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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Janson wrote: »
    I saw an advert today

    It was advertising some seminars/lectures that a literary editor was giving

    The advert spent half a page listing this woman's qualifications, which included at least 15 years as an editor for various prestigious establishments

    Then it listed the various topics she would be covering in her seminars under the bold heading:

    TOPIC'S

    maybe her name was linda topic


    maybe it was describing her lectures


    didn't think of that did you ms. smartypants

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Hah :P

    I didn't get a photo, no. It was a loose paper advertisement that I found today amongst the papers I was filing. It would've been cooler had it been a large glossy advert or something

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  • FishmanFishman I find your lack of Hail Hydra! disturbingRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    Janson wrote: »
    I saw an advert today

    It was advertising some seminars/lectures that a literary editor was giving

    The advert spent half a page listing this woman's qualifications, which included at least 15 years as an editor for various prestigious establishments

    Then it listed the various topics she would be covering in her seminars under the bold heading:

    TOPIC'S

    maybe her name was linda topic


    maybe it was describing her lectures


    didn't think of that did you ms. smartypants

    Dude, she's like, married now.

    MRS. Smartypants.

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    That's unbelievably cool. Your new name is cool guy. Let's have sex.
  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Fishman wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    Janson wrote: »
    I saw an advert today

    It was advertising some seminars/lectures that a literary editor was giving

    The advert spent half a page listing this woman's qualifications, which included at least 15 years as an editor for various prestigious establishments

    Then it listed the various topics she would be covering in her seminars under the bold heading:

    TOPIC'S

    maybe her name was linda topic


    maybe it was describing her lectures


    didn't think of that did you ms. smartypants

    Dude, she's like, married now.

    MRS. Smartypants.

    look it ain't mori smartypants ok

    that's not the way I roll

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Fishman wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    Janson wrote: »
    I saw an advert today

    It was advertising some seminars/lectures that a literary editor was giving

    The advert spent half a page listing this woman's qualifications, which included at least 15 years as an editor for various prestigious establishments

    Then it listed the various topics she would be covering in her seminars under the bold heading:

    TOPIC'S

    maybe her name was linda topic


    maybe it was describing her lectures


    didn't think of that did you ms. smartypants

    Dude, she's like, married now.

    MRS. Smartypants.
    Haha

    Mori came in and read this topic over my shoulder (he's been cooking dinner) and said exactly the same thing!

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  • FishmanFishman I find your lack of Hail Hydra! disturbingRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Mori and I are very much alike
    Spoiler:

    X-Com LP Thread I, II, III, IV, V
    That's unbelievably cool. Your new name is cool guy. Let's have sex.
  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    We were at the store today, and Rachel saw the British cucumbers and said "Hah, look at the size of those English cucumbers! I spit on your American cucumbers!"

    And I was like "Yeah you do."

  • FishmanFishman I find your lack of Hail Hydra! disturbingRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Fishman wrote: »
    Spoiler:

    X-Com LP Thread I, II, III, IV, V
    That's unbelievably cool. Your new name is cool guy. Let's have sex.
  • JimothyJimothy Not in front of the fox he's with the owlRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Moriveth wrote: »
    We were at the store today, and Rachel saw the British cucumbers and said "Hah, look at the size of those English cucumbers! I spit on your American cucumbers!"

    And I was like "Yeah you do."

    What up!

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Jimothy wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    We were at the store today, and Rachel saw the British cucumbers and said "Hah, look at the size of those English cucumbers! I spit on your American cucumbers!"

    And I was like "Yeah you do."

    What up!

    h5!

  • AirAir Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    word to your mother

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Jimothy wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    We were at the store today, and Rachel saw the British cucumbers and said "Hah, look at the size of those English cucumbers! I spit on your American cucumbers!"

    And I was like "Yeah you do."

    What up!

    man you give respek knuckles for that shit

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  • VivixenneVivixenne aDAWRable! Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I have never in my K-12 life been instructed to put more than one space after a sentence, and this is after going through both British and American school systems. First I heard of it was in university and when I heard about it was all "what is wrong with you people."

