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Re: Words and Grammar and Stuff
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2008, 08:22:29 AM »
I use there're in conversation a lot, probably just as much as I say there's.
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Re: Words and Grammar and Stuff
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2008, 12:12:05 PM »
That was a blatant mistake; I fess. ('Cuz if I were to fess up, I'd be dangling a preposition.)  I would say, "There's two projects," but I should've caught it in writing.  And also, I love contractin' and abbreviatin'.  And starting sentences with a conjunction.  And making sentence fragments.


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Re: Words and Grammar and Stuff
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2008, 12:20:01 PM »
I figured you'd be cool with my using your post as a launching point for this conversation, but if I'd known that today was GRE humility day, I would have thought twice, even thrice.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2008, 12:23:16 PM »
I'm totally cool with it.  I hate my own grammatical missteps when they aren't intentional.

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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2008, 12:24:18 PM »
I'm totally cool with it.  I hate my own grammatical missteps when they aren't intentional.
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Re: Words and Grammar and Stuff
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2008, 03:49:25 PM »
Here's a link with some interesting discussion of and stats about the use of "there's":

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002447.html


And on another grammatical note:
A very nice account of an apparently natural (so to speak) linguistic phenomenon we've "all"  :) been waiting for:  "Yo! A new gender-neutral pronoun from, of all places, Baltimore."

http://webtools.uiuc.edu/blog/view?blogId=25&topicId=1335&count=1&ACTION=VIEW_TOPIC_DIALOGS&skinId=286



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Re: Words and Grammar and Stuff
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2008, 03:53:41 PM »
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Here's a few thoughts...
Where's all the stories about...

Wow, those two example make "There's [plural]..." sound good in comparsion.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2008, 04:26:59 PM »
And on another grammatical note:
A very nice account of an apparently natural (so to speak) linguistic phenomenon we've "all"  :) been waiting for:  "Yo! A new gender-neutral pronoun from, of all places, Baltimore."

http://webtools.uiuc.edu/blog/view?blogId=25&topicId=1335&count=1&ACTION=VIEW_TOPIC_DIALOGS&skinId=286

I have been trying to stop using the term "guys". I've been using the word "folks" instead. For example, I'm switching from, "Do you guys want to go?" to "Do you folks want to go?" It is the best I could come up with, but I am not sure if "folks" works for a northerner. I feel like I don't have permission to use the word, but I don't like using the term "guys" either.
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Re: Words and Grammar and Stuff
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2008, 04:29:33 PM »
And on another grammatical note:
A very nice account of an apparently natural (so to speak) linguistic phenomenon we've "all"  :) been waiting for:  "Yo! A new gender-neutral pronoun from, of all places, Baltimore."

http://webtools.uiuc.edu/blog/view?blogId=25&topicId=1335&count=1&ACTION=VIEW_TOPIC_DIALOGS&skinId=286

I have been trying to stop using the term "guys". I've been using the word "folks" instead. For example, I'm switching from, "Do you guys want to go?" to "Do you folks want to go?" It is the best I could come up with, but I am not sure if "folks" works for a northerner. I feel like I don't have permission to use the word, but I don't like using the term "guys" either.

I've caught myself saying "guys" a lot lately, too, and I can't seem to find a good substitute. Maybe I'll try to see if "folks" works for a while.

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Re: Words and Grammar and Stuff
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2008, 04:30:58 PM »
That's why we use "y'all."  When I moved here, I used to make fun of people who said "y'all," but it's an elegant contraction.  I love it now.  Now when I hear someone say "you guys" or, worse, "yous guys," I laugh to myself and think, "My God, you're stupid."