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Blast! I was going to quote that pesky bird.

Red May 9, 2011, 11:05am

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@ as always

Keep adding fuel and fanning the flames and your racism never dies. I believe that observations were being made. One thing communications ought to do is eliminate ignorance. If you think someone is wrong, just say so. Alluding that everyone here is racist is so typical of those who wish racism not to disappear so they can have something to build their lives around.

Red May 3, 2011, 8:46am

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Welcome to English 001! Whatever you wish to do to the language, you may. If you can get a second person to agree with you...congratulations! You may stay after and clean the chalkboard erasers. (Believe it or not, that was a reward or treat when I was young.)

I also dislike the many and varied uses, but all I can do is what I prefer to do.

As far as marketing goes, I think it is just another way to try to get something to stick in your mind. Adding a period after each word appears to add emphasis as a reader sees each word and adds the normal sentence break.

Try reading:

And now you know.
And. Now. You. Know.

Both essentially convey the same meaning, but you assign more importance to the second version because you have been trained to think that way.

Of course, my next thought is about marketers, parentage, reproductive skills...

Red April 19, 2011, 10:38am

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Merriam-Webster gives 'lull as the antonym.

Red April 15, 2011, 12:36pm

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And so?

Red April 13, 2011, 1:00pm

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Obviously no sports fans reading this.

i have been hearing this for years.

The New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick may be origin for the current use of the phrase. He is a little hostile to the media and began using the phrase to evade answering questions.

Red April 7, 2011, 11:29am

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Doesn't this fall into the comma usage exception category?

Red April 4, 2011, 8:36am

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I think "have got" implies there is/was/will be an action of some sort on the speaker's part. Using "have" does not imply that (dependent on other things said).

Red April 4, 2011, 8:30am

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Reverse the objects. Try “Karen is the taller of Lin and her” instead. Makes sense as opposed to “Karen is the taller of Lin and she”.

I also favor "Karen is taller than Lin".

Red March 22, 2011, 1:53pm

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I recognize that there are those who use -ise for both forms of the word, but its origins are just as unclear from what I have read.

Merchants were (are) the ones who merchandise, but the merchandise can refer to both the goods and the transaction and perhaps were one in the same.

I haven't been able to pin anything down, but the word may arose to communicate an exchange of goods for money (by merchants). This would be different from money changing (trading) and barter, which are money for money and goods for goods, respectively.

I think another piece of this puzzle is that merchandise may indicate mobility. Merchants typically travelled of old and usually moved goods from surplus areas to scarce areas. People who sold goods locally were usually the producers of those goods and referred to by that product (cooper, potter, etc.).

Well, now that we are well off-topic, who's looks to be a good prospect in spring training?

Red March 10, 2011, 7:32am

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Merchandise is a noun.

To merchandize is a verb.

Red March 9, 2011, 7:44am

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I have to toss in with the 'mouses' group.

Talking about the 'mice' in the building just might bring down the wrath of the Health Department. And that just results in RATS on the premises.

Red March 7, 2011, 12:27pm

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merchandise vs. merchandize

What will the merchants do?

Red March 7, 2011, 12:17pm

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The 1920's?

Red February 22, 2011, 3:29pm

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It's just another sign of the (end) times.

One person lazily says 'gifting' and another thinks it's cute. Then 100 million start using it because they think is meaningful.


Red February 10, 2011, 5:21pm

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How about "make do"?

Red January 7, 2011, 7:50pm

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