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    Quote Originally Posted by Duxxy
    Why are you sorry? I practically have to bite my tongue to keep from correcting the poor sole who uses irregardless
    Can't stand it!
    I have a real problem with the word ain't - I know it's now recognized as a word but it sounds harsh to my ear.
    Oops, Duxxy, I'd misunderstood your original "irregardless" post. I thought I was disagreeing with you.
    But now I AM; I use ain't, and am proud of it. But I don't use it in a professional setting.
    Although, one of my earliest memories was arguing with a boy at my babysitter's that ain't was not a word. When my dad came to pick me up that afternoon, I demanded that he tell this boy that ain't wasn't a word, and he said he couldn't because it was. (can you tell I was already a budding English major at age 4? )
    oh, and ps; with your sig line! (although I'm sorry to see me and Stargazer go... )
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCRUMPOT
    And laugh alot.

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    Definately... NO!!!

    It is definitely!
    MULDER: It's still there, Scully. 200,000 years down in the ice.

    SCULLY:
    Leave it there.

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    Marley - I am soooooo busted. Yes, okay, okay.... Do I have to write A LOT 1000 times?
    "People are strange, when you're a stranger" - Jim Morrison

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    Another linguistic pet peeve.... people who say "it's a doggie-dog world." It is NOT! It is, if anything, a "dog-eat-dog" world! Irksome.
    And those who write "should of" instead of "should have." I see this one in newspapers and am tempted to whip out the Red Editing Pen of Death, mark it up and send it to the paper. (caveat: I work at a newspaper, so I obviously am talking about papers other than my own. )
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    And those who write "should of" instead of "should have."
    I agree. It drives me mad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy
    I see this one in newspapers and am tempted to whip out the Red Editing Pen of Death, mark it up and send it to the paper.
    Lucy, I used to work at a newspaper as well, and I know the feeling! We actually had folks that would take the time to go through our entire paper and red-mark all the improper entries and typos and mail them in.

    The editors always acted as if those folks were blathering psychotics tho s

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    Beyond Should of....

    shoulda

    woulda

    coulda....

    In English English a has replaced er.....but what is the a doing here....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpkin
    Lucy, I used to work at a newspaper as well, and I know the feeling! We actually had folks that would take the time to go through our entire paper and red-mark all the improper entries and typos and mail them in.

    The editors always acted as if those folks were blathering psychotics tho s
    Exactly; every paper I've worked for has gotten those (although the smaller the paper, the more frequent they are) and they're almost always anonymous.
    And I've had editors who put errors IN my stories, so it's in their own interests to overlook those letters....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCRUMPOT
    Marley - I am soooooo busted. Yes, okay, okay.... Do I have to write A LOT 1000 times?

    Since it's Thanksgiving, I'll let it slide.

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