  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Janson wrote: »
    I saw an advert today

    It was advertising some seminars/lectures that a literary editor was giving

    The advert spent half a page listing this woman's qualifications, which included at least 15 years as an editor for various prestigious establishments

    Then it listed the various topics she would be covering in her seminars under the bold heading:

    TOPIC'S

    That makes me happy.

    I love seeing qualified people fail for some reason.

  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Vivixenne wrote: »
    I have never in my K-12 life been instructed to put more than one space after a sentence, and this is after going through both British and American school systems. First I heard of it was in university and when I heard about it was all "what is wrong with you people."

    this is actually, no fucking joke, the first time in my life I have heard of people putting 2 spaces after a period

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  • Cold Salmon and HatredCold Salmon and Hatred __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2009
    yeah this is the first time I've ever heard of it too

  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    also, my mother has her masters in english

    gonna see if she has ever fucking herd of this bullshit 2 spaces

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  • VivixenneVivixenne aDAWRable! Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I don't understand the logic behind it. A period signifies the end of a sentence. Why would you need an additional space behind it? It's so fucking silly and pointless.

  • AirAir Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    me too i have never heard of this

    im guessing its just some art fags makin up more shit to act like they are the only ones who understand true literature

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  • JedocJedoc Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    It's just a holdover from typewriters. It was thought that a double space after the period looked better with fixed-width fonts. And since most of us learned to type on computers from old people who learned on typewriters, we learned it their way without ever wondering why. And then some more of us had it beaten out of us in grad school.

    Nothing to get upset about, really.

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  • AneurhythmiaAneurhythmia Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I learned to type on a typewriter. You know what else is a holdover from those days? QWERTY. You one space bitches better be practicing your Dvorak every time you post in this thread.

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  • edited January 2009
    Jedoc wrote: »
    It's just a holdover from typewriters. It was thought that a double space after the period looked better with fixed-width fonts. And since most of us learned to type on computers from old people who learned on typewriters, we learned it their way without ever wondering why. And then some more of us had it beaten out of us in grad school.

    Nothing to get upset about, really.
    Yeah, my mum puts two periods after a space because when she learned to touchtype that's what they taught her.

    In the 1950s.

  • the wookthe wook Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    bongi wrote: »
    Jedoc wrote: »
    It's just a holdover from typewriters. It was thought that a double space after the period looked better with fixed-width fonts. And since most of us learned to type on computers from old people who learned on typewriters, we learned it their way without ever wondering why. And then some more of us had it beaten out of us in grad school.

    Nothing to get upset about, really.
    Yeah, my mum puts two periods after a space because when she learned to touchtype that's what they taught her.

    In the 1950s.
    bongi wrote: »
    Yeah, my mum puts two periods after a space
    bongi wrote: »
    two periods after a space

    ...

  • tuggatugga Makin' movies Makin' songsRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    i was told by my mom at first to make two spaces, but i only did that until word or whatever started putting green things under grammar errors

    also i believe irc, aim, forums and basically the internet taught me how to type quickly way better that any keyboarding class

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  • SirToastySirToasty Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    tugga wrote: »
    i was told by my mom at first to make two spaces, but i only did that until word or whatever started putting green things under grammar errors

    also i believe irc, aim, forums and basically the internet taught me how to type quickly way better that any keyboarding class
    100% truth.

  • Peter EbelPeter Ebel Building an empire OsloRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    What manner of degenerate necrophile needs more than a full stop, exclamation point or question mark to tell him that the current sentence has ended?

    You make me vomit, two space freaks.

    Fuck off and die.
  • Tweaked_Bat_Tweaked_Bat_ Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I learned to type on a typewriter. You know what else is a holdover from those days? QWERTY. You one space bitches better be practicing your Dvorak every time you post in this thread.

    Yes but QWERTY is still good at what it does. Double-space is not.

  • edited January 2009
    the wook wrote: »
    bongi wrote: »
    Jedoc wrote: »
    It's just a holdover from typewriters. It was thought that a double space after the period looked better with fixed-width fonts. And since most of us learned to type on computers from old people who learned on typewriters, we learned it their way without ever wondering why. And then some more of us had it beaten out of us in grad school.

    Nothing to get upset about, really.
    Yeah, my mum puts two periods after a space because when she learned to touchtype that's what they taught her.

