A number of people actually told me in real, live, face-to-face conversations that they wanted to see About me again. They figured the interview was possibly the best self-promo they’d ever read on any website.
My own opinion is that it’s self-important faggotry, but since others apparently liked it so much, what the hell, I’ll go along with their demands.
Grammarheads aren’t anal-retentive as more accurately they are anal-explosive.
As soon as someone stupid enough to get sucked into an argument about grammar or language usage — and even stupider to express a different point of view (not even necessarily a dissenting one) — the complainers gear up almost like a united front with these highly predictable defences:-
The ways and byways of the English language aren’t some private mystery or protected kingdom of a select few. The evidence for how and why English operates the way it does is all around us, you blind SOB.
Before we take a reality check about English, we first have to recognise the craptastic complaints characteristically spewed out by the grammarphiles.
“These people in Hong Kong don’t know how to handle vintage or luxury cars. They buy a four-million-dollar Ferrari or a vintage car, and then crash it. That’s not how you play with cars like that. The luxury car makers are laughing their heads off but behind our backs only because of the money paid to them and the repeat business.”—
(Overheard in shop between customer and sales assistant, Wed 09 May 2012, ca. 3pm)
Photo: A total writeoff of a US$1 million Pagani Zonda F in Hong Kong in 2009.
Only 106 Pagani Zondas were ever produced, and 25 of those where Zonda F models.
This had been a well-known phrase in the United Kingdom in the mid-1970s. It wasn’t exactly a popular phrase, but its meaning was understood well enough in those days and is certainly still understood by those who spent their formative years in the Swinging Seventies UK.
Basically, rising damp refers to a symptom or appearance of neglect, old age, decrepitude, etc. In short, the phrase emphasises personal failure or failing qualities.
“Learning is a lot like the difference between fiddlers and violinists. Fiddlers never had formal lessons, so most couldn’t read music and played everything by ear. Violinists could read music but usually couldn’t improvise. Another stereotype was invented.”—(07 May 2012)