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Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« Reply #400 on: November 17, 2017, 02:39:45 PM »
BTW, I never heard of bleeding-edge technology.  Heard plenty about leading-edge, though.   8)

I always hated the phrase value-added.  I thought everything done in business was supposed to "add value."

Bleeding edge is when you believe the salesman, install brand new, untested technology, and it crashes your business. The term was coined by customers of Microsoft.

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« Reply #401 on: November 17, 2017, 07:27:23 PM »
Hundreds of readers including me failed to notice that my character 'road away'. I think I'd read the book at least three times before I noticed. I also had a 13 month pregnancy in the first go round; husband went away in May, she had her baby the following June. Nobody noticed that, either, thank heavens.
LOL!! Omg the poor woman!

I had a character talk about going to an interview when it was really a blind date. Eek!

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« Reply #402 on: November 17, 2017, 08:26:33 PM »
According to an article in today's paper, a local candidate for mayor said that City Hall corruption has "cast a spell over the city."  The context was the tainting of the city's reputation and erosion of trust in city government. So I think the correct phrase is: "cast a pall over the city."

However, the candidate may not have been entirely wrong, considering that corruption in my city centers around bribery. The definitions of "cast a spell" include "to intrigue and delight someone."  I can see how some of our local City Hall officials were intrigued and delighted when a person seeking city work contracts dangled envelopes full of thousands in cash under his/her noses.

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« Reply #403 on: November 18, 2017, 02:34:45 AM »
I also had a 13 month pregnancy in the first go round; husband went away in May, she had her baby the following June. Nobody noticed that, either, thank heavens.

LOL! This is brilliant. And would be perfect for one of my epic fantasies... hmm, ponders the possibilities...
   

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« Reply #404 on: November 18, 2017, 02:58:14 AM »
Another case of an English second language speaker not hearing correctly (probably due to accents). A hug saw instead of a hacksaw.

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« Reply #405 on: November 18, 2017, 03:04:18 AM »
Another case of an English second language speaker not hearing correctly (probably due to accents). A hug saw instead of a hacksaw.

could be a hug[e] saw? I see this type of error a lot where a word is still a word even when there's a letter missing. Everyone misses those (except me apparently.) :P


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« Reply #406 on: November 18, 2017, 03:13:51 AM »
The next time Google tells me to replace "all right" with "alright" I'm filing a class action lawsuit.






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« Reply #407 on: November 18, 2017, 03:45:22 AM »
The next time Google tells me to replace "all right" with "alright" I'm filing a class action lawsuit.

One fine day, Google suggested I meant "upto," as in "I've had it upto here with whoever entered these words into the system."

I think it's a sign of the future. First, they came for commas. When all punctuation is gone, they'll work in earnest on taking the spaces. Finally, what's the point of letters when they're just a solid block of unintelligible gibberish? Forget written language and watch this endless stream of auto-playing videos instead!

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« Reply #408 on: November 18, 2017, 03:49:12 AM »
But, on the other hand, you might want to watch using "flash" in nearly back to back sentences ;)
I do that a lot. It's the biggest complaint my betas or copy-editors have. The rough draft there is a rough draft. One not even getting worked on. I'm not worried about that.

What upsets me is Google deliberately dumbing things down. Google is on a mission to make the entire internet fit on an android phone, no matter the cost to literacy, content, or depth.

Yet they claim their motto is "do no evil."






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« Reply #409 on: November 18, 2017, 04:56:10 AM »
could be a hug[e] saw? I see this type of error a lot where a word is still a word even when there's a letter missing. Everyone misses those (except me apparently.) :P

It was a workman who sent a message asking if he'd left his hug saw behind  :)

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« Reply #410 on: November 18, 2017, 04:59:51 AM »
The next time Google tells me to replace "all right" with "alright" I'm filing a class action lawsuit.

I hear aswell as one word all the time, with the emphasis on AS, instead of as well. Expect to see it in print soon  ::)

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« Reply #411 on: November 18, 2017, 07:40:08 AM »
LOL! This is brilliant. And would be perfect for one of my epic fantasies... hmm, ponders the possibilities...
Help yourself :)


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« Reply #412 on: November 18, 2017, 08:02:48 AM »
It was a workman who sent a message asking if he'd left his hug saw behind  :)

I see that as just a typo. If your fingers slide one key to the left jig saw becomes hug saw.


