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(Guardian)   Inquiring grammar lovers would like to know, are you an infinitive splitter?   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 83
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2013-02-08 11:34:49 AM  
FTF caption: "SS Enterprise"

I'm not really a grammar nazi, but I'm enough of a Star Trek nazi to RAGE about that!
 
2013-02-08 11:46:57 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: FTF caption: "SS Enterprise"

I'm not really a grammar nazi, but I'm enough of a Star Trek nazi to RAGE about that!


BLASPHEMERS!

/ARM PHOTON TORPEDOES!
 
2013-02-08 11:48:50 AM  
14 out of 14 on the linked test. Thank you, Latin profs.
 
2013-02-08 11:49:50 AM  
On other topics: What do you criticize others for?
 
2013-02-08 11:56:30 AM  
I have to whole-heartedly agree with their premise.
 
2013-02-08 12:39:28 PM  

FloydA: I have to whole-heartedly agree with their premise.


I was going to, so to speak, say the same thing but I have to in this instance agree you said it better
 
2013-02-08 12:40:37 PM  
And I end my propositions with prepositions.
 
2013-02-08 12:42:26 PM  

FloydA: I have to whole-heartedly agree with their premise.


To see what you did there.
 
2013-02-08 12:42:54 PM  
Anything that makes the written language more like the spoken language, I'm all for.
 
2013-02-08 12:45:00 PM  
And let me add, I was going to definitely say that this topic is silly and their taking this way to far for all intensive purposes.
 
2013-02-08 12:48:25 PM  
English is not Latin, so yeah.
 
2013-02-08 12:49:58 PM  
Hey, 14/14 on the grammar quiz.  because it was a horribly designed quiz
 
2013-02-08 12:52:53 PM  
Grammar is always evolving, so what is wrong today, will be right in the future.
 
2013-02-08 12:54:07 PM  
It is very wrong to brazenly split infinitives.
 
2013-02-08 12:55:23 PM  

wiseolddude: Grammar is always evolving, so what is wrong today, will be right in the future.


Totes.
 
2013-02-08 12:57:44 PM  

aerojockey: It is very wrong to brazenly split infinitives.


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2013-02-08 01:00:00 PM  

pivazena: Hey, 14/14 on the grammar quiz.  because it was a horribly designed quiz


14/14, terrible quiz. Truth and pride are awful examples of abstract and collective nouns.
 
2013-02-08 01:06:24 PM  
Split infinitives? I was told there would be no math.
 
2013-02-08 01:06:36 PM  
That's a question I'm sure Subby would like the answer of.

/Gawd, I felt like Meow typing that sentence.
 
2013-02-08 01:07:40 PM  
If you split infinity, do you then have two infinities?
 
2013-02-08 01:10:10 PM  
I dont know, what is an infinitive?
 
2013-02-08 01:10:20 PM  
www.austinchronicle.com
 
2013-02-08 01:14:05 PM  
This link would be so much cooler if it were a "Featured Partner"!
 
2013-02-08 01:14:47 PM  

IC Stars: If you split infinity, do you then have two infinities?


Yes.  Did you say infinititties?  What a boob.

If you're the hotel manager of an infinite hotel (a hotel with infinite rooms) which fortunately for business is completely full, and a weary traveler comes to your desk and asks for a room, can you give him one and if so how?

If an infinite bus (a bus with an infinite number of passengers) pulls up unexpectedly, because the infinite hotel across the road shut down due to a sewer line break, can you accommodate the passengers and if so how?
 
2013-02-08 01:15:35 PM  

Walt_Jizzney: This link would be so much cooler if it were a "Featured Partner"!


I am beginning to hate those and am considering driving to Kentucky to tell Drew so, except that it involves actually going to Kentucky.
 
2013-02-08 01:24:39 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: Walt_Jizzney: This link would be so much cooler if it were a "Featured Partner"!

I am beginning to hate those and am considering driving to Kentucky to tell Drew so, except that it involves actually going to Kentucky.


AdBlock.  I'm tellin' ya.
 
2013-02-08 01:38:58 PM  

Saiga410: I dont know, what is an infinitive?


Well, wouldn't you like to know?
 
2013-02-08 01:42:38 PM  
*writes an article about grammar
*doesn't give one single example of said grammar

Journalism in this country is just amazing.
 
