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November 11, 2005

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A true nerd would never say "named for", should be "named after" for example...

"Madison Avenue is named after James Madison"

'named for' is one of those Americanisms that deviates from the proper English for no aparrent reason.

Another one that pisses me off its "talked with" or "spoke with" - you speak TO someone, they speak TO you and that bipartied arrangement contitutes a conversation WITH someone (unless you're actually are speaking in tandem with someone such as when reading a speech in unison or describing how an elementary school class greets a teacher)

Carol

You HAVE read "Words Fail Me" and "Woe is I," have you not? You'd love 'em! (Er, I mean "them.")

Also (no, I wouldn't start a college essay with "also"), I remember how to spell "dessert" and desert" this way: "Two desserts (two s's): yummy, one desert (one s): plenty.")

Carol

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You have made my day! I love knowing someone else is just as obsessed over grammar and punctuation!

Issie

I read through the comments and came across someone asking about the less/fewer rule. I'm not as passionate about grammar as previous commentators but I absolutely hate not knowing the reason behind things, so I'm gonna explain it. (I'm an ESL teacher, if you care to know.)

Less is used for uncountable nouns, such as "I earn less money than you." It can also be used as an adverb, in contrast to "more". E.g., "I eat less now that I am not exercising."

Fewer is used for countable nouns. In this case, "10 items or >" is countable, therefore it is "10 items or fewer". Another example would be "She has fewer marbles than John does."

By the way, I disagree with MD's "bring/take" diagnosis. It's fine for the waiter to use "bring" in this case as he was speaking to MD, and the food was to be brought to MD. It's similar to the grammar of "come/go". On the other hand, American usage often differs from British usage, so we may both be right.

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Seriously, this already borders on paranoia and OCD dude.

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Tai Nycole

I know I'm 5 years late but ITA! I absolutely DETEST grammatical errors, they make me nauseous. I sometimes want to be a teacher just so I can correct papers with typos. I don't want to deal with the students, though. Ahh, well. Thanks for the post!

meatpopsicle

Umm... Shouldn't it be "pee IN my pants", rather than "pee my pants"? Peeing pants sounds painful, to say the least.

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In the late middle ages there were seevral occurrences that have shaped how our world is today. The agriculture was sprouting and new types of nutrition rose from the ground. The trading gave taste of culture to different parts of the world and the understanding of what traditional things are used for, such as fur (warmth) for weapons (safety). Exploration and religious beliefs had a significant imprint on everyone in the late middle ages, from finding new lands to creating more societies. The biggest change was science, philosophy and most importantly technology. Without technology our modern day society would be nothing. We wouldn't have the compass, gun powder, the printing press, the navigation of the world oceans, and the early phases of colonialism. Technology is and was the key to the future to come and the past.

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