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(Slate)   Today's maddening, Fark-ready, grammatically insulting and unrealistic headline: "Lets Get Rid of Apostrophes. We Dont Need Em." Try reading that without twitching   (slate.com) divider line 17
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2013-05-24 10:34:34 AM  
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AngryPanda: The funny thing about that is when I was in college (like 5 years ago) they taught us that that particular rule was dead. The most grammar I ever learned was not in grade school, it was in college.


Actually, I'm not sure it was ever a real rule outside the fevered minds of pedantic sixth-grade teachers and the pupils who were interested in grammar enough to remember what they were taught.

However, sometimes a preposition at the end of the sentence is redundant: "Where is it at?"


foxyshadis: That said, there's obviously no point in having an apostrophe - or even most vowels - if you can puzzle out the pronunciation of a word.


But that's the problem. The reader shouldn't have to "puzzle it out." You want the meaning to come across immediately.
2013-05-24 08:54:36 AM  
2 votes:
Well think about it.
2013-05-24 06:02:33 PM  
1 votes:
Do you guys remember when people said TXTing was going to destroy the language?


They were right.

/who saw that coming?
2013-05-24 12:59:45 PM  
1 votes:

foxyshadis: Slate exists to troll random groups for pagehits, what do you expect? If this gets a lot of hits, they'll have a followup.

That said, there's obviously no point in having an apostrophe - or even most vowels - if you can puzzle out the pronunciation of a word. You've all seen the experiments where you can read words that have most of their letters replaced by random alternates. What they do is break up words to create an easily identifiable visual pattern that lets you read more quickly, like many of our quirky little written semantics, something the article never touched on. That's why you read Youtube comments more slowly than Fark comments. (Well, your brain goes into shock and core dumps the first few attempts, too.)

Remove apostrophes, reading slows down. Like having a few beers, bad writing makes you dumber.


But if that's true, then that could create a vicious cycle in which ...... I think I understand YouTube now.
2013-05-24 12:10:23 PM  
1 votes:
I read it just fine because Im an intelligent human being that can parse things.

Rigid grammar isnt just wrong its stupid. Its a terrible way to represent spoken language, its often insufficient for written language and half the rules are completely unnecessary. Loosen the fark up.
2013-05-24 10:41:19 AM  
1 votes:

Cythraul: Walker: I read it fine, as I also hate apostrophes.

Why? What did apostrophes ever do to you?


You don't want to know. It was a catastrophe. You may even say...a catapostrophe.

*Puts on sunglasses*
2013-05-24 09:37:13 AM  
1 votes:
Troll Article about how apostrophes are not necessary but uses apostrophes dozen's of times,
2013-05-24 09:34:35 AM  
1 votes:
lets just get rid uv all punkchuashun and capitulz and spell evrything fonetikly frum now on
2013-05-24 09:30:02 AM  
1 votes:
Lets eat Grandma
2013-05-24 09:28:11 AM  
1 votes:

xenophon10k: Sorry subby, that is not  nearly as annoying as people who think that pluralizing a word requires an apostrophe.


Ooooh, if you want it to be possessive, it's just "its", but if you want it to be a contraction, then it's "it apostrophe s"! Scalawag.

Any article that calls for the end of a certain type of grammatical rule or punctuation only reinforces the point that they're idiots.
2013-05-24 09:21:37 AM  
1 votes:

jehovahs witness protection: Either way Bobs gonna be pissed


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2013-05-24 09:07:47 AM  
1 votes:
Subby should have put an apostrophe before "Em".
2013-05-24 08:43:18 AM  
1 votes:
Either way Bobs gonna be pissed
2013-05-24 08:41:40 AM  
1 votes:
Never date an apostrophe. They're often possessive.
2013-05-24 08:39:33 AM  
1 votes:
Sorry subby, that is not  nearly as annoying as people who think that pluralizing a word requires an apostrophe.
2013-05-24 08:20:49 AM  
1 votes:
What Bothers Me More Than That Is Capitalizing Every Farking Word In The Sentence.
2013-05-24 08:15:57 AM  
1 votes:
I read it fine, as I also hate apostrophes.
 
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