Skip to comments.20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes
Posted on 02/01/2012 12:47:25 PM PST by Daffynition
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“Was” and “Were”; it’s complicated but you can figure it out. I’ll give you a hint. When I was a boy I wished I were king.
“Near miss” always confuses me...as does parking in a driveway and driving on a parkway...or things sent by sea being CARgo, but things sent by truck being a SHIPment...
It’s down to me
The difference in the clothes she wears
Down to me, the change has come,
She’s under my thumb
(The Rolling Stones)
Why “down to me” not “up to me”?
I am 38. I was learned in private school that there is always two spaces after a sentence ending period.
When did it change and what are they teaching now?
That is a cute cartoon. In case (hehe) you didn’t know, small letters are called lowercase because in the early days of printing the type setting blocks were kept in cases. The large letters in the upper cases and the small letters in the lower cases.
I have to wonder about that.
In the sample sentence, "doubtful" and "debatable" can have very different meanings.
Is the council going to join in doubting or divide in debating the matter?
And if everyone uses "moot" to mean "of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic," isn't that it's primary meaning?
“borrow” can be used both ways :
“May I borrow your pencil?” or
“Will you borrow your pencil to me?”
One word many applications. Cut your necessary vocabulary in half!
My Pet Peeves:
“I could care less” the correct line is “I couldn’t care less”
irregardless - there is no such word “regardless” is enough to suffice
People who mispell the word “necessary”
How about “partial nudity”? If you’re nude, your nude. If you have any clothes on, your not.
That’s sort of like “half dead”.
Are we down to that already?
The one that drives me to reach for my gun, is the past perfect simple confusion:
“If I would have put on my Depends in the morning, I would not wet myself now.”
I am in agreement with you. My Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary has the following for “moot” as transitive verb:
1.a. To bring up as a subject for debate or discussion.
b. To debate or discuss.
2. To plead or argue (a case) in a moot court.
As an adjective
1. Subject to debate : ARGUABLE (a moot point)
2.a. Law. Lacking legal significance, though having been previously decided or settled.
b. Of no practical importance : ACADEMIC.
The other consideration here is what a dictionary is supposed to do - is it supposed be desciptive or proscriptive? Is it supposed to us how words are used or is it supposed to tell us words should be used? An argument can be made for either approach. At one time the meaning of moot describe in this article may have been the proper use, but common usage has given it its present common meaning of “of no practical importance.” I think that whoever made the argument cited in this article needs to move on with his life.
Nope. I'm an egg.
Were you born?
Nope. I was laid.
Is everyone laid?
Nope. Some people are chicken.
That must be English English. It’s a different language.
I got lied last night!
Anyway, it's our GOD given right to screw up the already screwed up English language - we'll all be forced to speak espanol pretty soon if the current regime gets their way.
“One or two spaces after a period”
If it’s 1969 and you are taking a typing course on a manual typewriter, two spaces.
If you are using a modern word processor with proportional type, one space.
I think I got this from a book by Robert Parker, Looking Good in Print, but I haven’t read it for twenty years so I’m not sure I remember correctly.
mark to snag that pic
lol. thanks for the post!
OMG this is hugh!
Ahh. The Telegraph articles. How often I have have been reading along and realise I am reading news from a European source.
At least they don’t use torch for flashlight in the news print.
They do seem to be Americanizing their English for us. :o)
The correct usage is “Will you lend me your pencil.”
That is SUCH a funny site! And the writer is pretty easy on the eyes, too.
And then there are the philistines who confuse Brie with Camembert, and Burgundy with Beaujolais.
Bfl, thanks for posting.
This is a pet peeve of mine. Unfortunately even 'pros' get it wrong all the time.
Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
Why do shipments come in cars and cargo comes in ships?
Why does “cleave” mean split apart and stick together?
Is there another word for synonym?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
And my personal favorite...
If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress?
Sister Victoria, in 1987, had special powers. She was the typing teacher and we used "electric typewriters." Of all the typing that went on in the class, not only could she hear when someone used the "correction" key and who did it, she could actually hear when you started a new sentence without double popping the space bar.
I swear it amazed me. She would call the student by name from her desk as we did timed practice assignments for grades. "Johnny, two spaces after the sentence! Beth, no corrections! Accuracy is part of the assignment."
So she was wrong and I've been doing this wrongly for 15 years?
I heard about a study where they served wine lovers the same wine in two glasses, but identified them by two different names. One name was easily pronounced, the other difficult. Almost all of them said the wine with the difficult name tasted better.
Beats me, darlin’. I use two spaces after a period like my mamma taught me. Of course, I also write colour and honour...
I have chosen to be Politically Incorrect and use such word manipulations to draw attention to myself. Obviously it works.
I find many Journalists and Liberals misuse the word “appealing” when they mean “appalling” when referring to President Obama. I find that rather appealing.
I’ve always preferred two spaces. HTML forces a single space, no matter what you type. That is SO annoying.
The hardest thing about these threads is that it’s very difficult to tell who is kidding and who isn’t.
(And I’m triple-checking my spelling!)
You are so right or is that correct - I don’t know but I am glad you are here.
Yes, you are correct, two spaces after a period. Let’s reiterate this again for everybody.
Yeh, same with hemorroids and asteroids.
One definition of "moot" in Websters is: "deprived of practical significance : made abstract or purely academic"
I'm not sure I get the difference.
yeah and what about the “W” ?
ONE has a “W” sound but no “W”
TWO has a “W” but no “W” sound.
and how about “I before E except after C”
It’s not rocket science, and don’t be deceived, but it’s an ancient axiom and what’s weird is Einstein has it wrong twice in his name. Either this axiom works or neither work. I’ll raise a stein to that.
I believe I’ve achieved my purpose.
i’m outta here.
Not only do most people misuse “moot”, but many of them misspell/pronounce/misunderstand it as “mute”.
Now, now, Major Winchester, don’t be too hard on such cretins.
It covers grammar, punctuation, and just about everything else you'd need to write well.
It was a life-saver for many courses (this is the latest version, mine was pre-internet).
As in, "I got to carry my father to the doctor this afternoon."
I goofed. There is a newer version than in my link. Version 12 is out. Scroll down a bit on my linked page, and you’ll see the link to the latest version.
But will those who need it, read it?
Very good. Perhaps we could send some FReepers to grammar boot camp.
Actually, I can excuse people who are typing a quick response in a post, but I want to tear my hair out at what passes for journalistic writing in more than I few of the articles I see in a day. And what comes out of the mouths of the idiot pundits makes me scream at my TV quite frequently.
How about “nother” as in “That’s a whole nother thing”? Aack!
Blame it on the inter-web. Basically when writing HTML code in order to add 2 spaces after a period requires an extra character ( - non-breaking space). You can put as many spaces as you want, but HTML will show only one. I always thought the double space after the period was similar to double spacing your papers. It was so the teacher had room for notes while grading.
The same can be said about indenting a paragraph. You rarely see that any longer. It's the same scenario there as with period spacing. In code you have to put 5 characters for indention. Back in the modem and ISDN days a document full of those extraneous spaces might mean a loss of valuable download performance.
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