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« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2015, 15:50:35 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: October 12, 2015, 21:21:01 PM »

Had a nice FB fight on the weekend on this. http://tac3news.com/nasa-proves-the-bible-is-true-the-missing-day/ I came across this some 25 to 30 years ago and I still cannot understand that anybody can be taken in by this. But the reason for the fight may have been my opening - "How bankrupt must a belief system be to use this as evidence?" It went downhill fast from there.  Grin
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« Reply #32 on: October 12, 2015, 21:36:29 PM »

It is a good job that in Joshua's day the sun still went around the earth. If it was anything like today, the Earth stopping dead in its tracks would be quite catastrophic. Both for Joshua and his rivals.
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« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2015, 09:15:44 AM »

It is a good job that in Joshua's day the sun still went around the earth. If it was anything like today, the Earth stopping dead in its tracks would be quite catastrophic. Both for Joshua and his rivals.
This was pointed out to her, but of course not spelled out as nice as this. Will use this in future if I may. This is actually a good argument to show that, it was not a god (knows everything) but man who wrote the bible.
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« Reply #34 on: October 18, 2015, 09:24:05 AM »

Making dogs swear an oath on the bible.  WTF!!

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« Reply #35 on: October 19, 2015, 15:34:14 PM »

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« Reply #36 on: October 20, 2015, 04:07:04 AM »

The thing that irritates me the most about that whole Isis debate is the last bit: "...I would of changed my name." Don't know why, but of all the very American grammar errors out there, that one uniquely send me up the wall. I can deal with stuff like the very common there/their/they're errors. But "would of"? EEEEEEKKKK!
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« Reply #37 on: October 20, 2015, 06:18:33 AM »

Chances are that you won't find a bottle with your name on it when you are rummaging through the supermarket fridge looking for a cola drink. I wonder if market research confirmed that Joe Anyman would rather pick a bottle of Coke bearing another first name than opt for a more anonymous Pepsi. I don't fancy drinking someone else's soda. What if they backwash?

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« Reply #38 on: October 20, 2015, 09:33:21 AM »

But "would of"? EEEEEEKKKK!

Technically if enough of them do it, it will become canonical American English.
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« Reply #39 on: October 20, 2015, 14:45:26 PM »

But "would of"? EEEEEEKKKK!

Technically if enough of them do it, it will become canonical American English.

I suppose so yes. But it still makes my skin crawl. Lots of new words do so, e.g. "learner" instead of the old-fashioned, and presumably politically incorrect, "pupil." And in Afrikaans, "me" instead of mevrou or mejuffrou. Incidentally, is there an English equivalent, or is it still acceptable in English to talk about miss and mrs?

Another irritating Americanism: "off of." E.g. I made a whole lot of money off of this project.
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« Reply #40 on: October 20, 2015, 14:54:50 PM »

The thing that irritates me the most about that whole Isis debate is the last bit: "...I would of changed my name." Don't know why, but of all the very American grammar errors out there, that one uniquely send me up the wall. I can deal with stuff like the very common there/their/they're errors. But "would of"? EEEEEEKKKK!
OK, this is what happened: 'would have' was contracted to 'would've' which sounds a bit like 'would of.' It's a spelling mistake rather than a grammatical one.

The one that gets me most is the insertion of apostrophes in plurals.  The rule for plurals in English is one of the simplest in the language: append an 's' to the end of the word (OK, there are exceptions, but they are few), and yet I see 'taxi's', 'video's' 'camera's', even bloody 'dog's.'  Taxis, videos, cameras and dogs, FFS!
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« Reply #41 on: October 20, 2015, 14:57:39 PM »

In English the abbreviation Ms. is used.  The idea is to get away from indicating the female's marital status.
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« Reply #42 on: October 20, 2015, 15:02:54 PM »

The one that gets me most is the insertion of apostrophes in plurals.  The rule for plurals in English is one of the simplest in the language: append an 's' to the end of the word (OK, there are exceptions, but they are few), and yet I see 'taxi's', 'video's' 'camera's', even bloody 'dog's.'  Taxis, videos, cameras and dogs, FFS!
It is sometimes called the grocer's apostrophe for obvious reasons.
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« Reply #43 on: October 20, 2015, 16:58:40 PM »

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In English the abbreviation Ms. is used.  The idea is to get away from indicating the female's marital status.

From what I hear, in Germany they used to have fraulein and frau, but now just use frau. We might have gone the same way in other languages, instead of inventing hideous constructions.

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It is sometimes called the grocer's apostrophe for obvious reasons.

I'm a bit slow; it is not obvious to me at all.
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« Reply #44 on: October 20, 2015, 17:05:56 PM »

Special's today:
Tomato's
Potatato's
Mango's

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