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Heh. There are some lovely examples of Muphry's Law on this thread. Razz emoticon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law
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Muphry's Law is alive and kicking!
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Heh. There are some lovely examples of Muphry's Law on this thread. Razz emoticon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law
Or, to make it easier:

John Bangsund of the Victorian Society of Editors (Australia) identified Muphry's Law as "the editorial application of the better-known Murphy's Law" and set it down in 1992 in the Society of Editors Newsletter.

The law, as set out by Bangsund, states that:

(a) if you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written;
(b) if an author thanks you in a book for your editing or proofreading, there will be mistakes in the book;
(c) the stronger the sentiment expressed in (a) and (b), the greater the fault;
(d) any book devoted to editing or style will be internally inconsistent.

I think I am making this my new tag-line!
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Re: Spelling cock-ups that make my bile rise
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Spelling cock-ups that make my bile rise and that are seen every bloody day here...

(wrong - right)
break - brake
definate - definite
infinate - infinite
seperate - separate

Any more folks?
Brits who cannot spell "tire" correctly and spell it "tyre".

After all, it was a Scotsman who invented it, Robert W. Thompson, and he spelled it "tire" in his patent.

http://v3.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/originalDocument?CC=US&NR=5104&KC=&FT=E
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Try grading undergraduate business students' papers for a weekend!!!!!

Early in my teaching I actually went back to our department head to make sure that ending a sentence with a proposition was still 'bad grammar'. it was so common that I thought I'd missed a change in the rules somewhere!

...and that is something up with which I will not put!


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Yes, as far as I know, you should never use a proposition preposition to end a sentence with.
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I try to follow this one, especially in documents and mostly in work emails. However, it does get tiring and tedious to try to do it on a message board. I think the problem really stems from my declining knowledge and usage of the English vocabulary. I usually find that anytime I can't seem to end a sentence without a preposition that I really should be using other words.
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a lot of things seemed cool in the 80's Laughing emoticon
Where is Black Lake?

I thought I was familiar with Sydney.
your right it's not in Australia. put my location with my user name and old avatar. Old Gregg lives at the bottom of the black lake - season 2 of the mighty boosh.

I hear that they have released U.S specific DVD's on the 21st of July.
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Yanks who cant spell colour, kilometre, cheque, favourite, traveller,
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Now now, we are NOT going to get into a pissing contest over UK/US spellings - they are as they are. And for what it's worth it's usually the UK spelling that has changed whereas the US spelling remains closer to the original 17th century UK English...
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This is like justifying road rage. I hate when someone doesn't signal, cuts me off, runs a yellow, does 45 in a 50 zone. I forget sometimes all the spelling or grammatical rules that roll around in my head with several different languages. I can communicate and when someone yells at me for not signalling or is honking his obnoxious better then though horn at me, I usually role my window down, in my best (grammaire), depending where I am, Yell
PUNTA MADRE, FUCK YOU or MANGE DE LA MERDE ESPECE DE CON while signaling with the adequate hand gesture, drive off, smile and turn up the music. This thread although on the surface has some semblance of well educated, is ignorant rantings of the annal retentive.
Language is in evolution join the creative and help build a new one. Education puts you in a box, you have to step out to learn something.
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This is like justifying road rage. I hate when someone doesn't signal, cuts me off, runs a yellow, does 45 in a 50 zone. I forget sometimes all the spelling or grammatical rules that roll around in my head with several different languages. I can communicate and when someone yells at me for not signalling or is honking his obnoxious better then though horn at me, I usually role my window down, in my best (grammaire), depending where I am, Yell
PUNTA MADRE, FUCK YOU or MANGE DE LA MERDE ESPECE DE CON while signaling with the adequate hand gesture, drive off, smile and turn up the music. This thread although on the surface has some semblance of well educated, is ignorant rantings of the annal retentive.
Language is in evolution join the creative and help build a new one. Education puts you in a box, you have to step out to learn something.
If that is the language we are evolving to, you can count me among those proud to be an evolutionary dead end.
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Even if not applied to your everyday conversations, having the ability to speak and use proper grammar is rather essential and I certainly wish it would be better taught and emphasized in society.
You need a comma after "essential"... compound sentence. Razz emoticon

Gawd, I love this thread! Clown emoticon
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i think this thread is no more painfull than others.

i tell my wife that i get free grammer/spelling lessons.

she rolls her eyes and goes back to facebook
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Another one, if someone is executed they are hanged not hung!

