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Antidisestablishmentarianists' Corner

Post by jdaw1 » 12:30 Tue 26 Jun 2007

KillerB wrote:Likewise I could call it Antidisestablishmentarianists' Corner.
That’s always awkward. The corner could be used by one antidisestablishmentarianist (so ‟Antidisestablishmentarianist's”), but is intended for the use of many to discuss these things (‟Antidisestablishmentarianists'”, as you wrote, and with non-curly quotation mark for clarity). Either way would leave me slightly uncomfortable. Because it is for the individual use of antidisestablishmentarianists, rather than their collective use, I would have gone for ‟Antidisestablishmentarianist's”, but some authorial preference is allowed.

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Post by KillerB » 12:37 Tue 26 Jun 2007

I'll be honest, I just wanted a 29 letter word, but I do believe that you should stick all the antidisestablishmentarianists in a corner

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Post by Conky » 12:41 Tue 26 Jun 2007

Can I say you guys have really taken 'Meaningless Drivel' to heart. Well done. An example to us all. :D

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Post by KillerB » 13:11 Tue 26 Jun 2007

Thank you, that's much appreciated.

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Jay P’s apostrophe crimes

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Post by Luc » 17:16 Wed 04 Jul 2007

Derek T. wrote:
Luc wrote:This is definitely verbal diahrea . . . 88)

But you have to admit it is diahrea of the highest quality :lol: :lol:
On a quality scale It rates an A+ , just below Premium

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Post by Conky » 19:07 Wed 04 Jul 2007

Luc,

Still waiting for your photo????

Now that will kick off a bout of Meaningless Drivel of Premium quality. :D

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antidisestablishmentarianist

Post by jdaw1 » 19:09 Wed 04 Jul 2007

Oh, I forgot to say. I am an antidisestablishmentarianist. Into which corner should I go?

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Re: Antidisestablishmentarianists' Corner

Post by Conky » 19:12 Wed 04 Jul 2007

jdaw1 wrote:
KillerB wrote:Likewise I could call it Antidisestablishmentarianists' Corner.
That’s always awkward. The corner could be used by one antidisestablishmentarianist (so ‟Antidisestablishmentarianist's”), but is intended for the use of many to discuss these things (‟Antidisestablishmentarianists'”, as you wrote, and with non-curly quotation mark for clarity). Either way would leave me slightly uncomfortable. Because it is for the individual use of antidisestablishmentarianists, rather than their collective use, I would have gone for ‟Antidisestablishmentarianist's”, but some authorial preference is allowed.
After that Post, could I suggest the corner just beyond the reaches of the Human Ear! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Conky’s apostrophe crime

Post by jdaw1 » 03:15 Thu 05 Jul 2007

[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=1472#1472]Here[/url] Conky wrote:Could be genetic, as in, in your familys jeans.!

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Derek T.’s “who's”

Post by jdaw1 » 20:35 Thu 05 Jul 2007

[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=1434#1434]Here[/url] Derek T. wrote:....and I have a rule that says "never hit on a girl who's husband is on the same forum"
The punishment should be harsher for not knowing that an ellipsis contains exactly three dots.

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Post by Conky » 20:47 Thu 05 Jul 2007

Hear,Hear...You Scoundrel and Vagabond!

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Re: Derek T.’s “who's”

Post by Luc » 00:34 Fri 06 Jul 2007

jdaw1 wrote:
[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=1434#1434]Here[/url] Derek T. wrote:....and I have a rule that says "never hit on a girl who's husband is on the same forum"
The punishment should be harsher for not knowing that an ellipsis contains exactly three dots.
People who are epileptic have more than 3 dots . ( I should know , as I am a member of this fraternity . )

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Re: Derek T.’s “who's”

Post by jdaw1 » 01:31 Fri 06 Jul 2007

Luc wrote:People who are epileptic have more than 3 dots
Well, not literally. Try Alt-0133 on a PC, or option-semicolon on a Mac to get “…”.