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« Reply #413 on: November 18, 2017, 08:37:52 AM »
I see that as just a typo. If your fingers slide one key to the left jig saw becomes hug saw.

Maybe that is the answer  :) But it was a hacksaw and not a jigsaw that he used.

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« Reply #414 on: November 19, 2017, 07:14:54 PM »
I read and hear this all the time: "orientate" instead of "orient" (verb). What gives? And what next: orientatate?

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« Reply #415 on: November 19, 2017, 07:42:44 PM »
I read and hear this all the time: "orientate" instead of "orient" (verb). What gives? And what next: orientatate?

That one bugs me, too.
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« Reply #416 on: November 20, 2017, 12:07:44 AM »
I read and hear this all the time: "orientate" instead of "orient" (verb). What gives? And what next: orientatate?
I think you'll hear 'orient' in the US and 'orientate' in the UK. I first noticed it when I moved to the UK. Sort of like the extra letter in aluminum/aluminium.


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« Reply #417 on: November 20, 2017, 12:15:14 AM »
I think you'll hear 'orient' in the US and 'orientate' in the UK. I first noticed it when I moved to the UK. Sort of like the extra letter in aluminum/aluminium.

My dictionary agrees with this  :). I'm from the UK and would always say 'orientate'. The other would be The Orient.  ;)

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« Reply #418 on: November 20, 2017, 04:23:05 AM »
Another one that I hear all the time and that drives me nuts, has now crept into print. "You coming to work, aren't you?" "You in Denver, aren't you?" "We going to the movies."
It was bad enough when you're was your, now we don't even have that  ::).

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« Reply #419 on: November 20, 2017, 06:55:13 AM »
Orient and orientate arise from the way French (and Latin) verbs are anglicized, which is usually done by adding the -ate suffix to the French verb stem: creer becomes create, separer becomes separate, isoler becomes isolate, participer becomes participate, and so on. Some words don't follow the pattern. Interpret is another one. The pattern says interpretate, but it's not used in British or American English. Yet interpretative is still accepted usage (along with interpretive). I don't know how much this has to do with differences in the speakers and how much simply to chance.




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« Reply #420 on: November 20, 2017, 07:29:12 AM »
Orient and orientate arise from the way French (and Latin) verbs are anglicized, which is usually done by adding the -ate suffix to the French verb stem: creer becomes create, separer becomes separate, isoler becomes isolate, participer becomes participate, and so on. Some words don't follow the pattern. Interpret is another one. The pattern says interpretate, but it's not used in British or American English. Yet interpretative is still accepted usage (along with interpretive). I don't know how much this has to do with differences in the speakers and how much simply to chance.
That makes sense, thank you.

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« Reply #421 on: November 20, 2017, 07:30:14 AM »
Read the first chapter promo for a friend's upcoming tradpub book, and there were two instances of "he reasoned" at the start of two paragraphs within four paragraphs, and a misuse of 'racked' for 'wracked'. I didn't have the heart to ask if the promo was the final copy-edited version or if it still needed to go through proofing.

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« Reply #422 on: November 20, 2017, 08:49:30 AM »
Another one that I hear all the time and that drives me nuts, has now crept into print. "You coming to work, aren't you?" "You in Denver, aren't you?" "We going to the movies."
It was bad enough when you're was your, now we don't even have that  ::).

If it's in dialogue, that's just how the character talks. It's a feature of some dialects.

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« Reply #423 on: November 20, 2017, 02:57:57 PM »
Jive and Jibe.   

Jive is jargon, music, or dance related.

Jibe (non-nautical) means to fit or agree with. A lot of people say jive when they mean jibe. "That jives with my experience." ;)


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« Reply #424 on: November 20, 2017, 04:24:55 PM »
Jive and Jibe.   

Jive is jargon, music, or dance related.

Jibe (non-nautical) means to fit or agree with. A lot of people say jive when they mean jibe. "That jives with my experience." ;)

That's a good one. I bet I've made that mistake. I've never used it in a book though, so yay for that. :)