I feel much better now.
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The SI units were sorted by the frence therefore the unit of measurement is a metre not a meter.
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Now now, we are NOT going to get into a pissing contest over UK/US spellings - they are as they are. And for what it's worth it's usually the UK spelling that has changed whereas the US spelling remains closer to the original 17th century UK English...
At the risk of being banned, Jim, you may like this one;

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/chaser/#/videoarchive/chaser_09_03_07_english/
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Hanging participles and the sword of Damocles
Personally, I like it when people can't differentiate between affect and effect.
I am laughing about it, but they can't tell, due to my blank affect.
Also I grind my teeth when I hear the flight attendants call on passengers to 'deplane' or 'preboard'.
But that's a whole other thread about expressions unique to certain professions.


A patient with severe asthma looked at his chart one day while the doctor had stepped out of the exam room. When the doctor returned the patient said to her; "I think it's very rude to make negative comments about personality, and I ought to sue you for defamation of character."
The doctor regarded the patient in astonishment and said "What are you talking about? I would never make disparaging comments on a medical record!"
When the patient showed the doctor the chart, the notation SOB was written as part of the physical examination.
"You wrote this about me," the patient accused.
The doctor burst out laughing and the patient got even redder in the face.
"SOB means shortness of breath," the doctor explained. "It's not a commentary of your character."
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Vive la France!
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The SI units were sorted by the frence therefore the unit of measurement is a metre not a meter.
I guess the French put us on the fence with those. Razz emoticon
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Try grading undergraduate business students' papers for a weekend!!!!!

Early in my teaching I actually went back to our department head to make sure that ending a sentence with a proposition was still 'bad grammar'. it was so common that I thought I'd missed a change in the rules somewhere!

...and that is something up with which I will not put!


(done at work on Explorer, not at home on Firefox so there may be spelling errors)
'preposition'

[ducks and runs..... Razz emoticon]
Hey, this is the US, and as long as you have yourself legally covered with some weasel words you can get away with anything, even spelling errors! (Like doubling the interest rates on credit cards. If it's in the fine print, it's legal.)
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The SI units were sorted by the frence therefore the unit of measurement is a metre not a meter.
And what the heck are "SI" units for anyway! They drive us nuts here at work! Go Metric or Standard. Pick one!
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Units
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558 wrote:
The SI units were sorted by the frence therefore the unit of measurement is a metre not a meter.
And what the heck are "SI" units for anyway! They drive us nuts here at work! Go Metric or Standard. Pick one!
Ummm, I thought SI units were metric?
At least the medical SI units (like those for white blood cell counts, glomerular filtration rates, etc.) are metric.

length meter m
mass kilogram kg
time second s
electric current ampere A
thermodynamic temperature kelvin K
amount of substance mole mol
luminous intensity candela cd
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Brits who cannot spell "tire" correctly and spell it "tyre".
Yanks who cant spell colour, kilometre, cheque, favourite, traveller,
recognise................ I could go on ... i think its you who have bastardized a perfectly good language........................ ohh and your lass has her fanny on the wrong side External inline image provided by member with no explanatory text
You think we screwed up the english language?

Please tell me what language Brad Pitt is speaking here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfNb9Qrbfz4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LJw6PAi5Q8
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Of course there is always RPMs.

And, RPM is not an acronym.

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Re: Spelling cock-ups that make my bile rise
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You think we screwed up the english language?

Please tell me what language Brad Pitt is speaking here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfNb9Qrbfz4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LJw6PAi5Q8
That's Pikey. And if you own a shop in London you better be fluent. Otherwise you may not own it for very long.
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This thread although on the surface has some semblance of well educated, is ignorant rantings of the annal retentive.
Gold, pure gold. Every now and then your posts completely sneek up on me. I just spat my tea all over my keyboard ROFL emoticon
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snakebike wrote:
This thread although on the surface has some semblance of well educated, is ignorant rantings of the annal retentive.
Gold, pure gold. Every now and then your posts completely sneek up on me. I just spat my tea all over my keyboard ROFL emoticon
the problem with that is a smart a-- like me will come along and say it takes one to know one, doesn't it.

you have to be anal to know anal Nerd emoticon
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Of course there is always RPMs.

And, RPM is not an acronym.

