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grammar nazis [Nov. 18th, 2006|07:57 am]
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my friend Rh is a fucking grammar nazi.
twice a year at school we have to write reports. besides grades and attributes (behaviour, organisation etc) we also have to write a comment about the kid. could be on their progress, a more detailed comment about their behaviour, their personality... whatever.

because it's a legal document and it goes home to parents, there's a lot of hooo ha about correct spelling and style yada yada.

well. i've been working with Rh for two years now, so that's 4 sets of reports. She is a very, very good friend and i love her dearly, but MY GOD SHE IS A FUCKING BITCH when it comes to reports. she has a reputation around the school (and this is in a staff of 100 teachers) for being a grammar nazi. and it's now to the point where no one asks her to proof read their comments.

i had to laugh (on the inside) when she told me that. honestly, she goes thru your comments WITH A RED PEN as if she is MARKING YOUR WORK. She even totally destroyed good copies that i had of reports (way back at the middle of last year, before i realised what a grammar biAtch she is), just to put in a fucking comma here or a FUCKING SEMI-COLON. GODDAMN.

(in her grammar world, it's: John is a good student; however, blahdy blah blah") WHAT THE????? correct from like, 50 YEARS ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! does not HAVE to be there.

so we stayed late at work on thursday. she came into my office and offered to proof read. i was like, "ONLY CHECK SPELLING!!!"

anyway. it eventuated in quite a heated discussion about the presence of Commas in a direct address.

as in, "Good luck, John."
you see, i write "Good luck John."

in my world, BOTH are correct. it actually got quite full on and i told her that i'm going to do it without commas and she can go and feel perfect and fabulous for doing it with commas.


immediately jumped on the net with jed when i got home to discover that O MY GOD there really SHOULD be commas there as it IS a direct address.

BUT as there is NO AMBIGUITY in the term, "Good luck John" unlike "Eat John" vs "Eat, John" i feel justified in NOT sifting through 125 report comments and adding the fucking commas.

ordinarily, i would go to somebody to tell them they were right if we had had such a discussion... but because Rh can be such a fucking pushy nazi about it... i am SO NOT GOING THERE.

i also got the wizzbang grammar literacy teacher at school, Ants, to go through it and we also had a conversation about the presence of this comma. She said that TRADITIONALLY the comma is there, but with modern writing it is much less likely to appear. she also agreed with the Ambiguity thing. there is no way you can get two different meanings from the statement, "Congratulations John".
anyway, IF ants had of told me it was glaringly wrong and i should change it, i would have because she wasn't a fucking nazi!!!

i also had other people go thru my comments and i was MORE THAN HAPPY with the advice and stuff they gave. some people also questioned the comma thing, but they were like- "you can change it if you want. but you don't have to. i've seen it without commas there, but i would put a comma there." which is totally how it should be when you're ADULTS. you shouldn't MARK your peers' work!

/end rant. BUT it's still at the back of my mind.
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tail gaters [Nov. 18th, 2006|07:40 am]
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I cant stand tail gaters. i'm sure i've said it before.

had some asshole totally behind me and the fucker was flashing his lights and RIGHT ON MY ASS. admittedly, i WAS in the right hand land (erm, the passing lane?) but it was BUSY and i COULDN'T get into the left lane.

so. he even fucking beeped and shouted at me. fucker.

so i eventually got into the other lane. he zoomed past, only to stop at the lights anyway, right next to me. i saw that it was a business Van. like a Window company. open 24hrs.
so i called the number and lodged a complaint about a 'dangerous driver' on Alexander drive at 7pm.

HAHAHA. fuck you, fucker.
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(no subject) [Sep. 30th, 2006|08:20 am]
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o god. i can't stand people that Always Have To Be Right.

i am perhaps one of those people, but i certainly don't get into fisticuffs over it and i am quick to back down if sufficient evidence is given to me.
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(no subject) [Sep. 3rd, 2006|07:29 am]
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ok, when i first saw the name of this community, i thought it was going to be hates about pets. and i have many of those.

my asshole neighbors went away for the 3-day weekend and left their cat outside. so far he has done nothing but walk circles around their house crying to be let in. i don't know if they left any food or water. even if they did, my cats will probably just go eat it, and i don't blame them -- what do you expect if you leave cat food out?

the cat is so loud he woke me up this morning. these are the same people who called the cops on us for listening to our music at top volume (on the computer. top COMPUTER SPEAKER volume) at 11 PM, so i'm tempted to call the cops on them for having a loud cat.


poor thing, i know it's only three days, and i know a young healthy cat ought to be fine, but it's NOT NICE. and he's SO LOUD.
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(no subject) [Sep. 3rd, 2006|08:59 pm]
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# when you text message the people in your car pool, telling them you've left home...

and then STILL wait 5 mins for them to get ready when you get to their house.
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(no subject) [Sep. 3rd, 2006|08:58 pm]
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being diabetic and being crazy over chocolate.

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(no subject) [Sep. 3rd, 2006|08:56 pm]
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more a What The than a Pet Hate, but still:

phone a kids parent on friday morning, to get permission for the kid to watch Bowling For Columbine.

Parent says, "Does she have to watch it?"
"Yes, it's part of the course. she'll be assessed on aspects of it."
Parent says, "Okay, i guess i'll deal with the consequences when she gets home."

WHAT DE????????????????????????????? what consequences????????????????????????????
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Big Tv's [Sep. 3rd, 2006|08:49 pm]
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# WHen your boyfriend purchases a new shiny 82inch flatscreen lcd tv.

and suddenly your whole television viewing experiences changes.

there are now... 5 remote controls.

and we record shit thru the fucking computer. i can't fucking record anything onto vcr now cos the High Def tv fucking records things crap thru the analogue video.

or something.

i have cried 3 times over this bitch of a situation.


and along with the new tv comes a fucking Xbox to store all his movies n tv shows n shit

and he fucking plays games on that now instead of his pc and OMFG i can't even watch Australian Idol on the tv it has to be on the fucking computer)(*#!@$)(*!@#$)(*!@#)(*!@#)(*!@#

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o and i just created one then! [Sep. 3rd, 2006|08:48 pm]
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# when the new live journal community you just create has this fucking default INCLUDE THE ADS VERSION and you DON'T click on basic and

woot, i've got ads on this community.

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i've got plenty. i've been saving them up for a day such as this... [Sep. 3rd, 2006|08:45 pm]
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when a customer service operator/sales assistant says: "You RIght?"

fuck me, i nearly have a conniption when i hear that. once, i said, "No, I am not right. why would i be standing at the counter with my wallet out if i were RIGHT?"

PFFFFFFFFFT then she said, "no need to be nasty"

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