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Plaque for family home

  • November 28, 2014, 6:57am

I was the recipient of such a plaque, years ago. It was lovingly handcrafted by a relative, and proudly offered up our family name with the apostrophe. It now adorns the entrance from our garage, where no one except family goes. I agree with providencejim; we North Americans do seem to love our apostrophes and commas, never mind if they're wrong.

Evolution of Exactly the Same

  • November 17, 2014, 8:05pm

Thanks, Skeeter Lewis!

And @ Warsaw Will,
I understand your confusion...the thread that I THOUGHT I was on, on the same subject and with the same title, was full of rather delightful rants dating back to 2006! Not sure what happened there, but very obviously I'm a newcomer. I will learn.

And you're quite right, "ain't gots no" is indeed language. I stand corrected there.

Evolution of Exactly the Same

  • November 16, 2014, 9:09am

It is with great amusement that I read this thread. Having spent my work week hearing comments such as "I ain't gots no pencil" passing for language, the level of rage reached by many of these commenters is refreshing. It's Jerry Springer for intellectuals. Not exactly the same, perhaps, but similar. I thank you all!

“I’m just saying”

  • April 3, 2011, 6:55am

I've heard the phrase used postpositvely in a humorous context, teasingly and usually with friends, as WB and others have pointed out. When used in this context it can be amusing, but if overused or mean-spirited it just becomes annoying.

gifting vs. giving a gift

  • April 3, 2011, 6:35am

I agree with porsche that "gift" as a verb has it's place, and I'm surprised that it seems to give some people so much pain. If I were ever in a position to donate a million dollars to some foundation, I think I would like it to be "gifted", not merely "given". Don't know why.

“I’ve got” vs. “I have”

  • April 3, 2011, 6:16am

Thank you all! I for one am thrilled to hear that I may continue to use "I've got" with relative impunity. As a Canadian raised in the US, I think I may be stuck somewhere between British and American usage on some of these topics. I agree with those who find more humor than horror in regional usages of expressions, but it wasn't always that way! This site is a revelation.

all _____ sudden

  • December 31, 2010, 4:14am

I just stumbled upon this thread, and find it hilarious! I love grammar and our wonderful, fluid language, and I admit that I, too, cringe at obvious gaffes such as "lie" and "lay". Those two words are so misused even by educated people that I've given up. Compared to this and other errors such as "I've got to...", "irregardless", and the painful "bring" and "take" dilemma, I find the "all of a/the sudden" argument amusing. Not silly, mind you; it's always refreshing to find English speakers who care enough to defend the language.
However, some of you are just plain nasty! Personal attacks do not attest to the attacker's intelligence or class. If it's about "winning" something, play tennis or watch football!