posted on Feb, 10 2012 @ 11:18 AM
Welcome to the sanest loony bin on the internet, sir.
I for one am willing to reserve judgment. So far, your linguistic patterns indicate that you are most likely the age you claim to be, though it is
not impossible that a good impostor with a decent understanding of how different generations speak and write could produce the same work.
For the record, these are linguistic examples of why I cannot say you are a fraud:
"ET's and UFO's" use of apostrophe in plural form of "exotic" terms, common in older individuals with less-than-ideal primary education, close
cousin to the greengrocer's apostrophe
"taken a drink" form is typical of those born before the Baby Boom
"I have certainly seen objects both in the air, and on the ground, that to me looked 'otherworldly.'" an impostor would likely have punctuated
that clause differently, with the first comma falling after "objects" in order to appear more proper, but giving away their younger grammar in so
Generally, word-usage is typical of a person born before the Baby Boom
These are gray-area examples of locution:
Pervasive use of "that" when "which" would be expected
Use of passive voice in an unexpected and improper way
Lack of expected hyphenation
I am skeptical, in the dictionary sense, but I am listening.