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And this Queen of Wands strip reminds me of the moot/mute discussion I had with my husband this morning. I used to work with people who would say things like "I had you on moot" or "That's a mute point." Gah.

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I recently edited a paper, that I'm now responsible for rewriting that used the word "Formalize" instead of "Finalize" and chose to use the word "Effort" as a verb. "We effort to correct these problems." Other 'lesser' sins of grammar included the use of "Purpose" as a verb. It is a verb that can be used, but in modern common usage the verbs "Propose" or "Aim" have become more widely accepted. He's a co-worker so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, but if he didn't know that "Effort" isn't a verb, I'm probably being generous with assuming he has knowledge of the obscure usages of words like "Purpose". Also shocking, most of his sentences failed to contain a subject, verb, and predicate. Nearly all were run-ons if they did, and those that attempted correct construction were often filled with dangling modifiers, changes in tense or voice, and lists of 20 or more items - none in parallel structure. My English isn't perfect, but it was not fun to read.

Re: Morons on Earth

That's so sad! It completely ruins whatever someone is attempting to say when they just blow it like that.

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