Discussion in 'General Forum' started by ItsAmy4Ever147, May 12, 2012.
What's your first language, bullshit?
Is that good grammar? I'm uncertain.
Funny you should be having a go at people using the wrong variation of words, or making grammatical mistakes, given you're location.
You shouldn't throw stones when your house looks like this
he lives in a twatish hamster cage ?
It's probably not perfect, but it's close enough. Slightly imperfect grammar doesn't really bother me, it's the absolute basics of English. It's things like this which is why we have dogs winning talent competitions.
I'm not "having a go" at anyone
Also, that looks nothing like my house.
Welcome to the reality of language evolution, gimps.
Awhile, another and many more used to be written as separate words. The conventions are pretty arbitrary and often change.
But for those unable to contain your irritation, this bloke has a nice idea on how to deal with Alot Rage.
So saying it's "fucking stupid" to be making these mistakes isn't having a go?
Spell your location properly, and stop being fucking stupid. Not having a go or anything, just saying.
Neviller in being a wanker shocker.
You need to learn to read or at least understand context. I said it was "fucking stupid" to decide to merge 2 words/letters into 1 to make a new word. Meaning turning A lot into alot. Not to make gramatical mistakes.
Didn't realise you were so into grammar/English language Plech.
Yes and he's saying you can't wipe a grin of someone's face.
So merging two words into one is fucking stupid (even though as Plech pointed out, the English language is full of examples of this), but not knowing the difference between of and off isn't?
Yeah, clearly I'm the mong. Go back to spelling school, thicko.
Try having a spelling mistake in your tagline. Considering no one has ever commentate onnit I think I made my point tough.
I always thought it was written by Harry Redknapp
So where does itend? Yes, it's fucking stupid.
Re: of and off. No one has a problem with the occasion typo. It happens.
Hmm, I, myself am of the crumbling castle theory of language change.
Gayest post I've ever made.
I'm sure that's not true, you've surely made gayer posts.
It was just funny you getting involved whilst using the wrong version of "of/off" in your location.
I love me some grammar, yo. A lot is actually quite interesting in terms of how it differs from lots, there's some odd syntactic shit going on as I recall, which I can look up if required by you gimps.
One thing is clear: it's not as simple as saying it's 'two words'. It's also an idiom. For instance, look at the number agreement:
A large number of gimps were posting on Redcafe
A large number of gimps was posting on Redcafe
A lot of gimps were posting on Redcafe
*A lot of gimps was posting on Redcafe NOT ALLOWED IN STANDARD ENGLISH, CNUTS
Also seems hard to stick another word felicitously in between:
*a surprising lot of Scousers in here
?a huge lot of crap you're talking - passable in informal speech.
a fat lot of good is okay but that's another idiom.
On the subject, an excellent comment on Language Log:
You lighten up. Yeh I went their.
Did Storeygimp just make a stupid post then delete it?
Fuck off Storey.
We all know he was right. Sometimes the truth is just hard to take.
I'm gonna call the cops on you moses.
On a vaguely related subject... most of the adjectives in English with an a- prefix - asleep, awake, afraid, afloat, alike, alive, alone, etc.- can appear in predicative but not attributive function:
The cat was asleep
*The asleep cat
...Why? Any theories? I want to know and I don't know, this is intolerable.
This is what should be taught at A-Level, not about how the people of Papua New Guinea speak their language.
Something to do with the fact that some (or most), if not all of those words can be replaced by other adjectives, such as lonesome, rather than alone. Possibly because alone came from lonesome? Just throwing stuff out there.
I always thought that had something to do with, shit I don't know how to explain this...
The times they are a changing, the boy he was a sleeping, the girl she was a waking...Actually I'm just a fucking gimp, ignore me.
It's the other way round, lonesome came from lone which is a shortening of alone.
Wait...you might actually be onto something in that the a- prefix used to be a productive feature of the verb system - and still is in some dialects - 'that boat be a-sailing'... maybe those words started off as verbs... 'the cat is a-sleeping', and could only follow is or some other auxiliary verb...
Or not. I think maybe those are two different a- prefixes actually.
I was nearly smart, for a second. I'll take it.
The etymology dictionary is giving a clue. Seems that at least some of them - asleep and alive, for instance - originally come from preposition + noun combinations: on sleep, on life. If so, then they would presumably obey the same prohibition from appearing in that position as modern prepositional phrases do:
The cat is on the mat
*The on the mat cat
The cat is on heat
?The on heat cat
Not all the a- words come from [on + noun] phrases... alone seems to be a fusion of all one. But maybe they were felt by speakers to be in the same class as asleep, alive etc. and so fell into the same syntactic pattern by analogy.
See what you've fucking started Liam. You've set Plech off on one.
He's completely derailed my thread. I am not amused. It's alright (word there for you, 'is 'alright' all right?'), someone will make a right blunder at some point, and I'll bring this back.
Yeah sometime in the 1890s people apparently started spelling 'all right' 'alright'. Presumably there was some nineteenth-century Liam147 railing in vain against it by candlelight.
By the way, you know everything about the English language don't you! I assume you have some sort of degree in it.
It was a good post but out of context since you muppets were posting rubbish 19 to the dozen.
Pletch, the caf needs cheering up. You should do a poem about dolangate and the kittycam affair, the bannings etc. The general is missing some quality posts.
The cat asleep. Bird Alone.
Separate names with a comma.