2013-02-08 01:45:26 PM  
11/14 because I don't read so good.
 
2013-02-08 01:50:31 PM  
Missed one on the quiz because I could not remember what a farking gerund is.
 
2013-02-08 02:00:36 PM  
Sent a link to TFA via my wife to my now-retired English teacher FiL with the following..."Thought you would enjoy this. And be sure to promptly pass it along to your dad, as I am confident he will get a kick from what it's about. ;^)"

A little strained, but with three classis grammar 'errors' in the second sentence I am confident he'll enjoy it.
 
2013-02-08 02:07:38 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: I'm not really a grammar nazi, but I'm enough of a Star Trek nazi to RAGE about that!


Does this mean we can no longer "boldy go?"
 
2013-02-08 02:14:28 PM  

Saiga410: I dont know, what is an infinitive?


Well, there's the "real" definition of an infinitive, and then there's the stupid, simple, wrong definition of an infinitive.  But since the rule about splitting infinitives only applies to the stupid, simple, wrong definition of an infinitive, that's the one I'll give.

For the purposes of the rule, an infinitive is the the "to" form of a verb -- e.g., to go, to run, to touch.  And "splitting the infinitive" is to put a word between the "to" and the rest of the verb.  So, "to boldly go", "to drunkenly run", "to erotically touch" are all examples of splitting the infinitive.

Of course, the rule is incredibly stupid for two reasons.  First, the "real" definition of the infinitive form of an infinitive is a lot more complicated than just "any verb with the word 'to' in front".  Second, the reason the rule exists at all is because in Latin the infinitive form of a verb isn't two words, it's just one, so it's impossible to split an infinitive in Latin.

But, you may ask yourself, how does the fact that it's mechanically impossible to do something in Latin mean that you shouldn't do it in English?   And the answer to that is that some dunderhead decided to start an urban legend about it 150 years ago, and third grade teachers don't read Snopes.

Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Don't Split Infinitives!!!!
 
2013-02-08 02:18:27 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: 14 out of 14 on the linked test. Thank you, Latin profs.


Mee too, 14/14. From learning Spanish in high school, and later teaching English in Taiwan and Japan.
 
2013-02-08 02:23:55 PM  
Yeah, I'm down with piers anthony.

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2013-02-08 02:24:47 PM  

whistleridge: pivazena: Hey, 14/14 on the grammar quiz.  because it was a horribly designed quiz

14/14, terrible quiz. Truth and pride are awful examples of abstract and collective nouns.


No, it's a wonderful question. Because you have to use your brain to think about a pride of lions, much like in a clever crossword clue.
 
2013-02-08 02:32:46 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: If you're the hotel manager of an infinite hotel (a hotel with infinite rooms) which fortunately for business is completely full, and a weary traveler comes to your desk and asks for a room, can you give him one and if so how?


Yes, because +1 = .

Galloping Galoshes: If an infinite bus (a bus with an infinite number of passengers) pulls up unexpectedly, because the infinite hotel across the road shut down due to a sewer line break, can you accommodate the passengers and if so how?


Yes, because + = 2* = .
 
2013-02-08 02:36:56 PM  

DeltaPunch: Galloping Galoshes: If you're the hotel manager of an infinite hotel (a hotel with infinite rooms) which fortunately for business is completely full, and a weary traveler comes to your desk and asks for a room, can you give him one and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+1 = ∞.

Galloping Galoshes: If an infinite bus (a bus with an infinite number of passengers) pulls up unexpectedly, because the infinite hotel across the road shut down due to a sewer line break, can you accommodate the passengers and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+∞ = 2*∞ = ∞.


yes but  1 = .999999999999,,,,
 
2013-02-08 02:37:36 PM  

DeltaPunch: Galloping Galoshes: If you're the hotel manager of an infinite hotel (a hotel with infinite rooms) which fortunately for business is completely full, and a weary traveler comes to your desk and asks for a room, can you give him one and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+1 = ∞.

Galloping Galoshes: If an infinite bus (a bus with an infinite number of passengers) pulls up unexpectedly, because the infinite hotel across the road shut down due to a sewer line break, can you accommodate the passengers and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+∞ = 2*∞ = ∞.


