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post #31 of 51
What bothers me the most is when google asks if I want to correct men's to mens. Fucking stupid piece of shit.
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post
I find this annoying as well.

Misused quotation marks are similarly bothersome.

Define "misused.
post #33 of 51
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post
is that not exactly what i typed, captain doucheface?

Did you ninjaedit before I got a chance to post, or did I really just read that wrong?
post #34 of 51
This happens all the time on Styleforum, and it drives me fucking crazy. It seems to occur most frequently with words that end in vowels, most likely because a lot of people were never taught (or didn't care to remember) how to pluralize such words. To wit, we'll see things like "potato's" instead of "potatoes." It also happens quite a bit with brand names or other proper nouns: "Grenson's," "Pimlico's," and so forth. Finally, I see it all the time when people don't know how to pluralize words that end with a "y": "dandy" becomes "dandy's" instead of the correct "dandies," for example.

But then again, I see people pluralizing just about anything with a misplaced apostrophe: "car's," "suit's," etc.

Fucking stop it, you morons.
post #35 of 51
even though you have peaked my interest, the point is mute
post #36 of 51
Bad grammar makes me [sic]. hurp durp
post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by pebblegrain View Post
even though you have peaked my interest, the point is mute

Subtle. I like it.
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by gfreeman View Post
Yeah, that bugs me almost as much as people who DOUBLE SPACE AFTER PERIODS when typing on a computer. You aren't supposed to do that shit "” that's a vestige of the typewriter days when every letter was the same width. Now they aren't, so fucking single space.

Good thing modern computers are capable of making it work fine...html only accepts the single space and most word processors are smart enough to space things correctly. Also...maybe some of us just like it better having a little more space between sentances than abbreviations or other uses of periods (word processors are not quite as good at figuring this out).
post #39 of 51
That may be so, but to those of us who learned to type on typewriters a single space after a period looks, well , wrong.

Reminds me - I really should get around to reading Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by kwilkinson View Post
Did you ninjaedit before I got a chance to post, or did I really just read that wrong?

you read it wrong, captain doucheface
post #41 of 51
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post
you read it wrong, captain doucheface

I think the reason most style guides would go with "farmers market" is that "farmers" is describing what kind of market it is...the farmers don't really own it, so no apostrophe. I understand your pain, though, and lots of people prefer it your way.
post #42 of 51
Definitely an epidemic.


Some idiot tried to correct my grammar (which wasn't even incorrect) and he got clowned by using the apostrophe wrong.

Hilarious.
post #43 of 51
Bill Geist had a neat feature on CBS's Sunday Morning about a couple of guys who go around correcting signs: Typo Hunters
post #44 of 51
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Originally Posted by Geoff Gander View Post
Reminds me - I really should get around to reading Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.

You're not missing much.
post #45 of 51
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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard View Post
This happens all the time on Styleforum, and it drives me fucking crazy. It seems to occur most frequently with words that end in vowels, most likely because a lot of people were never taught (or didn't care to remember) how to pluralize such words. To wit, we'll see things like "potato's" instead of "potatoes." It also happens quite a bit with brand names or other proper nouns: "Grenson's," "Pimlico's," and so forth. Finally, I see it all the time when people don't know how to pluralize words that end with a "y": "dandy" becomes "dandy's" instead of the correct "dandies," for example.

What a coincidence...I just took the wug test earlier today.
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