Where have the pedants gone?

STEFANOS4784
STEFANOS4784 Posts: 4,109
edited October 2009 in The bottom bracket
Just guna see how many replies by the time i get home(on bus as forgot lights :( )
I remember everyone pointing out any stupid mstake even though it made sense :?

So have you all pulled your heads out ur arses or what? :)

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  • pneumatic
    pneumatic Posts: 1,989
    Surely that should be: "Where have the pedants gone to." 8)


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  • desweller
    desweller Posts: 5,175
    'Your' is spelt with a 'y' and 'o' as well as 'u' and 'r'.

    I should also point out that, if you're going to use 'gonna' rather than 'going to' (makes me feel dirty just typing it), at least spell it correctly.

    Is that better? ;-)
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  • Did you deliberately spell 'mistake' incorrectly just to see whether somebody would react, in which you have succeeded.
  • desweller
    desweller Posts: 5,175
    Did you deliberately spell 'mistake' incorrectly just to see whether somebody would react, in which case you have succeeded.

    Fixed that for you.
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  • finchy
    finchy Posts: 6,686
    pneumatic wrote:
    Surely that should be: "Where have the pedants gone to." 8)

    Ending a sentence with a preposition? Hang your head in shame, you pathetic excuse for a human being. :wink:
  • pneumatic
    pneumatic Posts: 1,989
    johnfinch wrote:
    pneumatic wrote:
    Surely that should be: "Where have the pedants gone to." 8)

    Ending a sentence with a preposition? Hang your head in shame, you pathetic excuse for a human being. :wink:

    OK:

    Surely that should be: "Where have all the pedants gone to, asshole!"

    (no offence, it is just the punchline to one of my favourite jokes)


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  • I immediately concurred with Fast and Bulbous' view that it should have been "where have all the pedants gone to. However, on reflection, i think that "To where have all the pedants gone" may be correct o,r at least, an acceptable alternative.
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  • bompington
    bompington Posts: 7,674
    "Whither all the pedants?" is the one I'd have putted my name to.
  • pneumatic
    pneumatic Posts: 1,989
    Whither the pedants?

    obviously, the 'h' is vital. :D


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  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    edited October 2009
    My pedantic days are over, it would be a full time job pointing out all the mistakes on here and one would live in constant fear of being hoist by one`s own petard, wouldn`t one?
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  • knedlicky
    knedlicky Posts: 3,097
    It’s acceptable in modern English to skip including the ’to’, partly because in its correct grammatical place (‘to where’) it comes over as awkward, and partly as the alternative form ‘whereto’ has (unfortunately) fallen out off common usage.

    “One may disavow and disclaim vices that surprise us,
    and
    whereto our passions transport us;
    but those which by long habits are rooted in a strong and powerful will
    are not subject to contradiction.
    Repentance is but a denying of our will,
    and an opposition of our fantasies.”
  • Crapaud
    Crapaud Posts: 2,483
    Mock us pedants at your peril. Grammar and spelling are important.

    Don't believe me? You try telling a small child, at Christmas, why satan's coming down the chimney.
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  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    I see what you did there....took me a while.
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  • bompington
    bompington Posts: 7,674
    antfly wrote:
    I see what you did there....took me a while.
    But then your dyslexia is evident from your signature line
  • Headhuunter
    Headhuunter Posts: 6,494
    Some of my all time faves on this site are:

    Peddle - meaning pedal (peddle means sell)
    Break - meaning brake (break means smash, destroy etc)

    Also, I've often noticed people say they are "greatful" for advice.
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  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    bompington wrote:
    antfly wrote:
    I see what you did there....took me a while.
    But then your dyslexia is evident from your signature line
    Dyslexic indeed, how dare you! If you type fuck that`s what appears on the page.
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    antfly wrote:
    My pedantic days are over, it would be a full time job pointing out all the mistakes on here and one would live in constant fear of being hoist by one`s own petard, wouldn`t one?

    I bet you checked what you wrote a few times, I would have, pmsl. :wink:
  • bompington
    bompington Posts: 7,674
    You must have heard the one about the dyslexic, insomniac agnostic who stayed up all night wondering if there really was a dog
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Or the dyslexic devil worshipper who sold his soul to Santa.....groan.
  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    dmclite wrote:
    antfly wrote:
    My pedantic days are over, it would be a full time job pointing out all the mistakes on here and one would live in constant fear of being hoist by one`s own petard, wouldn`t one?

    I bet you checked what you wrote a few times, I would have, pmsl. :wink:
    Absolutely, the pressure`s unbelievable.
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  • don_don
    don_don Posts: 1,007
    antfly wrote:
    My pedantic days are over, it would be a full time job pointing out all the mistakes on here and one would live in constant fear of being hoist by one`s own petard, wouldn`t one?

    hoisted surely?!
  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    The expression is definitely hoist, i`m pleased to say.
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    antfly wrote:
    The expression is definitely hoist, i`m pleased to say.

    The I in " i'm ", should be a capital. Sorry, :lol:
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,132
    In my neck of the woods the correct terminology would be "where are the pedants to?" and the answer would probably be that they are "over by there" or perhaps "over by yer" :wink:
  • pneumatic
    pneumatic Posts: 1,989
    antfly wrote:
    The expression is definitely hoist, i`m pleased to say.

    Because, when it came to spelling, Shakespeare wasn't a pedant, nor was Chaucer.

    I blame Dr Johnson and his dictionary project. That could have killed the language, just as the Academie Francaise killed French. Happily for us, though, the language always proves itself to be more resilient than the linguist.

    I read recently of an educated Englishman working in global business, who attends a lot of meetings with people from all over the planet. English is the agreed means of expression. All the non-native speakers understand one another perfectly well; he, on the other hand, finds it really hard to follow the "dialect" they are all using and consequently feels inadequate and stupid.

    Scary!


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  • dmclite wrote:
    antfly wrote:
    The expression is definitely hoist, i`m pleased to say.

    The I in " i'm ", should be a capital. Sorry, :lol:

    Further, I submit that 'hoist' should be in inverted commas, otherwise the reader could take it to mean that the expression in question has been hoist, which is clearly nonsense.
  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    I realised that but I couldn`t be arsed typing the whole thing.
    As for the capital I, i`m not so sure about that.
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