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Old 03-06-2012, 04:01 AM   #341
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I assume you have all read the book about Panda's - Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.

A panda goes into a café, orders a sandwich, eats it, takes out a revolver, fires it into the air, and goes out. When the waiter calls to ask what is going on, the panda plunks a badly punctuated wildlife manual onto the table and growls: "Look me up." The waiter finds the entry: "PANDA. Large, black-and-white, bear-like mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.
From the Australian - The Ocker, (sometimes the Wombat), eats, roots and leaves.

('Rooting' being the OZ vernacular for sexual congress.)
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:37 AM   #342
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walla instead of voila
"Et viola" (written) instead of "Et voilà". I always imagine someone dramatically producing a string instrument from under their coat.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #343
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I always thought of "ramping up" as a special case of "increasing."
Correct. I always picture a graph of whatever you are measuring versus time - it looks like a ramp, hence the term.


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I just heard someone on TV saying the very common "I couldn't hear nothing." Why does this double negative thing persist? I guess it will be passed from generation to generation forever.
Maybe he has tinnitus? In that case, it would seem to be perfectly accurate and correct grammar to say "I can't hear nothing", because "I always hear something".

Now that I said that, I guess it makes sense that if you are in a loud environment, and it is drowning out what you want to hear, to say "I couldn't hear nothing."

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I wonder if it belongs to the lady with this tattoo...
That is one way to spell relief
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:15 AM   #345
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It's not, necessarily, just a metal:

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Old 03-07-2012, 04:55 AM   #346
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Hmmm - this thread reminds me of a newspaper misprint I read when I was about 17 (hope it's not off-topic here):

"WANTED - Men and women for pubic contact postions"

Every teenage boy I knew tried to apply...
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:07 PM   #347
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She's proud of her diabetes.
When I was first dating my now wife back in college, her friends used to call me that for that exact reason... I was a type 1 diabetic at the time.

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:58 AM   #348
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Saw a pic of an elephant safari in India....which led me to check out this link:

Elephant Back Safari

Once in, I started laughing and reading aloud to my wife.....this was just one of my favorites:
That was hilarious........and now I want to go!
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:40 PM   #349
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Lol

"...peeping into wildlife, offering a new and unique experience."

Yea, especially if the wildlife experiences flatulence while you're peeping into it!
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:29 PM   #351
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I didn't read all the posts, so I don't know if this has already been mentioned.

When did it become proper punctuation to put a comma just before the word "and" when finishing a list of items in a sentence ? (for example - I like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream.)

I thought the reason to use "and" was to signify the end of the list.
The "Oxford Comma" has been proper punctuation for ages.

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Excellent example, and really funny images!

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But if you "invited the stripper, JFK, and Stalin," it would be ambiguous the other way around!
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Or a somewhat different party.

(One of my two majors was Linguistics, and I love wordplay and syntactical ambiguity. When writing, though, I choose my words carefully and avoid unintended ambiguity.)
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I don't watch the local news because they make so many annoying mistakes. I read and post here on my iPod touch while Lena watches it.

A real funny and weird thing is that although I'm totally ignoring the TV, I notice the errors. Just a minute ago they said "the courthouse lawn was overtaken by protestors," and without thinking I said "'taken over' not 'overtaken.'" I don't even realize I'm doing it.

But then I watch the weatherman because I think maybe he is a little drunk. He always slurs a few words.
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I love on Craig'sList when people advertise for Plutonic Friendships. I guess some of the people very well could be from outer space....
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"for all intensive purposes, a vary interesting story" (an actual trip report from an employee)
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My big problem is with the word 'Sierras' when referring to the mountain range in California. It is "Sierra". Sierra is already plural and does not need an 's' at the end.
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The "Oxford Comma" has been proper punctuation for ages.

If you need a comma before the "and" to properly convey your meaning, then the sentence is improperly formed to begin with. Instead, say "JFK, Stalin and the strippers".
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I once had a friend that pronounced more than one shrimp as "swimps". She could never figure out why I was always smiling/laughing whenever she discussed them. The funny/sad thing about her is that she was a talented/gifted elementary school teacher.
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