    In the 1950s.
    bongi wrote: »
    Yeah, my mum puts two periods after a space
    bongi wrote: »
    two periods after a space

    ...
    [edit]Ahahahahahaha yeah.

    I meant two spaces after a full stop.

  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I learned to type on a typewriter. You know what else is a holdover from those days? QWERTY. You one space bitches better be practicing your Dvorak every time you post in this thread.

    Yes but QWERTY is still good at what it does. Double-space is not.

    There's really a lot better ways of doing it than QWERTY, but they don't get adopted because not everyone is as giant a nerd as I am.

    The retention of the double-space, on the other hand, is due entirely to giant nerds.

    edit: holy fuck.

    some D&D playing, graphite sniffing nerds even worse than me came up with a layout optimizer and found the most efficient layout.

    And then, because they are dickholes, they decided to turn the algorithm backwards and came up with this nightmare:

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    the only way this could be worse is if the home row was , . / ; ' [ ] caps lock

  • ZoelZoel Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Peter Ebel wrote: »
    What manner of degenerate necrophile needs more than a full stop, exclamation point or question mark to tell him that the current sentence has ended?

    You make me vomit, two space freaks.

    People who have to eventually scan millions of their documents at a laughably low resolution. Also, if the organization you work for has done it for a long time, there's not really a great reason to quit now.

    I am intensely bothered by people who refuse to use an apostrophe followed by an s for a possessive, regardless of the final letter. (Except Jesus' stuff, or the stuff of people who are equally ancient.)

  • tuggatugga Makin' movies Makin' songsRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    cause obviously if you cant understand basic grammar then you must fuck dead people

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  • AneurhythmiaAneurhythmia Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Zoel wrote: »
    I am intensely bothered by people who refuse to use an apostrophe followed by an s for a possessive, regardless of the final letter. (Except Jesus' stuff, or the stuff of people who are equally ancient.)
    s's is so ugly, though.

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  • JimothyJimothy Not in front of the fox he's with the owlRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I'm with you on this one, Zoel.

    I can't be the only person who was taught that.

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  • Balthy13Balthy13 Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    You don't need to use apostrophe+S if the subject is gender neutral.

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  • JoeUserJoeUser Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Zoel wrote: »
    Peter Ebel wrote: »
    What manner of degenerate necrophile needs more than a full stop, exclamation point or question mark to tell him that the current sentence has ended?

    You make me vomit, two space freaks.

    People who have to eventually scan millions of their documents at a laughably low resolution. Also, if the organization you work for has done it for a long time, there's not really a great reason to quit now.

    I am intensely bothered by people who refuse to use an apostrophe followed by an s for a possessive, regardless of the final letter. (Except Jesus' stuff, or the stuff of people who are equally ancient.)

    What about plural possessive?

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  • Baron GreenbackBaron Greenback Registered User
    edited January 2009
    I have always used two spaces, just how I was taught I guess. Quick poll of the office here is split 50/50 but almost everyone who uses 1 space insisted that Word pulled you up for using two when it doesnt (of course everyone had to check).

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  • babyeatingjesusbabyeatingjesus Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Zoel wrote: »
    I am intensely bothered by people who refuse to use an apostrophe followed by an s for a possessive, regardless of the final letter. (Except Jesus' stuff, or the stuff of people who are equally ancient.)
    s's is so ugly, though.
    ick yeah I never use s's. looks terrible.

    Though either is acceptable if you use it consistently.

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  • DE?ADDE?AD Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The it's/its thing annoys me to no end - not when people mess it up, but the fact that "its" is the possessive form.

    What the fuck, English?

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    DE?AD wrote: »
    The it's/its thing annoys me to no end - not when people mess it up, but the fact that "its" is the possessive form.

    What the fuck, English?

    Some asshole, at some time, thought "but it's ambiguous when we use it in both!"

    As opposed to all the other times English is totally ambiguous.

  • DE?ADDE?AD Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    DE?AD wrote: »
    The it's/its thing annoys me to no end - not when people mess it up, but the fact that "its" is the possessive form.

    What the fuck, English?

    Some asshole, at some time, thought "but it's ambiguous when we use it in both!"

    As opposed to all the other times English is totally ambiguous.

    I think the vast majority of English can be traced back to "Some asshole, at some time, thought..."

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