brenok wrote:I my eyes literally burned upon seeing this comic. But it begs the question: is there anyway it could get worse? Because one could think of alot of ways to annoy gramatically sensitive people.
Alright, you got me. My eyes literally burned just THINKING about reading these comments. Because I splashed sulfuric acid in them. OK, I didn't--but it would serve me right.
orthogon wrote:In fact it looks as though flammable is the more recent word, coined specifically to avoid the ambiguity of inflammable.
That makes me feel better about humanity.
Barstro wrote:It bothers me that irregardless is a word now just because the public kept using it until better minds gave up. That might be why inflammable means what it means.
means "capable of being set on fire" and I don't see what that has to do with anyone giving up.
Most other "in" words mean the opposite;
indecisive is being not decisive
inadequate is being less than adequate
But, I can see people using inflammable the same way that "infamous" was used in "The Three Amigos", and the rest of society finally going along with it because it's hard to change the stubbornly ignorant. But, that was just for argument. I do not really believe that inflammable came about because people refused to speak correctly (unlike "irregardless", which is a direct result of people murdering a language).
There is a difference here too--if people assume that "inflammible" means "not able to burn" when it really means "highly able to burn," it is more dangerous to life and health. The invention of "flammible" was to reduce possible ambiguity or the dangers of ignorance.
arthurd006_5 wrote: orthogon wrote:
I once wrote a request to the IT helpdesk that said something like:
I wrote:Please could you assign an IP address for my PC, whose MAC address is 01:23:45:67:89:AB?
When I chased up whether it had been done, the guy said "No, you didn't seem too sure of the MAC address so I was waiting for you to confirm it". I had to go back and look what I'd written, then try to explain that a sentence that begins "Please could you ..." is a question and therefore requires a question mark at the end.
I think we need a new piece of English grammar, for sentences like this one:
Could you please consider this thing? which has these supporting non-controversial details.
Please, could you assign an IP address for my PC? Its MAC address is 01:23:45:67:89:AB.
Having become a Wizard on n.p. 2183, the Yellow Piggy retroactively appointed his honorable self a Temporal Wizardly Piggy on n.p.1488, not to be effective until n.p. 2183, thereby avoiding a partial temporal paradox. Since he couldn't afford two philosophical PhDs to rule on the title.