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Postby Bailey » Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:20 am

Perry wrote:mark only-partially-a-perfectionist Bailey, but often a despcriptivist.

Perry are you trying to say despicable?

de·spic·a·ble (d-spk-bl, dsp-k-)
Deserving of contempt or scorn; vile.

[Late Latin dspicbilis, from Latin dspicr, to despise; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

de·spica·ble·ness n.
de·spica·bly adv.

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mark a-despicable-prescriptivist Baily
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Postby Perry » Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:18 am

Not on your life! There isn't one thing about you that I despic.
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Postby Bailey » Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:24 am

thank you Perry, here's that twenty,

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Postby Stargzer » Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:21 am

Bailey wrote:That was uncalled for Geezer, There's nothing perjorative in being a prescriptivist. ...

True. Someone has to work in the pharmacy to fill all the prescriptions my doctor writes for me.
And I don't recall perjoring anyone.

Nevertheless those 'signs' didn't fool me even way back when I first saw them at age 10, in 1958.

I was about three years younger, and yes, I read too fast. That's why it's hard to edit my own writing: my brain knows what it meant to say. If the fingers and eyes can't keep up, well, it's not the brains problem, or so it thinks. :wink:

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Postby sluggo » Fri Dec 22, 2006 2:09 pm

gailr wrote:I take it that "why to we spell it sleigh" passes muster with this group? Does this construction include a split infinitive or an unconventional prepositional phrase?

Oh what fun it is to write in a wan hoarse oaken slay.

Gailr, you have done outdid thyself. An uncaught typo, a line fulla puns and a new tagline twist, all at once. So many presence and it's barely Solstice...

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