slythwolf: Some unlucky soul has an incomplete Pai Sho set. (Default)
The phrases "turned in to the police" and "turned into the police" have completely different meanings.

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Aug. 16th, 2009 08:46 pm
slythwolf: Some unlucky soul has an incomplete Pai Sho set. (Default)
Seriously, people. "Horde" is a group of people. "Hoard" is a group of objects. This is basic stuff.
slythwolf: Some unlucky soul has an incomplete Pai Sho set. (Default)
Kids. No. Okay? Just--no.

"Illicit" is an adjective meaning not morally or legally permissible. The verb you want that sounds like it is "elicit".

PLZ LEARN THE DIFFERENCE KTHX.
slythwolf: Some unlucky soul has an incomplete Pai Sho set. (Default)
This is not the first time I have been forced to cover this topic. Please, English-speaking people of the world, take note and cut this shit out.

Words like "gingerly", "leisurely", and the most recent offender, "stately", are not adverbs. They are adjectives. You can say something is "stately", but not that someone walks "stately". Might as well say zie walks "fast"--oh, wait, okay, people already do that, don't they? Cut it out, America, it's "quickly".

Look. It's like "gentlemanly", okay? Or even just "manly". We all know those are adjectives. (Now that I have said this, I'm sure someone somewhere is gleefully posting to the internet the phrase "walked manly down the street". FMLanguage.) Stop pretending they are the only ones that fit the form. "Only", there's another one. There are a metric fuckton* of adjectives that end in "ly". It is not a giant sign saying "THIS IS AN ADVERB; ADVERB AHOY".

Cut the shit out. I mean it.

*Still a technical term.
slythwolf: Some unlucky soul has an incomplete Pai Sho set. (Default)
I hate it when an otherwise good story is ruined for me by the appalling construction "besides the point". No, no, arrrrgh. And if I have to explain to you why that is wrong, your new mission is to read actual published books until you get it.

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