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Stupid things you've said or heard
« on: July 16, 2010, 12:36:16 PM »
I miss the old thread of the same name, so I have decided to take it upon myself to start a new one. :P

A few days ago my mother and I were fighting. :P
I: *brings her a roasted marshmellow*
She: Thank you. :) Peace offering?
I: Carcinogenic. ::)
 
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2010, 01:31:51 PM »
I say stupid things all the time. My family loves to make fun of me for it. But it's all in good cheer. If I think of anything, I'll post it.
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2010, 09:52:43 AM »
I miss the old thread of the same name, so I have decided to take it upon myself to start a new one. :P

A few days ago my mother and I were fighting. :P
I: *brings her a roasted marshmellow*
She: Thank you. :) Peace offering?
I: Carcinogenic. ::)
Carcinogen. The noun form is carcinogen. :P
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2010, 10:17:27 AM »
Thank you. :)
 
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2010, 08:08:54 AM »
This could only go here...

*2 students waiting for their water to boil*
#1-student:"Is there a purifier under there..."
#2-student:*checks* "yeah... that means it's not gonna bubble"
*water begins to boil*
#2-student:"Ah there it goes: it's just dissolved oxygen inside of it"

......................... because that is how boiling works... it has nothing to do with convection or steam; obviously we've just dissolved oxygen in the water........ for centuries... more mysteries solved by second year physics students.
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2010, 11:58:27 AM »
Wow. :o

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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2010, 12:03:38 PM »
These are second-year physics students?  Oh that is not ok...
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2010, 01:14:51 PM »
This could only go here...

*2 students waiting for their water to boil*
#1-student:"Is there a purifier under there..."
#2-student:*checks* "yeah... that means it's not gonna bubble"
*water begins to boil*
#2-student:"Ah there it goes: it's just dissolved oxygen inside of it"

......................... because that is how boiling works... it has nothing to do with convection or steam; obviously we've just dissolved oxygen in the water........ for centuries... more mysteries solved by second year physics students.
Brandon, these are not second year physics students; these are initiates!
 
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010, 05:46:00 AM »
Brandon, these are not second year physics students; these are initiates!
lol ;D

These are second-year physics students?  Oh that is not ok...
No. No, it isn't. My roommate pointed out that they could be undenominated sciences... that does not make it okay.
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2010, 01:52:24 AM »
The people who wrote my TI manual are idiots. :P They had this in it: "Horsepower in KWH".
 
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2010, 05:58:11 AM »
The people who wrote my TI manual are idiots. :P They had this in it: "Horsepower in KWH".
XD Oh dear. I despair for all textbooks.
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2010, 09:05:24 AM »
So what if I am, huh? Anyways, I work better when I'm drunk. It makes me fearless! If I see a bad guy, I'll just point my sword at him and saaaaaaaaaay, "Hey! Bad guy! You're not s'posed to be here! Go home or I'll stick you with my sword 'til you go, 'Ouch! I'm dead!' Ah-ha-ha!" Ha-ha. *hic* See? Ain't no one gonna be messin' wit' ol', Benny!

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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2011, 08:12:43 AM »
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FF writer, here's my response to your question about the following sentences:

"The cat had obviously been lying in the mud."

This is incorrect, as "had" is the past tense of the verb "have", which requires "lay" in this context. The two words -- "had...lying" function as a part of a split verb phrase. The "-ing" suffix merely puts the verb in a progressive or continuous form, so if you are implying that this was happening in the past, then you should write "had been laying", but without context, whether the action is still continuing (which would require present tense) can be unclear to the reader. Appropriate context could be "Sarah looked at the muddy footprints and thought with a sigh, '...'."

If you want to clearly show that the action has stopped, then you would write, "had lain".

"She was just lying around."

Technically, this is incorrect as "was" is the past form of "is", and so "laying" is appropriate. See the above note on the past progressive tense. However, given that the above is probably a sentence one would write in an informal context -- e.g., in a personal e-mail or perhaps in casual speech -- and the fact that "lying around" could be seen as an idiom and not part of a verb phrase (i.e., "is/was lying/laying around") I would suggest that it's OK in informal writing, and that includes dialogue. In formal writing, however, I would avoid it -- just to avoid the chance of offending someone who knows a lot about grammar.

(And to fellow grammar snobs, I will say that although I did just start this sentence with a coordinating conjunction, which makes me cringe in most contexts, it is important to remember that different scenarios have different expectations for adherence to formal grammatical rules. In my opinion, mastering all types of communication is the key to personal and professional success.)

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If anyone sympathizes with dear Tom above, answer me this: do you regularly hear things like "was sanking" or "was ranning" or "was thoughting"? No, and do you know why? BECAUSE IT'S WRONG! ::) (It resides in a realm of things which are so utterly and blatantly wrong that they really require no further exploration... though I can offer same if you so desire.)

As for the red text: THAT'S NOT HOW USAGE WORKS!! If it's illiterate in one register... IT'S STILL JUST AS ILLITERATE IN A DIFFERENT REGISTER! >:(

I don't think he gets to give an opinion to grammar snobs as if he were one. ::)
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2011, 10:31:28 AM »
Wow... that's a very long and pseudo-intellectual explanation for someone who clearly doesn't have a clue. :P

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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2011, 11:46:47 AM »
I like the Idiot's Guides.  I got one for Understanding Cathlocism as research on the college I went to.
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2011, 11:51:51 AM »
Brandon-chan, where did you find that gem? :P
 
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2011, 02:29:47 PM »
A friend posted a link on facebook (in outrage at the common ignorance of the proper use of "lie" and "lay"); the article was actually RIGHT and perfectly fine.

Someone (FF writer) had posted for help in the comments saying that grammar check told her "The cat had obviously been lying in the mud" and "She was just lying around" were fine (score one for grammar check, because they are), but her boyfriend APPARENTLY AN ENGLISH TUTOR told her that they were wrong... swing in Tom to the rescue with... that. *points in a manner which he hopes will not be taken as "derisively with horror" but realizes that there really is no hope of that*
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2011, 09:23:04 PM »
In Calculus Summer Camp Saturday School (for those of us hooligans who didn't finish their homework), we found out my roommate was extremely ticklish, so we cornered her as she defended herself with a chair.

Her: I will beat you all if you come near me!
Me: You can't hurt me!  I protect you at night!
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Re: Stupid things you've said or heard
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2011, 03:47:39 AM »
Here's one I read here, in the forums, a while back:

"... quote on quote..." (succeeded by said phrase, with quotation marks!)

What? ???

When do you EVER write "quote unquote"? Let alone "quote on quote"?   ::)
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2011, 07:14:43 AM »
*does forum search* Hrmm... it's been done at least twice, each time by a different person... interesting and weird. It's probably in emulation of what they HEAR: they listen to someone who regularly says "quote unquote" as a verbal tick but they hear "quote on quote" and then begin interjecting that into their own writing.  :-\ ::)
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