Dear New Users,

Drop by and talk about anything you want. This is where all cheese-related discussions should go
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby AlexanderDitto » 27 Nov 2009, 21:18

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To the newbs; USE OF THE OXFORD COMMA IS MANDATORY AT ALL TIMES.

FUCK YOUR OXFORD COMMA, I DEMAND THE TAIL END OF MY LISTS BE FREE


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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby epocalypse » 28 Nov 2009, 08:13

infinite_guest wrote:Also regarding the newbs: PROPER USE OF THE COLON AND SEMICOLON ARE ALSO REQUIRED ON THIS FORUM; ONE MIGHT SAY THAT THEY ARE MANDATORY AND ALL VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO TASERING.


I dare you too correctly, universally and concisely explain the use of the semi colon; really, I dare you!

And what about em dashes?
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Cake » 28 Nov 2009, 21:13

I for one welcome our new members. We're finally getting some interesting topics again.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby The Laughing Man » 28 Nov 2009, 21:26

RytelCSF wrote:Dear New Users,

Matt is not angry at you. Don't take this to mean that he isn't angry, however. He just isn't angry at you specifically.

He is not angry, he is just disappoint.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Evil Jim » 28 Nov 2009, 21:59

epocalypse wrote:I dare you too correctly, universally and concisely explain the use of the semi colon; really, I dare you!

Use it when you have two connected statements but you can't decide whether to separate them with a period or a comma. Notice that the semicolon is made up both of a period & a comma.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby PenninInk » 29 Nov 2009, 12:24

It's the ultimate in grammatical waffling.

...and on that note, I suddenly want breakfast for dinner.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Yaxley » 29 Nov 2009, 15:28

epocalypse wrote:
infinite_guest wrote:Also regarding the newbs: PROPER USE OF THE COLON AND SEMICOLON ARE ALSO REQUIRED ON THIS FORUM; ONE MIGHT SAY THAT THEY ARE MANDATORY AND ALL VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO TASERING.


I dare you too correctly, universally and concisely explain the use of the semi colon; really, I dare you!

And what about em dashes?

You use a semi-colon when two sentences are kind of connected, but not quite ready for a conjunction. It's the grammatical equivalent of living with your girlfriend for several years, but not being sure if you want to get married.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Kaemon » 29 Nov 2009, 15:31

Punctuation that's adverse to commitment eh?
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Evil Jim » 29 Nov 2009, 15:43

Yaxley, I just said that two posts above yours.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Cake » 29 Nov 2009, 16:10

Use a semicolon when you link two independent clauses with no connecting words.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby epocalypse » 29 Nov 2009, 16:12

Ahh, touche Jim, Cake, and Yaxley; however, you have not mentioned it's use in lists or it's use in linking clauses with transitional phrases or conjunctive adverbs, or it's use in lists which involve commas as parts of listed items (i.e. "State Capitals: Bismarck, ND; Annapolis, MD; Albany, NY...). Or, of course, when people just know it's too much for a comma but not enough for a period.

Still no takers on the em dash? –come on–
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Yaxley » 29 Nov 2009, 16:19

Evil Jim wrote:Yaxley, I just said that two posts above yours.

Yes, but my post had the addition of a lame attempt at humor.

It was either that, or start quoting Vampire Weekend's song "Oxford Comma," and I decided not to go in that direction.

epocalypse wrote:Ahh, touche Jim, Cake, and Yaxley; however, you have not mentioned it's use in lists

I was going to mention that, but I couldn't think of a relationship simile for it.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Evil Jim » 29 Nov 2009, 16:20

epocalypse wrote:Ahh, touche Jim, Cake, and Yaxley; however, you have not mentioned it's use in lists or it's use in linking clauses with transitional phrases or conjunctive adverbs, or it's use in lists which involve commas as parts of listed items (i.e. "State Capitals: Bismarck, ND; Annapolis, MD; Albany, NY...). Or, of course, when people just know it's too much for a comma but not enough for a period.

Still no takers on the em dash? –come on–

I don't talk to people who spell the possessive form of "it" with an apostrophe.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby epocalypse » 29 Nov 2009, 16:26

Evil Jim wrote:
epocalypse wrote:Ahh, touche Jim, Cake, and Yaxley; however, you have not mentioned it's use in lists or it's use in linking clauses with transitional phrases or conjunctive adverbs, or it's use in lists which involve commas as parts of listed items (i.e. "State Capitals: Bismarck, ND; Annapolis, MD; Albany, NY...). Or, of course, when people just know it's too much for a comma but not enough for a period.

Still no takers on the em dash? –come on–

I don't talk to people who spell the possessive form of "it" with an apostrophe.


what?

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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Kara » 29 Nov 2009, 16:37

epocalypse gave me lulz. Melikes.

Yeah, welcome everybody who's new. There's good advice all over in this thread.

I don't really think about it generally, but it's fun that we have so many little ins and outs of how our community is. =p
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Evil Jim » 29 Nov 2009, 16:51

Time for Epocalypse to create a new forum account already. Most people wait until they've made 1,337 posts.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby epocalypse » 29 Nov 2009, 16:54

I'm just rounding up... from 53... to 1,337.

well, it made sense at the time.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Yaxley » 29 Nov 2009, 18:56

And in a very rare occurrence for the internet, a thread that could have turned into a grammar nazi war instead turn into the lulz.

Keep that in mind, new members. If someone gets mad at your for a grammar mistake, just commit ritual seppuku. Then we'll ALL have a laugh and no one will remember your mistake after a while. It's win-win!
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby epocalypse » 29 Nov 2009, 19:01

Yaxley wrote:Keep that in mind, new members. If someone gets mad at your for a grammar mistake, just commit ritual seppuku. Then we'll ALL have a laugh and no one will remember your mistake after a while. It's win-win!


It's true! Look at me, I just did and I'm better already! :D

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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Cake » 29 Nov 2009, 19:07

Oh, I thought we were all gonna define the use of a semi-colon.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby epocalypse » 29 Nov 2009, 19:09

Okay, now; Cake, that made me laugh. Out loud even. If only the internet had some kind of abbreviation for that...


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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Evil Jim » 29 Nov 2009, 20:28

epocalypse wrote:Okay, now; Cake, that made me laugh. Out loud even. If only the internet had some kind of abbreviation for that...

HHH? (For "har, har, har!")
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby It's My Delorean » 29 Nov 2009, 20:32

epocalypse wrote:Okay, now; Cake, that made me laugh. Out loud even.


Wait, Snagglepuss? What stage direction did you just exit from to get to the LRR forums? :P
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Dangerfield Newby » 01 Dec 2009, 17:27

N Dashes can be used for:

1) Range

M Dashes can be used for:

1) Emphasis in place of a comma
2) To set apart an independent clause that goes with the sentence but does not quite fit the flow of the sentence
3) To set apart a list in a sentence

However, if you are setting apart something it is best not to use a dash, especially in formal writing as it breaks apart the sentence.
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Re: Dear New Users,

Postby Katie » 01 Dec 2009, 17:48

I'm taking desperate notes, but I have a sinking feeling I'm going to fail the exam.

And Oxford Comma? Is that the kind of comma that excells at rowing and harbours a deep rivalry against the Cambridge Comma? We just got regular, working-class commas at my school.
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