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Old 07-13-2011, 03:04 PM   #31
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Well, speaking as a student who was taught grammar in the late '50's and early '60's, I have to say that I was very surprised when I went back to school last year. It had been some 38 years since I was in school. The lack of knowledge of grammar and spelling among my younger classmates was astounding. Over the years, I have come to accept that there are some things that will just never change, such as the apparent confusion over terms such as "lose" and "loose". Some folks seem to think those terms are interchangeable. It all worries me.
'Course, from time to time, I sometimes slip into a alter ego, if you will, speaking the lingo of the Mountain Men, for example. But it is a concious decision when I do that and I am certain that some folks who read such writings from me are surprised to find that I actually have a fair command of the English language.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:17 PM   #32
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My father was in the military, so I just kind of go with the flow on most words, and don't consider any option right or wrong. When I was in New Hampshire, a water fountain was a bubbler. Carbonated beverages were soda most places I lived, but here are pop and in New Hampshire were tonic. Then over many years I had to learn a few words in many different languages. Don't know enough to speak any of them! So few can offend me by their pronunciation unless they are trying hard to do it!

I, too, do have my limits. I am an aunt, not an ant. Probably comes from a French-Canadian translation from "tante". It isn't so much that I'm being stubborn, but just prefer my nieces and nephews to use "aunt". I find it amusing how people get offended if you pronounce something differently.
I got 97% for English when I graduated high school, you would never say that now! Maybe it's the influence around me or too much Bob the Builder and Mister maker etc. My brain has turned into porridge..lol!
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:38 PM   #33
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What about "Realise" and "Realize"

I thought that in Canada, not that long ago, that we dropped the Z for the S in the above word and some others.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:40 PM   #34
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Let me expalin to you how the our as opposed to or happened.

Long, long ago in a land far, far away, the country of England decided to absorb the country of Wales into the Kingdom of Great Britain. While hanging around at court, the Scots, whom had already been absorbed, noticed that the Welsh appeared to have thousands upon thousands of vowels they weren't using. Being the thrifty people they were recognized to be, they decided that instead of letting all those vowels go to waste, they would take those unused vowels from the Welsh and sprinkle them generously throughout the English language.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:45 PM   #35
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Let me expalin to you how the our as opposed to or happened.

Long, long ago in a land far, far away, the country of England decided to absorb the country of Wales into the Kingdom of Great Britain. While hanging around at court, the Scots, whom had already been absorbed, noticed that the Welsh appeared to have thousands upon thousands of vowels they weren't using. Being the thrifty people they were recognized to be, they decided that instead of letting all those vowels go to waste, they would take those unused vowels from the Welsh and sprinkle them generously throughout the English language.
Really? I thought that was Vanna White.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:55 PM   #36
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Really? I thought that was Vanna White.

Exactly! Vanna is a Scot.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:03 PM   #37
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Exactly! Vanna is a Scot.
Is this like that Kevin Bacon thing?

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:11 PM   #38
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Did somebody mention bacon?
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:16 PM   #39
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yum, i love rashers of streaky bacoun..
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Kevin Bacon is a streaker?
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