ". . . just lay there and try to sweat."
:rofl:
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:50 PM
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108. "Lie there." See multiple posts above.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:23 PM
Response to Reply #108
116. See my post #47
I'm STILL a doofus!
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:40 PM
Response to Reply #66
126. Oops.
Can I be the Spelling Nazi in just this one thread?

(It's grammar.)
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:32 PM
Response to Reply #66
210. There's another one!
Grammar, not grammer.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:50 AM
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67. And can we stop saying gotten, oh fuck it.
:P
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 10:00 AM
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69. And ". . . could of . . . "
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Unca Jim Donating Member (405 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:54 AM
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81. Gotten O'Fuckit
Sounds like a Leprechaun. That is all.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:25 PM
Response to Reply #81
117. Or the name of a Leprechaun Rock and Roll band.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Please welcome to the stage...


GOTTEN O'FUCKIT"
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 10:01 AM
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70. Should be required reading.
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Leftist Agitator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 10:35 AM
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71. If you misspell any of these words, you're a fucking retard.
That is all.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:13 AM
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74. Really funny and really smart. Great site. thanks for the headsup.
:thumbsup:
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:40 AM
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78. Someone post that on FR quickly.
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Unca Jim Donating Member (405 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:53 AM
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80. Bought it!
It'll be going up right next to my "Bob the Angry Flower" Uses of the Apostrophe poster.
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countryken Donating Member (37 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:41 PM
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86. Just say 'no'
Just say no to hammer pants?

It should be:

Just say 'no' to hammer pants.

A sign at the local batting cages drove me crazy. It read:

"For the kid's in the community."

I felt like buying some white paint to correct it.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:50 PM
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87. Good reminders . . .
Edited on Thu Dec-31-09 12:51 PM by defendandprotect
but, sadly, in the haste of making replies things getting kinda phonetical

and you don't always catch the error in time!

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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 12:53 PM
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91. These are good rules, alright....
Edited on Thu Dec-31-09 01:00 PM by Jeff In Milwaukee
Go ahead. Vent.

Edit: Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to spend the next 24 hours straight reading this guys site. And I suggest you do the same.
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burning rain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:04 PM
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92. Funny! & good illustrations. There's also "are" for "our" & "should of" for "should have."
Plenty of solecisms under the sun.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:22 PM
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99. And plural "their" for singular "his or her" anything.
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:47 PM
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128. You know,
I almost think that "their" for "his or her" should become accepted usage. "His or her" is so clunky. "Their" has a much better flow and is less disruptive to the sentence.

I know it's wrong, but it is one error I sometimes make consciously when referring to someone of unknown gender, even though I know that it is not correct.
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caraher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:31 PM
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142. I've seen it claimed that "their" is now standard usage in such cases
Of course, we have no Royal Academy of American Standard English to appeal to for a final ruling...
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:35 PM
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211. Exactly
Descriptive, not prescriptive.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:43 PM
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144. It IS accepted usage. Usage trumps ALL.
No point in railing about what's correct or not once common parlance has taken hold.
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:10 PM
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157. Well, I'll be darned.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/their

I will no longer feel guilty when I use it that way. (At least, I'll feel less guilty.)
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:47 PM
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218. Like Facebook.
There's got to be some way they can get around that, don't you think?
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:46 PM
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217. Oh yes! "Of" is not a verb! nt
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:07 PM
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93. I still have the most trouble with affect/effect.
This is good, thanks for the thread, A HERETIC I AM. :)
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:14 PM
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95. Glad you liked it!
I am certainly guilty of many of them, but I thought the illustrations were clever and funny.

I'm happy you and so many others thought so too.

