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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 20 hours ago. 38 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat 20 hours ago. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 5 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

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Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist on Thursday. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

Granddaughters

Started by Donald R Barbera. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Nov 15. 6 Replies

I've got three grandsons and I love them to death, but my youngest son and his wife had a baby girl in January and I haven't  right since. Granddaughter has me wrapped up like my grandsons never did. What is it about granddaughters? Her name is…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 26, 2014 at 12:04am

Mindy, one of the funniest quasi-medical words I ever heard was/is "optirectomy."  It is the surgical severing of an extra nerve between the eye and the...uh...anus, to cure a person's sh*tty outlook on life.

I think I may need one of those.

Comment by booklover on August 25, 2014 at 11:57pm
That's a funny one, Patricia. :)
Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2014 at 11:47pm

I bought and read a book recently, "Grammar Rules", written by a senior British army officer. His point is that good grammar avoids misunderstanding, essential in the armed forces. He also recognises the difference between formal and informal language and regards it as legitimate. I agree heartily, as I wouldn't like to give up my London/estuary spoken English.

I've also mis-read all my life, putting letters in the wrong order even when I've understood a word: halycon for halcyon, charbanac for charabanc and many others. I don't know if that's mild dislexia or not.

Some of the best British comedy uses the misuse of language. If you can, seek out episodes of "Only Fools and Horses". Del-boy's French and English blunders are very funny.

Have a pleasant day, one and all.

Comment by booklover on August 25, 2014 at 10:30pm
My father-in-law makes up his own words, like the time he said he went to a "Proctomitrist." So he had his eyeball up his rear?! Lol! Also, he doesn't know the definition of words. One time he said he wasn't a catholic OR a protestant. He's a pedestrian. Ha Ha! Well, technically that one was true... It's very hard not to laugh.
Comment by Nick Bottom on August 25, 2014 at 10:19pm

Hey gang,

As a professional editor, I can assure you that even the best of us make spelling and grammar mistakes, often without realizing it. There are two schools of thought in the grammar wars: prescriptivist and descriptivist. The prescriptivists say that grammar should be dictated by clear rules that are set in stone, while descriptivists say that language evolves over time as people adopt new phrases, coin new words, and even when language is misused so often that such misuse becomes "normal." If you take a look at Shakespeare's works (late 1500s through the early 1600s), it's fairly easy to see that the trend over the past four centuries favors the descriptivists. 

I do agree that finding typos in newspapers is annoying, but one major reason for that is the fact that newspapers have been forced by budget cuts to slash proofreader positions and are constantly being pushed to release their stories as soon as possible on the websites so that they can claim to be a breaking news source.

In conclusion, I say . . . don't sweat it when it comes to your own writing, and don't be a @#$% and correct other people's errors—my dad tried to do that once, until I pointed out that he was actually wrong, thus saving him from sounding like a clueless @#$% to his friends.

Comment by booklover on August 25, 2014 at 10:18pm
Ha ha, Carl! Wait! Was there supposed to be a comma there?
Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2014 at 9:22pm

What drives me crazy (because I'm mildly dyslexic) is running into gross misuse or misspelling in professionally printed material: "different than,"  "it's" instead of "its."  "Alright."  Things like that.

I'm not exactly a speed-reader, but I do read at a good clip, and when I run across something in a hardcover book (that I may have paid more than $25 for), or  the Los Angeles TIMES, it's like slamming nose-first into a brick wall.  Totally destroys my concentration.

I know damn well that I'm a better proofreader than Spell Check, but I can't get a job with anybody....I've been trying for more than 20 years.  Too late now, anyway; I'm losing my eyesight, and Medicareless doesn't pay for eye care.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 8:33pm

Well, Mindy, you've done a good thing.  The first step is admitting you have a problem.  The second step is to notice that other people have the same problem and then make fun of them.

Comment by booklover on August 25, 2014 at 8:25pm
My husband has certain things he says that are like fingernails on a chalkboard to my ears. I've been correcting him since we started dating when we were 16 & 17 years old. We are 47 & 48 now. He still says them.
One thing I can't stand is when people don't know it's, would have, could have, should have; and put would OF, could OF, and should OF!
My punctuation is atrocious, I know. My daughter was the copy editor of her school newspaper, and constantly points it out. I can't learn. Lol.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2014 at 7:46pm

Even grammer check doesn't catch everything. I am really embarrassed, a teacher, not knowing correct grammer!

I have a darling relative who lives in France and speaks absolutely correct English. She will occasionally correct me and I wish she would do it more often. I'm not too old to learn She also gives me the grammer rules that apply.

Oh, my favorite poor English that someone wrote to me, "that was well wrote".  

 

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