Monday, October 7, 2013

Does Anyone Still Care About Grammar?


I read a new and strange piece at the Grammarphobia Blog -- it began:

Q: I hear more and more people substitute “I’s” for “my” or “mine.” For example, “My friends had a wonderful time at Jason and I’s party.” Ouch! That hurts my ears! Is this something that will fade away, or will it eventually become accepted?

A: You’re right. A lot of people are using “I’s” as a possessive of “I,” though mostly in place of “my,” not “mine" We got millions of hits when we googled “John and I’s,” “Bob and I’s,” and so on.

Until now, I had never heard anyone use the term "I's" in this way. It doesn't sound right when I speak it aloud, but it does not actually seem so bad, to me, when I read it from printed text.

English grammar just gets curiouser and  curiouser.

Complete posting HERE

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Did You Know . . .?
The average life span of a major league baseball is 7 pitches.



On this day, October 7 in 1985, four Palestinian terrorists boarded the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro shortly after it left Alexandria, Egypt, in order to hijack the luxury liner. The well-armed men, who belonged to the Popular Front for the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), the terrorist wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) led by Abu Abbas, easily took control of the vessel since there was no security force on board.

At first, the terrorists demanded that Israel release imprisoned PLF members and sought entry to a Syrian port. But when Syria denied the request, the terrorists lost control of the situation. Gathering the American tourists on board, the terrorists randomly chose to kill 69-year-old Leon Klinghoffer. The wheelchair-bound American was shot in the head and thrown overboard.

Klinghoffer's cold-blooded murder backfired on the terrorists. The world's outrage forced PLO chief Yassir Arafat to cut PLO ties with the terrorists and to demand that Abbas end the situation. On October 9, Abbas contacted the terrorists, ordered them not to kill any more passengers, and arranged for the ship to land in Egypt.

Despite intense American pressure, Abbas was allowed to leave the country. He was captured by U.S. Special Forces in Baghdad and died in American custody in 2004.



poltroon  [pahl-troon']
1. a wretched coward; craven.
2. marked by utter cowardice.


Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
(born October 7, 1952)
Vladimir Putin is the President of Russia, a position he has held since 7 May 2012. He previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. During that last stint (2008 to 2012) he was also the Chairman of the United Russia political party.

Ayla Marie Kell
(born October 7, 1990)
Ayla Kell is an American actress. She is best known for the role of Payson Keeler in the ABC Family series Make It or Break It. Ayla has appeared in the films: Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story, The Omega Code, Rebound, and What Just Happened,  TV appearances include: Malcolm In The Middle, Weeds, Without A Trace, Just Jordan, and Without A Trace.

Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr.
(born October 7, 1966)
Sherman Alexie is a poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Some of his best known works are The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a book of short stories, and Smoke Signals (1998), a film of his screenplay based on The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

His first novel, Reservation Blues, received one of the fifteen 1996 American Book Awards. His first young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is a semi-autobiographical novel that won the 2007 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the Odyssey Award as best 2008 audiobook for young people (read by Alexie himself). His collection of short stories and poems, entitled War Dances, won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Note: I have read many of Sherman Alexie's stories and poems. I like his writing... very much.

Judy Landers
(born October 7, 1958)
Judy Landers is an American film and television actress. Landers has appeared in several films, including Stewardess School (1986), Armed and Dangerous (1986), Ghost Writer (1989), Club Fed (1990), Dr. Alien (1989), and The Divine Enforcer (1992).  She has also appeared in several television series, including The Love Boat (1977), Happy Days (1977), Night Court (1984), Charlie's Angels (1978), Vega$ (1978-1979), B. J. and the Bear (1979), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), and Madame's Place (1982–1983), two different episodes of Knight Rider (1982 TV series), and two episodes of The A-Team. She also appeared in the series The Fall Guy (1982) in season 1, episode 20 ("Three for the Road")  as "Jinx" and in ALF.


The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
--Jim Hightower


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