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Old 03-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #361
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The elementary school near us has a board outside with a saying on it. 20% of the time there is a typo. This month it says:

"No good deed, how ever small, ..."

IOW, however is written as two words. There's something depressing about an error like that at a school -- did no one notice?
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:50 AM   #362
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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.
That's Gullah, Mickey! The seafood sellers in Charleston would shout that they had swimps for sale, plus other fresh-caught delicacies.
Each section of our most famous cookbook Charleston Receipts has a short Gullah phrase, including these two:
The meat section: Ef dey ain’ bin no meat pun’ de table, de dinnuh ain’ wut!
And the fish section's introduction is a recipe in itself:E hab uh hebby pan full uh mullet, en’ ‘e hab swimp en’ crab all two, en’ ‘e hab hominy en’ ting

I can say a few stories in the Gullah dialect, but it is mostly lost to the oral history tradition that fades when the speakers grow older.
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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.
Sierra is actually single, but it does mean mountain range. You could have more than one range.
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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.
You are much better off not knowing things like this, because the misuse is never going to end.
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That's Gullah, Mickey! The seafood sellers in Charleston would shout that they had swimps for sale, plus other fresh-caught delicacies.
Each section of our most famous cookbook Charleston Receipts has a short Gullah phrase, including these two:
The meat section: Ef dey ain’ bin no meat pun’ de table, de dinnuh ain’ wut!
And the fish section's introduction is a recipe in itself:E hab uh hebby pan full uh mullet, en’ ‘e hab swimp en’ crab all two, en’ ‘e hab hominy en’ ting

I can say a few stories in the Gullah dialect, but it is mostly lost to the oral history tradition that fades when the speakers grow older.
Thanks for introducing me to Gullah Sarah. I'm now smarter than when I logged on a few minutes ago. BTW my friend pronounced a single prawn as "shrimp" yet two of them would be "swimps"...
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Sadly, all of the common ones mentioned drive me up the wall. I guess I'm OCD for grammar. And for clothes hangers to be hung the right way on the rod instead of backward.
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I enjoyed reading that one side effect of a supplement was "squeamishness." I guess it makes you not want to look at worms.
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Sadly, all of the common ones mentioned drive me up the wall. I guess I'm OCD for grammar.
Hey, a language is either evolving or dying.

I'd rather change the rules than end up in the dustbin of lost languages.
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Al, your habit of paying attention to language used in news broadcasts is rubbing off on me! I caught this bit last night:

A tailpipe was sent flying down the road hitting cars and finally crashed into a driver's front windshield missing her face by inches. The announcer said that the "incident could have been potentially very serious."



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Al, your habit of paying attention to language used in news broadcasts is rubbing off on me!
Sorry about that!

Last night: "...they made a search party for the missing woman."
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Last night: "...they made a search party for the missing woman."
Heh, everyone knows you don't "make" a party, you "throw" one...
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Al, your habit of paying attention to language used in news broadcasts is rubbing off on me! I caught this bit last night:
A tailpipe was sent flying down the road hitting cars and finally crashed into a driver's front windshield missing her face by inches. The announcer said that the "incident could have been potentially very serious."

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Sorry about that!
Last night: "...they made a search party for the missing woman."
I think the root cause of the problem is that you guys are watching news broadcasts.

Or at least the ones not anchored by Jon Stewart.
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Sorry about that!

Last night: "...they made a search party for the missing woman."
I must be dense, but what is the flaw here? How to better express what we all must understand- what they did, and why? Newscasters aren't lexicographers.
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more fun with commas:

a baseball headline currently at USA Today: "Matt Bush, former No. 1 overall pick, charged with hit-and-run"

their next headline: "Kendrys Morales returns to Angels, hits and runs well"
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We have a friend from Minnesotta who says that the plural of cow is cowas!

Some of the entries here remind me of the eventual headline:
"Nut bolts and screws!"
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Yesterday I heard Prince William say "She gave it to Kate and I." So much for a royal education.

I guess this is more difficult than it would seem.
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Heh, everyone knows you don't "make" a party, you "throw" one...
Part of the confusion may be the native language of the speaker. For example, in Italian one "takes" a coffee, one does not 'have' a coffee.
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Yesterday I heard Prince William say "She gave it to Kate and I." So much for a royal education.

I guess this is more difficult than it would seem.
I am more distressed about the demise of the adverb than I am about our economy (even today). Seems like words ending in -ly have become "uncool".
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I am more distressed about the demise of the adverb than I am about our economy (even today). Seems like words ending in -ly have become "uncool".
When I notice Americans using adverbs without "ly", I just assume it's their Germanic heritage sticking through. American English usage (particularly north of the Mason-Dixon line) is more influenced by German than is British English, and in German (and Dutch), adjectives and adverbs are written identically.
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Seems like words ending in -ly have become "uncool".
Indubitably so.
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