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Something to worry about

Post by Harold_V » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:23 am

Anybody but me wonder what the (supposed) word ect is meant to imply? I see it used, commonly, where I'm sure etc. is intended (the contraction of et cetera).

Ect, as far as I can determine----is not a word. :? :shock:

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Re: Something to worry about

Post by Patio » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:33 am

Harold I believe you are right. I my self have spelled it wrong. I think it is a product of improper enunciation, when spoken, that leads to, improper, phonetic spelling.
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Re: Something to worry about

Post by stevec » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:55 am

I agree with both of you.

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Re: Something to worry about

Post by steamin10 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:02 am

Mispeling someting so easy is simpley crinimal..



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Re: Something to worry about

Post by hammermill » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:41 am

actually it does have over 45 meanings,electro convulsive therapy is one

another part of it is poor or non existant spell checking along with the way the brain processes words, for the most part some of us only see words as images of the front and back letters, texting has only exascerbated this issue. not to mention bad cases of fat fingers

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Re: Something to worry about

Post by SteveM » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:57 am

Grammar, spelling and punctuation have all gone out the window.

Here's a book from one woman who objects to the trend:
http://www.amazon.com/Eats-Shoots-Leave ... 686&sr=1-1

although, in the title "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation", Zero Tolerance should be hyphenated as Zero-Tolerance, as it is a compound modifier. :-)

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Re: Something to worry about

Post by mklotz » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:09 am

What about "your" for "you're", "loose" for "lose" and the recent "of" for "off" (along with a myriad of other misspelled and misused simple words)?

It's one thing to not be able to spell words like "onomatopoeia" from memory but screwing up simple words that you use frequently is just a sign of lazy carelessness.
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Re: Something to worry about

Post by Walt Lindsay » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:18 pm

THE ENGLISH LANGUISH

I think a retired English teacher was bored.

Read all the way to the end................
This took a lot of work to put together!
You think English is easy??

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse..
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?


Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig..

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this ..

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends.
And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
At other times the little word has real special meaning.
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.
It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.
When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.
One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP,
for now my time is UP,
so........it is time to shut UP!
Now it's UP to you what you do with this post.
WALT

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all the rest will perish.
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Re: Something to worry about

Post by Walt Lindsay » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:29 pm

Tweet speak


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Re: Something to worry about

Post by ronm » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:59 pm

Seriously, Harold-if that's the biggest thing you have to worry about, I can send you a whole list of crap you can help me worry about! :roll:

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Re: Something to worry about

Post by SteveM » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:13 pm

Thanks, Walt. I needed a good laugh today.
Walt Lindsay wrote:an alarm goes off by going on.
Funny story about that. My dad installed an alarm system back in around 1975. When he was testing the keyswitch, he told my brother to turn the switch when the alarm "went off". So the alarm bell would sound and my brother would just stand there. When dad got tired of waiting for him to turn the switch, he would turn it off from the panel - at which point my brother would turn the key and it would start the bell ringing again.

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Re: Something to worry about

Post by Harold_V » Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:57 pm

mklotz wrote:What about "your" for "you're", "loose" for "lose" and the recent "of" for "off" (along with a myriad of other misspelled and misused simple words)?

It's one thing to not be able to spell words like "onomatopoeia" from memory but screwing up simple words that you use frequently is just a sign of lazy carelessness.
There for "they're" or "their" is another. How about right-write?

I was a miserable student. Slept through many of my classes, including English. Moderating has given me cause to learn things I should have learned as a kid. I still have a long ways to go---but it certainly has been a good learning experience for me to have accepted the opportunity to moderate.

The minor errors readers make can be a problem. I also moderate a gold refining forum---where the misuse of a single letter can result in failed results. (sulfite/sulfate)

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I agree.

Harold

edit: dive dived dived

dive dove diven? :lol: So far as I know, there is no dove---but that hasn't stopped seasoned journalists from using the word. The bar has been lowered. Diven? Not yet, but I expect it's coming.
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