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2013-04-24 12:53:49 PM
What you did in the headline, subby, I saw that.
 
2013-04-24 12:53:50 PM
I see what you did there, Subby.  Hell is staffed entirely by people like you.
 
2013-04-24 12:57:55 PM
Part of me really hopes that was unintentional.
 
2013-04-24 01:03:19 PM
Is our children learning?
 
2013-04-24 01:14:42 PM
2. The woods are lovely, dark and deep. / But I have promises to keep, / And miles to go before I sleep, / And miles to go before I sleep.
This is from "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," by Robert Frost.
What's "wrong"? It starts a new sentence right before a conjunction ("But...").
Is it really wrong? No. It has always been an option in English to start sentences with conjunctions, and the most respected authors in the language have done so on occasion to good effect.
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4. We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
 Prospero says this in The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
What's "wrong"? Ending a sentence (or a clause) with a preposition ("on"), and using a semicolon between two conjoined clauses.
Is it really wrong? The "rule" against ending sentences or clauses with prepositions is another fake rule, invented a century after Shakespeare died. It has been ignored to good effect by respected writers throughout English history. Just try rephrasing the line to avoid it without making a mess. The semicolon is an error in the standard English of our time, but the rules of punctuation were looser in Shakespeare's time.

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I know ad placements/teasers are kind of dumb (in that they key on popular stories and single words from TFA), but REALLY? At least have the text say something other than "SEE MORE", as if that piece is in any way related to this one.
 
2013-04-24 01:23:07 PM
Grammar Nazi's rejoice: "here are 9 famous quotes that are grammatically incorrect."

FTFY subby
 
2013-04-24 01:24:21 PM
You don't need apostrophe's on a plural, dumbass.
 
2013-04-24 01:24:26 PM
I guess if subby was going for the plural, it would be:

"Grammars Nazi rejoice, here are 9 famous quotes that are grammatically incorrect."
 
2013-04-24 01:27:00 PM
...and then the article ends each entry with "But it's not really incorrect."

Fail.
 
2013-04-24 01:31:43 PM

Begoggle: You don't need apostrophe's on a plural, dumbass.


Maybe Subby's a GreenG'rocer.
 
2013-04-24 01:32:28 PM
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-04-24 01:32:36 PM
Nazi's???

ROTFLMAO!!!!
 
2013-04-24 01:35:29 PM
I stopped at the Robert Frost quote.  From a poem.  Poems are art... often playing on words and grammar.  That's how its supposed to work.
 
2013-04-24 01:38:42 PM

downstairs: I stopped at the Robert Frost quote.  From a poem.  Poems are art... often playing on words and grammar.  That's how its supposed to work.


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2013-04-24 01:39:43 PM
For an article about grammatically incorrect quotes, it sure has a lot of "this isn't really incorrect, but..." and "this is, but at the time it wasn't, so..."
 
2013-04-24 01:40:13 PM
The article refers to "fake" rules. Both fake and real rules are similar in that they are just made up by someone you don't personally know.

//Dr. Obvious for the win. It's your language, do whatever you want and I'll just ignore what I don't agree with.
 
2013-04-24 01:51:12 PM
Yogi Berra really "said" till?  he couldn't possibly have said til?  is this author stupid?
 
2013-04-24 01:55:41 PM
I see what subby did there.

The headline works if the comma was a colon.
 
2013-04-24 01:56:03 PM
As long as the reader understands what you are conveying in your writing, grammar rules matter not.
 
2013-04-24 01:59:09 PM
You could take any Yogism and say it's grammatically incorrect. THAT'S PART OF WHAT MAKES THEM YOGISMS!
 
2013-04-24 02:05:34 PM

MarkEC: As long as the reader understands what you are conveying in your writing, grammar rules matter not.


Agreed.  And out of the 9 listed, only the 2nd amendment is ambiguous.
 
2013-04-24 02:07:00 PM
5. Well, back to the old drawing board.
This is from a cartoon by Peter Arno showing a designer walking away from a crashed plane.
What's "wrong"? This sentence has no verb.

Yes it does, "back" is the verb. "Back" in this case is being used as a synonym for "return".
Well, return to the old drawing board.
 
2013-04-24 02:11:46 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: 5. Well, back to the old drawing board.
This is from a cartoon by Peter Arno showing a designer walking away from a crashed plane.
What's "wrong"? This sentence has no verb.

Yes it does, "back" is the verb. "Back" in this case is being used as a synonym for "return".
Well, return to the old drawing board.


