Started by Cato, February 08, 2009, 05:00:18 PM
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Quote from: Joe Barron on January 26, 2010, 10:22:04 AM. . . Of course, I still say "he graduated from high school" out of habit, although to be absolutely correct, one should say "he was graduated from high school." It's not something you do yourself. It is an honor that is conferred on you once you complete the requirements.
Quote from: Joe Barron on January 26, 2010, 10:22:04 AM"graduated high school" is fine, since it is now common usage, and everyone agrees on its meaning.
Quote from: Florestan on January 26, 2010, 10:40:47 AMThere are a lot of things that are common usage and everyone agrees on their meaning yet they are profoundly wrong and immoral. Governmental bailouts, for instance.
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 26, 2010, 10:34:18 AMI do feel like such a throwback, using that (traditionally-correct) usage.
Quote from: Joe Barron on January 26, 2010, 11:24:05 AMWhat's this country coming to?
Quote from: Joe Barron on January 26, 2010, 11:22:38 AMI think I might be the last person in the newsroom with a clear idea of the distinction between lay and lie. It has almost disappeared from spoken English, but I insist on sticking to it.The McWhorter book achieved for me the rare feat of being very short and yet seeming twice as long as it needed to be. He makes the same points over and over, and he'll waste pages setting up strained metaphors. Still, the book contains some interesting information and useful ideas, and it's brief enough (despite being too long) that I didn't feel I wasted my time with it. I think it would have made a fine magazine article.
Quote from: Joe Barron on January 26, 2010, 11:24:05 AMHyphens are not needed between adverbs that end in "ly" and the adjectives they modify. Yeesh! What's this country coming to?
Quote from: Cato on January 26, 2010, 12:08:36 PMWhen I taught German, "lay" vs. "lie" often arose for discussion: I gave the students the image of the "hen lays the egg," and I emphasized the movement of the egg into the nest. After that the egg just l i e s there, not moving. For some, that worked to keep it straight.
Quote from: Beethovenian on January 26, 2010, 02:43:36 PMAll these people have my deepest symphony.
Quote from: Joe Barron on January 26, 2010, 02:47:31 PMVery funny. I remember once in high school a kid ragging on me about the fact that I liked Beethovien. He tried to put me on, wanting me to believe he was into the music, too, but he kept saying he liked Beethoven's Sympathies and Concellos. I wasn't fooled.
Quote from: knight on January 30, 2010, 01:39:01 AMI was once told he was the guy who wrote the "Erotica Symphony".Mike
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