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General Chat Thread, Pedantic Geeks - the campaign for real grammar ;) in General; Originally Posted by danieldainty I saw a sign on a hospital fridge today. It said: Food in this fridge should ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by danieldainty View Post
    I saw a sign on a hospital fridge today. It said:

    Food in this fridge should be:
    1. Unopened
    2. Labelled and
    3. Not in a carrier bag

    Why would all the food be labelled with the word "and"?
    Like it

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    I daren't join the group, because no matter how hard i concentrate my fingers always seem to introduce some mistakes.

    However, i submit the enclosed "Teabonics" link containing images of some rather interesting examples of "the English language as it is spoke by some Merkins"

    Enjoy,

    mb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    I daren't join the group, because no matter how hard i concentrate my fingers always seem to introduce some mistakes.


    Ohh go on! Be brave! It IS just for fun, you know!

    Us pendants are well aware that our own typing is dreadful ... I'm forever editing posts when I realise that I've converted my grammar into gobbledegook!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Ohh go on! Be brave! It IS just for fun, you know!

    Us pendants are well aware that our own typing is dreadful ... I'm forever editing posts when I realise that I've converted my grammar into gobbledegook!
    Glad you took the time to make sure that one made sense - converting it to GrumbleDook'd be somewhat worrying

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    I've joined on behalf of my brother in law who causes chaos in supermarkets by arguing with the assistants about the signage.

    Me - I'm one of those shan't, won't can't make me type people

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    I use ~ize all the time.

    Than again I am South African, and we have our own remix.

    Also, we don't use Then, its Than, and its gray not grey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korifugi View Post
    Glad you took the time to make sure that one made sense - converting it to GrumbleDook'd be somewhat worrying
    Surely that would really be a post which is three times as long as it needs to be whilst an eloquent analogy is paraded around just to point out that a single fact could be expanded to a worryingly large idea which could be a thread all on its own. This would usually be something that carries neither a positive or negative response but explores the depths of how language has evolved, how colloquialisms are part of the nature of language yet we should burn those who malign the mis-use of hyphens by including them in words already accepted as concatenated. (Please spot the deliberate mistake!)





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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Surely that would really be a post which is three times as long as it needs to be whilst an eloquent analogy is paraded around just to point out that a single fact could be expanded to a worryingly large idea which could be a thread all on its own. This would usually be something that carries neither a positive or negative response but explores the depths of how language has evolved, how colloquialisms are part of the nature of language yet we should burn those who malign the mis-use of hyphens by including them in words already accepted as concatenated. (Please spot the deliberate mistake!)




    GD

    Mis-use of hyphens

    I could add a bit more punctuation to your most eleoquent justification of your posting-style, but...



    .... that would be pedantic

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    GD

    Mis-use of hyphens

    I could add a bit more punctuation to your most eleoquent justification of your posting-style, but...



    .... that would be pedantic
    You spell 'eloquent' in an interesting way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahuxham View Post
    I use ~ize all the time.

    Than again I am South African, and we have our own remix.

    Also, we don't use Then, its Than, and its gray not grey.
    We was instead of we were.... ? Afrikaans English conversation is an interesting event.

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    I've never stabbed someone for correcting my grammar, but I have come very close to stabbing someone for their grammatical errors

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    Quote Originally Posted by korifugi View Post
    Correct grammar and punctuation are important for emphasis and making other people understand your meaning...

    Apologies to all, but I'm going to delve a little into slang (Or a more relaxed way of speaking) to demonstrate my point...

    Right: "That is a cool-ass hat!"
    Wrong: "That is a cool ass-hat!"

    See? Without the correct use of punctuation our meaning is totally de-railed and our meaning misunderstood.
    I totally agree that punctuation is very important for understanding your thoughts and meanning of the whole phrase. I am a foreigner and actually have never been in english-speaking countries. But my diploma profession is russian language and literature teacher. So on Russain's example I totally understand how punctuation is important. Without the correct grammar and punctuation its sometimes hard or imposible to understand the meanning. The most annoying thing for me is when someone forgets to put question mark in sms if asking something. Then question sounds like a statement and does have no sense hehehhe

    I have been learning english for a few years now and dont know all punctuations rules yet. So if you let me to be a member of this club, I promise I ll try to learn all of them
    feel free to correct my mistakes

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    You are welcome to become a Pedantic Geek Elison... I quite like the idea of having a Russian member!

    It is often said here that those who do not speak English as their first language speak English better than those of us born and brought up in Great Britain. Slang, bad grammar and poor punctuation must cause endless problems for those overseas and for businesses trading overseas.

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