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    Quote Originally Posted by nausicaa
    Wow. So much emphasis on grammar/syntax/proNUNciation, yet the greatest writer (arguably) of the English language is James Joyce...
    arguably with emphasis added
    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star in somebody else's eyes... but why... why... why can't it be me?

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    Not arguably, then. Definitely. (W/ apologies to Mr. Shakespeare. )


    I don't know...I think too much talk of the mechanics of the English language just addles the brain. It has certainly addled mine.
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    Did anyone watch Joan of Arcadia last Friday night? I was thinking of this thread after this exchange:

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    God: Anti-cli-maCK-tic. Anti-climatic means you're against the weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkieparrot
    Oh and okay I know this will sound stupid but the word "Nuclear" is said "Nuke-leer" and not "Nuke-u-ler" right? Because I've heard a few people say it "Nuke-u-ler" okay maybe Homer Simpson was one of them Ugh.
    That drives me crazy! And when people pronounce the "s" in Illinois :nono

    I have a question. Is it "all" or "alls"? I've heard people say "Alls I know is..." but shouldn't it be "All I know is..."? I just don't think "alls" sounds right but I have heard that it is correct. Also, I can never remember where to put the comma when using "but". Uh oh... I think I feel a grammar panic attack coming on

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinclair
    That drives me crazy! And when people pronounce the "s" in Illinois :nono

    I have a question. Is it "all" or "alls"? I've heard people say "Alls I know is..." but shouldn't it be "All I know is..."? I just don't think "alls" sounds right but I have heard that it is correct. Also, I can never remember where to put the comma when using "but". Uh oh... I think I feel a grammar panic attack coming on
    Oh definitely not "alls". "All" is correct.

    Has anyone else ever heard someone combine, "flustered" and "frustrated," into the strange, "flustrated?" That really bugs me. I wonder if it is regional, or if people do it everywhere.
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    I have never heard anyone here say that. It is "bear" with me or "bare" with me??
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    Quote Originally Posted by ixcrisxi
    I have never heard anyone here say that. It is "bear" with me or "bare" with me??
    Must be regional

    "bear" would be correct in that example

    To have a tolerance for; endure: couldn't bear his lying; please bear with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ixcrisxi
    I have never heard anyone here say that. It is "bear" with me or "bare" with me??
    "Bear with me" means tolerate me or put up patiently with me.

    "Bare with me" could be an invitation to get naked together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nausicaa
    Not arguably, then. Definitely. (W/ apologies to Mr. Shakespeare. )


    I don't know...I think too much talk of the mechanics of the English language just addles the brain. It has certainly addled mine.
    Joyce is over-hyped and over-rated in my not so humble opinion. He puts me to sleep.
    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star in somebody else's eyes... but why... why... why can't it be me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazyshadeof
    Joyce is over-hyped and over-rated in my not so humble opinion. He puts me to sleep.
    I'm going to have to agree here. The GREATEST writer in English? Maybe in the top twenty, but I'm not a huge fan either.
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