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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:54 pm 
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To recap FootFace's points on all these threads:
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When we talk about "incorrect" English, we're really talking about a bunch of different things, for instance:

1) deviations from a so-called standard: ain't, he didn't buy nothing, me and Lawrence went for a stroll. (Note that these standards are, for the most part, arbitrary. Moreover, there isn't actually one single standard. Moreover moreover, there's probably no one who follows all these "rules," anyway. And those who focus on these standards often display historically unsound biases such as, for example, believing anything that deviates from, say, early 20th-century English is wrong, even while not holding earlier varieties equally sacred.)

2) errors of convention: misspellings, "bad" punctuation, etc.

3) technically ungrammatical English ("ungrammatical" in the sense of "not conforming to a variety of English, standard or otherwise"): Yesterday, I eat two apples red. (Note that a sentence like this is perfectly intelligible, but any native speaker of English would find it weird and wrong.)

4) incoherent English: Peanut butter dreaming outside of conceptualments or!

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:58 pm 
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your example of incoherent english is the only one i'd want to stet.

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:36 pm 
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What's correct English anyhoo? I know I don't understand pretty much any of you most of the time because half your vowels have fallen out yer pockets and you call aubergines eggplants. Eggs are not vegan! Even if you plant them and dye them purple!

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:45 pm 
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The biggest problem with determining what is correct English is that there aren't any reality shows about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:49 pm 
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*votes mumbles off the island*

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:15 pm 
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Moon wrote:
First... interrobang... is that Dame Maggie Smith in youthful form in your avatar?

in her PRIME, no less!

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:52 pm 
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mumbles wrote:
The biggest problem with determining what is correct English is that there aren't any reality shows about it.


I would watch the heck out of a grammar-based reality show.

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
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interrobang?! wrote:
*votes mumbles off the island*


This made me laugh out loud.

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:01 am 
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interrobang?! wrote:
Moon wrote:
First... interrobang... is that Dame Maggie Smith in youthful form in your avatar?
in her PRIME, no less!

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
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ndpittman wrote:
interrobang?! wrote:
*votes mumbles off the island*


This made me laugh out loud.

Real funny. I live on an island. I'm homeless now. Thanks a lot.

Now I sit on the sidewalk, encrusted by my hoodie, with my head between my knees. I'm intentionally adding superfluous apostrophes to my cardboard sign. fork y'all.

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:25 pm 
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what sidewalk? it'd better be a sidewalk in jersey, because you can't live on that other island, either. not with that sign.

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
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I DON'T KNOW WHERE I AM. I WAS VOTED OFF THE ISLAND.

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
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First, mumbles, are you still a Republican? Because if so, you know that you cannot blame your lack of an island your being voted off. Unless it was taken from you and redistributed. I'm not sure how that works.

Also, this. Do not tell me you will BRB.

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 Post subject: Re: Literary Privilege: Better than I Could Say It
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:00 pm 
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No, I'm a socialist now. I love Big 'Bama. Where do I line up for free stuff?

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