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#1 BigusDicus

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 12:24 AM

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#2 midlifecrisis

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 12:49 AM

English is a strange language. It is considered a Gernamic language but having studied German in high school and college (I am the oldest and my mother was German - work it out) I can say that German is a very structured language but a pain in the ass to memorize the article "the" preceeding a noun. Der, die and das. Nouns are masculine, feminine or neuter. It gets worse beyond that. Accusative case. Dative case and so on.

 

:ahhgg:

 

I will take I before E any day.


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#3 yorta2

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 01:08 AM

'i' before 'e' except after tea.



1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren't necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
10. One should never generalise.
11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: ``I hate quotations. Tell
me what you know.''
12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
13. Don't be redundant; don't more use words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. Profanity sucks.
15. Be more or less specific.
16. Understatement is always best.
17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19.Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be avoided.
21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
22. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
23. Who needs rhetorical questions?
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#4 atlas2

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 03:21 AM

'Yes, English can be weird. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.'


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Posted 21 August 2018 - 03:46 AM

Another few points to assist some:

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 07:59 AM

An old favourite...........Punctuate...

 

James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher 

 

 

 

This one loses me even when I see the explanation..........(Thai translation could get you arrested).

 

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo
 


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#7 MeGoDanceNow

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 09:36 PM

English is a strange language. It is considered a Gernamic language but having studied German in high school and college (I am the oldest and my mother was German - work it out) I can say that German is a very structured language but a pain in the ass to memorize the article "the" preceeding a noun. Der, die and das. Nouns are masculine, feminine or neuter. It gets worse beyond that. Accusative case. Dative case and so on.

 

:ahhgg:

 

I will take I before E any day.

 

 

 

As one of my fellow students in my freshman German class said, "How many fucking ways are there to say 'the' in this language??"  :wacko: 

 

It's what English would have looked like if it hadn't been bombarded by French.


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#8 midlifecrisis

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 10:11 PM

 

 

 

As one of my fellow students in my freshman German class said, "How many fucking ways are there to say 'the' in this language??"  :wacko: 

 

It's what English would have looked like if it hadn't been bombarded by French.

 

So true. A German teacher once told us, When a cow is in the field in England or America it is German (Kuh). When it's on the table it's French (Boeuf).

 

Your friend was dead nuts on with his comment.

 

Vocabulary tests were very complicated.


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#9 yorta2

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:57 AM

A bit more language lunacy:

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 07:38 AM

One thing that I have realised about English is that it is just as tonal as Thai. The entire sense of a word or sentence can alter on the curl of a lip, twich of an eye and by raising or lowering the volume or accentuation. 


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Posted 01 September 2018 - 12:49 PM

One thing that I have realised about English is that it is just as tonal as Thai. The entire sense of a word or sentence can alter on the curl of a lip, twich of an eye and by raising or lowering the volume or accentuation. 

 

 

That's' actually intonation, not tone. As in the difference between Really?? Really!! and Really.


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#12 BigusDicus

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 03:46 PM

An old favourite...........Punctuate...

 

James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher 

 

 

 

This one loses me even when I see the explanation..........(Thai translation could get you arrested).

 

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo
 

 

A2, I stole your punctuate and added it too my coffee mug I have posted elsewhere.  Just received below:

 

My kids gave me a coffee mug that says “Let’s eat Grandma” - for Mothers Day. 
Punctuation is important.


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#13 midlifecrisis

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 03:46 PM

 

A2, I stole your punctuate and added it too my coffee mug I have posted elsewhere.  Just received below:

 

My kids gave me a coffee mug that says “Let’s eat Grandma” - for Mothers Day. 
Punctuation is important.

 

cannibals?


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#14 BigusDicus

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 04:01 PM

The cannibal's grandma...


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 11:33 PM

More shit.

 


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