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One more reason to love her - GrammarGasm

Oct. 24th, 2009 12:18 pm One more reason to love her4 comments - Leave a commentPrevious Entry Share Next Entry


Date:February 5th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)

In those two Commercials, it is the Eats, Shoots and Leaves statement, which is opposed to Eats Shoots and Leaves; The Mystery of the Missing Comma.

Both the girl and grandma refer to their best friends.

Grandma says (as shown in the Closed Captioning), My best friend forever Rose.

Now, is that her best friend forever Rose, or her best friend forever (comma) Rose?

It is, for us, a loosing battle. Language is in such a state of flux that we no longer speak English in USA, we talk American.

As one who began school and learned to read, before Television my first glimpse of the changes, in my lifetime, was the transition from Aeroplane to Airplane. (Even my spell checker, as I type this, tells me that "Aero" is incorrect. So much for Aerospace, Aeronautics and Straight Aero {HEY! Who let that pun in here?))

In the Third Grade, Aeroplane was one of the spelling words. That summer, I saw "Airplane" in print, on the front page of some Newspaper...

Consider "Old English". We, you and I, for the most part, would not understand much of what one would say to us in Old English. You might find it interesting to listen to Professor M. D. C. Drout reading Ælfric’s Lives of the Saints, or some of his other items on his main page.