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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 11, 2013 at 10:35am

Good morning, Steph.  I'm still enjoying my morning coffee.  It's an absolutely gorgeous summer day here in Chicago.  Sunny and 71 degrees.  I hope class is going well for you.  And I hope you're getting enough time to get out to enjoy the summer. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 11, 2013 at 10:21am

Hello everyone!

How is everyone doing?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 11, 2013 at 9:53am

Grinning Cat, you are so right.  The worst puns are the best. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 11, 2013 at 4:00am

Patricia, those elephants remind me of "The Shining"! I too relapse into bad grammar when in England and revert to my native Thames estuary version of English.

I've read some Heinlien through the years and from what I remember the early stuff is mostly "greenie-bashing", i.e. all aliens are dangerous foreigners who have to be killed. I'll have a go at some of the later works and see what I think of them.

Comment by Patricia on July 11, 2013 at 1:21am

Well I guess my language skills won't measure up......

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 11, 2013 at 1:20am

Speaking of language and humor, a "good pun" and a "bad pun" are one and the same!

Also, I know someone who won't "dial" a phone unless it has that ancient finger-wheel for entering numbers.

Carl, I'm with you in cringing at atrocious grammar (and ignorance in the content). Two of my specific pet peeves are "grocer's quotes" misused for emphasis -- a sign that says "FRESH" FISH isn't actually an attractive advertisement! -- and apostrophes misused to indicate "Beware of oncoming 'S'!"

(mocked at GrammarBlog)

Also check out the rogues' gallery at funnytypos.com When Not to Use "Quotation Marks".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 10, 2013 at 11:18pm

Ruth, can you send me your PIN number? 

Actually, I really don't have a problem with "ATM machine" and other phrases like that.  They are incidental to me.  However, good grammar, both spoken and written, is important to me.  That's one of the reasons why I often cringe when reading the public comments sections online.  (That and the racist, sexist, ignorant remarks that people make.  But that's a whole other discussion.)  

Language can be very entertaining, which is why I think puns are so funny.  

Also.....if someone confides in me that they had bad diarrhea,  I'll ask them, "Is there such a thing as good diarrhea?"  But that's just my crazy bathroom humor kicking in.  I ain't never said I was high brow. 

Comment by booklover on July 10, 2013 at 10:01pm
Ruth, yes, double references are irritating as well! Also, and I think maybe I just said this on here, but when people on television say things like "continuing on." Really? Because can you continue off? Then it seems like everyone is using the same words! Or " free gift." Is it a gift if you have to pay for it? Lol. I should be quiet now. I could continue on and on... ;)
Comment by Patricia on July 10, 2013 at 9:29pm

No idea Ruth, I got it from the pc wallpaper page I poke through.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2013 at 9:23pm

ROFL over that awkward moment, Flying Atheist. Thanks.
Robert Heinlein had a big influence on me as a teenager.

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
Robert A. Heinlein


Funny ecard, Loren.


Steph, Day three is funny but the photoshop is too obvious.


Patricia, is that elephant topiary supposed to be real? It looks too complicated. How would vines or shrubs get down those trunks?
Thanks for the cat bathing LOL and the self-important cat., booklover. My cats don’t watch me eat, but when I do they think it means they should be eating treats. Double negatives bother me too. It sounds so ignorant. My husband finds double references just as irritating, such as MLB Baseball and ATM machine.

 

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