Fixing English

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  1. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    I went into a Safeway (grocery store, same as Von's in SoCal) in Alameda, and it's a very nice, kinda upscale one.

    I was immensely gratified by the sign over the express lane:

    10 or fewer items


    It's the little things that make life worthwhile.
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  2. Lanzman

    Lanzman Vast, Cool and Unsympathetic Formerly Important

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    Alameda? Where they keep the nuclear wessels?

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  3. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    The very one.

    Alas, the naval base there is now closed. The only warship you'll find is the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet, now a museum. There's lots of Apollo 11 memorabilia there since the Hornet was the mission's recovery ship.
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    Oh GOD, I come across paragraphs of doom in fanfics all the damn time. After 15+ years in fandom very little content-wise phases me but if I need to run your fic through a decrypter on the Enterprise to understand it, I'm clicking out.

    That said, there's a big difference between some dumb kids futzing around with Baby's First Slash Fic and college kids writing academic papers. This is sadly very common, to the point that most colleges nowadays. I guess that's why creative writing is a Gen Ed requirement. :shrug:
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    Bickendan Custom Title Administrator Faceless Mook Writer

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    Oh, I'll reign them in, with a viscous rumor no less :bergman:
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  6. oldfella1962

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    indeed, loose/lose is probably the worst offender. :brood: True true true about poor writing skills. Is it a case of actual by-god pen to paper writing (and reading) not being as prevalent as it used to be when there was no other choice? We live in the age of putting your thoughts out short and fast and nearly all of it is disposable. :( And back in the day the only way to communicate with another human was by actual talking whether in person or on the phone. Guarantee if you confused "loose" and lose" in conversation people would notice and probably correct you or ask for clarification. As far as written communication
    run on sentences and so forth would (hopefully) jump right out at the writer and reader when they couldn't correct their mistakes without starting over completely.
    Younger people who never grew up without computers or social media (and mostly interacting with others who never grew up without computers) have a different mindset and skillset. At least this is the excuse I try to give them when loose versus lose starts getting my Irish up. :lol:
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    hmmm.....good call with someone/somebody. Another word that people don't encounter all that often is "ensure" versus "insure". To insure is to literally provide an insurance policy to somebody (or is that someone?) ;) for example. Another thing that grinds my gears is using "but" and "though" in the same sentence! :shakefist:
    An example would be "Tom is a great driver, but he doesn't shift gears fast enough though in my opinion." :facepalm: Choose one or the other! You don't need both of them! :shakefist:
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  8. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    On the rain/rein/reign matter...

    This same long a sound can be written so many ways in English:

    rain
    rein
    reign
    membrane
    a
    lien
    pray
    sleigh
    eh

    grey

    This is out of control!
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    HOW TO FIX ENGLISH: AN IN-DEPTH GUIDE
    1) Throw the whole language in the trash
    2) Learn Esperanto instead

    Thank you for attending my Ted Talk :yes:
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