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Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby CookieMonster » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:53 pm UTC

http://qntm.org/?forgot
its a similar story on yahoo too.

*PS, i dont care if the grammar in my title is wrong - small text is for people with small penises.
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby gmalivuk » Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:24 pm UTC

This is stupid. It's not even really incorrect, since "AmE, but not BrE, has forgot as a less common alternative to forgotten for the past participle of forget." (source)

Alternatively, it could be seen as short for "You forgot your password?", which is completely fine.
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Dingbats » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:07 pm UTC

This is exactly the kind of thing that makes me wonder why people even bother. What difference does it make if some random string somewhere isn't formed according to the rules of some arbitrary standard? The only reason I can imagine that people get so upset is because they want to feel superior themselves. Really, people wouldn't get half as upset if Microsoft had actually used some form that isn't in use somewhere, like "forgate your password" or something, even though that's actually incorrect.

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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Dextrose » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:44 pm UTC

Well, I know it bothers me when I see blatant, shining errors in the grammar of what is supposed to be professional work. This, on the other hand, is not. How about expanding your own grammar before you try correcting others'?
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby gmalivuk » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:45 am UTC

Dextrose wrote:How about expanding your own grammar before you try correcting others'?

Because grammar pedantry is funnier when it's wrong. :-)
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Bobber » Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:45 am UTC

Forgatationalizated your password?
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Dextrose » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:40 am UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
Dextrose wrote:How about expanding your own grammar before you try correcting others'?

Because grammar pedantry is funnier when it's wrong. :-)

ahahahahahaaa. XD Owned.
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby akashra » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:06 am UTC

Strict grammar is overrated. Basic grammar and spelling is underrated. If you want to make the world a better place, start by beating with 2x4s those who can't tell the difference between palindromes such as "your" and "you're", and "their", "they're" and "there".
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Owehn » Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:01 am UTC

You misspelled 'homophone'.
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby akashra » Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:53 am UTC

Good thing someone else here is on their toes, my brain is clearly switched off :)
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Dextrose » Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:09 am UTC

you've misspelt 'misspelt'
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Justinlrb » Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:16 pm UTC

Dextrose wrote:you've misspelt 'misspelt'


I motion dictionaries be checked before taking others to task.
misspelled

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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Dextrose » Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:49 pm UTC

I motion good dictionaries by used in the first place (read: American Heritage fucking blows). Webster's is going to show you the same. Misspelt probably only shows up in bigger dictionaries, but it's still better for you.
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby gmalivuk » Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:28 pm UTC

Dextrose wrote:Misspelt probably only shows up in bigger dictionaries, but it's still better for you.

I have a hard time not seeing this as trolling, given your vehement and vitriolic (apparent) opposition to prescriptive linguistics over in the subjunctive mood thread...
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Will » Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:11 am UTC

Microsoft! The passive voice is not grammatically incorrect. If I want to use the gorram passive voice, it probably means I WANT to use the passive voice! If I wanted a computer to write my papers for me, I sure as hell wouldn't use a *Microsoft* program to do it.
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby Dextrose » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:34 am UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
Dextrose wrote:Misspelt probably only shows up in bigger dictionaries, but it's still better for you.

I have a hard time not seeing this as trolling, given your vehement and vitriolic (apparent) opposition to prescriptive linguistics over in the subjunctive mood thread...

It is. Thing is, trolling with prescriptive linguistics is awesome. Prescriptive linguistics still sucks. And I dare you to tell me I'm wrong on that point, sir.
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Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Postby gmalivuk » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:03 pm UTC

No. Trolling is never awesome. Don't do it again.
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