Alternately, the sentence was subject to a deletion rule which is perfectly valid in language - our brains fill in what was removed.
 
2013-04-24 02:16:36 PM

show me: ...and then the article ends each entry with "But it's not really incorrect."

Fail.


yah
the article's headline was factually incorrect.
WTF stupid headline writers
 
2013-04-24 02:16:51 PM
9 famous quotes that are (technically) grammatically incorrect

Is itreally wrong?No
Is itreally wrong?No
Is itreally wrong?No
Is itreally wrong?No
Is itreally wrong?No
Is it really wrong?No
 
2013-04-24 02:20:27 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-24 02:30:36 PM
This is exactly the kind of article up with which I shall not put.
 
2013-04-24 02:37:16 PM
Gr.

I was waiting for the Churchill and "One small step" quotes.
 
2013-04-24 02:39:36 PM
So this thread is a Godwin?
 
2013-04-24 02:43:19 PM
Is this the thread where we mistake grammar for style, or the one where we mistake the grammar we are taught for the grammar that we use? 'Cause I'm good with either.

/grammarchist
 
2013-04-24 02:44:59 PM
global3.memecdn.com
Hey, it is I.
 
2013-04-24 02:48:05 PM
This is exactly why you'll never find a grammar nazi with the sole of a poet.

/trouble afoot
 
2013-04-24 02:48:44 PM

PreMortem: 9 famous quotes that are (technically) grammatically incorrect

Is itreally wrong?No
Is itreally wrong?No
Is itreally wrong?No
Is itreally wrong?No
Is itreally wrong?No
Is it really wrong?No


They are literally technically correct.
 
2013-04-24 02:51:47 PM
List fails right from the start. "To boldly go" is not grammatically incorrect. It never has been. Not in English. Ever.
 
2013-04-24 02:52:18 PM
www.oneika-the-traveller.com
 
2013-04-24 02:52:36 PM
I don't think a poem counts.

Next, we'll hear that e.e. cummings should have capitalized his name and poetry correctly.
 
2013-04-24 02:53:44 PM

onzmadi: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x268]


Say what you like about the tenets of Grammar Nazism, at least it's an ethos.
 
2013-04-24 02:56:22 PM
No don't stop
 
2013-04-24 02:57:36 PM
Is it really a list of famous quotes that are grammatically incorrect if they explain how each quote actually ISN'T grammatically incorrect?
 
2013-04-24 02:58:54 PM

Arkanaut: onzmadi: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x268]

Say what you like about the tenetstenants of Grammar Nazism, at least it's an ethos.


pet peave
 
2013-04-24 02:59:45 PM
The people called Romans they go the house??
 
2013-04-24 03:05:37 PM
Classic example of Grammar Nazi and political correctness from Stan Freberg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLlTlYfqQV4
 
2013-04-24 03:06:57 PM
Could we please stop using the term "grammar Nazi"? It's inaccurate and insulting. We prefer the term "orthographical pedant."
 
2013-04-24 03:10:04 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Arkanaut: onzmadi: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x268]

Say what you like about the tenetstenants of Grammar Nazism, at least it's an ethos.

pet peave


What is a tenant of Grammar Nazism?
 
2013-04-24 03:11:58 PM
pbfcomics.com
 
2013-04-24 03:14:06 PM

MarkEC: Quantum Apostrophe: Arkanaut: onzmadi: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x268]

Say what you like about the tenetstenants of Grammar Nazism, at least it's an ethos.

pet peave

What is a tenant of Grammar Nazism?


What is a peave. for that matter?
 
2013-04-24 03:16:56 PM

MarkEC: Quantum Apostrophe: Arkanaut: onzmadi: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x268]

Say what you like about the tenetstenants of Grammar Nazism, at least it's an ethos.

pet peave

What is a tenant of Grammar Nazism?


Amy Pond.
 
2013-04-24 03:21:19 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: MarkEC: Quantum Apostrophe: Arkanaut: onzmadi: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x268]

Say what you like about the tenetstenants of Grammar Nazism, at least it's an ethos.

pet peave

What is a tenant of Grammar Nazism?

What is a peave. for that matter?


It's a misspelling of peeve. Not quite the same thing as correcting the correct use of tenet to tenant. Or are you referring to people who are grammar nazis as living in Grammar Nazism.
 
2013-04-24 03:21:35 PM
I remember using a Mark Twain quote in a paper in high school.  My English teacher counted off points for Mark Twain's improper grammar.  And yes, I had it in quote marks and properly attributed.  Public schools in Alabama just suck.

/csb
 
2013-04-24 03:38:47 PM
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