Happy New Year!
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:11 PM
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94. LOOSE s/b LOSE is my pet peeve
I've seen it so often on the internets I thought maybe I was out of the loop on an inside joke like morons/morans or huge/hugh.
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:50 PM
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130. My favorite misuse of those words is a tattoo that a former neighbor had that proudly proclaimed
he was "Born too loose". Sad, but true.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:17 PM
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175. Dang. Get the dude some kaopectate. The industrial-size bottle. n/t
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 12:59 PM
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236. Could have been meant as a double entendre
If a woman had that tattoo I'd suspect nymphomania.
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 01:53 PM
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240. Naw, this guy wouldn't have known a double entendre if he had been formally introduced to one.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:26 PM
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100. I'd love to have a poster of this in my classroom
but there are rules about cuss-words and booze references. Unfortunately.
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raging moderate Donating Member (52 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:47 PM
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107. "Accept" versus "Except"
This may help somebody:
We ACCEPT a prize, EXCEPT when there are strings attached.
I really think this could have been avoided through more precise pronunciation by those who are lucky enough to have encountered extraordinary teachers, librarians, and clergymen. It really has little to do with money; my family frequently didn't get enough to eat, but we had a few of these wonderful people in our neighborhood. They showed us thast the spelling system, although admittedly complicated by the checkered history of England and the U.S., does make more sense than a first glance would suggest, if you know the derivations and relationships of the words. If you listen to the movies made in the 1930's, the diction was much more clear. Since then, carelessness has become fashionable. Maybe the motive behind this drive was to be more egalitarian, but it does have its drawbacks. When everybody says "gonna" instead of "going to" (including college presidents), and "UHSEPT" instead of either "ACcept" or "EXcept," it is no wonder that so many people have trouble keeping these things straight.
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:31 PM
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163. My father is the only person
I have ever heard pronounce "accept" as "UHsept." Even when confronted with the dictionary, he insisted he was correct and the dictionary was wrong! He could not accept that "accept" and "except" would be pronounced so similarly.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:34 PM
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101. Brilliant.
Now, please teach the unwashed masses (this includes authors, editors, and TV personalities) the difference between gantlet and gauntlet, and eminence and immanence. Those drive me crazy.
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:23 PM
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160. And imminence.
I don't recall ever having seen the word "gantlet," but dictionary.com says it's an acceptable spelling for "gauntlet," at least in some instances.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gantlet
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:38 PM
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212. It's "imminence."
And "imminent."
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 03:03 PM
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241. A couple I hear on TV all the time..
are "chomping at the bit".

WRONG! Horses don't "chomp" at a bit. They "champ". It is "champing at the bit".

Another is "forte'"

It isn't pronounced "for-tay"

It rhymes with "torte" or "fort".

Drives me nuts.
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Z_I_Peevey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:37 PM
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102. Quick, an addendum for martial and marshal!
And marshall, for that matter.

Martial law.

Marshal Dillon.

Marshall's Department Store.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:55 PM
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109. Excellent
and tres funny.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 01:56 PM
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110. K&R :)
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ddorrell Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:30 PM
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120. My pet peeve?
I always thought "give" was a fine word. When did "gift" become a verb and why?
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:53 PM
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132. Mine is when someone axes me a question.
I really, really hate that.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 01:47 PM
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239. I'm trying hard to be nice about that one; bugs the hell out of me, especially when I know that they
know better.

It's different than the various definitions of the word "fuck," because it's an entirely different word from the original "ask." I suppose it is comparable to different uses for the letters h, o, m, and e, i.e. "He went home" and "'ts up, home," but that brings up questions about whose sub-group sets usage (Why not we "grammar/spelling police" rather than other sub-groups?).
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 07:28 PM
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245. I don't correct people for their spelling or grammar. I simply stated on of
my pet peeves.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:57 PM
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136. When advertisers started telling us that if we ordered from them we'd get a "free gift!"
Because, you know, nobody wants a gift you actually have to pay for.
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polmaven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 04:29 PM
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152. Probably just before "friend" became a verb.
Actually, the verb giftlikely was fodder for the verb friend{/i].

And, come to think of it, they may both have been spawned by the verb medal.
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polmaven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 04:30 PM
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153. Probably just before "friend" became a verb.
Actually, the verb giftlikely was fodder for the verb friend{/i].

