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#101 2012-11-18 14:10:32

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Re: A very nice "joke"! ! !

Hi;

Kaboobly doo! The world is coming to an end and those boobs are trying to market more junk to sell.


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#102 2012-11-18 14:17:09

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phrontister wrote:

Hi Sarah,

Good to see you're back! smile

Btw, that's much better than saying to someone as they're leaving, "Good to see your back"!

Just ignore me if you don't understand that...but it mainly has to do with using the apostrophe in English grammar. The use or omission of an apostrophe can change the meaning of a sentence dramatically.

Greengrocer's and greengrocers apostrophe. smile


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#103 2012-11-20 04:43:10

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Miles 'Pops' Green's grocer's fliers' error's obvious in "Banana's for sale: $5/kilo".

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#104 2012-11-20 06:35:07

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xDDDDDDDDD


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#105 2012-11-20 18:15:52

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Hi Sarah,

Yes, that made me go cross-eyed this morning too when I looked at it again after having written it last night! dizzy

Before I tell you what it means I'll let stefy read it first (if he hasn't already) and comment on it if he wants to, but if I don't hear from him I'll write back.

I was just playing around with apostrophes again, that's all. My aim was to write something that obeyed grammar rules but at the same time didn't make sense when someone first looked at it.

Grammar is quite interesting, but it takes more than a lifetime to learn it properly! You'd even need to be older than bobbym!! eek


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#106 2012-11-20 19:37:00

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It really doesn't make much sense...


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#107 2012-11-20 22:04:08

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You'd even need to be older than bobbym!!

Is that the reason my grammar is so bad other than she was married to my grandpa? Since I can never be older than myself, I am doomed to bad grammar...


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
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#108 2012-11-20 23:21:36

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Hi Bobby,

Aren't there two bobbyms? I think I recall you referring to another bobbym on some occasions. And aren't they essentially the same bobbym?

So...are you the older one or the younger one? If older, and you two are essentially the same person, there may be some hope yet for an improvement in your grammar.

And I wouldn't go blaming your bad grammar on your grammar! shame


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#109 2012-11-20 23:40:29

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Aren't there two bobbyms?

The plan was for there to be millions of bobbym's. That way everyone would be able to see him. What joy would have been known by all the people of the earth to know a bobbym was within arms reach. To bump into him around every corner.

Alas, it was not to be. The m's everywhere were hunted down and destroyed. I am the last of my kind. The last m.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#110 2012-11-20 23:59:31

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Re: A very nice "joke"! ! !

anonimnystefy wrote:

It really doesn't make much sense...

smile

Explanation:

Miles Green (affectionately known as 'Pops') has a grocer whose fliers all have an obvious error: the inclusion of the apostrophe in "Banana's".

"Green's" and "grocer's" are singular possessive, and "fliers' " is plural possessive, while "error's" is a contraction of "error is".


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#111 2012-11-21 00:09:25

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bobbym wrote:

...I am the last of my kind. The last m.

But I see three smallish Aussie bobbyms down the street weekly, all happy and well. Who are they?


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#112 2012-11-21 00:12:54

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How small? If they are only 3' 8" or so they are definitely not me. You are holding on to a dream my friend. The bobbym's are gone.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#113 2012-11-21 00:16:39

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Well, compared to big people they're little.

Haven't measured them, though. Because of their shyness they scoot away in a hurry when they see me in the neighbourhood.


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#114 2012-11-21 00:22:05

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But I see three smallish Aussie bobbyms down the street weekly, all happy and well.

Alas, if that only were true.

As an eyewitness to the demise of the bobbym's I wrote this poem as they were slaughtered by humanity.

Cannon to the left of them
Cannon to the right of them
Cannon in front of them
Stormed at by shot and shell
While horse and bobbym fell
Boldly they rode and well
Into the jaws of death
Into the mouth of hell

Brings tears to my eyes to recount the tale.

I see that phrontister has left the forum. Undoubtedly too teary eyed to continue this morbid discussion of the massacre.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#115 2012-11-21 00:39:31

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Re: A very nice "joke"! ! !

bobbym wrote:

As an eyewitness to the demise of the bobbym's I wrote this poem....

Ahem, ahem.

So they were slaughtered in the Crimean War! And what were you doing there, about 160 years ago?!

Or is the poem you 'wrote' pure plagiarism?

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#116 2012-11-21 00:44:30

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I imagine you are referring to the plagiarist Alfred Lord Tennyson. Alfred, then a close friend of the m's and also witnessed the massacre and was inspired to write a poem of his own later on.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
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#117 2012-11-21 01:05:27

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Yes, he's the one I'm referring to...but I didn't know he could play the guitar.

And you didn't answer my first question, about you being there. If you weren't there, did you have an eye transplant from someone who was actually there for you to have been an eyewitness to the massacre?

And furthermore, I thought you said that millions of bobbyms were slaughtered; but then you mention the demise of something or other (which you didn't go on to describe) belonging to just one bobbym:

As an eyewitness to the demise of the bobbym's I wrote this poem....


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#118 2012-11-21 01:12:38

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To clear up the confusion there were never millions of bobbym's. No matter how desirable that might have been it was just a dream. At their height the sect numbered no more than 600 or so.

The m's have existed for hundreds of years. Pappym, grandpappym, etc all looked exactly alike. Why shouldn't they? They were all clones. That massacre reduced the number of us to a mere pittance. Until now there is only one remaining.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#119 2012-11-21 02:07:45

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How the mighty are fallen! sad

Into the valley of Death rode the brave 600. >sniff<

*doffs his hat*


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#120 2012-11-21 02:15:20

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Doff's his hat. Now you are speaking of Casey at the bat.


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Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
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#121 2012-11-21 07:27:06

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haha funny phorntiser.


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#122 2012-11-21 14:06:38

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Thanks, Sarah...just having some fun! smile


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#123 2012-11-21 14:29:41

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bobbym wrote:

Doff's his hat. Now you are speaking of Casey at the bat.

(That should be "Doffs his hat", without the apostrophe, otherwise it would mean "Doff is his hat". I wanted to get in before the Grammar Nazi.)

Had to look up Casey. Didn't know that poem because it wasn't by Banjo Paterson, but it was along the same lines as some of his and smacked a bit of similar style.

Hatequette, including doffing the hat.

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#124 2012-11-21 20:32:39

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Hi;

You never heard of Casey at the bat?


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#125 2012-11-21 23:18:24

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No, not before today when you mentioned it. I liked the poem...quite my style.

Banjo Paterson is by far my favourite poet:
The Man From Snowy River
Clancy of The Overflow
Mulga Bill's Bicycle
Johnson's Antidote

Those are some of my favourites, and I also like Paterson's response to Henry Lawson's Borderland.
Read Lawson's first, and then Paterson's In Defence of the Bush.

I've got Banjo Paterson's 2-volume set of his complete works: Singer of the Bush (1885-1900) and Song of the Pen (1901-1941). Terrific reading! smile

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