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Miss Grundy on 15 February 2011:

There are times Miss Grundy feels she really must re-teach what we should have learned years ago.
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Selected posts from the old board:


Miss Grundy on 15 February 2011:

None of the following is a possessive pronoun:

I's
your's
hi's
her's
it's
our's
their's

Please cease pretending they are.


peedeecee on 6 November 2011:

In the world of hi-tech gadgetry, I've noticed that more and more people who send text messages and emails have long forgotten the art of capital letters. For those of you who fall into this category, please take note of the following statement:

"Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse."

Is everybody clear on that?



GW in Ohio on 29 April 2012:

Let us celebrate verbs and show them we appreciate them. (Perhaps you could take a verb out to dinner.)

Verbs give life, action, and movement to sentences. Without them, nouns and pronouns would simply flounder, and adverbs would wither away and die.

Like us, verbs have voices. Oh, yes. They can be active or passive, just like some members of your family.

And like members of your family, verbs have moods. Yes, they do.

A verb using the indicative moods expresses a fact. (Romney put his foot in his mouth.)
A verb using the imperative mood expresses a command. (Shut up, Gingrich.)
And a verb using the subjunctive mood expresses a doubt, a conjecture, or a suggestion. (I might run for president if I could raise $1 billion.)

And like any family, verbs have relatives. We call these relatives verbals (rhymes with gerbils.)

Gerunds are easy...they end in -ing.....running for president.....losing the primaries.....going back to private life....

And your verb cousins, the infinitives, always start with to.......to win the presidency requires lots of cash.

Gerunds and infinitives function as nouns.

But then you've got your participles. Like a no-account brother, or an uncle who constantly embarrasses you in public, they can be troublesome. particularly when they're irregular verbs (swim, swam, swum, sing, sang, sung). Past participles are best left in the past, like that shitbum brother who keeps dealing cocaine.

But let's celebrate verbs. They add so much action to our humdrum lives.


Miss Grundy on 23 February 2017:

Lori Fryd, Contributor The Reluctant Revolutionary
           The Emperor Has No Vocabulary
    02/17/2017 07:24 am ET

  Mastering the Art of Incoherence

   Somewhere in this world, my eighth-grade English teacher ― and everybody else of that generation who valued and revered the form, function and proper use of the English language ― are rolling over in their graves.

  The mean-spirited, petty, and unhinged laughingstock who currently occupies the Oval Office held a press conference Thursday afternoon. Excerpts of that press conference are widely available anywhere online and probably up on a billboard in parts unknown, being effectively used as recruitment tools for ISIS.

   Suffice it to say that it was a shameful stampede of marauding, unintelligible lunacy.

   At this point, we are not expecting Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address or King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to flow from the perennially-puckered mouth of Donald J. Trump.

   We’d settle for one fully-formed sentence with an ascertainable beginning, middle and end.

    Instead, the unbridled gobbledygook that spews forth from this president is so incomprehensible that it can bring a roomful of seasoned reporters to their knees. Throughout his nefarious career, Trump has somehow managed to weaponize gibberish and tortured syntax, creating chaos all around him with one of his most frequently-wielded tools: consummate drivel.

     He’s like a Jabberwocky terrorist.

     His ability to drown out reason with a steady, pernicious flow of babble and blather effectively demoralizes everyone within earshot. He brandishes nonsense like a flamethrower, basically torching his listeners with an unstoppable barrage of disconcerting and creepy, cryptic crap. It’s why an impressive assemblage of hard-bitten, savvy reporters looked as though they needed a blankie, a ba-ba, a binky and a jumbo-sized bottle of Excedrin by the time he was through.

     I’m not alone in my observation that this is something we’ve never seen before in a world leader. To be seduced by great and powerful oratory is one thing. To be rendered dumbstruck by incoherent inanity is quite another.

     I don’t know what it will take for the sycophantic fools and followers of this stammering Stalin to finally cry uncle. Apparently, a flagrant display of nonsense, asininity, and stunning ignorance does not suffice.

     All I know is that this dangerous buffoon, whose mastery of the art of indecipherable doublespeak just awarded him the keys to this asylum, is a sneering disgrace to our nation - not to mention the sad, smoldering remains of intelligent discourse everywhere.

     
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-emperor-has-no-vocabulary_us_58a6d469e4b026a89a7a2971
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I was about to ask what Miss Grundy was going to re-teach me, and only when I opened this reply box did I get her February 15 lesson (as well as three other really good ones.

Miss Grundy is a pistol.
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Aha! Like magic, those lessons appeared on the board when I had posted my reply. (This board really must be in a parallel universe, as I have suspected for some time now.)
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quote:

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I was about to ask what Miss Grundy was going to re-teach me, and only when I opened this reply box did I get her February 15 lesson (as well as three other really good ones.

Miss Grundy is a pistol.



We do love our Miss Grundy. She taught me nearly everything I know about apostrophe abuse. emoticon
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We've been having a discussion on Political Grill about the possessive of "corps," Susie. How would you write it and pronounce it?
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We've been having a discussion on Political Grill about the possessive of "corps," Susie. How would you write it and pronounce it?



Miss Grundy is a better authority on possessives and other grammar spelling questions than I am, Belle, but I would spell the possessive of "corps" as "corps' ". But you could always resort to the more cumbersome construction: "the opinion of the corps"?

The pronunciation is a good question. I guess I would pronounce the possessive as "cores"?
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Once again my friends, the possessive of Corps is Corps'. But then I learned written English in an Italian classroom and from my mother who was a translator for the United Nations in her younger days. So what In the hell do I know? Pronounciation? Your guess is good as mine. Whatever it is I would mispronounce it with a Triestine accent anyway.

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Dear Miss Grundy:

I think I'm pretty good at spelling and grammar, and I'm not given to apostrophe abuse. I know the difference between "its" and "it's" and when to use one or the other. However, sometimes the autocorrect feature does things without my realizing it, so if you see me appearing to use "its" or "it's" improperly, it may be that mischievous autocorrect. 😳
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As near as I can tell, autocorrect is a menace.

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quote:

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As near as I can tell, autocorrect is a menace.



Earlier today I was looking at a site that had examples of auto correct gone crazy. Girls were texting and tweeting about how great his colon smelled, and how they loved to smell his colon. It just turns them on.
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quote:

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quote:

Miz Robbie wrote:

As near as I can tell, autocorrect is a menace.



Earlier today I was looking at a site that had examples of auto correct gone crazy. Girls were texting and tweeting about how great his colon smelled, and how they loved to smell his colon. It just turns them on.



O.M.G! That is too good, Cooter!!

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When I was working, I had to draft a letter to someone whose last name was autocorrected to Penis. A colleague had a similar situation when the addressee's name was autocorrected to Satan. Needless to say, we overrode autocorrect.
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Oh, heavens.... Those poor people! emoticon My students had a habit of just accepting whatever autocorrect in Word changed in their papers. One lazy student who was trying to talk about Massachusetts wound up saying "the state of Masochist." I always wondered how the student was trying to spell Massachusetts.

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I wonder how the student was trying to spell it, too, Lis. "Masochist" is almost a malapropism for Massachusetts. (I love wordplay. We should have a wordplay thread.)
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I wonder how the student was trying to spell it, too, Lis. "Masochist" is almost a malapropism for Massachusetts. (I love wordplay. We should have a wordplay thread.)



Please feel free to start one!

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With pleasure, Robbie. Could you transfer my thread about metaphors to it?
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All I could do is copy it and paste it to a new thread, and then it would look like my post.

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OK.
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This should put Miss Grundy's spine out of place:

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