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[23 Apr 2012|04:25pm]

lafinjack
So, uh, hi there, I'm your new owner, overlord, head honcho, glorious leader, number one burrito, and whatever other platitudes you'd like to throw my way.

The previous owner and sole maintainer/moderator, tonybologna, seems to have deleted his account without setting up anyone to take care of the community. I've never spoken to him, and the only reason I'm the owner now is because I happened to notice he was gone first and talked to LJ Abuse.

My moderating style is to keep the beatings to a minimum. Ha ha! Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week, please tip your waitstaff. But seriously, I have no intention to mess with anything at all. For various reasons I'm almost always near the computer, so if anything pops up all my contact info is in my profile. I'll be watching, but obviously can't keep an eye on everything at once.

Since I'm uncomfortable with being the only person with power, if anyone would like to volunteer to help moderate I'd appreciate it.

And finally, I'll be clearing the moderation queue and removing the queue entirely, and setting this post as sticky for a week or so just to make sure people know what's going on.

Thanks for your understanding during the putsch!
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Thesaurus? I hardly know us! [10 Oct 2014|10:17am]

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I love grammer and; apostrophe's! [03 Oct 2014|10:53am]

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Grr. Argh. [25 Sep 2014|11:19am]

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stop speaking in all lowercase, quit it quit it quit it [19 Sep 2014|09:39am]

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Important questions. [17 Sep 2014|12:48pm]

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John, n., colloquial: slang term for a toilet. Probably gained popularity from John Harington, British toilet innovator.

Usage question:

John the name is to be capitalized, as one does with proper nouns. When 'John' is used solely in the toilet sense, is it 'John' or 'john'?
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Writing Skillz [01 Sep 2014|09:31am]

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The games grammarians play. [21 Aug 2014|09:42am]

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In praise of typos [19 Aug 2014|08:35am]

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I’m a big fan of typos. So the ‘grammar Nazi’ tweet, which was featured on UsVsTh3m last week, gave me the horrors.



It’s not just out-and-out Nazis who are gunning for typos. There are armies of liberal pedants out there, hooked on the endorphin rush of condemning apostrophes they find in wild and inappropriate places, safe in the knowledge that apostrophes do not fight back.

But mistakes are human, and being human is good. The fingerprints visible in the plasticine of early Aardman animations, for example, help make those films more impressive and memorable than their later flawless efforts, such as whatever that thing was that had pirates in. In a similar way, occasional typos remind us that a piece of writing has been hand-built by somebody, constructing their argument or story letter by letter and word by word. They show us how these texts have been crafted.



I’ve just read a typo-heavy book called Ragworts by Bill Drummond. It was a short but rewarding book, and a professional copy edit wouldn’t have added anything to what I got out of it. If anything, a few mistakes can make the author feel more present in the work. They also make the reader feel closer to the moment of creation. It’s like a live musical performance which is not as technically perfect as a polished studio recording, but which offers a greater sense of communion between musician and audience.



There is widespread belief that doing things correctly is important, because that is what leads to success. You can see this in talent shows such as The X Factor. Kids with real talent apply themselves, doing whatever it is that the judges consider valid, and after a lot of work they produce a perfect performance in which they have done everything right. And then they are forgotten the moment that the TV is switched off, because ultimately that’s not what music is about.



The obsession with doing things right leads to the belief that perfection is enough - that perfection is valid in itself. That’s not the case. Professionalism can be the icing on the cake, but first you need a cake. There are limits to the amount of mistakes we can handle, of course, and obviously mistakes which alter the meaning of the work need to be fixed. But that does not mean we should aim for the extreme of a zero-tolerance policy to mistakes. The belief that the world is a sensible, rational and ordered place is known as the aneristic delusion, and that’s not the sort of nonsense that we want our language to promote.



The American Nazi Party’s tweet shows they understand that correct English gives credibility. We have been taught to subconsciously take a message more seriously if the grammar and punctuation are correct, and this situation will continue as long as anti-typo pedants continue to demonise minor flaws. But, surely, it is the message that we should be focusing on, not the professionalism of its delivery? If the American Nazi Party are right in thinking that good presentation subconsciously grants them legitimacy, then maybe we shouldn’t value correct English quite so highly.

What is needed is a Typo Defence League. I intend to found such an organisation myself, as soon as I can decide on the most annoying way to misspell the word ‘league’.



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What a tosser. [28 Jul 2014|09:20am]

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Needs to also be full justified. [21 Jul 2014|09:24am]

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But I don't want your drama if you really wanna leave out that Oxford comma. [16 Jul 2014|09:56am]

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See also.
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What a prick. [14 Jul 2014|09:29am]

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Party hardy. [11 Jul 2014|09:09am]

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Engrish... [05 May 2014|05:12am]

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or "Why we don't use Google Translate on product merchandise".

"can rake water" - theidolhands

Ice cube tray from Daiso (Japanese Dollar Store)
* click on image to embiggen *
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Oxford comma I love you. [29 Apr 2014|10:18am]

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Friday Funnies: When English Teachers Snap [26 Apr 2014|10:12pm]

theidolhands
Originally posted by ariestess at Friday Funnies: When English Teachers Snap


I may not be an English teacher, but I'm mentally doing this exact same thing more often than I care to admit. LOL!
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Grr. Argh. [23 Apr 2014|09:58am]

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A handy primer. [21 Apr 2014|09:47am]

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