Friday, 10 December 2010

Grammar note

Text messages and emails have lead to a general degradation of language and grammar. And as you've probably noticed, the use of capitalisation has completely disappeared.

But it can be very significant. For instance it's the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

So be aware.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

EXCELLENT example of what a difference capitalization can make. Excellent.

Anonymous said...

I cracked up at This One!

Krokodil said...

Very good Savant.

Seeing as we're on the subject, how the dickens do you italicise? I'm a total technophobe, and don't want to emphasize using capitals, but kick me up my flabby fat arse, I don't rollicking know how!

Youse clever pipple out thare, pleez edumacate me!

Thank yoo en dankie!

Anonymous said...

Grammatical rules emerged for good reasons and it is with the rapid loss of those rules that those reasons are becoming obvious.

The hyphen, now underused, was and can be a source of clarity; and the loss of all upper-case acronyms is serving to reduce clarity.

SAVANT said...

krokodil - you use the <> symbols before and after the html command. For italics you put i between the brackets. If I were to actually provide an example here the command would disappear and you'd just see the word in italics. Does that make sense?

SAVANT said...

I should have added that after the word you want to italicise you put / before the i withinin the brackets. You can also use b for bold face.

Anonymous said...

krok - you can use lots of other tags as well for emphasis.

Magnum said...

This decay of language is another sign of the decline of entire western world.
I still can't understand how, for the love of God, people can't tell a difference between it's and its; you're and your; they’re and their etc. English is not my native language but I speak it better than most Americans and English people today. That should be a reason for concern.

Btw, awesome example there, Savant.

Anonymous said...

Let me try that...

italics

< i > italics < / i >

Krokodil said...

Ok, I've got it. Thank you all.

However, why the hang did the clever computer people make it so darned complicated? Aaarrg!

Now that I know how, I shall have to resort to this new-found knowledge when needed. All said and done, though, using CAPITALS was a lot easier for one-finger typists like myself.

Anonymous said...

Yes, let me try that too.

bold and bold CAP

Italic and bold italic

At last, Clear and simple instructions!!!

Thanks Savant!!!!

Cheers,

Uncle Nasty.

SAVANT said...

Welcome guys. Normally I charge lots of money for such advice!

Anonymous said...

Interestingly enough, a common HTML tag is underline (< u >), which doesn't seem to work here.

We have the oddity < a > which gives us bold, underline and a blue font ... all in one. Sort of a package deal.

Cheers,

Uncle Nasty

Anonymous said...

I love English for the same reason that I love cats and children. All three are utterly perverse and unpredictable and will seldom do the expected, or even desired, thing.

Looking back at that last sentence, I suppose that that says a lot about me.

Cheers,

Uncle Nasty

Rob said...

Jacking off a horse - what's the big deal?

I notice a sneering attitude towards rural romance on this blog.

petra said...

rural romance! Love it!!!

Anonymous said...

One of my all-time favourites:-

Time flies like the wind.
Fruit flies like bananas.

Cheers,

Uncle Nasty

Pancho the Sleazy Hoss Rustler said...

Yess...what de big deel jakkin of de horz - me an my fumily doo it reglar. It mucho funn!

Yooz Yerrpeans nowit no ting at all!

Blakk Booty, hear I cumms heh heh heh...

The Italic Virgin said...

Sorry! Had to give it a try.

Steve said...

I say this blog will be swamped with bold and italics from now on!

Anonymous said...

I've noticed this trend. Grammar and spelling seem to be degenerating measurably on a monthly basis! OK, perhaps that was an exaggeration but it does seem to be noticeable from year to year.

Anyways, one of the cases that really get my blood boiling is that apparently "lose" and "loose" seem to be difficult these days for some reason.

"Wow, you are a looser!"
"My shoes are too lose."

Grr..

There are other similar cases but I can't remember them right now.