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Posted: 05 October 2012 08:36 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A rough road is a coarse course.

I realize that there are many non-native English speakers in this forum and I give them slack, but to keep them from getting confused and to keep my head from exploding I have to vent at native English speakers with bad habits.

I’ve seen the habitual misuse of “coarse” and “course” several times recently.  (*argh!!!*) 

The opening sentence above says it all.  “Coarse” means rough.  “Course” means a path of travel.


And if someone says “it’s all good” I’m going to try to jump through the wires and strangle them. 8-o

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Posted: 05 October 2012 09:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Why of course it is.

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Posted: 05 October 2012 09:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Remember English speakers may still have dyslexia or similar issues, in fact there’s an increased likelihood of people with dyslexia being involved with graphics because of their enhanced ability to ‘think in 3D’.

“Course” means a path of travel.

Or to hunt: I’ll course the Course of Honour

Or a set of lessons: Of course the course is open to all

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Posted: 05 October 2012 09:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I am a firm believer in commas.  It seems as when you have to learn English as a foreign language (as I did), you pay special attention to grammar and punctuations.  I am by no means perfect, but a correctly placed comma can sometimes help the reader to “get” the intended meaning of a sentence.

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Posted: 05 October 2012 10:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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hmmmmm… smirk. “It’s all good”. cheese

I had to do it!!!! red face

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Posted: 05 October 2012 10:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Of course you’ll have to forgive the students of the American public schools… they aren’t native English speakers either.  Their teachers usually can’t spell their way out of a paper sack, and most have grammar skills that leave much to be desired.  In many locales, the schools aren’t allowed to correct bad grammar/spelling as it will adversely affect the students’ self-esteem.

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  Let’s not get into the iPhone’s tendency to change one’s text to what Apple thinks one is trying to say.  Then there’s the movement to allow txtspeak as a recognized form of grammar…

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Posted: 05 October 2012 10:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Kendall Sears - 05 October 2012 10:52 AM

  Let’s not get into the iPhone’s tendency to change one’s text to what Apple thinks one is trying to say.  Then there’s the movement to allow txtspeak as a recognized form of grammar…

My wife is constantly cursing the phone because of this.

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Posted: 05 October 2012 10:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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And let’s not mention Firefox’s habit of wanting me to correct what it considers as incorrect spelling of some words, such as colour, catalogue, neighbour, etc etc.

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Posted: 05 October 2012 11:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Ah, yes, Firefox loves American spelling and we Canadians (at least some of us) like to preserve our British heritage.  I relate!

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Posted: 05 October 2012 11:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I do have some sympathy (if that’s the correct word)  as spelling is not drilled into kids in school the way it once was, and spell-check does not equal brain-check.  Language is a fluid thing though - compare today’s English to Chaucer’s time.  So perhaps (shudder) we’ll all be writing txtspeak in future.  Eeeww, what a horrible thought to start my day.

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Posted: 05 October 2012 11:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Kendall Sears - 05 October 2012 10:52 AM

Then there’s the movement to allow txtspeak as a recognized form of grammar…

Knowst thou not languages evolve? wink

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Posted: 05 October 2012 11:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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My pet peeve is “your” instead of “you’re”, as in “your late”. WAKE UP PEOPLE, ITS “YOU’RE NOT TALKING PROPERLY”!!!

Ugh.

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Posted: 05 October 2012 12:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I hear politicians and even radio announcers using the incorrect verb tense after “have” or “had” - as in “He had broke the vase” - or after “is” as in “if it isn’t broke…”

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Posted: 05 October 2012 12:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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cridgit - 05 October 2012 11:33 AM

My pet peeve is “your” instead of “you’re”, as in “your late”. WAKE UP PEOPLE, ITS “YOU’RE NOT TALKING PROPERLY”!!!

Ugh.

Then again, contractions are not supposed to be used in written communications.  At least that is what used to be taught.  These days, I wonder at the excuses that are used as acceptable language.

As for the use of Middle, or Old English, I would welcome some of that.  Though I daresay many wouldst have one difficult meanest attempt at understanding the tenses used.

Kendall

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Posted: 05 October 2012 12:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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chohole - 05 October 2012 10:57 AM

And let’s not mention Firefox’s habit of wanting me to correct what it considers as incorrect spelling of some words, such as colour, catalogue, neighbour, etc etc.

Firefox has a British dictionary, and I would think a Canadian one too.

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Posted: 05 October 2012 01:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Ac ni fyddwn yn sôn am yr iaith hen iawn o Ynysoedd Prydain, sydd bellach yn ei ddefnyddio yn unig ar y cyrion.

Which translates as And we won’t mention the really old language from the British Isles, now only used on the fringes.

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