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Grammatical quibble

By mjmarcus ·
Just a little pet peeve of mine is use of the word "comprise", which means to contain, encompassed, or be composed of. Most people interchange "comprise" with "compose" when they are actually opposites.
In "Personal Success", you say: "had an input-output system comprised of only switches and blinking lights". This is an incorrect usage - you could say "composed of only switches and blinking lights" or you could say "comprising only switches and blinking lights".
Bad trivia geek!

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English is a lost art

by ITgirli In reply to Grammatical quibble

I think we shouls all go back to using Middle English. It's far more simple. See....?

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the ram his halve cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye
(so priketh hem nature in hir corages);
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,

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Ah, but not everyone is a Chaucer

by neilb@uk In reply to English is a lost art

The last time I read those lines, I was by the tomb of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. It was May, but close enough.

I almost got religion.

Almost.

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Be careful!

by ITgirli In reply to Ah, but not everyone is a ...

That religion stuff is spreading around everywhere, did you remember to wash your hands?

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Dock his pay

by jdclyde In reply to Be careful!

he thought something religious on company time.

More floggings! More I say!

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HAHAHAHAHAHA

by ITgirli In reply to Dock his pay

And once again we manage to steer the conversation away from the main topic. I love it.
That religion stuff is crazy. Don't get any on your shoes.

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Well, just to make you feel better

by neilb@uk In reply to Be careful!

I was waiting in the Cathedral out of the rain (pubs used to open at midday on Sunday) and I was asked to read it by some American tourists because they liked the sound of my accent.

But at least I recognised it!

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I love Chaucer

by ITgirli In reply to Well, just to make you fe ...

And I spent a great deal of time learning Middle English so that I could read his works as they were originally written.

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The shame is

by jdclyde In reply to I love Chaucer

that so many people WON'T put half that much effort into reading ANYTHING, ANYWAY.

Continue to Never let good enough be good enough. Your already well down that road and it's great!

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yeah

by ITgirli In reply to The shame is

I don't think I've done too bad in my 23 years. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I can speak a little in about 7 languages.

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I am impressed

by neilb@uk In reply to I love Chaucer

I know very few English people who would take the trouble to read Chaucer in the original form - alas, myself included.

We are not worthy!

Neil

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