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It's two words not one and I see it A LOT

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posted on May, 1 2014 @ 09:18 PM

originally posted by: AfterInfinity
I had a habit when I was younger of writing "shouldn't've", for "should not have". I was told it was a bad idea because it's not really a word, but I didn't care. There's no reason "shouldn't" is appropriate use of conjunctive grammar and "shouldn't've" is not. Hell, I invent words all the time by taking suffixes with similar meanings and functions and switching them out on the fly because I can't remember the official word. "Conglomerize", "persnickate" (to be persnickety in manner) and other stuff because my mind is always on the run and I kinda have to shove sentences into my mouth and fire them off before I lose the opening in my train of thought.

If you are writing colloquially, say writing dialogue for a character and using colloquial speech (think Mark Twain who was a master of the skill), then what you are describing in the first case would be entirely appropriate because shouldn't've is how a lot of people sound when they speak.

As for making up works on the fly, there are quite a few words that are considered common usage in English that were coined whole cloth by authors like Shakespeare. Who knows? If you truly have a talent for it ... some may stick.

posted on May, 1 2014 @ 09:26 PM
My 7th grade teacher wouldn't allow us to use the word "alot"when we wrote. So I would sneak it in and write about looking for a car in a "lot" that sells cars or a "lot" where I would like to build my own house , just to mess with her and I liked it a lot.

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 08:15 AM
originally posted by: TDawgRex

Gram and Granda ain't all it! They'un's hav no idear wha we be takin' 'bout anywhos!

'scuse me but it's

"They'uns ain't go no idee whut we be talkn 'bout anywho"


posted on May, 2 2014 @ 09:13 AM
OP is clearly frustrated.

Is he a sceptic? i could care less. unless its an infection, then i would be worried.

Their are few people that thing there so great, but they are not. whatever, same difference.

Your not funny.. you think its funny? You could of done that but that does not mean you should of done it... who knows what would of happen.

You screaming like that does not effect me, but im glad that music in the background has a good affect that i dont need to hear you're hideous rant.

Its the principal man.. don't complement me.

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 10:20 AM
a reply to: luciddream

I enjoyed your post.

Is he a sceptic?

Do the British spell it like that? Just wondering, I don't know.

I just remember in a lighthearted thread about how the Americans don't speak correctly like the British do.

I said "you know you pronounce aluminum wrong" and somebody said that they actually spell it over there as "aluminium"

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 11:19 AM

originally posted by: fyredansyr
a reply to: FlySolo

I used to get bothered when people would write alot instead of a lot. Then I stumbled across this blog that has a humorous little thing about it.

Hyperbole and a half - The Alot

Now, whenever I see alot I sort of smile.

Got totally distracted by the link you provided. Hilarious stuff. Thanks alot!
edit on 2-5-2014 by whitewave because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 12:15 PM
a reply to: Chamberf=6

Not just the British, it's spelt (or spelled if you prefer) like that in most parts of the English-speaking world outside North America; the reason being we adopted the word from the French 'sceptique'...but to be fair, it was spelled with a 'k' in the original Greek from which it derives.

For this reason, most dictionaries allow either spelling as correct (it's only Americans who insist that everyone use their spelling. Hmm...)

But I'm sorry - aluminium is aluminium.

The word was coined by the English chemist Sir Humphry Davy in 1812. He also named potassium, sodium, magnesium (you see a pattern here?).

But the Noah Webster dictionary of 1828 gave it as 'aluminum', which is why you say aluminum now.
edit on 2.5.2014 by CJCrawley because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 12:20 PM
a reply to: CJCrawley


We Americans are backwards in more ways than one, I guess.

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 01:05 PM
a reply to: fyredansyr

I want an A lot..... Seriously, I found that a while back and laughed my @$$ off!
I recently showed it to my brother, who lacks much in the written word department. I told him he should never have an excuse to write "alot" again. He agreed that he will always remember that it is "a lot".

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 02:36 PM
a reply to: ketsuko
Your'e right. I often wonder what it will look like in 40 years?

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 02:44 PM

originally posted by: TDawgRex

originally posted by: BuzzCory

originally posted by: olaru12
a reply to: FlySolo

Their alot of people hear that dont cotton to Gramma Nazis!!

Hey, that's "don't cotton too Gramma Nazis"! Is it really to much trouble too get it wrong?

Y'all, still have it wrong! Them's har a hole lotta folk that din't cott'n to na damn grammar Nazzis. We'un's bury them that folk down yonder in tha holler!

If you're going to say it right...say it right.

I grew up here in the south, and I can honestly say I didn't understand a lick of that :p I'm not sure if I should be ashamed, or proud XD

Anywho, I can handle the incorrect spelling of a lot & let it slide. It's the abuse & misuse of they're, there, their that really irritates me. < twitch >

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 03:20 PM
a reply to: Chamberf=6

There are add-ons for that.

posted on May, 2 2014 @ 05:03 PM

originally posted by: brazenalderpadrescorpio
a reply to: Chamberf=6

There are add-ons for that.

Um, thanks and I was joking around, but I menshunned yousing those in da post.
edit on 5/2/2014 by Chamberf=6 because: (no reason given)

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