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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #3940 on: February 23, 2017, 10:42:31 PM »
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"Zamyra-byrd" is just fine, which can be translated to singing or nightingale bird.
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« Reply #3941 on: February 24, 2017, 04:29:02 AM »
"Zamyra-byrd" is just fine, which can be translated to singing or nightingale bird.

One of my little 7th-Grade girls is named "Philomena."  (Ancient Greek for "nightingale.")  An old-fashioned name!  A tombstone near those of my great-grandparents bears the name Philomena: she was born in the 1860's.

Speaking of my grade-school students, the previous grumble about "to he" outraged or amazed all of them: they easily spotted the error, after I had written the offensive sentence on the board.

How many adult ears at the T.V. station heard the report during editing and preparation? >:(

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #3942 on: February 24, 2017, 04:58:54 AM »
"Zamyra-byrd" is just fine, which can be translated to singing or nightingale bird.

And, familiarly, zb  8)
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« Reply #3943 on: February 24, 2017, 06:21:48 AM »
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« Reply #3944 on: February 24, 2017, 06:46:36 AM »
Zb!
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« Reply #3945 on: February 24, 2017, 07:08:38 AM »
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #3946 on: February 24, 2017, 07:11:48 AM »
That looks like Z to the b power.
You mean Z to the power of b.  0:)
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« Reply #3947 on: February 24, 2017, 07:19:15 AM »
eb ln z
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« Reply #3948 on: February 24, 2017, 07:21:57 AM »
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« Reply #3949 on: February 24, 2017, 07:33:26 AM »
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« Reply #3950 on: February 24, 2017, 08:00:52 AM »
You mean Z to the power of b.  0:)

All power to "B"!!!
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« Reply #3951 on: February 24, 2017, 09:59:19 AM »
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« Reply #3952 on: February 24, 2017, 10:47:06 AM »
Bs wax!
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« Reply #3953 on: February 24, 2017, 02:12:55 PM »
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« Reply #3954 on: March 19, 2017, 05:51:52 AM »
Not a grammar grumble per se, just a rather astonishing use of an adjective with a certain occupation:

Courtesy of a reporter on CBS:  "...legendary shoe designer..."  ??? ??? ??? ;)

Well, I am sure the shoe designer is a millionaire... 0:)
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« Reply #3955 on: March 19, 2017, 03:01:33 PM »
Bleaching out all the color of the language . . . .
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« Reply #3956 on: March 20, 2017, 08:53:49 AM »
Courtesy of a reporter on CBS:  "...legendary shoe designer..."  ??? ??? ??? ;)

Well, I am sure the shoe designer is a millionaire... 0:)

Maybe the shoe designer doesn't exist in real life - maybe he or she is a piece of fake news.
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« Reply #3957 on: March 20, 2017, 10:26:28 AM »
Maybe the shoe designer doesn't exist in real life - maybe he or she is a piece of fake news.

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Our English teacher reported to me that she witnessed a television interview with a college student who happens to play basketball...or maybe a basketball player who happens to attend a college class now and then, like Basketball 101.  She was horrified to hear the stoont speak because "not one sentence had a verb!!!  I am not exaggerating!!!  Not one verb the whole time!!!" ??? ??? ???

This reminded me of an old Steve Martin routine: "I wrote a novel a few years ago, and it didn't sell too well.  So in my second novel, I started using verbs!  Sales really picked up after that!" :D
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« Reply #3958 on: March 20, 2017, 11:24:46 AM »
The glories of PhotoShop!

Our English teacher reported to me that she witnessed a television interview with a college student who happens to play basketball...or maybe a basketball player who happens to attend a college class now and then, like Basketball 101.  She was horrified to hear the stoont speak because "not one sentence had a verb!!!  I am not exaggerating!!!  Not one verb the whole time!!!" ??? ??? ???

This reminded me of an old Steve Martin routine: "I wrote a novel a few years ago, and it didn't sell too well.  So in my second novel, I started using verbs!  Sales really picked up after that!" :D
Read a recent James Ellroy novel. Or, try to.
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« Reply #3959 on: March 20, 2017, 12:55:46 PM »
Read a recent James Ellroy novel. Or, try to.

Thanks for the reco... the warning!  8)  I know nothing of the author, so I will skim through a book at a store or the library! ;)
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