But what if there were an infinite number of guests in each room?  How many beds would you need?
 
2013-02-08 02:41:02 PM  

DeltaPunch: Galloping Galoshes: If you're the hotel manager of an infinite hotel (a hotel with infinite rooms) which fortunately for business is completely full, and a weary traveler comes to your desk and asks for a room, can you give him one and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+1 = ∞.

Galloping Galoshes: If an infinite bus (a bus with an infinite number of passengers) pulls up unexpectedly, because the infinite hotel across the road shut down due to a sewer line break, can you accommodate the passengers and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+∞ = 2*∞ = ∞.


An infinitely large group of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first mathematician orders one beer. The second mathematician orders half a beer. The third one orders a quarter of a beer. The bartender stops them and pours two beers.
 
2013-02-08 02:47:00 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Missed one on the quiz because I could not remember what a farking gerund is.


i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-08 02:57:06 PM  

PirateKing: DeltaPunch: Galloping Galoshes: If you're the hotel manager of an infinite hotel (a hotel with infinite rooms) which fortunately for business is completely full, and a weary traveler comes to your desk and asks for a room, can you give him one and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+1 = ∞.

Galloping Galoshes: If an infinite bus (a bus with an infinite number of passengers) pulls up unexpectedly, because the infinite hotel across the road shut down due to a sewer line break, can you accommodate the passengers and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+∞ = 2*∞ = ∞.

An infinitely large group of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first mathematician orders one beer. The second mathematician orders half a beer. The third one orders a quarter of a beer. The bartender stops them and pours two beers.


It was my understanding that there would be no math.....
 
2013-02-08 03:08:52 PM  
I have no idea what a split infinitive is.  Is there an angry cabbage to teach me not to split infinitives?
 
2013-02-08 03:17:07 PM  
That quiz must've been f*cking easy if I scored 14/14 on it. I know like nothing about grammar.
 
2013-02-08 03:27:48 PM  
I got 12 out of 14, and I have an English degree.

I blame my professors!
 
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2013-02-08 03:33:16 PM  
ちょっとバカそうですね。
 
2013-02-08 03:37:28 PM  

Muta: I have no idea what a split infinitive is.  Is there an angry cabbage to teach me not to split infinitives?


No, because there's no actual reason to avoid splitting infinitives.
 
2013-02-08 03:44:45 PM  

DeltaPunch: Galloping Galoshes: If you're the hotel manager of an infinite hotel (a hotel with infinite rooms) which fortunately for business is completely full, and a weary traveler comes to your desk and asks for a room, can you give him one and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+1 = ∞.


Sure, give the new traveler the first room and move everyone up a room.

Galloping Galoshes: If an infinite bus (a bus with an infinite number of passengers) pulls up unexpectedly, because the infinite hotel across the road shut down due to a sewer line break, can you accommodate the passengers and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+∞ = 2*∞ = ∞.


If the bus has uncountably many passengers then this is not necessarily possible. Suppose the hotel rooms are numbered with the positive integers, and the bus passengers are numbered with the reals, or even the real numbers between 0 and 1. Then no 1-1 correspondence exists between the two sets. See Cantor diagonal argument.

By the way, have you done anything with the UMAD index? This might be an interesting NLP project.
 
2013-02-08 04:11:33 PM  

DeltaPunch: Galloping Galoshes: If you're the hotel manager of an infinite hotel (a hotel with infinite rooms) which fortunately for business is completely full, and a weary traveler comes to your desk and asks for a room, can you give him one and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+1 = ∞.

Galloping Galoshes: If an infinite bus (a bus with an infinite number of passengers) pulls up unexpectedly, because the infinite hotel across the road shut down due to a sewer line break, can you accommodate the passengers and if so how?

Yes, because ∞+∞ = 2*∞ = ∞.


That's right, but how does he do it?
 
2013-02-08 04:14:47 PM  

Jefferson Biatchmagnet: By the way, have you done anything with the UMAD index? This might be an interesting NLP project.


You know I actually looked into word clouds and thought about the best way to store the "key phrases" in a database (I have hosted domains + MySQL). I also farkied others in that thread that were interested, but I guess you were lurking? Anyway, with 4 more years of Obama, there's definitely some incentive to do something about it now. :)
 
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