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Old 01-17-2009, 05:20 AM   #121
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Ease of reading is more important than strict compliance with prescriptive principles that are at odds with the majority usage.
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:29 PM   #122
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Hello all. I'm new here and I would like to add my two cents worth too.

I agree that we should all accept the typographical errors and accept that Americans can't spell colour.
Your English and US English are different dialects. Different dialects have different pronunciations and spellings. Granted, they have only recently diverged, so the differences are still fairly minor. This is just something we will all have to get over at some point since they will tend to diverge as time goes on.

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Please note that it is correct to say "different from" and not "different to".
"compared with" and not "compared to", but "similar to" is correct.
In all fairness, prepositions are really quite arbitrary (and why people can say "compared with" and not feel weird). Some languages do quite well without them (look at Lojban). Even in other Latin-based languages will you find discrepancies in preposition usage...in English "to think ABOUT something," and in Spanish (translated) "to think ON something." Prepositions can be just about the hardest part to master for someone who speaks an Asian language.

 
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:55 AM   #123
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THE most misused word on this or any other forum is ADVISE. Nine out of ten ask for it when what they are really looking for is advice. It makes me crazy.

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Old 05-05-2009, 08:39 PM   #124
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What about a list of acronyms? Unless I missed that somewhere else. I keep seeing OG & SG used interchangeably and am utterly lost as to what some of the acronyms out there could possibly mean.

 
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:42 PM   #125
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What about a list of acronyms? Unless I missed that somewhere else. I keep seeing OG & SG used interchangeably and am utterly lost as to what some of the acronyms out there could possibly mean.
I'm all WTF over FTW.

 
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:44 PM   #126
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I'm all WTF over FTW.
Urban Dictionary FTW.
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I would never use a dead mouse in my beer. It's much better to use live ones. You could probably just steep a dead one, but live ones must be mashed. Actually, smashed and mashed would be best.

 
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:48 PM   #127
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That answers soooo many questions

 
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:47 AM   #128
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Can we add one more to the list? My own pet peeve: silicon [sic] tubing, lube, etc. It's not silicon... a hard, silvery, semiconducting material... it's silicone.

 
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:08 PM   #129
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This is a fantastic thread and evidence of how ridiculously excellent HBT is. We care about beer and the English language too.

I proofread all my posts, yet still the odd comma will go astray, and I have been known to edit my posts and place a single punctuation point. I'm lucky in that I have an automatic spellcheck on my computer, but it recognizes neither fermentor or fermenter. I think, on the advice of a previous poster, I will spell it fermentour hereafter. It has the whiff of Shakespeare or Chaucer about it.

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:38 AM   #130
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Launguage develops and the rules tend to follow usage. That's why dictionaries are being updated all the time.
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