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Conversation Between Hallyx and Blue Fish
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  1. Hallyx
    09-30-2013 05:44 PM - permalink
    Hallyx
    Boy, Howdy..And ain't that the way.

    Here's something I know you'll like. Click home and enjoy Patricia O'Connor. .grammarphobia.com/on-language-email (You'll have to do your own http etc. You know how it is around here.) Her Origins of the Specious is marvelous. I'll be getting the others soon.
  2. Blue Fish
    09-30-2013 02:44 PM - permalink
    Blue Fish
    Oh man, I don't believe I've heard a future-tense issue yet...wow...that does just make my head want to spin around. ;) And I totally agree, the endless now is massively annoying. Sometimes I wonder if it's a grammar problem, or an aspect of the ridiculous nihilistic self-centeredness that seems to have taken over...Part of the "everyone gets a trophy!" and "even though you FAILED, it's okay, you did a great job!" mentality. NO NO NO NO! I'm all for self-esteem, but if you just pat children on the head for being alive, then when they actually DO accomplish something, it means NOTHING! Adults have just completely robbed any sort of accomplishment from any meaning by the constant showering of praise and adulation that becomes background noise. Or, all those years of psychology classes have just warped my brain. ;)
  3. Hallyx
    09-30-2013 05:40 AM - permalink
    Hallyx
    I noticed it when the pooter-geeks started using access as a a transitive verb. It's been going downhill ever since. My latest mind-rash is what I call the "endless now" the abandonment of any version of past tense. It started with sportscasters; now, even narration on Nat Geo is corrupted by it. I've even heard my first example of future tense flumux.
  4. Blue Fish
    09-29-2013 11:18 AM - permalink
    Blue Fish
    Most assuredly you can, and I'd be honored. ;)

    And for this alone I think I love you: "gerundization". (From the adult who was the kid who used to get distracted by the thesaurus...)
  5. Hallyx
    09-29-2013 11:16 AM - permalink
    Hallyx
    Oh dear, I thought I'd put you on my friends' list a year ago. I am remiss. May I rectify that, now?

    (I refuse to "friend" you. The gerundization of the language makes my teeth itch.)
  6. Blue Fish
    09-29-2013 11:06 AM - permalink
    Blue Fish
    Oh yes! Here in the south, you grow up on phrases like that. ;) You can't help yourself after a bit. ;)
  7. Hallyx
    09-29-2013 10:56 AM - permalink
    Hallyx
    The lack of clarity of expression is going to be the downfall.....(Oh, get over it, Hallyx!)

    The expression is: Opinions are like noses, everybody has one and they all smell. There is a less refined version.

    Always a pleasure.
  8. Blue Fish
    09-29-2013 10:42 AM - permalink
    Blue Fish
    LOL! Thanks! :) I'm pretty opinionated when it comes down to it, and I *hate* netspeak with a fiery passion...also poor grammar in general. I was taught to write properly, as was anyone else who has a third-grade education...use it people! ;)
    I love your posts as well, the information contained is always second to none. I think I've learned more from you about the finer points of fish-keeping than from anywhere else on the board.
    Have a great Sunday! :)
  9. Hallyx
    09-29-2013 10:19 AM - permalink
    Hallyx
    Have I mentioned how much I enjoy reading your posts? Straight-ahead declaritive. Tight phrasing (mostly...LoL) Good grammar; standard English. Your style should be more frequently emulated by contributors on here.

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