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Angus really wanted...

a refill, nothing more.
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A refill and Faye's number.
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A horrible beating.
- 2 (2.1%)
Severe head trama.
- 4 (4.2%)
Wait, I thought he didn't drink coffee.
- 48 (50.5%)
Fadora
- 6 (6.3%)

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Author Topic: WCT March 23-27  (Read 62749 times)

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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #150 on: 27 Mar 2009, 22:50 »

Rauolefrere you are so wrong - there are two movies tied for the honour of greatest movie of all time, and Airlplane! isn't one of them.  The Blues Brothers, and The Dirty Dozen

I say Airplane! and the Dark Knight.

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Surely you can't be serious?


Nice save there Faye.  I think that Angus is actually growing on her.
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #151 on: 28 Mar 2009, 05:38 »

He is Surely, and don't call him Sirius, err...or something
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #152 on: 28 Mar 2009, 16:06 »

He is Surely, and don't call him Sirius, err...or something

I think the line you're looking for is

"I am serious, and don't call me Shirley!"
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #153 on: 28 Mar 2009, 16:53 »

I'm surprised that octopodes weren't already on her list.

I'm late, but 'grats on using the correct plural.  The non-obviousness of it (octopi is wrong, period) is why I encourage people to just stick to the standard English plural formation and say "octopuses".  If you don't speak Latin or Greek, don't pretend you do.  Just go with the flow and speak English.
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #154 on: 28 Mar 2009, 17:21 »

I follow Fowler, who as long ago as the 1920s wrote, in Modern English Usage:

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the only acceptable plural in English is octopuses

and went on to say that [as we know] octopi is misconceived and octopodes pedantic.
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #155 on: 28 Mar 2009, 18:57 »

I think the line you're looking for is

"I am serious, and don't call me Shirley!"

That's the one!
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #156 on: 29 Mar 2009, 05:19 »

I follow Fowler, who as long ago as the 1920s wrote, in Modern English Usage:

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the only acceptable plural in English is octopuses

and went on to say that [as we know] octopi is misconceived and octopodes pedantic.

1920? Languages are always moving, changing, influencing each other and being "violated" until a violation is common enough to pass as the "correct" use of the language. Not a single person on the whole planet is speaking "the correct English of 1920" any more. Screw Fowler. :D

Couldn't care less if anyone said octopuses, octopodes or octopi. In each case I know that someone refers to more than one octopus. I prefer octopussies anyways.
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #157 on: 29 Mar 2009, 07:14 »

The point is not that we should speak as in 1920, but that anyone suggesting octopodes as the plural these days is already nearly a century behind the changes in the language which are, as you say, inevitable.

Change happens all the time, of course, but in language there is also the opposing tension that any change which reduces mutual understanding between communities using ostensibly the same language is not so good, and so should perhaps be moderated somewhat.
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #158 on: 29 Mar 2009, 11:59 »

Octopi is good enough for Websters.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octopus

Usually that's good enough.
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #159 on: 29 Mar 2009, 12:31 »

Remember, dictionaries do not primarily suggest usage, they report it.
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #160 on: 29 Mar 2009, 21:16 »

Ha!  Descriptive, not prescriptive.  I always love the Nero Wolfe mysteries when Wolfe rips out pages from the latest dictionary and tosses them in the fire, deriding the editors as fools.

So when do Angus and Sven get together to kvetch about Faye?
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Re: WCT March 23-27
« Reply #161 on: 29 Mar 2009, 22:42 »

I would read Jimbo's book.
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