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Old 09-04-2014, 09:18 AM   #341
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Use of the term "diversity" as shorthand for "racial diversity". "We are striving to increase the diversity of our faculty" almost certainly means only "we want to hire more faculty members of different races than the present ones", not "we want to hire people who have professional backgrounds, educational backgrounds, and perspectives that differ from our present faculty."

And, on the same page, the use of "discriminate" as shorthand for "illegally discriminate." "We don't practice discrimination in our hiring." I sure hope you do!
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:50 AM   #342
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I'm seeing this more and more in news articles : using the awkward and weird (but new!) "reach out" instead of the much preferable "contacted" or "asked". Example : this reporter reached out to BP to find out.....
YES. Only the other day, I received an e-mail from someone who said he had been meaning to "reach out" to me for a while now. Needless to say, he is working, and for a large corporation too.......
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Yesterday found a new one. Morbid obesity.

Yesterday we went for a birthday dinner with a couple who 'been married 60+ years. He turned 84, still drives for a limo company. His wife does private nursing, and is a few years younger.

Of all the diners in the restaurant we were the only four of normal weight. All the others, men and women were hanging off all sides of the chairs. The waitresses, barmaid, owner, all were huge in girth. Pretty gross sight. The diners were stuffing down enormous amounts of food, and drink, some had two desserts. Nerly ruined my appetite.

Each of us took home half the meal in boxes. Half of dinner was way filling.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:56 AM   #344
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even worse are the people who don't use capitalization. capitalization is a huge courtesy to the reader as it visually signals the end of one sentence and the beginning of another. also it helps to emphasize certain important words. capitalizing the first letter of a sentence makes reading a lot easier for most of us. i usually don't read posts that don't capitalize.

please don't get me started on people who think there is no need for punctuation.
A friend of mine does this on a regular basis when communicating with friends via e-mail and Facebook though, to her credit, her work-related e-mails have proper capitalization. I asked her about it, and she doesn't think it's that important to have proper capitalization in personal communications. She's not a fast typer, so it could be that proper capitalization involves more effort than she wants to make while, for me, a fast typer, it's not hard at all.

I don't really know what's behind it but I think that for some of us, proper capitalization and correct grammar comes naturally. Others can still do it, but seem to have to work a bit harder.
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my pesty non-paying tenants constantly calling and making false promises

and in response to major tom, maybe some of us only have the use of one hand. we should bypass such trivial issues, as we never know when we maybe stricken with some handicap.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:02 AM   #346
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my pesty non-paying tenants constantly calling and making false promises
Aaah yes, people who say things and don't follow through - another of my bugbears. Some people cannot bring themselves to say the truth, even when it's painfully obvious to everyone around that they are lying.

You know, I was in a good mood when I woke up, and now this thread is getting me all riled up
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and in response to major tom, maybe some of us only have the use of one hand. we should bypass such trivial issues, as we never know when we maybe stricken with some handicap.
But it isn't trivial, it is much harder to read something without capitalization, punctuation, and/or paragraphs to break up ideas. Those caps give visual cues that make reading easier.

Now if one truly has a handicap (how can a reader know?), sure I can decide to take some extra effort to read their writing. But they could also use the caps-lock key, it takes a bit more work (one extra key-stroke per sentence generally?), but so does reading something w/o caps.

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I think typing something in all caps makes it harder to read. Unless you just do a word here and there for EMPHASIS. But yeah, doing all lower case and missing punctuation marks definitely makes it harder to read, as well.

Now, when I'm sending a text on my iPhone, where I have to hunt and peck, I might get a little sloppy and lazy. But on forums like this, where I'm sitting down in front of a full-sized keyboard, it's just easier to type properly. Heck, I still do the old fashioned two-spaces-after-the-period thing, which many people consider a no-no these days! However, I noticed that the software is smart enough to take out that extra space.
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Andre, that is a generational thing. I do the two space thing always and probably always will! Rejoice in the fact that you probably learned to type the same way I did, on a typewriter!
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My current pet peeve is corporations that send you emails despite unsubscribing multiple times from their email list.

American Academy of Pediatrics, I'm looking at YOU.

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Use of the term "diversity" as shorthand for "racial diversity". "We are striving to increase the diversity of our faculty" almost certainly means only "we want to hire more faculty members of different races than the present ones", not "we want to hire people who have professional backgrounds, educational backgrounds, and perspectives that differ from our present faculty."
Totally agree with this.

Another pet peeve of mine around this is when people say a company isn't diverse because they don't have "under-represented minorities" but are conveniently ignoring all of the minorities they don't care about.



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Yesterday found a new one. Morbid obesity.
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Of all the diners in the restaurant we were the only four of normal weight.
Go to a sushi restaurant and you won't have this problem.
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Here's my pet peeve of the day. I don't know in what universe the Dow dropping 9 points is "breaking news".
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Heck, I still do the old fashioned two-spaces-after-the-period thing, which many people consider a no-no these days!
I learned that way too and managed to retrain myself. Yup, learned to type on a manual Underwood. Being naturally lazy it was an easy way to drop a bunch of keystrokes. DW still does it and it was irritating (dunno why, there are certainly more important things to be annoyed about) until I sneakily set the software to auto-correct two spaces followed by a period to one space. She didn't even notice.
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You mean to tell me that two spaces after a period is not right anymore? Of course I never learned to type (Engineer, here).
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those are the ones who could do w/out a few meals. have you been to walmart lately? one can hardly access the aisles due to the obese motorized chair users. some do not even need them, I saw a woman who got up easily and reached for an item that was above her.
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Totally agree with this.


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Go to a sushi restaurant and you won't have this problem.
I enjoyed sushi passing through Tokyo, had some in NY as well. Don't know of any within reasonable driving distance.
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Well, you'd better get over that peeve, because obesity is now the norm.

Case in point: A close relative weighs about 2.5 times what the charts say a woman of her height and build should weigh. She is very militant about rights for the obese, and believes obesity should be considered a disability under ADA. From her, I have learned of a fat-rights movement that believes things like "raise the price of all clothes so that clothes for extra-big people cost the same as regular clothes" and has created a whole new morality/set of manners, such as "you aren't actually paying for a seat on the airplane - you are paying for transportation. It is polite to let the bigger person sitting next to you share any seat-space you aren't using."

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She is very militant about rights for the obese, and believes obesity should be considered a disability under ADA. From her, I have learned of a fat-rights movement that believes things like "raise the price of all clothes so that clothes for extra-big people cost the same as regular clothes" and has created a whole new morality/set of manners, such as "you aren't actually paying for a seat on the airplane - you are paying for transportation. It is polite to let the bigger person sitting next to you share any seat-space you aren't using."
Hoo boy. Everybody's a victim and responsible for nothing. What a world.
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.... Heck, I still do the old fashioned two-spaces-after-the-period thing, which many people consider a no-no these days! However, I noticed that the software is smart enough to take out that extra space.
On my Android tablet, if you just hit space twice, it inserts a period and a space. But my peeve is if you hit "period, space, space" (as I was taught on the manual typewriter), the keyboard software will sometimes crash and along with it, the browser. And gone is the post I was typing!
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