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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan yesterday. 9 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

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G on Tuesday. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 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

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Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 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 Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 26, 2014 at 6:50am

Thanks for all the "anguished langwitch" laughs!

We had a good discussion last year on the "Decline in Writing Accuracy".

Comment by Plinius on August 26, 2014 at 1:35am

I'm sure I make lots of mistakes, especially in Dutch, but in English I correct what I've written most of the time. I see other's mistakes but I don't like to play the teacher when I'm not at work.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2014 at 12:08am

Hello, Nick.  Thanks for chiming in with your interesting post.  Please feel free to do so more often.  We have some good times here in this group.  Be part of the fun!

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.

 

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