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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #620 on: May 22, 2009, 12:38:37 PM »
Yip, no other human thinks like that (although I suppose corporate staff are similar). Sadly he wasn't frontbench so I can't remember a name ;_;
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #621 on: May 22, 2009, 12:54:15 PM »
You remember the names of our frontbench! My hat off to you....especially as we will shortly experience the Labour version night of the long knives. Then you will have to start to remember all the new ones. The average minister lasts 10 months in the job.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #622 on: May 24, 2009, 04:11:30 AM »
I like you signature, Cato!  :D
(although i don't watch that show anymore)

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #623 on: May 24, 2009, 04:39:17 AM »
I like your signature, Cato!  :D
(although i don't watch that show anymore)

This is the last year for King of the Hill despite good ratings.  Its subtle satire is often very poignant.
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« Reply #624 on: May 24, 2009, 04:48:38 AM »
Do you mean last year of reruns? (because i thought they stopped making new episodes a long time ago)

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« Reply #625 on: May 24, 2009, 06:29:50 AM »
Do you mean last year of reruns? (because i thought they stopped making new episodes a long time ago)

Well, not a long time ago, just last year!

The team behind the series has a new show coming out called "The Goode Family" which will apparently satirize politically correct radical enviro/vegan types.   8)
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #626 on: May 26, 2009, 07:41:07 AM »
Not a grammar grumble at all, but linguistic ingenuity: I have a 7th-Grade boy, barely cracking 4' 10'', with a piercing soprano voice, both contrary to a last name indicating the toughest Viking heritage, who is running for Student Council President 2009-2010.

His slogan: "Think BIG, Vote small!"   8)

And he thinks he is indeed the biggest rooster around!  Napoleon complex extraordinaire!   0:)

Results of the election show that The Little Rooster is now BMOC!   8)

And one of the tiniest, squeakiest hens in the roost, will be his Secretary!   :o

Both candidates defying the usual expectation that tall candidates have an edge!
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #627 on: May 27, 2009, 05:37:32 AM »
Results of the election show that The Little Rooster is now BMOC!   8)

And one of the tiniest, squeakiest hens in the roost, will be his Secretary!   :o

Both candidates defying the usual expectation that tall candidates have an edge!

I used BMOC yesterday to one of my 20-something colleagues while we were talking about the new Student Council regime, and he had no idea what it meant!   :o

Too bad!  One of the funniest skits on Saturday Night Live without Steve Martin had John Belushi as Samurai BMOC!

And just to be sure: BMOC = Big Man On Campus.   0:)
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #628 on: May 28, 2009, 03:32:30 AM »
Today's grumble comes from a TV ad for a car dealership (Hyundai).

The words "WHO'S DEAL IS THE BEST?" come roaring out at you!   :o

Yes, the ad agency is illiterate!  But apparently the dealer didn't notice either!   ???
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #629 on: May 28, 2009, 03:37:16 AM »
That's one I've noticed quite often of late.

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« Reply #630 on: May 28, 2009, 03:50:27 AM »
I hear the annoying "sooner than later" on TV a lot (which reminds me that I had a nun in 7th grade who insisted that we say "television," not "TV," and
"telephone" rather than "phone," even if we were using it as a verb [which led me to choose the verb "call" instead]). I suppose it's the way to say "sooner rather than later" ASAP, though I've never liked "sooner rather than later" much, either. Oh, and I always pronounce "ASAP" as a two-syllable word, never pronouncing it as the four letters.

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« Reply #631 on: May 28, 2009, 03:54:00 AM »
. . . a nun in 7th grade who insisted that we say "television," not "TV," and "telephone" rather than "phone" . . . .

I hope she insisted on the unabbreviated violoncello, too!  8)

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. . . Oh, and I always pronounce "ASAP" as a two-syllable word, never pronouncing it as the four letters.

I always tell out the four letters, but, live and let live, says I.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #632 on: May 28, 2009, 05:02:35 AM »
The words "WHO'S DEAL IS THE BEST?" come roaring out at you!   :o

Reminds of the days when I was in school (class 3 or something), when the class monitor used to pick up a pencil or some other piece of stationery found lying on the floor, hold it high above his or her head so that everyone could have a clear view of the object and ask, "Who is this pencil?" :D
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #633 on: May 28, 2009, 05:13:26 AM »
Reminds of the days when I was in school (class 3 or something), when the class monitor used to pick up a pencil or some other piece of stationery found lying on the floor, hold it high above his or her head so that everyone could have a clear view of the object and ask, "Who is this pencil?" :D

Delightfully tangential . . . one of the composers I worked with in Charlottesville was Walter Ross, and one of his amusing pastimes was, he wanted to be able to speak at least one phrase in as many languages as possible.  For simplicity, might as well be the same phrase.  And since communication is not the goal of this project, it needn't be a particularly useful phrase.

So one day, Walter comes up to me and say, "I hear you're studying Japanese?"

"Yes, that's right."

"Boku wa empitsu desu."

"I beg your pardon?"

"Did you understand what I said?"

"Well, if I did, then you just told me that you are a pencil."

"Yes, that's right!" . . .

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #634 on: May 28, 2009, 05:31:49 AM »
I was always fond of learning at least two phrases, both quite useful in different ways:

"The little dog listens to the fish,"

and, "Two cold beers, please."

A common error that aggravates me somewhat is the insertion of apostrophes in plurals, as seen on this site quite often in the plural of "CD," which appears more frequently as "CD's" than not.
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #635 on: May 28, 2009, 07:30:47 AM »
A common error that aggravates me somewhat is the insertion of apostrophes in plurals, as seen on this site quite often in the plural of "CD," which appears more frequently as "CD's" than not.

Same here. I don't even get the logic behind that.

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« Reply #636 on: May 28, 2009, 07:34:27 AM »
I was always fond of learning at least two phrases, both quite useful in different ways:

"The little dog listens to the fish,"

and, "Two cold beers, please."

As an English-speaker who has tried . . . I should be most interested in hearing your gamest efforts in Tallinn to order a beer in Estonian  :)

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #637 on: May 28, 2009, 08:19:39 AM »
Reminds of the days when I was in school (class 3 or something), when the class monitor used to pick up a pencil or some other piece of stationery found lying on the floor, hold it high above his or her head so that everyone could have a clear view of the object and ask, "Who is this pencil?" :D

As a teacher with some iron in his irony, I have been known to ask in a similar fashion with an unsigned quiz or test in my hand:

"Who belongs to this?"   0:)
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #638 on: May 29, 2009, 08:00:20 AM »
"Spiffy" or "spiffing"?

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #639 on: May 29, 2009, 08:06:38 AM »
Oojah-cum-spiff