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Old May 18th, 2004, 08:40 AM
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Oh my! I haven't looked at this thread in a long time and look where it went. Jennifer, I hope you had a great time on your cruise. Got all your laundry done?

I was going to tell AR that he wrote the punchline of his joke wrong, but he is already gone. A three week vacation, indeed! BTW, the punchline should read: Eats shoots and leaves. (no comma)

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okay, i know this is a Northern vs. Southern thing, but this one kills me (i am a new yorker, living in north carolina, and i used to teach language arts to middle schoolers; my degree is in English and creative writing):
i HATE when people ask me if i have an "ink pen" they can borrow. as opposed to what other kind of pen? on the rare occasion that i ask that question aloud, they say "a straight pin." as if they really don't know that a "pen" and a "pin" are two different things.
another one: people in the south put toboggans (sp?) on their heads. a toboggan is a sled, not a hat.
my husband (bless his southern heart) says "here lately," which is redundant.
but back to poor grammar, the way some people interchange "that" and "who."
example: "i need to hire a babyitter that can perform CPR." should be "a babysitter WHO can perform..."

and please ignore the lack of capital letters in my post, that is solely due to typing laziness. i capitalize in professional correspondence and on paper
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Old June 4th, 2004, 07:41 AM
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Dear Mr. redyedfrg,

Please accept the deepest apologies of the "hicks from the sticks" and the unfortunate colloquialisms we use that grate upon your learned New Yorker ears. It is a sad consequence of our not having been raised properly. We would like you to know that we struggle daily to overcome our linguistic shortcomings in the vain hope that our superior New Yorker friends will not be offended by the illiterate utterances we are prone to make. Please understand that it is a stiuation beyond our control, just like many New Yorker's smug superior attitudes.

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Doug R-
sorry, but if you reread my post, you will see i never insulted southerners. i never said they were uneducated, stupid, illiterate or "hicks." i was just pointing out differences in word usage that bother me. sounds to me like you have a chip on your shoulder.
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Having been born and raised in New Jersey and now working in New York City for the past 6 years as a matter of fact I do have a chip on my shoulder. Many New Yorkers act like anything west or south of the Hudson River is a wilderness filled with uneducated people. Witness some of the postings about RCCLs new terminal in Bayonne. Some are railing about how inconvenient it is, as if it were miles from civilization rather than just across the river. In the course of the last 30 years I have lived in many different parts of America. I have learned to tolerate, and in some cases adopt through osmosis, local colloquialisms. In the South I understand that "Put things up" means "Put things away", just as in Utah "Oh my heck" means OMG. Yes some amuse me, but never have I been bothered by them. A local joke at the Jersey Shore is how can you tell a tourist is from NY? Answer: Every sentence begins with "Back in the City we....."

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OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!
HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AT SOME POINT I WILL BE FORCED TO ADD MY 2 CENTS AND THEN THE FUR WILL FLY.
AND IF AR ADDS HIS 2 CENTS AND WE WILL HAVE A REAL HODOWN
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Yeah and I get bothered when I hear the N.Y.er's say "yous guys." The word "you" is both plural and singular, but not "yous."

Slang is customary and customized. But poor grammar and poor sentence structure in this 2-D world is damaging to the author.

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Poor grammar, misspellings, run on sentences...... doesn't really bother me.
Besides, I think some of the posters on here are from other countries and English might not be their first language. What really bugs me is when someone types in all caps. It's considered SHOUTING and I hate that.
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I actually enjoy local grammer...

I live in the south and here is a clue....if someone starts a sentence with "bless her heart"...she is about to get slammed.

For example "Bless her heart....she has really put on quite a few pounds!!"

Same thing goes for ending a sentence with "God bless him"...

"He is as dumb as a post, God bless him...."

One more thing....I am a Soprano's fanatic.....so don't tell me that New York/New Jersey speaks the Queens english (and yes, I do get all of my facts from pop culture).

dees/does/fagettaboutit/....love it all...

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Tammy,
I was shouting when I wrote that......., just read some of the other posts here. It was wild at one point.
"Bless their hearts", some of these folks really hate bad gammar...............
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God Bless 'em all...don't that just about make your butt wanna chew gum???

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I'm not from the South, but I live here now, and one of the very first things I picked up on was: "I'm fixin' to go"...(to the store/church/bar, etc.) Everyone down here is always "fixin' to" do something or go sonewhere. And, the "Bless His/Her Heart" southism (?) always gets me, too, because it's so true! I must also mention the oft heard, "Yall wone swatetay 'th them grits"? Thank God for Jeff Foxworthy!

This is a great thread, because it's finally a place where I can point out my pet spelling and grammatical peeves, without (hopefully) offending anyone

ALOT (I really hate that)

ST. MARTEEN (Where the heck is that?)

MUSTARD DRILL (Yep, I've actually seen that)

STEWART/DINNING ROOM (Previously mentioned)

GRAND CAYMEN (Righto!)

COZAMEL (Una mas cervezas, por favor!)

Thanks for the fun, jennifervail!
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