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April 26, 2007

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Sorry UIP, but you're quite wrong. In formal logic, "all X are not Y" does not in fact mean "no X are Y" -- rather, it means "not all X are Y.

amazed April 25, 2008, 10:29am

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Jeez, Patricia ~ what is it your love-making that leads you to PITE afterward? Too muh verbalization? Or not enough? ;->

amazed April 17, 2008, 12:02pm

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I want to know why no one called Whitney on her so-called "rule"....

amazed April 17, 2008, 12:01pm

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Still, Bill, plausibility does not always equal correctness.

amazed April 17, 2008, 11:39am

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Actually, John, Abby Normal's analogy with speed limit rules is right on target. You failure to see the clarity of the analogy goes directly to her opening suggestion: as you take the stance of a linguist (observer) rather than grammarian (prescriber), then your opinions and viewpoints are irrelevant -- and in fact distracting -- in any discussion of what is CORRECT. So if the query is "which is correct", your response is not germaine.

By the way, I love your user name, Abby!

amazed February 25, 2008, 12:49pm

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with respect to Voltaire ~ because, after all, how can one NOT respect Voltaire? ~ I agree with Ryan on this, and Abigail. Thanks to you both in seeing it and expressing it simply and clearly.

amazed February 14, 2008, 10:57am

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... and then there is this usage of "should"--
"What would you say should I decide to arrive earlier than planned?"

amazed January 11, 2008, 2:46pm

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That was awfully cavalier of you, Emily!

amazed January 11, 2008, 2:34pm

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Yes, still a purist.

amazed January 4, 2008, 2:39pm

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I'm always amused ~ and amazed ~ by how many people posting declarations of "fact" on this website use appallingly bad grammar, spelling and punctuation in their posts!

amazed December 27, 2007, 2:57pm

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Okay, but I'd like to go back and defend Tork ~
"any of you guys has a handle on this thing"
simply treats "any of" as standing for "any one of", making "has" the correct verb.

It was off topic, but there was no need to beat up on her/him!

amazed December 27, 2007, 2:47pm

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Well, beans to Jonah and the Columbia Guide to Standard American English! I'm a purist and I stand behind both Cheri and Delia!

amazed December 27, 2007, 12:52pm

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"Manageress"? Never heard that one.
But "waiter/waitress" is one that haunts me.
Is "waiter" good for a woman?
Although I'm a through-and-through feminist,
I stumble on that one.
Does anyone remember "comedian/comedienne"?

amazed October 24, 2007, 2:58pm

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Oh, now--I seriously doubt he was the FIRST philanderer in the White House!

amazed October 23, 2007, 2:41pm

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The husband of the governor of Michigan is kown as the First Gentleman.
And yes, while he will still be known as President Clinton in certain circumstances, when named IN HIS ROLE AS Presidential spouse, he will be known as First Gentleman.
yes again--it's a lame designation... but so is First Lady.

amazed October 4, 2007, 2:24pm

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Porsche--I doubt you will see this because this entire thread is nearly a year old, but I had to laugh out loud at your staement that the question being debated here was "answered categorically and incontrovertibly nearly 8 months ago"--inqrguably, if it is still being debated however long after the thread began, then it was NOT "answered categorically and incontrovertibly nearly 8 months ago"! Perhaps in your mind, but clearly not supported by consensus!

amazed August 9, 2007, 2:18pm

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jun-dai-- "anyways"??? Talk about incorrect and/or inappropriate!

amazed August 9, 2007, 1:52pm

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Just a small explanation to Silvana--the use of "em" as a word in Scrable is neither lame nor pathetic. Both "em" and "en" are words used extensively in design and layout with reference to the size of space between words. Perhaps your Scrabble companions are involved in the publications business....

amazed August 9, 2007, 1:50pm

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they beat it out of them in journalism school. same with broadcasting school. announcers are supposed to sound "generic", which one could also call boring or even robotic. but that might be a character judgment as well....

amazed July 26, 2007, 11:51am

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Yes, you're being pedantic.
And repeating the word "wasn't" has nothing to do with it.

amazed July 26, 2007, 11:38am

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