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    Quote Originally Posted by Lampada View Post
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    04. is bizarre, following the wrong -> right format from the other entries. "You've got another thing coming" is correct!
    24. "Hone in" is perfectly useful in the same sense, just from a different angle. As in, to hone in an edge (of a blade), as in, to make a highly accurate approach to something.
    "Sorta" is cheating, it's just a slur of speech, just as it isn't incorrect to say something like "Me'n' my dad...".
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    Quote Originally Posted by kybarry View Post
    Ha, that song has taken quite a bit of heat. People say that in actuality, she doesn't describe anything ironic, which intrinsically, is ironic However, I'd contend that a fly in your Chardonnay is ironic. But rain on your wedding day; that's just unfortunate.
    As a fan of Alanis Morissette I feel I need to come to the defense of the song.
    As you alluded, the song itself is quite ironic. Given that (one of the definitions of) irony is to refer to, or call something by that which it isn't
    A song that is called ironic and purportedly about irony yet contains no actual irony at all, is ironic.

    Now whether or not this was intended by the artist herself is unknown haha.

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    Everybody shut up
    Everyone listen up
    Hey, hey, hey... hey, hey, hey... hey, hey, hey

    If you can't write in the proper way
    If you don't know how to conjugate
    Maybe you flunked that class, and maybe now you find
    That people mock you online
    Everybody wise up

    Okay, now here's the deal... I'll try to educate ya
    Gonna familiarize you with the nomenclature
    You'll learn the definitions of nouns and prepositions
    Literacy's your mission

    And that's why I think it's a good time
    To learn some grammar
    Now, did I stammer? Work on that grammar
    You should know when
    It's "less" or it's "fewer"
    Like people who were never raised in a sewer
    I hate these word crimes
    Like "I could care less"
    That means you do care, at least a little
    Don't be a moron
    You better slow down and use the right pronoun
    Show the world you're no clown

    Say you've got an I-T followed by apostrophe S
    Now, what does that mean?
    You would not use "it's" in this case as a possessive (no, no, no)
    It's a contraction (yeah, yeah, yeah)
    What's a contraction?
    Well it's the shortening of a word or group of words by omission of a sound or letter

    Okay, now here's some notes
    Syntax you're always mangling
    No "x" in espresso
    Your participle's dangling
    But I don't want your drama
    If you really wanna, leave out that Oxford comma

    Just keep in mind that be, see, are, you
    Are words not letters
    Get it together, use your spell checker
    You should never
    Write words using numbers
    Unless you're seven, or your name is Prince
    I hate these word crimes
    You really need a full-time proofreader
    You dumb mouth-breather
    Well, you should hire
    Some cunning linguist
    To help you distinguish what is proper English

    One thing I ask of you
    Time to learn your homophones is past due
    Learn to diagram a sentence too
    Always say "to whom"; don't ever say "to who"
    And listen up when I tell you this
    I hope you never use quotation marks for emphasis
    You finished second grade, I hope you can tell
    If you're doing good or doing well
    Better figure out the difference
    Irony is not coincidence
    And I thought that you'd gotten it through your skull
    'Bout what's figurative and what's literal
    Oh, but just now you said
    You "literally couldn't get out of bed"
    That really makes me wanna literally
    Smack a crowbar upside your stupid head

    I read your e-mail
    It's quite apparent your grammar's errant
    You're incoherent
    Saw your blog post
    It's really fantastic
    That was sarcastic... 'cause you write like a spastic
    I hate these word crimes
    Your prose is dopey
    Think you should only write in emoji
    Oh, you're a lost cause
    Go back to pre-school, get out of the gene pool
    Try your best to not drool

    Never mind, I give up
    Really now, I give up
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    You're the Grammar Hammer! 16/16
    That's a surprise, actually.
    I think this test is only relevant for native speakers, who speak by heart, not by rules.
    But it was interesting.

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    English Pronunciation

    The Chaos by Dr Gerard Nolst Trenité

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    British English?

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