Metaphorically, well, anything could happen.

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Post by AHB » 12:35 Fri 06 Jul 2007

I sincerely and absolutely hope that no-one browsing the forum for the first time comes across this "will-to-live" sapping thread.

I now need to find a different corner and gnaw off my arm...

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Was that reply helpful?

Post by jdaw1 » 14:01 Fri 06 Jul 2007

AHB wrote:this "will-to-live" sapping thread
A difficult case. ‟Will to live” needs to be joined together, which can be done with hyphens. But then this compound thing needs to be joined with ‟sapping”. Possibilities include
  • will-to-live-sapping (which fails to capture the two-level hierarchy);
  • will-to-live sapping (failing to do the outer join);
  • ‘will to live’-sapping (my preference).
But double-compounding will-to-live by surrounding it with non-curly double quotation marks, and then not joining it to the sapping: well, what can I say?

Was that reply helpful? ;-)

PS: why not leave me to talk to myself in this thread. Anything else would only be worse.

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Post by AHB » 10:38 Sat 07 Jul 2007

:D

I enjoyed that reply. Leaving you to talk to your self would be a real shame:- one that only the punctuation police would appreciate!

Have fun

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m-dash (‟”””) not a hyphen (‟-”)

Post by jdaw1 » 18:21 Sun 08 Jul 2007

Even I’m willing to acknowledge that this is a pedantic complaint (in other words, do consider the merits of not reading further), but that really should be an m-dash (‟ ”) not a hyphen (‟-”). Normally I wouldn’t say anything, but as we’re going to be seeing many copies of that signature, maybe one small hint will be allowed.

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Post by AHB » 21:17 Sun 08 Jul 2007

Julian,

If you can tell me how to get an m-dash on my keyboard then I will gladly change it. I had hoped that the forum software would be as intelligent as word and make the adjustment for me but, sadly, it didn't.

Educate me and I will change...

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M-dash

Post by jdaw1 » 21:30 Sun 08 Jul 2007

PC? Hold down Alt, and type 0151 on the numeric keypad. (If that doesn’t cope, change the NumLock setting.)

Mac? Good man: Shift-Option-hyphen.

Neither: copy-paste mine from above.

While you are at it, a pedant’s ellipsis is one character (“…” not ‟...”), being Alt-0133 or Option-;.

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Post by DRT » 22:55 Sun 08 Jul 2007

jdaw,

I have laid at least 2 apostrophe traps in the past 48 hours and you haven't picked them up - you seem to be losing your touch :wink:

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Post by Conky » 22:58 Sun 08 Jul 2007

I hope not. I print this thread off each night and go to bed to try to disect and memorise it.

Best Insomnia Cure I know! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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at least 2 apostrophe traps

Post by jdaw1 » 02:45 Mon 09 Jul 2007

Derek T. wrote:I have laid at least 2 apostrophe traps in the past 48 hours and you haven't picked them up - you seem to be losing your touch :wink:

Derek
There are people whose wisdom I value, and to whose words I pay close attention. This is a strict subset of all humanity.

Derek T. wrote:at least 2 apostrophe traps
But, to be fair, at least you admit to not knowing how many errors you have made.

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Re: M-dash

Post by AHB » 09:26 Mon 09 Jul 2007

jdaw1 wrote:PC? Hold down Alt, and type 0151 on the numeric keypad. (If that doesn’t cope, change the NumLock setting.)

Mac? Good man: Shift-Option-hyphen.

Neither: copy-paste mine from above.

While you are at it, a pedant’s ellipsis is one character (“…” not “...”), being Alt-0133 or Option-;.
I've changed my signature in my profile to the new m-dash and, low and behold, all signatures have been updated. Hurrah!

I must admit, I do find this thread one of the most amusing to follow, frequently generating a quickly stifled snort of laughter.

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non-obvious characters

Post by jdaw1 » 16:41 Tue 10 Jul 2007

Alex asked me for a list of non-obvious characters available from most computers, which should include: ┚¬

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