And, come to think of it, they may both have been spawned by the verb medal.
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pansypoo53219 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:14 PM
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113. what's their/there/they're opinion of
ain't?
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Oldtimeralso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:20 PM
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115. To Hell With You Spelling Nazis. I Use Spellchecker and
eye no eye maid know miss steaks!
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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:26 PM
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118. Independent, not Independant
Edited on Thu Dec-31-09 02:27 PM by cry baby
does anyone ever look too long at a word that is spelled correctly and it starts to look funny, like it isn't spelled correctly? I did it just now with my own post! ARGH!
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:40 PM
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213. Happens to me
all the time.
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tjwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:33 PM
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122. Spell-checkers are awesome...everybody should use won.
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rd_kent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:37 PM
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124. What about "ANYWAYS"? Its ANYWAY ....no "s"
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woofless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:41 PM
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127. Whether. In Elements Of Style, Strunk and White state
that "or not" is implied in the word whether, and should not be used. Redundant?
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:00 PM
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170. Thank you
That's one of my pet peeves.
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daggahead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:50 PM
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129. People think I'm weird for preaching exactly what is on this poster. n/t
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:52 PM
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131. I'm surprised that "to" and "too" didn't make the list.
I see them confused as often as any of the other words on the list.
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:18 PM
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191. Actually, it's "to" "too" "two" and "2"
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:53 PM
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133. This is great. I want a poster of it.
Edited on Thu Dec-31-09 03:01 PM by Berry Cool
I would also add about a million other words or phrases: everything from "free rein" (not "free reign") to "vocal cords" (not "vocal chords").

But, to add: There are some tricky ones that just go against logic that you just have to memorize and know, because there's no logic that will tell you they are right. Such as:

restaurateur: That's right, no "n." I remember it by thinking "There's a rat in the restaurant."

tendinitis: That's right, it really is "tendon" but "tendinitis." Don't ask me why. It just is.
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 02:55 PM
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134. I never have a problem with any of those words, except "weird."
That's wierd isn't...er, I mean weird...isn't it?
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:18 PM
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139. Uh oh. Another Dolphin just got whacked. n/t
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:25 PM
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140. Oh well,
my tuna just got meatier :sarcasm:
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Texano78704 Donating Member (215 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:02 PM
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137. Till is *not* a preposition
I have seen it used that way in news articles. Un-fucking-believable! If you want to shorten "until," do it properly, 'til or just til.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:07 PM
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171. Actually, it is a preposition
According to the American Heritage Dictionary:

"Till and until are generally interchangeable and each is appropriate to the highest level of usage."

It would be incorrect, however, to use til without the apostrophe.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:09 PM
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173. It is in the UK.
IIRC "till" is standard in the UK, "until" is standard in the US
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 01:09 PM
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238. Until and Till are two different (albeit synonymous) prepositions
Ah, shit, now I'm woried about weather I speled synonymous write.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:36 PM
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143. Thanks so much for these
I am guilty for forgetting to put an "'" on You're. Sometimes I get lazy. But I really like this and will post this link on Facebook so my friends can learn from this.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:46 PM
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145. nice!
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:48 PM
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146. as a grammar nazi
I wholeheartedly recommend this post. A lot!

:thumbsup:
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:53 PM
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147. I always have to pause with "chose" / "choose" and "manner" / "manor." nt
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 04:11 PM
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149. This seams to be a waist of thyme!
I can't believe they left out "to", "too" and "two" (They also forgot "yore")

And "Who" and "Whom"... but I guess that's more grammar than spelling.


Of course the great thing about English is you're not supposed to speak it correctly... or rather, one can use incorrect grammar and stuff as a stylistic tool. (You can in any language but English seems to encourage it)
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hugo_from_TN Donating Member (895 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 04:24 PM
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151. Lose up to 40 pounds, or more!
I hear that on the radio every morning and it steams me.


