Re: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?

Subject: Re: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?
From: Peter Gold <peter -at- knowhowpro -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 06:57:00 -0500

Riposted (sic) here in behalf of Lewis Carroll:

"And only one for birthday presents, you know, There's glory for you!"

"I don't know what you mean by 'glory,' " Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't -- till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!'"

"But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument,'" Alice objected.

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master -- that's all."

arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com wrote:

I have many linguistic pet peeves. I've already acknowledged that I've
an evil grammarian living in my head (who even corrects my netspeak,
unasked). But, I have to say what really gets me going is flagrant
misspellings and misuses.

Many of my friends and peers are very bright and have interesting
vocabularies, but pay not attention to how they use words. If you're
going to use a word make sure a) you know how to spell it and b) you
know what it really means and when it's appropriate to use. If you do
not know how to spell or apply a word, either don't use the word, or
look it up.

Technosavvy people have no excuse for not taking five seconds to use
Google's "define:" command. And there are literally thousands of
spelling websites.

Time to go feed the peeves.

...and the Jabberwocky's (sic).


Peter Gold
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