Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for December 13, 2016

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    Night-Gaunt49[Bozo is Boffo]  over 7 years ago

    Grammar court right next to the food court and tennis court.

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    Randy B Premium Member over 7 years ago

    He was guilty of everything but that, and now he’s also guilty of that.

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    pbarnrob  over 7 years ago

    I think I had her for sophomore English. Now I proofread everything I read, and use Calibre to fix it. Reading takes a while.

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    dl11898  over 7 years ago

    He and Yoda should bond really well.

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    Ragtime78rpm  over 7 years ago

    “…there are some things up with which I will not put!"


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    Varnes  over 7 years ago

    Jo, I thought we were called common taters…..And gentlemen, please cover up your dangling participles……

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    nosirrom  over 7 years ago

    The idea of not ending a sentence with a preposition came from a bunch of elitists who were smitten with Latin in the late 19th century. Lest we forget “Latin is a dead language, as dead as it can be. It killed off all the Romans, and now it’s killing me”

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    andylyke  over 7 years ago

    NEVER use a preposition to end a sentence up with!“Mommy, what did you bring the book I didn’t want to be read to out of up for?”

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    Varnes  over 7 years ago

    Dang it Dogsniff! That line was the one I was looking for when I was posting before above

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    Megan Albertson Premium Member over 7 years ago

    As a professional editor, this is one myth that just won’t die. None of the grammar style guides has ever condemned the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence. This is a remnant of 19th Century classism and gatekeeping meant to prevent poor whites from donning fancy clothing to try to pass themselves off as rich folk. (Obviously, nothing was needed to keep people of color at bay.) This is just one of the few remaining convoluted rules of grammar designed to spot an imposter. Please, let it die.

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    Superfrog  over 7 years ago

    The Grammar Nazis are write wing extremists.

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    Kaputnik  over 7 years ago

    As Winston Churchill said, “This is the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put.”

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    dot-the-I  over 7 years ago

    Judge: Next case – “Mr. Split Infinitive.”

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    cgrantt57 Premium Member over 7 years ago

    @ dot-the-I

    Don’t worry, Mr. Split Infinitive plans to boldly state his case, or so I’ve heard.

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    mommavamp  over 7 years ago

    Latin is alive and well and living in Science, Medicine, the Law and at the root of many English words.

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    gammaguy  over 7 years ago

    Is it just coincidence that the “judge” bears a disturbing resemblance to the stereotypical cartoon “grammar” (grandma)?

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    whiteheron  over 7 years ago

    The judge looks like somebody’s Grammer.

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    Dani Rice  over 7 years ago

    My mum is alive and well.

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    sbwertz  over 7 years ago

    I used to be an English teacher and one of my favorite sentences ends in five consecutive prepositions!

    Child to father at bedtime: “What did you bring that book I don’t want to be read to out of up for?”

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    Honorable Mention In The Banjo Toss Premium Member over 7 years ago

    “Six months of diagramming sentences! Next case!”

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    markmoss1  over 7 years ago

    There are at least two alleged English grammar rules that originated with nitwits that put so much effort into learning Latin that they failed to learn all of their native language:

    Never split an infinitive. (E.g., “to boldly go” is perfectly good English even if you couldn’t say that in Latin. Whether to use that or “to go boldly” is a stylistic choice, not a matter of grammar.)

    Never end a sentence with a preposition. The nitwits that invented that rule not only failed to understand certain English grammatical constructions, but they couldn’t even write a rule that accomplished what they intended – as numerous comedians have pointed out, any “violation” of that rule can be cured by adding “a**hole” to the end of the sentence.

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    Ermine Notyours  over 7 years ago

    The end of a sentence is not a good place to put a preposition at.

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    dflak  over 7 years ago

    It’s always a good idea to never split infinitives. Be aware of clauses modifying sentences. Verbs should matches their antecedents. About sentence fragments. And don’t verb nouns. Its also a good idea to use the proper modifier in it’s place. This sentence no verb.

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    zeexenon  over 7 years ago

    That sounds like a lot of onomatopoeia to me.

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    Bugbert  over 7 years ago

    I end my sentences with punctuation such as a period or question mark.

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    dabugger  over 7 years ago

    He’l still get the last word in.

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    paul brians  over 7 years ago

    Here are the results of my research on the Churchill “quote.”

    This is number 2 on my list of non-errors.

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    Sailor46 USN 65-95  over 7 years ago

    “Hey, that I’m not guilty of, jerk!"

    Problem solved, granted another one was just created!
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    ogsbury  over 7 years ago

    Parent goes upstairs to read their child a bedtime story, but brings the wrong book. Child says, “What did you bring the book I didn’t want to be read to out of up for?”

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    kleanerz  over 7 years ago

    Hey, of that I’m not guilty.

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    ne7minder  over 7 years ago

    I am not a grammar nazi, I am anti-alt-write

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    STACEY MARSHALL Premium Member over 7 years ago

    A little like Yoda-Speak, to me it sounds!

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    hedgehog182  over 7 years ago

    Interesting! All these comments and no reminded us that the rule is a myth! There are plenty of cases where ending in preposition is perfectly OK. Like: “What are you afraid of?” I found scores of examples when I looked this up. For those of you who need some wierd authority to back this up, check out the folks with Oxford.

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    hippogriff  over 7 years ago

    Pre position: “because it is supposed to be positioned to come before the prepositional phrase.” Old Latin superstitution of no relevance to English.


    mommapat, Night-Gaunt49, and marylc

    Old English is a Germanic language: Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Danes, etc. and its basic structure is essentially Germanic, as are the most commonly used spoken words. However, most of the modern English words in the dictionary are from Latin, if not Greek through Latin, roots by way of the 1066 invasion. As a result, we have something of a hodgepodge language, which is why it is so difficult to learn fluently as a second (or worse language. Grammar is learned easily, exceptions to those rules are harder. Building a vocabulary takes a lifetime.


    Added to that is the way English builds words German defines it is as few words as possible, removes the spaces, and it is a new word. French gives it to ‘Academie Française to debate and a decade later is is an official French word and can be used in legal documents. English looks around and finds a language that has a word of it, and steals it. Unfortunately, if it is a Roman alphabet language (as most are) they keep the same spelling and mispronounce it horribly or spell it phonetically and lose all track of its origins that anchors the definition. And that doesn’t even get into rules for plurals and such.

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