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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Pedants, grammar bullies and people who can't write but know how to use commas

Grammar bullies annoy me when it's unnecessary. For example, take the case of a missing hyphen. “Fourth largest management company in the world”, was how it was written. “Fourth-largest management company in the world” was the amendment. I think this is unnecessary pedantry.

In context, how much difference could adding a hyphen make? Fourth largest management company means that the company is the fourth in the world according to size. Fourth-largest management company means… oh… that the company is the fourth in the world according to size. I agree, when it makes sense to do so, insert all kinds of grammatical devices. But don't get hung up on it or criticise people on Facebook all the time for it!

GRRRRRRRRRRR.

Here’s some punctuation for all you grammar bullies out there: “F*!? >:;!”
(Sorry, you can’t publish like that, you never put a colon directly after a demi-semi triangulation bracket thing).

12 comments:

Gorilla Bananas said...

Forget about punctuation, baby. You need a big hairy gorilla in your life.

Simoney said...

I got one already! Two, if you include my dad. (sorry dad).
Are you the same as albino gorilla?

Oscar said...

sorry to be thick (but I am a cat) but what does F*!? >:;! mean?

Simoney said...

Hello Oscar, I can't tell you because your mummy might be mad at me, and also Monty reads this blog sometimes when I'm not looking and he's only a baby so he can't be taught things like that.
but if you really want to know, it's what your cousin Lola sometimes thinks about strangers

Oscar said...

I see - along the lines of "I hate your face you ***** and therefore I am going to hide behind the sofa"?

do you hide behind the sofa a lot then?

OLD FART (TARF) said...

IT APPEARS THAT AS SOMEONE WHO WAS TAUGHT TO CARVE THEIR LETTERS ON CLAY TABLETS. I NEVER KNEW THAT THERE WERE RULES FOR PUNCTUATION.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT PUNCTUATION WAS WHAT YOU GOT OUT A BOWL AND ADDED A "BOTTLE OF BOOZE" FOR EXTRA TASTE.

"WHEN YOU GET TO THE BORDER , YOU BUY A BOTTLE OF BOOZE."

YES, 'JOHN G.' THIS IS ANOTHER FAMILY MOMENT. HI, OSCAR.

Simoney said...

John G has been scared off by our inane family ramblings, the fact our cats all talk to each other through the medium of blog, and the fact that a gorilla wandered onto my blog.
John, don't worry, none of us bite...

Biggles said...

Hallo Simoney. I is a top cat wiv a blog and woz goin to reeply to a ver nice comment left for me bye a cat and wot i got is yore blog. i is orl sew a frend of osca'rs. as yoo can sea i is a ver good speller and i has learnt to yoos der propostroff'ee ver well wiv der help ov orl der egg-samples wot my dad put up on my blog. did yoo rite too me? is yoo a nice laydee? i liv in lunden two!! best wishis biggles der top cat.

Gorilla Bananas said...

Albino Gorilla? No, I'm tall, dark and hairy, like Sean Connery. I do bite, incidently, but only in the line of duty, like 007.

Simoney said...

Hallo biggles. Yes, my Monty likes to write to his cousins paddy and Oscar, with whom he has shared a shit tray and kitty carrier, and he saw your picture. You are a top cat! like my dear old Tigger who was very butch and used to sit in the road staring out cars in minute-long stand-offs. He usually won. Monty wants to be a big butch ginger cat.

Hallo Gorillabananas. I have met an albino gorilla on myspace, I thought you might have been related, but I see now you are a superior race of primate. Have you ever climbed the Empire State building?

Catty said...

ahhh, i want to work with you. i love pedantry. it is my raison d'etre...at work.

Simba said...

CATTY!
I miss you! Come and work with meeeeeeee!