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Sadly, and with much regret, I hereby rescind my membership of the Pedants' Club

43 replies

Twiglett · 23/04/2008 09:59

I am no longer able to differentiate between 'who's' and 'whose'.

I am putting in hyphens where none belong.

I am struggling for words.

And once, yes once dear friends, I wrote and email that included the words "I don't no" and only noticed when I re-read it.
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Twiglett · 23/04/2008 10:00

and email

see what I mean?

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Bridie3 · 23/04/2008 10:01

This is serious.

SixSpotBurnet · 23/04/2008 10:02

Twig, no - I was only being bitchy! Don't go!

CountessDracula · 23/04/2008 10:04

this is sewious

Back to school marmite face

Cappuccino · 23/04/2008 10:04

oh poor twig

I have some apostrophes for you they are my spares

' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' '
feel free to put them in all the wrong places, including the possessive its, where they don't belong

ProfessorGrammaticus · 23/04/2008 10:11

Twig are you tired perhaps? A bit peaky? Take some vitamins, look after yourself.

NappiesGalore · 23/04/2008 10:13


i dont no is terrible. i think maybe we should come round and shoot you; put you out of your misery... what do you think?

CountessDracula · 23/04/2008 10:13

oh nappies you are back

I can never find you any more as you ahve so many names!

Saggarmakersbottomknocker · 23/04/2008 10:17


KerryMum · 23/04/2008 10:17

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Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Twiglett · 23/04/2008 10:19

Well I would submit for consideration that a contractual obligation involves two parties and as such either party may be in a position to rescind such a contract.

whaddaya mean menopausal? [harrumph]

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CountessDracula · 23/04/2008 10:23

Is there an implied contract here?
Where is the consideration?

snowleopard · 23/04/2008 10:25

Now then. Writing "I don't no" or "Its over their" etc by mistake is understandable I think - as long as it's because you're in a rush and typing too fast, and not because you think it's actually correct. Especially if you realise and then post a hasty correction. In fact that is a feature of all the best pedants' corner threads!

Well at least, I do it and I'm not "rescinding"

And as for hyphens - they've gone haywire everywhere. The BBC and the Guardian are using totally wrong wrong wrong constructions like "the boy is three-years-old" and "I went to pick-up my dry cleaning" - which should NOT have hyphens (unlike "A three-year-old boy or "pick-up truck"- which should) and it's actually starting to mess with my head and make me wonder if I actually know what's right any more

Threadworm · 23/04/2008 10:26

It's actually a Corner, not a Club. You can't contract with a corner. (Or if you do, you have to make sure you cover all the angles.)

Threadworm · 23/04/2008 10:27

(Agree on hyphens. They are the Devil's darts.)

Twiglett · 23/04/2008 10:36

snowleopard .. I don't agree that it is understandable when it came without thinking. When I type without thinking, I expect to type correctly and not make such a fundamental error.

LOL at thready 'cover all the angles' - very good

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frogs · 23/04/2008 10:39

We'll let them pass. Since it's you, and you've seen the error of your ways.

However, in the eventuality that we spot a 'should of' or a 'might of', all sympathy will evaporate, and we will have to send someone round with a humane killer.

CountessDracula · 23/04/2008 10:41

You do realise we will be stalking you now and checking your spelling, punctuation and grammar at every turn...

Hassled · 23/04/2008 10:43

Twiglett - fret not. It happens to the best of us.

I spent way too long recently working out how to spell the word "length". I'm still not sure I've cracked it. It looks wrong. And I forgot how to spell "embarrasses". That definately looks wrong.

SoMuchToBits · 23/04/2008 10:46

Definately is definitely wrong!

Hassled · 23/04/2008 10:50
snowleopard · 23/04/2008 10:53

Well twig - I sometimes type "no" for "know" or the wrong "there" when working v fast. Because I think my brain is just very quickly associating a string of letters that fits with the sound of the word in my head. I'm a pedant though, so I usually manage to check and correct it, but it does happen.

seeker · 23/04/2008 11:03

I don't think you can be drummed out of Pedant's Corner for a typo, can you? Or is it stricter than I think?

seeker · 23/04/2008 11:05

And exactly how many pedants are in this corner anyway? I assume one at a time - hence my use of Pedant's.

Threadworm · 23/04/2008 11:17

Many can fit in at a time. The pedants are acute but their corner is obtuse.

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