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The Pedant or "English as she is Spoke" and correcting it

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden View Post
    Grate thred Merlin
    Thanks Golden

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8 64-bit OEM Install Upgraded to 8.1 through Store


    With due apologies and not to offend anyone - this isn't a UK forum only rather a global so please do expect these

    Cheers
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  3. #13


    Welcome to Windows EightForums, merlin1949.

    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by merlin1949 View Post
    Firstly I am by Nature, upbringing and Education a Pedant.
    a pedant isn't a proper noun and should not be capitalised. You asked for that
    Adam, pendant may not be, but the first word in a sentence is and capitalised is spelled capitalized.

    We humans at any present time are the sum of all of our experience. Fortunately I grew up learning in an American Catholic parochial school where English grammar was beaten into us if we did not learn it properly. It was a high standard that I really had no choice but to meet as best I could. Fortunately I graduated in the top third of the final eighth grade class. I went on to a public high school where the standards weren't so high.

    This is not to say that I'm better than anyone else, but perhaps more educated, which helps a lot in life being part of a sophisticated society. Then we come to tolerance and acceptance of others just the way they are at present time. That’s a characteristic of, well, character. Patience and tolerance of others is not so easy sometimes. Sometimes I cringe at the English in some posts, but I try to make it a rule to see where the poster is from. If English is not their native tongue, then I’ll understand somewhat, especially if they’re apologetic knowing it’s not.

    I understand language changes with time. Some words have taken on new meaning or a completely different one. That’s understood. I can even tolerate misspelled words, although we have spell check in nearly all programs and even in 8.x globally. Invariably it’s getting more difficult to tolerate that. They must not have the time to correct it. I call it quantity over quality. Phone texting is a good example. More often than not, it’s the younger that don’t seem to care how they write a post. Most of them I’ll simply ignore. That’s my way of holding up the standards. That may sound pious, but I just won’t tolerate it.

    Bottom line for me is that this is a tech forum, not an English language forum, although we are using the very machine that can help to hold up the high standards of the English language, which fortunately or unfortunately has become the universal language. As in all aspects of life and all industries, someone has to hold the high standards. I’ll show by example, but not as a forum grammar cop as I just did with Adam. That’s the administrations job.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by gaming View Post
    With due apologies and not to offend anyone - this isn't a UK forum only rather a global so please do expect these

    Cheers
    I only asked because my Forum spellcheck's turned off as most of the forums on which I post seem to have a English(US) database.

    I don't think that you'll find the standard of written English any better on a UK Forum than on a US Forum, actually.

    Merlin
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  5. #15


    Reminds me of an old RAF joke, allegedly true.

    A Group Captain, of a reputed pedant nature, drafted a memo regarding station polices in the future, and passed it down the line to his number 2 Squadron Leader. The Squadron leader wrote at the bottom, being totally uninterested, "I concur", and passed it down to his flight lieutenant, who also wrote the same and passed it down to his Pilot Officer clerk, who wrote on it " I concur less".
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Reminds me of an old RAF joke, allegedly true.

    A Group Captain, of a reputed pedant nature, drafted a memo regarding station polices in the future, and passed it down the line to his number 2 Squadron Leader. The Squadron leader wrote at the bottom, being totally uninterested, "I concur", and passed it down to his flight lieutenant, who also wrote the same and passed it down to his Pilot Officer clerk, who wrote on it " I concur less".
    I had to really try to understand that. I got it - couldn't care less!!! Not bad.

    I've enjoyed this thread - thanks Merlin. I guess the answer is if it isn't incomprehensible it's ok.

    I'm originally from the UK but after living abroad for so long my English is much worse than it was. Doesn't seem to matter for my work though
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  7. #17


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I have read a lot of English literature & other styles.
    I can understand most posts quite well.
    I do use a dictionary when unsure of spelling---

    Click image for larger version

    WordWeb is free & works good.

    In replies, I will on occasion, correct typos in the quote from the post.

    To me it isn't so important how something is said as to whether the message gets across.

    One thing that bothers me is "loose" instead of "lose".
    It is something easily corrected by using a dictionary.

    That's all.
    Just a tiny rant.
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  8. #18


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Things could be worse. At least here one can express an opinion. A certain Digital Forum based in Canada banned me for life because I had the "temerity" to disagree with the forum owner on a small point of procedure.
    That really hurt this old man.
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  9. #19


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Things could be worse. At least here one can express an opinion. A certain Digital Forum based in Canada banned me for life because I had the "temerity" to disagree with the forum owner on a small point of procedure.
    That really hurt this old man.
    This is a good forum.
    Brink lets you know if something you posted was inappropriate .
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  10. #20


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Exactly.
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