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  Reply # 1064678 13-Jun-2014 09:19
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jonathan18:

A few months ago there was excited talk about the 'death of the comma' (similar to the case of the 'death of the apostrophe'). During the segment on this on Nat Rad they read out some classic examples of why the claim was so premature; I can't remember the specific examples but the internet's full of them. One of my favourites is "Let's eat Grandpa" (as opposed to "Let's eat, Grandpa")!


c.f. "Eats shoots and leaves"/"Eats, shoots and leaves" - the title of a popular punctuation book from a few years back. "Let's eat Grandpa" is a good one.




 

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  Reply # 1064679 13-Jun-2014 09:20
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BlueShift: In case anyone was wondering: Grammar Nazis actually exist!


Or should that be "Be professional and disciplined in everything you do for the cause."? (Any ideas?)




 

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jonathan18:

A few months ago there was excited talk about the 'death of the comma' (similar to the case of the 'death of the apostrophe'). During the segment on this on Nat Rad they read out some classic examples of why the claim was so premature; I can't remember the specific examples but the internet's full of them. One of my favourites is "Let's eat Grandpa" (as opposed to "Let's eat, Grandpa")!


c.f. "Eats shoots and leaves"/"Eats, shoots and leaves" - the title of a popular punctuation book from a few years back. "Let's eat Grandpa" is a good one.


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  Reply # 1064690 13-Jun-2014 09:36
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context plays a bigger role e.g 'The Koala eats shoots and leaves' or 'The Koala eats, shoots and leaves' it's obvious what the meaning is irrespective of punctuation. In modern rapid communication simplest is quickest and why English survives, it's adaptable and correctness evolves with it.




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hashbrown: While we're being pedantic, let's talk about acronyms the subject of the origianal post.

"I am OCD?"

You be afflicted with or suffer from OCD, but youc can't be OCD.

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If we're really going to be pedantic, then you know that OCD is not an acronym, right?

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bazzer:
hashbrown: While we're being pedantic, let's talk about acronyms the subject of the origianal post.

"I am OCD?"

You be afflicted with or suffer from OCD, but youc can't be OCD.

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If we're really going to be pedantic, then you know that OCD is not an acronym, right?


Fair point, but few are aware of the difference been an acronym and an initialism (as my own phone just confirmed by it auto-correcting it to initialise!).

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jonathan18:
bazzer:
hashbrown: While we're being pedantic, let's talk about acronyms the subject of the origianal post.

"I am OCD?"

You be afflicted with or suffer from OCD, but youc can't be OCD.

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If we're really going to be pedantic, then you know that OCD is not an acronym, right?


Fair point, but few are aware of the difference been an acronym and an initialism (as my own phone just confirmed by it auto-correcting it to initialise!).


Guys, there is no need for this acronymy!

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joker97:But please if you want to be a journalist on stuff ... learn this! Please.


Or a greengrocer.




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  Reply # 1065297 13-Jun-2014 23:54
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bazzer: If we're really going to be pedantic, then you know that OCD is not an acronym, right?


I could post some links to the contrary, but more than willing to concede the honour of most pedantic to another.

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freitasm: Journalists should always be correct - I've seen a number of "their", "should of" and spelling mistakes on Stuff and NZ Herald...


Check out this gem from Stuff:
"May 31, 2012 ... At Fairfield School the window to a toilet was prized open for someone to climb through. Principal Raewyn Pepperwell said it appeared they"

That makes my inner Grammar Nazi want to yell




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DarthKermit:
freitasm: Journalists should always be correct - I've seen a number of "their", "should of" and spelling mistakes on Stuff and NZ Herald...


Check out this gem from Stuff:
"May 31, 2012 ... At Fairfield School the window to a toilet was prized open for someone to climb through. Principal Raewyn Pepperwell said it appeared they"

That makes my inner Grammar Nazi want to yell


The writer may have been American.




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  Reply # 1065684 14-Jun-2014 19:21
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Media put a lot of effort into getting things right, this little gem is a classic example. 



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freitasm: A wrong word in headline and the wrong stock image. Classic example of bad the level of journalism in New Zealand.


There, fixed that for you :-)

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"Coro Mainstreet Inc has been placed into liquidation following a failure to pay it's court bills."

Another example of bad grammar from a Stuff headline, 17 June.

 





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