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Re: Fora vs Forums  •  October 8, 2010, 8:38pm  •  0 vote

So, Charlie, do you think that if a statistician is entering a series of measurements into an excel spreadsheet, we should not refer to each measurement as a datum? I would think that the measurement,

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  October 5, 2010, 8:20pm  •  2 votes

We all have off days. Grammatical errors, once in a while, should be disregarded. Charlie, are you implying that only 'data' should have a place in our language because we can only enter at least 8

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  May 11, 2010, 10:29am  •  1 vote

goofy, each person is only a product of their environment - the language in which they speak is the language of which they were taught. In the modern world, the English teachers at primary and seconda

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  May 11, 2010, 10:11am  •  0 vote

Dave Johnson, I couldn't have expressed it better myself. You make an excellent point by associating the degeneration of 'English' with the simplicity of a child's grammar and vocabulary - in a simila

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  January 31, 2010, 1:24pm  •  0 vote

I appreciate your directness, Porsche, and I admit that I acted like a d-bag to say the least. "Surely you haven’t forgotton your very first post, have you?" Unfortunately, with the number of ir

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  January 26, 2010, 8:24am  •  0 vote

Before you have another go at me, Dave, I'll point out that my internet nickname "hot4teacher" was chosen due to my liking of the song "Hot for teacher" by Van Halen, not to imply that I have sexual i

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 25, 2009, 1:21am  •  0 vote

Just for kicks, whose side are you on Kevin?

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 24, 2009, 1:37am  •  0 vote

Douglas, the word stamina (for endurance) is the same word as stamina (for the plural of stamen). Somewhere along the way, the English language decided that stamina would be a measure of endurance (po

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 11:23pm  •  1 vote

"In ‘The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics,’ P. H. Matthews defines the etymological fallacy as “The notion that the ‘true’ meaning of a word is the one to be expected from its etymology.” I do

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 9:30pm  •  1 vote

"What prompted the sarcasm to which you so strenuously object is simple; you proposed to protect a language from the very process by which it became the language that you wish to protect. It’s hard to

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 9:35am  •  1 vote

Sorry for triple posting. When I said " repeated a question that I had already asked", I obviously meant to say "that I had already answered". Just to avoid any confusion.

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 9:34am  •  1 vote

"I would interpret it a little more broadly: the original or historical usage or a word or phrase is necessarily similar to its actual present-day meaning. Not just the meaning, but how the word is us

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 9:32am  •  1 vote

"Oh, it’s fine is it? Well, I’m glad it’s fine that you told me to “get the fuck out” over a misunderstanding that you could have prevented by noting the time stamps of the posts. In that case, I thi

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 8:21am  •  1 vote

"My second post was in addition to the first. I did not refresh the site in between making the two, so I had no idea you had posted, thus your post between them had no bearing on the second post."

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 7:41am  •  1 vote

"Oh, yes, and if you insist on using English, then shouldn’t you be using “plurel” from Middle English? No, wait, you should be using the Latin “pl?r?lis.” No, that’s wrong too, you should be using wh

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 7:03am  •  0 vote

"If you CAN’T accept this, then why are you typing in English and not (one of) the original language(s)?" I cannot control the environment in which I was brought up; this doesn't stop me from belie

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 1:08am  •  0 vote

"This is the etymological fallacy. If we must apply the Latin plural system to all words borrowed from Latin, then stamina, erotica, opera, data, trivia, etc. should always and only be plural in Engli

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 22, 2009, 9:28am  •  0 vote

" Really? It was first used as a plural in English, but began to be used as a singular in the 1800s. “The stamina of the people was tested by a persecution that lasted for thirty years.” – W.B. Tho

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 22, 2009, 7:15am  •  0 vote

"Hot4teacher took Goofy’s bait on this one: “…most of their singular forms are still used in modern English.” What, exactly, is the singular of paraphernalia? Paraphernalium? " My post may have bee

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 21, 2009, 8:50pm  •  0 vote

"Agenda, erotica, opera, data, media, bacteria, candelabra, paraphernalia, trivia, graffiti are all borrowed from Latin plurals (Italian in the case of graffiti), so treating these words as singular w

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 17, 2009, 11:44pm  •  2 votes

Douglas, you appear to be very well educated in English linguistics, for which I respect you. Your quotes create a very formidable argument. Due to my upbringing, I understand and somewhat agree with

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 17, 2009, 1:29am  •  2 votes

First off, Douglas, this is a discussion board - and we can do without the individually aimed smart-arse sarcasm. I'm here to put forward my opinion, not to be ridiculed. I understand that the plu

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 15, 2009, 8:58pm  •  0 vote

I can understand that as time goes by, we will forget where some words originated and so their respective plural system will be forgotten, but until then why would only some words be anglicized? Eithe

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 15, 2009, 9:22am  •  1 vote

Thank you for understanding, Porsche. "Hot4teacher, using the English-based plural system ALWAYS applies. forum is NOT a Latin word used in the English language. It is an ENGLISH word whose origin

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 15, 2009, 6:05am  •  0 vote

I can understand why people disagree with me on this - and, after all, my argument isn't necessarily directed at anyone in particular; and I assume that most people understand where I stand and why.

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 14, 2009, 10:59pm  •  1 vote

Jim, my argument over penalties and free kicks was solely that a free-kick is a way of penalising one team, by offering their opponents a free-kick. You implied that the term penalty refers to a di

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 7, 2009, 9:19am  •  0 vote

Touche porsche. It is very ironic that I made such a mistake. In my defence, though, it is just that - and I do know the correct use (for those who do not, you would simply use "who" where you might u

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 3, 2009, 3:10am  •  1 vote

For those whom are against the correct use of the English language, you are all idiots. Why would you use an incorrect spelling/form of a word if you know that it is incorrect and you know what the co