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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 6:29 a.m. PST

"And how is that any different from your usual behavior, OFM?"

I am going to admonish ALL thread originators who use the 's to indicate plurals in their thread title.

So far this week, we have seen:
Apostrophe's (but this was deliberate)

Enough is enough.
Stand by for stern admonitions.

Before some moron whines that "As long as he is understood, what's the problem?", let me just say that I am right and you are wrong.
The 's is used for possessives, NOT plurals. Tell me how that makes it understandable, PARTICULARLY if a foreign johnnie is trying tu understand what is written.

I would also like to point out that it is ALWAYS the person who one would think has English as his first language who makes this elementary mistake. The foregin johnnies take more pains over their English than do native speakers. With one or two exceptions… grin

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 6:31 a.m. PST

No need to hit the complaint button on me for trolling.
I have already turned myself in.

The Hobbybox Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 6:45 a.m. PST

Well it's just before New Year so I suppose you were due a fit of the vapour's.

evil grin

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 6:52 a.m. PST

I'm sick of teh for the. It's all over the place.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 6:53 a.m. PST

Fair call, but spelling is important as well i.e "to" and "foreign"….:)

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 7:05 a.m. PST

Those are typo's. grin

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 7:12 a.m. PST

Damn, I fell for your trap!

The Hobbybox Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 7:15 a.m. PST


Is not the plural of typo, typos? (to agree with OFM's original post regarding possessive verus plural?)

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 8:10 a.m. PST

mines jus not hapy wit teh stuf wats riten on hre. we ned to mak it bettrs.

Seen all of the above used by youth on social media postings,
grammar included.

pphalen Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 8:24 a.m. PST

Is not the plural of typo, typos?

That would be irony, hence the smiley

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 8:27 a.m. PST

Yep, typos.

And really, if people can't (correct shortened version of cannot or can not) be bothered to spell check their work…..

Well, really.

Connard Sage Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 9:12 a.m. PST

I'll con'sider my'self admoni'shed.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 9:23 a.m. PST

I agree with the OFM.

kyoteblue Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 9:41 a.m. PST

The Horror!!!!

Wizard Whateley29 Dec 2011 10:03 a.m. PST

Just so.

Austin Rob Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 10:36 a.m. PST

Their, their. Everyone will soon get over there snit's. No reason to loose you're temper and let lose arrow's of criticism.

Personal logo combatpainter Supporting Member of TMP Fezian Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 10:41 a.m. PST


Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 10:43 a.m. PST

How about everyone using "lay" instead of "lie"?

My dice were just laying there

I was laying around

Caesar Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 11:15 a.m. PST

OF: 1.Expressing the relationship between a part and a whole: "the sleeve of his coat".
2.Expressing the relationship between a scale or measure and a value: "an increase of 5 percent".

HAVE: 1.Possess, own, or hold.
2.Used with a past participle to form the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses, and the conditional mood: "I have finished".

I hate it when people use "of" when they mean "have".

Connard Sage Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 11:41 a.m. PST

People who don't know the bloody difference between a noun and a verb. Like this Nimrod.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 11:43 a.m. PST

As far as it goes, it seems we are all just keeping up
with the Joness, punctuationally speaking…

vaughan Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 11:59 a.m. PST

Well, even though I have a strong suspicion that I'm the moron referred to in the original post (I'm not, I've got cerstificates an stuff), I agree. The problem is many people know of the existance of apostrophes and seek to use them at any opportunity. I would prefer people to restrain themselves rather than scatter them willy-nilly in the vain hope that some may be right.

Edited to add a missing apostrophe.

Desert Rat29 Dec 2011 12:12 p.m. PST

The extra apostrophes these people use are the same ones they save by spelling "you're" as "your".

Forager Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 12:21 p.m. PST

Is not the plural of typo, typos?

That would be irony, hence the smiley

However, since the subject of the OP was the incorrect use of "'s" in the title of the thread only, its use within the body of a message must not be rant-worthy and, consequently, can be overlooked in this instance.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 2:37 p.m. PST

typo's is I zink the abbreviation of typographicals, is it not so monsieur. And zerfore we DO require an apostrophe for it must stand zer for ze letters that are gone, n'est pas ? Zo with "graphical" all missing zere must be, I zink, an apostrophe and zo typo's.

But, and zis is the greater mystery, is not zee word "error" missing in its entirety ?

Ah oui.

Zis mystery we 'ave not yet solved.

It is the problem most strange.

Connard Sage Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 2:45 p.m. PST

Been watching Poirot again have we?

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 2:53 p.m. PST

Ah, Monsieur Sage, you have ze eye most perceptive.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 4:03 p.m. PST

Actually being plural it is typos. As you state, the alternative long form would be typographical errors. But nice try.

Connard Sage Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 4:09 p.m. PST

People (usually American people) who don't know the difference between English and British.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 5:08 p.m. PST

Ze apostrophe it can replace a few letters, oui ? But, mes amis, it cannot replace whole words. Otherwise this is a valid sentance, no ?

' ' ' ' '

Oui, I may be dawhchezed for saying that, bah ! I care not !

Mapleleaf Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 7:11 p.m. PST

As the story goes. Mark Twain didn't see the need for punctuation marks in his writing. When his editor persisted in complaining about the lack of punctuation. Twain sent him an entire page of various quotation marks in random order. His note said "Put them wherever they seem to fit ." Apparently his editor never raised the question again.

So for John:
:;"',.?/():";',.?!~`"':-;,.?`~!()*:";'-,.?" ' '-''''..,,:;::!(),.?;':",.?'":;'!?.,""""'''''":';!*()';":';?.,.,"':;.,?!*( ).,"'::'''' -

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2011 7:18 p.m. PST

After the operation, I only had a semi-colon. Man, is that inconvenient!

Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Dec 2011 7:54 p.m. PST

"'s" is not used solely for possessives. It is also used to create a contraction of "is," such as "it's" meaning "it is."

Just sayin…

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2011 4:59 a.m. PST

…or for "it has".

However, "its" is a different kettle of fish, being a possessive pronoun meaning "of it" or something similar. <new argument erupts>

Personal logo Sue Kes Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member30 Dec 2011 10:03 a.m. PST

Oh, good-oh, the apostrophe row. Must admit, I'm with the "get it right or don't use it!" brigade, it's one of the (few) things I get narked about with regard to writing and grammar. (Although walking past the local grocery store hissing "It's one banana, two BANANAS NO APOSTROPHE YOU …" gets you funny looks!)

Mind you, that might be because I know how to use them properly. If they did nothing else, the nuns were hot on grammatical accuracy!

Connard Sage Inactive Member30 Dec 2011 10:13 a.m. PST

I may be dawhchezed

Vous may be chienmaisoned for using even more execrable French than moi, aussi.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2011 3:08 p.m. PST

Je n'est comprande pas. Je suis anglais. Avez-vous une tasse de te ? Merci.

Doctor X30 Dec 2011 4:20 p.m. PST

This complaint sounds more like it belongs on the Utter Drivel board.

I hope it was cross-posted for all to enjoy.

Austin Rob Inactive Member30 Dec 2011 6:01 p.m. PST

Yes, the line between a rant and utter drivel is a thin one, indeed!

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