Pedanticus blows his top

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Pat O'Banton » 17 Aug 2017, 16:34

Pat O'Banton wrote:
Rayge wrote:
Masterly - in the manner of a master of a craft, art or task: skilled or accomplished
Masterful(ly) - in the manner of a owner of a slave (or indeed dog): overweening, arrogant, dictatorial, privileged



1. Adjective
2. Adverb

???


Or am I wrong? I keep thinking about this and I think I'm correct. Happy to be proven otherwise...
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Rayge » 27 Sep 2017, 10:45

Um, Criterion, singular. Criteria, plural. That's all
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby kewl klive » 27 Sep 2017, 11:11

What’s your criterion for that?
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Postby Rayge » 27 Sep 2017, 13:52

Maybe this one

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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Darkness_Fish » 27 Sep 2017, 13:59

Rayge wrote:Um, Criterion, singular. Criteria, plural. That's all

If you're the sort of person who uses "datum" rather than data, I'm afraid I'm going to have to kick you in the balls.
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby kewl klive » 27 Sep 2017, 14:01

Ball.
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Rayge » 27 Sep 2017, 14:06

Pat O'Banton wrote:
Pat O'Banton wrote:
Rayge wrote:
Masterly - in the manner of a master of a craft, art or task: skilled or accomplished
Masterful(ly) - in the manner of a owner of a slave (or indeed dog): overweening, arrogant, dictatorial, privileged



1. Adjective
2. Adverb

???


Or am I wrong? I keep thinking about this and I think I'm correct. Happy to be proven otherwise...


Sorry it took so long. Truth to tell, I can't be definitive on this, but I think that although masterly has the -ly ending, it is not necessarily an adverb, as 'master' is very rarely used adjectivally - I can only think of 'master craftsman' and similar phrases, whereas masterfully is clearly an adverb form from masterful as an adjective. The form of master that means someone who has mastered a skill lends to be 'adverbialized' (whoo, just made up a crap word) in adverbial phrases such as 'painted like a master' or 'in a masterly way. Also, I can't think off-hand of an example where 'masterly' is used to modify a verb (except in gerund form, as in masterly engineering, say, where it is again adjectival).
But I am prepared to be corrected.
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Rayge » 27 Sep 2017, 14:07

Darkness_Fish wrote:
Rayge wrote:Um, Criterion, singular. Criteria, plural. That's all

If you're the sort of person who uses "datum" rather than data, I'm afraid I'm going to have to kick you in the balls.


I never use either. They're too pretentious and have the rank odour of IT about them
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Footy » 27 Sep 2017, 14:16

Rayge wrote:Um, Criterion, singular. Criteria, plural. That's all


Phenomenon/phenomena misuse is equally irritating. An appalling BCB bore has made the error in a post on YY in the past twenty minutes. Disappointing.
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Rayge » 27 Sep 2017, 14:17

Footy wrote:
Rayge wrote:Um, Criterion, singular. Criteria, plural. That's all


Phenomenon/phenomena misuse is equally irritating. An appalling BCB bore has made the error in a post on YY in the past twenty minutes. Disappointing.


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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Charlie O. » 27 Sep 2017, 14:46

Twice in the past two days I have encountered somebody using the word "inertia" when they mean "momentum".

Bobby Hart writing about the (first) breakup of his writing/performing partnership with Tommy Boyce: ... for three years I had been pinned to the nose of a runaway train, held upright by the sheer power of its inertia.
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Snarfyguy » 27 Sep 2017, 23:27

Charlie O. wrote:the sheer power of its inertia.

I like it!
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Sneelock » 27 Sep 2017, 23:33

one day, I will have a child and I will name it Inertia.
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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby kewl klive » 27 Sep 2017, 23:42

Rayge wrote:
Footy wrote:
Rayge wrote:Um, Criterion, singular. Criteria, plural. That's all


Phenomenon/phenomena misuse is equally irritating. An appalling BCB bore has made the error in a post on YY in the past twenty minutes. Disappointing.


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Re: Pedanticus blows his top

Postby Snarfyguy » 28 Sep 2017, 03:44

Part of my job is "copy editing" legal briefs, so I'm sensitive to these kinds of issues.

One thing that sticks in my craw is confusion over "each other"/"one another," which is really widespread. Sorry to be a nerd about it, just that text loses credibility with me when it mistakes these terms.
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