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padams2@ccbcmd.edu Jan 3, 2016 1:32 pm

It looks like you haven't discussed "oversize," as in "oversize load" or "She carried an oversize handbag."  

The NY Times uses it all the time, even in headlines on the front page.  How can they not know any better.  Or, am I being an "old fashion" stick in the mud, who is soon going to find himself saying "iced cream"?

Reply to padams2@ccbcmd.edu at 1:32 pm
liquidiamonds9@gmail.com Jan 3, 2016 3:02 pm

Limit the use of the word "so", because I don't like the Seamus Heaney transaltion of Beowulf.

So.  The Spear-Danes in days gone by

And the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.

We have heard of those princes’ heroic campaigns.

 

Bring back the word HWAET!!!!! ;) 

 

Reply to liquidiamonds9@gmail.com at 3:02 pm
liquidiamonds9@gmail.com Jan 3, 2016 3:06 pm

So. I don't want to banish 'so', unless it is in a Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf: 

So.  The Spear-Danes in days gone by

And the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.

We have heard of those princes’ heroic campaigns.

 

So, Bring back Hwaet!!  ;)

Reply to liquidiamonds9@gmail.com at 3:06 pm
debaron@illinois.edu guitarsophist@yahoo.comJan 3, 2016 3:10 pm

So, on the internet, it seems like "shit" is spelled "shite," which makes no phonological sense. I'd like to ban that.  Otherwise, I'm ok with the above locutions. 

Shite, not a mistake, is common in UK and Ireland. 

Reply to debaron@illinois.edu at 3:10 pm