Also if you agree strongly with someone's statement, you say "Hear, Hear". NOT "Here, Here". Ugh.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:02 PM
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155. Hey, you! Happy Holidays!!
Hope you're well.

:hug:
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:31 PM
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164. AWWW!! Thanks, sweetheart!! You too!
I'm hanging in there.

It is my sincere hope that all of the best things the new year has to offer will bless you and your family!

Have a happy, happy New Year.

Beer and Bourbon shots, very little gas in the car...the internet and a good movie waiting in the DVD player.

I'm all set!

:toast: :hug: :pals:

P.S. Stay out of trouble in the lounge, for fucks sake! How naughty do you have to be to get suspended IN THE FUCKING LOUNGE?

(You DID get suspended a while back, didn't you? Or am I thinking of someone else?)
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:44 PM
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214. It's fuck's sake.
Unless there is more than one fuck, in which case it's "fucks'".
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:50 PM
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220. May a cranky Manatee...
lead a herd of cows harboring alien parasites descend on your liquor cabinet.

After they're settled in, here's hoping a Wolverine overloaded with the extra skin cells of a drunken, goat riding kitten clinging to it's fur after an extensive exfoliating session stand quietly by your ice bucket as you make cocktails for your New Years guests.

Whew.

That wasn't easy, I'll have you know.
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undergroundnomore Donating Member (248 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:19 PM
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159. whell awlright
thank u verry much. Its never hyrt me none not noing how two spell.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:41 PM
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167. TO ALL OF YOU who have commented and glanced at this thread...
I'm so happy it has been so well received. Thanks for all the comments and the laughs.

To all my fellow DU'rs, may you all have a happy and safe New Years celebration. May all the highest promise a new year offers be visited on you and your families.

Keep the comments coming as long as this continues to strike a funny bone!


All the best,

Paul.
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 05:48 PM
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168. Poeple who mssspell are jest a bunch of sillys. nt
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:00 PM
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169. Brilliant! Thank you.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:16 PM
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174. Seperate - separate
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SpookyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:28 PM
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177. If you don't mind, may I offer this little memory aid?
And thank you so much for this thread, it's wonderful!

******************

Preposition Doodle.


Preposition Song (Yankee Doodle)

about, above, across, after
Yan-kee Doo-dle went to town

against, along, around
Ri-ding on a p-ony

as, at, before, behind, below
Stuck a feath-er in his cap and

beneath, beside, between
Called it mac-a- ro-ni.

beyond, by, down, during, for
Yan-kee Doo-dle keep it up

from, in, into, near, of, on
Yan-kee Doo-dle dandy

o- ver, past, through, throughout, to
Mind the mu- sic and the step

toward, under, until, up, with
And with the girls be han-dy.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:31 PM
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178. List of homophones
Edited on Thu Dec-31-09 06:39 PM by Tx4obama
Here's a link to a website with a huge list of homophones
just click on the LEFT side of the page on a 'letter' to see the lists
http://www.homophone.com /

And here's another good list that has sentence examples:
http://esl.about.com/od/engilshvocabulary/a/hom_a_e.htm


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Tab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:47 PM
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179. Agree fully - and one addition

Although I'm an inveterate mis-user of "its" and "it's", and I did editing for years. I'm still working on it.

The missing one I refer to is "irregardless". There is no such thing. There's "irrespective", or "regardless", but not "irregardless".
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:54 PM
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180. Guilty
as charged. ;)
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 06:55 PM
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181. A puppy dies of a heart attack...
every time someone incorrectly conjugates the verb "to be"!!!

:puke:
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:11 PM
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185. I guess this poster wouldn't be appropriate
for my middle school classroom, lol.

If I were to make a list, lose and loose would be #1. My students, though, do a better job with all those on the poster than most DUers, because I don't let them get away with it.

