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Old 08-12-2011, 05:28 AM   #16
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Not discounting some of these
horrible horrible intolerable travesties!

But, you do realize that language is a living, evolving thing?

I mean - we don't speak shakespearean english
any more - doth we?
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:24 AM   #17
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For the most part I agree with Wally. I see examples of shaky grammar and spelling every day around these boards but would never call anybody out about it, because that's not why we're here, is it?

But I do think that those who write for a living really need to use correct grammar and language as currently accepted, along with certain others. My favorite example was this sign on a room at a local school: "Teacher's Lounge". I couldn't help but wonder aloud, "I wonder which teacher it belongs to?". To which a passing faculty member replied, "Certainly not an English teacher".
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:58 AM   #18
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Sorry I had to jump in here.

My number one pet peeve is when people use "me" as the subject of the sentence. For example, "Me and DH are going to Disney in December." UGH!
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:30 PM   #19
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Wally, I agree it's not as important as nuclear accidents, child abuse or people who stop short in front of you to consult a WDW map, but it makes me very sad. I'm an elementary school teacher.
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Wally, I agree it's not as important as nuclear accidents, child abuse or people who stop short in front of you to consult a WDW map, but it makes me very sad. I'm an elementary school teacher.
Several of my friends are elementary school teachers, and they can't spell or write correctly either.

I fear for the next generation.
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:32 AM   #21
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My number one pet peeve is when people use "me" as the subject of the sentence. For example, "Me and DH are going to Disney in December." UGH!
My peeve is the converse of yours, the hypercorrect use of "and I." For instance, "The teacher asked he and I to work together." I always tell people to replace "he and I" with just "I" alone - if you'd say "me," then it's "me and him," as awkward as that sometimes sounds.
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The worst one I've seen lately is someone calling a certain situation "misfortunate". It's misfortunate they don't know the right word to use there.
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Here's an example of a verbal offense concerning direction that I hear all-too-often when I visit WDW: "Where's Space Mountain at?"
There are countless variations that people use when asking for directions, all ending with the offensive "at."
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:57 PM   #24
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As my English Grammar professor once said, "Did you understand him?" Yes? Then it was correct.

That about sums it all up for me.
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As my English Grammar professor once said, "Did you understand him?" Yes? Then it was correct.

That about sums it all up for me.
What did this English Grammar professor teach? Obviously not grammar as there is no point.
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Here's an example of a verbal offense concerning direction that I hear all-too-often when I visit WDW: "Where's Space Mountain at?"
There are countless variations that people use when asking for directions, all ending with the offensive "at."
This oft-quoted "offense" is not an offense against the language at all. It is perfectly acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition.

You can't apply Latin grammar rules to English.
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This oft-quoted "offense" is not an offense against the language at all. It is perfectly acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition.

You can't apply Latin grammar rules to English.
When did it become acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition. When I was in school I was taught that was not correct and I never took Latin.

I'm not sure who makes these rules in the first place, but it is interesting how they have evolved over time.

A word that has most definitely evolved is unique. Unique means one of a kind. How can something be more unique or very unique. There used to be a rule against that but it must be gone. Though unique is certainly overused.
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When did it become acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition. When I was in school I was taught that was not correct and I never took Latin.
You probably heard this from your teacher, who, in their youth took Latin (as it was considered a core curriculum for many years). But again, Latin grammar does not apply to English.
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This oft-quoted "offense" is not an offense against the language at all. It is perfectly acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition.

You can't apply Latin grammar rules to English.
The purpose of prepositions, whether in English or Latin, is to introduce a phrase.
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I've always been taught not to end a sentence with a preposition. How strange if it's not actually a rule. It sure has permeated our society.
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