Proposed new NB regulation: any poster who repeatedly and continuously keeps bumping his own story, in the complete absence of any response whatever from anyone else, will suffer instant and permanent self-destruction after the second bump.
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Well, come on, what do you think of the idea?
I see what you did there...
A couple of things.
...bumping his own...
Are women banned from comedy?
How about we ban text speak?
And piss-poor spelling?
Write out 100 times "I must learn the difference between typos and misspelling"
But thank you for bunping my thread anyway.
Write out 100 times "I must avoid typos by not posting when pissed."
I do think that newbies who bump and star their first subs should get a cuddle from someone nicer than me (should that be nicer than I?).
I wouldn't be surprised if this thread is still on top a year from now...it might even continue on for decades or even generations, if Newsbiscuit survives.
I never pist when I'm possed...
I don't really want to bump this thread, but: I wasn't pissed, just being carles as I typed. There's no smell chequer in this forum, and I couldn't be arsed to type it elsewhere and inport it.
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An intersting point, b-j.
I guess it would normally be 'nicer than me' [i.e., passive] but you could quite correctly write 'nicer than I [am]'.
Is there anyone on here who's more clued-up than me ['than I am'?], who could give an authoritative answer?
"me" would be the accusative (case) of the pronoun "I"...appropriate when "me" is the object of an active verb, or after a preposition.
The passive (voice) is a form of a verb where the object is worked on by the subject. As opposed to the more common active voice where the subject works on the object.
"All the pies were eaten by me" --> Passive voice verb, accusative pronoun after preposition "by"
"I ate all the pies" --> Active voice verb, pronoun "I" is the subject, so nominative case.
Pronouns cannot be "passive".
the verb "to be" is considered as linking subject and predicate on equal terms, describing an essence or state, so the predicate doesn't need to be considered the "object" that the subject is working on...
"He is nicer than I" can be considered grammatically rigorous if you are just linking "He" (subject) and "Nicer than I am" (predicate) but a little pretentious in 21st century English usage. I don't think anyone really talks like that.
"He is nicer than me" sounds more natural, and if you argue that "than" acts as a preposition, you can claim grammatical rigour too.
Stick to your apostrophes, maybe, Titus?
Thanks for this. And apologies for absent-mindedly misusing the word "passive".
Neither am I any kind expert on apostrophes - as an examplae, I was uncertain about "Schrodiners' " in post number 14 of this thread:
But you don't need to be an expert on apostrophes - you only need to have the knowledge of an infant and avoid being an illiterate moron to know how to form simple plurals (one cat, two cats; one dog, two dogs) which have nothing whatever to do with apostrophes.
I'm glad we have people like Titus around to worry about the really unimportant things so we don't have to bother.
Agreed. This is a forum for writers, so who cares if the contributors can write?
I am amused by the great lengths which people who assert that they "don't care" about apostrophes go, to insert them carefully and persistently in places where they patently do not belong.
You might expect that people who do not understand apostrophes, or do not like them, or do not care about them and are not interested in them, might omit them; but they never do. Instead, for some weird reason, they persist in adding extra ones - an obsessive affliction which, for some inexplicable reason, never applies to other punctuation marks.
I think the Spanish are very sensible with ounctuation, putting question marks or explanation marks at the start of the sentence to which they apply, so if you are reading the story you know in which tone to announce it from the outset. Seems a good idea.
That is all, apologies for trying to be constructive in the middle of a Titus abuse thread. As you were, everyone...
I like that, I think I would prefer
Unctuation Pedantic punctuation discussion.
I think its a word we can use well !
Ounctuation is a now historical term for small amounts of punctuation, based on imperial measurement.
I agree that explanation marks would be be useful for some of the obscure jokes used around here, too.
(Don't try being constructive Id, it didn't turn out well ...)
May I make an appeal on behalf of an endangered species of punctuation mark: the colon?
These delightful creatures are becoming even more rare than semi-colons; doubtless because the younger generation of writers do not understand their use and care.
This is in complete contrast to the invasion of apostrophes (taking over habitat's which they never occupied tradtionally) and, to a somewhat lesser extent, exclamation marks which stay in their normal places but proliferate recklessly in quantity leading to overcrowding and the risk of complete exhaustion of their natural food supply!!!
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"Government to order cull of superfluous and inappropriate apostrophes". You read it here first.
So did we reach a consensus on self-bumping or not?
Titus : TE Lawrence thanked GB Shaw in Seven Pillars for proofreading the text "and for nearly all the semi colons". I might have misquoted that (probably have), but it shows that even a moderately well-educated dude from the olden days had difficulty with semi colons.
What have colons and Titus got in common?
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