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Since there was a tad bit of controversy recently over spelling & grammar, I thought that for fun, I'd present a quiz:

What is the difference between the following commonly misused homonyms:
  • their[/*]
  • there[/*]
  • they're[/*]
  • your[/*]
  • you're[/*]
  • yore[/*]
  • its[/*]
  • it's[/*]
  • effect[/*]
  • affect[/*]
  • ensure[/*]
  • insure[/*]
  • to[/*]
  • too[/*]
  • two[/*]
  • tutu :wink: [/*]
???

I'll post answers in a while.
 

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Is this the UCC version of are you smarter than a 5th grader? My home-schooled 10 year old knows these... 8)
 

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I'll add some others that I see confused occasionally:
  • incite[/*]
  • insight[/*]
  • Marshall[/*]
  • Martial[/*]
 

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The one mistake I enjoy seeing the most is using "loose" instead of "lose". Nonetheless, I'm less inclined to point out person's inability to spell, the inability to use the proper word, or use of poor grammar. I'm fine with the deficiencies, as long as I understand the author's intent. Of course, the anti-gun group would love to highlight the poor execution of the English language as a means of reinforcing their image of pro-gunners as the illiterate, uneducated red neck.
 

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I know a lot of anti-gunners who can not spell or even hold an adult conversation. Listen to the way than talk, like yeah, the f word every other word, or if you are really are proving your point, the personal attacks.
 

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Here are the answers to the ones I posed:
  • their - plural possessive, e.g. "their rights have been infringed" [/*]
  • there - that place or position, e.g. "he put the ammo over there" [/*]
  • they're - contraction of "they are", e.g. "they're all going to the gun show" [/*]
  • your - possessive, e.g. "your gun is loaded" [/*]
  • you're - contraction of "you are", e.g. "you're going to the gun show" [/*]
  • yore - long ago (Middle English), e.g. "In days of yore, life was much simpler" [/*]
  • its - possessive, e.g. "its slide is chromed, but its frame is polymer" [/*]
  • it's - contraction of "it is", e.g. "it's going to rain" [/*]
  • effect - to bring about a result, e.g. "effect a settlement of a dispute" [/*]
  • affect - to influence or to act upon, e.g. "mashing the trigger affects the point of impact" [/*]
  • ensure - to make sure, certain or safe, e.g. "she needed to ensure that the gun was unloaded" [/*]
  • insure - to provide or obtain insurance for, e.g. "he needed to insure his new car" [/*]
  • to - article, e.g. "he is going to the gun show" [/*]
  • too - besides, also, e.g. "she is going to the gun show too" [/*]
  • two - the numeral 2, e.g. "two people are going to the gun show too" [/*]
  • tutu :wink: - "you'll never catch me in one" [/*]
 

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Don't forget:

A lot =

More of (I have a lot of guns)

Alot short for Allotment =

1. the act of allotting.
2. a portion or thing allotted; a share granted.
3. (in U.S. military use) the portion of pay that an officer or enlisted person authorizes to be paid directly to another person, as a dependent, or an institution, as an insurance company.
4. British. a plot of land rented to a gardener.
 

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Eye dont no what your talking about. To much criticism of there spelling and grammer insights harsh feelings. Its effect insures two much braking of forum rules. Time too instigate marshall law! :nilly:
 

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Jeff, you've hit one of my sore points. It's amazing to me that there's so much misuse of the English language. I've almost given up. I've seen one of my own daughters write "alot" when she meant "a lot." I've afraid it's already an accepted part of our written language. How sad.

I appreciate the thread you started. But I think it's futile to call these language errors to people's attention. They just get defensive. I do wonder what has happened to our educational system, that some people were allowed to skip all of the English classes.

I know. Sometimes we're so anxious to transmit our message that we might make spelling and/or grammatical errors. But, GOOD HEAVENS! It surely can't be that all the time!
 

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NHS said:
Eye dont no what your talking about. To much criticism of there spelling and grammer insights harsh feelings. Its effect insures two much braking of forum rules. Time too instigate marshall law! :nilly:
Hey!!! None of that yet, this kind of talk will have to wait until Monday, when "Poore Speeliung 'n Gammer Usege Weke" begins.

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NHS said:
Eye dont no what your talking about. To much criticism of there spelling and grammer insights harsh feelings. Its effect insures two much braking of forum rules. Time too instigate marshall law! :nilly:
Oops, you got "effect" right. Better fix, er, brake, that.
 

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I know. Sometimes we're so anxious to transmit our message that we might make spelling and/or grammatical errors. But, GOOD HEAVENS! It surely can't be that all the time!
Naw, I doubt that it's because people are in such a hurry. I think that people just aren't getting educated in their own language in those Socialist Indoctrination Camps (Public Schools) anymore.

I make my own share of mistakes, but I do pay attention to the spell-checking feature of Firefox. Right now, it's telling me that "Naw" isn't a word, which I know is true, strictly speaking. But I quite deliberately used the word anyway, because it adds a tiny bit of color to the communication.

This thread is just for fun.
 

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Konw I no taht I hvae a preifct konwlage of the egnilsh lnaugage so if nbodoy lciks it tehy can jsut not raed my psots!!

Raed and waep!! :lolbang: :ROFL:
 

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UtahRSO said:
Jeff, you've hit one of my sore points. It's amazing to me that there's so much misuse of the English language. I've almost given up. I've seen one of my own daughters write "alot" when she meant "a lot." I've afraid it's already an accepted part of our written language. How sad.
Oops! (Was this on purpose?)
 

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swillden said:
NHS said:
Eye dont no what your talking about. To much criticism of there spelling and grammer insights harsh feelings. Its effect insures two much braking of forum rules. Time too instigate marshall law! :nilly:
Oops, you got "effect" right. Better fix, er, brake, that.
Thank you swillden. It is very difficult to perfectly display imperfection. :lol:
 
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