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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:14 PM
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188. I love it!
I know quite a few people I could send this to.
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:21 PM
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193. If it's an 800 pound bottlenose dolphin, it could really screw up your jet ski.
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:23 PM
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195. Do not use run-on sentences you just look stupid.
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:23 PM
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196. Oh, and incomplete sentences.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 11:56 AM
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234. Unless you're Cormac McCarthy, or some other such talent
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:25 PM
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197. Do not make redundant statements that say the same thing twice.
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:27 PM
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198. Don't double post.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:28 PM
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199. Mormon.
Member of a religious sect founded by Joseph Smith in the 19th century.

Always spelled with two m's, including one in the middle, except when they pull crap like pouring millions of dollars into Prop H8.
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:28 PM
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200. Don't double post.
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Moosepoop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 07:39 PM
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202.  "Less" vs "fewer"
Those get used incorrectly all the time.
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rantormusing Donating Member (210 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:08 PM
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205. Do you have a link for one with commas
Much appreciated
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BobTheSubgenius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:45 PM
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215. I realize it's not actually a word, but this one drives me crazy.
"Oppps." As in: "Oppps, I dropped it."

How the hell can you get that one wrong? Even if one is not a good speller, there are still a few rules of pronunciation that hold up, no matter what.

And now...off to the court to shoot a few hoppps.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 08:49 PM
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219. You elitist basturd.
jk
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:05 PM
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221. Hardly. The only reason I posted this in the first place...
was because the image of riding a manatee to school and goat riding kittens was too cool to pass up.

Not to mention cows eating rancid casserole.

:evilgrin:
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:32 PM
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223. So that's how you spell casserole. nt
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emcguffie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 09:34 PM
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224. This is brilliant. How about agreement between subjects and predicates?-


If only they (he, she or they?) would something similarly brilliant on agreement between subjects and predicates. You know, those predicates that agree with the nearest noun instead of with the subject?

I hear it all the time. It seems I never hear verbs agree the way they should anymore. Of course, they do it differently in UK.

Sorry, I cannot think of a funny example right now.
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PatrynXX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 10:31 PM
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225. Don't try to get me to spell Guaranty please
that is misspelled :P Even on typing tests at temp agencies. Get it wrong almost 99 % of the time. Warranty, just fine with that. Dominique Moceanu just fine with her name :P


hopefully we won't get the Shits Vs the Sunni's wrong. oh wait. Shiites. (sorry if I offended any shiites out there)
I've been censored on some pages using Shiites in a sentence. Kinda like trying to say Fuk. :P


If your on twitter this shoulnt aply suld it?
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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 11:26 PM
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227. And learn how to use "lie" and "lay"...

...Lay takes an object. If Jesus was "laying" in a manger, what was he laying? EGGS???

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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 02:06 AM
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231. Someone else
already mentioned that.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 12:57 PM
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235. The problem there is that the spelling of the present tense, lie, is counter-intuitive and
the PAST tense of the irregular verb "lie" IS "lay".

"As shepherds lie asleep on the hill, Joseph stands watch, Mary sleeps and Jesus lies in a manger" and "As shepherds lay asleep on the hill, Joseph stood watch, Mary slept and Jesus lay in a manger" are both correct, depending upon whether you are talking about events in the present or in the past.

However, this darned irregular verb makes "They saw Jesus laying in a manger" into "They saw Jesus lying in a manger."

One wonders, if we are going to prioritize usage for "their" instead of "his" or "her" or "his or her," at what point does usage become the standard for lay vs lie or for any of the transgressions listed above?

When/Where do you draw the lines? That's why, even though I don't always get it right and end up inadvertently making usage the standard, I much prefer accuracy, especially in logic. A singular person should not suddenly be referred to as a plural, especially in contexts that include ESL users. One good way to avoid the problems associated with that particular usage is to just avoid indefinite references.
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 02:40 AM
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233. This graphic keeps the info handy for most of these!
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 05:39 PM
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243. kick for any who might have missed this wonderful piece
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LouKneeLib Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 05:43 PM
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244. hahaha
Instant classic! LOL
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