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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:43 am 
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Pick on anyone who is dyslexic, who obviously can't spell anyway or has basic problems with their grammar.

I'd do a poll now, as they appear to be fashionable, but I have a wheel to change so that the boss lady can go shopping. I told her the tyre was only flat at the bottom, but she insists it isn't supposed to be. :?

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Seconded

That's why the Pedants Forum is here, so that posts that do pick up on inconsequential errors are removed from the main forum.

Will move this thread to the main forum to get wider comment.

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I do not think that apostrophe abuse is "inconsequential". I for one believe that anyone who cannot master its proper use is not a person to be taken seriously.

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D P Dance wrote:
I do not think that apostrophe abuse is "inconsequential". I for one believe that anyone who cannot master its proper use is not a person to be taken seriously.
A fine comment from the master of typos. :lol:

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I think there should definitely be some spelling/grammar tool on ebay. The level of literacy is quite beyond belief. Then again, on reflection, perhaps it is my expectation that is beyond belief!

I recall when I attended the parents evening when my daughter was being presented with various options as to choice of 'A' levels. At the 'english' presentation the teacher advised it was no longer required that students read and study numerous books and novels and read the works of various authors. Instead there was now a 'workbook' that contained all the necessary information required to succeed in their 'A' level studies.
What has happened to education?


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Any publication that saves you having to read anything by Thoma Hardy is a great boon.

Flitting through some obscure references within a Shakespearian play for A level, our Headmaster used to explain each line by reference as we went. It made sense then. So if a workbook can give you that, sufficuiently to at least understand the question in front of you - why not?

Appreciation is a far different thing; it doesnt come from exam study.


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Thank you DPD, I will take note. A small book on the subject was recently published, I will acquire a copy and study this over the winter. I think that those who do not understand mathematics will never understand science and will never ever redeem themselves of their stupidity. So is it better to understand the dreaded apostrophe or Maxell's wave equations?

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You surely cannot mean this:-

Drummer Hodge
By Thomas Hardy, c. 1899


They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest uncoffined - just as found:
His landmark is a kopje-crest that breaks the veldt around;
And foreign constellations west each night above his mound.

Young Hodge the Drummer never knew - fresh from his Wessex home -
The meaning of the broad Karoo, the bush the dusty loam,
And why uprose to nightly view strange stars amid the gloam.

Yet portion of that unknown plain will Hodge for ever be;
His homely Northern breast and brain grow to some Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellations reign his stars eternally.


Something for us all to remember


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Cheerful Charlie wrote:
You surely cannot mean this:-

Drummer Hodge
By Thomas Hardy, c. 1899


They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest uncoffined - just as found:
His landmark is a kopje-crest that breaks the veldt around;
And foreign constellations west each night above his mound.

Young Hodge the Drummer never knew - fresh from his Wessex home -
The meaning of the broad Karoo, the bush the dusty loam,
And why uprose to nightly view strange stars amid the gloam.

Yet portion of that unknown plain will Hodge for ever be;
His homely Northern breast and brain grow to some Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellations reign his stars eternally.


Something for us all to remember


Of course Faceache didn't mean that fine piece!

He referred to 'Thoma Hardy', c 1989.

His best remembered work is:

I got no ejercation
I lives on benefits.
At weekends I get wasted
And asks ter see yer tits.


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Darwin's Selection wrote:

Of course Faceache didn't mean that fine piece!

He referred to 'Thoma Hardy', c 1989.

His best remembered work is:

I got no ejercation
I lives on benefits.
At weekends I get wasted
And asks ter see yer tits.
Bugger, you beat me to it! :lol:
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What has happened to education?
You may well ask Charlie, but sadly you're wasting your precious time even considering it. :cry:

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It was the bloody "Woodlanders" as I recall.

I loved Keats though. That was no chore.


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D P Dance wrote:
I do not think that apostrophe abuse is "inconsequential". I for one believe that anyone who cannot master its proper use is not a person to be taken seriously.


How do you feel about self abuse, DPD Effendi?

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Cheerful Charlie wrote:
I think there should definitely be some spelling/grammar tool on ebay. The level of literacy is quite beyond belief. Then again, on reflection, perhaps it is my expectation that is beyond belief!
What has happened to education?


In order to save further disappointment C C please lower your expectations. I did this in 1984 and have not been disappointed since. :D

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Cheerful Charlie wrote:
I think there should definitely be some spelling/grammar tool on ebay. The level of literacy is quite beyond belief. Then again, on reflection, perhaps it is my expectation that is beyond belief!
What has happened to education?


In order to save further disappointment C C please lower your expectations. I did this in 1984 and have not been disappointed since. :D
Were you expecting Big Brother to take over in that year? :wink:

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luddite wrote:
Cheerful Charlie wrote:
I think there should definitely be some spelling/grammar tool on ebay. The level of literacy is quite beyond belief. Then again, on reflection, perhaps it is my expectation that is beyond belief!
What has happened to education?


In order to save further disappointment C C please lower your expectations. I did this in 1984 and have not been disappointed since. :D
Were you expecting Big Brother to take over in that year? :wink:


No that's the year the first mrs luddite bu66ered off with the contents of my house and all my cash. :(

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