Malapropisms that need stopped

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Postby fennel » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:01 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:
fennel wrote:The Associated Press manual says leave the comma out. Millions of dollars have been saved that way.

Oh, for heaven's sake. I wouldn't be suprised if the AP manual recommended to avoid complete sentences.

But now that you mention it, I wonder if this might be a good forensic device for distinguishing between AP wire items written by journalists and those written by P.R. firms.

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Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:00 am

fennel wrote:
Kenneth Burns wrote:
fennel wrote:The Associated Press manual says leave the comma out. Millions of dollars have been saved that way.

Oh, for heaven's sake. I wouldn't be suprised if the AP manual recommended to avoid complete sentences.

But now that you mention it, I wonder if this might be a good forensic device for distinguishing between AP wire items written by journalists and those written by P.R. firms.


Okay, hundreds of dollars. Tens? A sawbuck?

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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:32 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
fennel wrote: The "and" serves the same function as a separator thereby rendering an additional comma pointless.

Not according to Strunk and White. (They rock.)

They?
Strunk and White are two people?
It's unclear with just an "and" separating their names.
Best to clarify with a comma.

Strunk, and White.

That's better.

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Postby nevermore » Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:28 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:In a perfect world, yes, RBI would be flexible enough to stand as a singular or plural. However, it's going to continue to be used as its own word by a group of people (no matter how small you find it to be); if that's the case, RBIs makes more sense than RsBI.


[Sorry, just discovered thread]

It certainly makes sense when you translate it into the flashtastic announcer use of "ribbee" (e.g. "Aramis Ramirez was 2-for-4 with three ribbees last night"). Ribbees make much more sense than ris-bee.

(or maybe I should just watch the game with the sound off)

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Postby ShaneDog » Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:31 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
fennel wrote: The "and" serves the same function as a separator thereby rendering an additional comma pointless.

Not according to Strunk and White. (They rock.)

They?
Strunk and White are two people?
It's unclear with just an "and" separating their names.
Best to clarify with a comma.

Strunk, and White.

That's better.
Quit arguing with yourself.

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Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:48 pm

ShaneDog wrote: Quit arguing with yourself.

Heh.
Stupid quote boxes.

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Postby Violet_Skye » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:18 pm

cute hat wrote:I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who didn't exist.


I'm still laughing about this on page five... :lol:

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Postby cute hat » Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:03 pm

Violet_Skye wrote:
cute hat wrote:I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who didn't exist.


I'm still laughing about this on page five... :lol:


I'm glad someone gets it.

Thank you, Violet_Skye.

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Postby thebookpolice » Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:24 pm

"This sandwich is served with au jus sauce."

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Postby towanda » Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:22 pm

Re the rocket surgery/brain science posts throughout this thread: AFAIK, the term "rocket surgery" first appeared in a commercial introducing Eggo brand syrup.

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Postby thebookpolice » Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:57 pm

"It's a mute point anyway."

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Postby lordofthecockrings » Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:05 pm

Hoisted on his own petard.

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Postby sylvie » Sun Sep 16, 2007 4:51 am

"same exact"

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Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:55 am

very unique

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Postby Oprah » Sat Sep 22, 2007 10:37 am

To all the athletes out there that claim to give 110%, you can't. Giving 110% just means that your 100% isn't really 100%, but 90.9%.


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