Al
You mean it's not pronounced urpums? Razz emoticon
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This thread is almost as funny as the infamous cupcake thread!! I think I understand most of it ,except why aren't Koalas edible??? Aren't they made out of meat? Can one of the Aussies shed some light on this?
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Ol' Gregg wrote:
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This thread although on the surface has some semblance of well educated, is ignorant rantings of the annal retentive.
Gold, pure gold. Every now and then your posts completely sneek up on me. I just spat my tea all over my keyboard ROFL emoticon
the problem with that is a smart a-- like me will come along and say it takes one to know one, doesn't it.

you have to be anal to know anal Nerd emoticon
yeah right OG, Idiot or Savant

hey smartass You don't have to be anal to know anal. My sisters husband's cousin was anal that is how I can tell.
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snakebike wrote:
jimmyb865 wrote:
Ol' Gregg wrote:
snakebike wrote:
This thread although on the surface has some semblance of well educated, is ignorant rantings of the annal retentive.
Gold, pure gold. Every now and then your posts completely sneek up on me. I just spat my tea all over my keyboard ROFL emoticon
the problem with that is a smart a-- like me will come along and say it takes one to know one, doesn't it.

you have to be anal to know anal Nerd emoticon
yeah right OG, Idiot or Savant


hey smartass You don't have to be anal to know anal. My sisters husband's cousin was anal that is how I can tell.
oh shite Wha? emoticon Clown emoticon
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Re: Spelling cock-ups that make my bile rise
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Spelling cock-ups that make my bile rise and that are seen every bloody day here...

(wrong - right)
break - brake
definate - definite
infinate - infinite
seperate - separate

Any more folks?
your write
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Re: Spelling cock-ups that make my bile rise
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JLB wrote:
You think we screwed up the english language?

Please tell me what language Brad Pitt is speaking here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfNb9Qrbfz4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LJw6PAi5Q8
That's Pikey. And if you own a shop in London you better be fluent. Otherwise you may not own it for very long.
What about this language?

Is it English?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khrpy4V0-U4
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I didn't look through all the responses, but just in case...

"K" instead of "G": anythink, somethink GGRRR

Even some of the Oz radio and TV announcers are guility!
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Non-scooter related threads that are not tagged as [NSR]. That's what makes my bile rise.

That and the grammar and spelling Nazis of course.
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In essence, in a chatroom context, a person who insists on rectifying the spelling errors of anyone by rephrasing the said line accordingly. To remain faithful to their cause, they must invariably make no spelling mistakes whatsoever of their own, otherwise he/she is engaging in hypocrisy, in turn, looking like an oblivious dumbass. Further, they justify their cause by asserting that the victims' spelling is "imposible" to read.

What the prick fails to realise is how needless his/her cause really is, seeing as he/she is perfectly capable of construing the sentence containing the spelling errors sufficiently to be able to rephrase it suitably. Ultimately, he/she incurs embarrassment and looks like a total douchebag, as a result.
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That and the grammar and spelling Nazis of course.
Ooo... Kaaay.

Godwin's Law has been invoked: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

I was wondering when the thread would go south. Just when we were having some fun.

Gee, thanks, scoot_in_VA!
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Bugger Godwin in this thread. Though I confess I thought about it for a minute or two.

The issue is I suspect about lack of respect for those (the 'many') who have to read the duff verbage of the few (the posters who don't give a damn).
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That and the grammar and spelling Nazis of course.
Ooo... Kaaay.

Godwin's Law has been invoked: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

I was wondering when the thread would go south. Just when we were having some fun.

Gee, thanks, scoot_in_VA!
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Location: Atlanta, GA
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Ol' Gregg wrote:
snakebike wrote:
This thread although on the surface has some semblance of well educated, is ignorant rantings of the annal retentive.
Gold, pure gold. Every now and then your posts completely sneek up on me. I just spat my tea all over my keyboard ROFL emoticon
Am I the only one amused by the misspelling of "anal" and "sneak" in both these posts? Particularly in light of the thread subject-matter?

For the record, I am not particularly concerned with the degree to which we adhere to good spelling and grammar on the forum, it just struck me as amusing... back to scooter stuff!
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Hooked
2008 LX 150
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Posts: 282
Location: Black Lake
 
Hooked
2008 LX 150
Joined: UTC
Posts: 282
Location: Black Lake
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Who you calling an anal sneak Laughing emoticon

For the record it's always best to ask permission, you don't want to get a nasty shock
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