Anpheus wrote:Hammer wrote:Gordon wrote:Ya, I guess we probably could have just googled it or whatever, but we were having so much fun spelling it wrong.
Some of us cannot only spell parley, but also know that parlay is a different word entirely without having to resort to Google.
* preens haughtily in the seething red light of Gordon's love glare *
If you're going to spelling and literati Nazi us, Hammer, I should point out that your use of cannot is incorrect in that sentence. If you break your sentence into various articles, "not only" is an adverb used in colloquial English and "can" is a verb you are using to describe what you can not only spell, but also know something else.
Sorry, but Nazism begets Nazism.
Apparently, though, like a copy of a copy, the later iterations just don't measure up.
Since her usage is *not* necessarily incorrect, it's just not how one would normally parse the sentence.
"Some of us can't only spell parley." as in, "some of us can do more than merely spell it, we also know it's a different word..."
Granted, that may not be how Hammer intended to use it, but you can't be sure of that.
Moral of the story: if you're going to be an annoying pedant, at least try to get your pedantry correct.