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becker 02-06-2008 12:56 AM

What a weird comment
 
I received this comment on this shot today:

[photoid=221812]

Quote:

'That sounds to me a lot more like a coincidence, rather than irony.'
What a weird comment to post on a photo. Although it doesn't appear to have rude intention, I'm surprised this one even got accepted... :lol:

~Louis Becker

Callufrax 02-06-2008 01:09 AM

I guess the cat's out of the bag, now. Chris and Chris have gone into the lumbar business!

JRMDC 02-06-2008 01:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by becker
What a weird comment to post on a photo. Although it doesn't appear to have rude intention, I'm surprised this one even got accepted... :lol:

~Louis Becker

It is an accurate comment, directly responsive to your remark. You misused the word "irony" which does not mean "coincidence."

You did the same thing as Alanis Morisette! :)

Even if you disagree with the content of the comment, I don't see the weirdness of it. I have seen comments on the remarks section before.

becker 02-06-2008 02:05 AM

Okay, I'll look at this critically then :wink:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/irony

Based on that, I can see what you're saying. It just doesn't seem to be the norm to critique the language used in the remarks, rather than actually comment on wrong info.

Sort of like if someone wrote "A couple of locomotives head south", then comment it should be "heads south" since it is referred to as <i>one</i> couple.

JRMDC 02-06-2008 02:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by becker
Okay, I'll look at this critically then :wink:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/irony

Based on that, I can see what you're saying. It just doesn't seem to be the norm to critique the language used in the remarks, rather than actually comment on wrong info.

Sort of like if someone wrote "A couple of locomotives head south", then comment it should be "heads south" since it is referred to as <i>one</i> couple.

I agree that it is not the norm. Presumably a stickler for accurate language. Maybe an Alanis hater. :)

For that matter, it isn't the norm to critique the shot either. I've never seen that done.

The forums are for those comments! :)

becker 02-06-2008 02:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JRMDC
I agree that it is not the norm. Presumably a stickler for accurate language. Maybe an Alanis hater. :)

Gotta love Google:

http://profiles.yahoo.com/mpchoochoo

JimThias 02-06-2008 02:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by becker
Okay, I'll look at this critically then :wink:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/irony

Based on that, I can see what you're saying. It just doesn't seem to be the norm to critique the language used in the remarks, rather than actually comment on wrong info.

Sort of like if someone wrote "A couple of locomotives head south", then comment it should be "heads south" since it is referred to as <i>one</i> couple.

However...

In "A couple heads south," couple is a noun.

In "A couple of locomotives head south," couple is the adjective.

That would be like saying "Red locomotives head south." You wouldn't say, "Red locomotives heads south."

When "couple" is the adjective, then the verb (head) describes what the noun (locomotives) is doing.

Hence, "A couple of locomotives head south" is correct.

;-)

JRMDC 02-06-2008 03:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimThias
However...

In "A couple heads south," couple is a noun.

In "A couple of locomotives head south," couple is the adjective.

That would be like saying "Red locomotives head south." You wouldn't say, "Red locomotives heads south."

When "couple" is the adjective, then the verb (head) describes what the noun (locomotives) is doing.

Hence, "A couple of locomotives head south" is correct.

;-)

Sorry, Jim, wrong-O! :) "Couple" is the noun, and "of locomotives" is the modifying prepositional phrase.

Now, by the principle of common usage, a lot of us would say "head," but by the rules "heads" is correct.

A group of locomotives heads south.
A cluster of locomotives heads south.
etc.

I agree that it sounds funny with "couple." That's why we have the principle of common usage! :)

becker 02-06-2008 03:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JRMDC
Sorry, Jim, wrong-O! :) "Couple" is the noun, and "of locomotives" is the modifying prepositional phrase.

Stole the words from me... :wink:

Quote:

Now, by the principle of common usage, a lot of us would say "head," but by the rules "heads" is correct.

A group of locomotives heads south.
A cluster of locomotives heads south.
etc.

I agree that it sounds funny with "couple." That's why we have the principle of common usage! :)
Very true. Note that spellchecker.net would not comment on either way of typing it...

Ween 02-06-2008 03:57 AM

Bakc to skool for Jimm...

JRMDC 02-06-2008 03:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ween
Bakc to skool for Jimm...

Maybe you can be the teacher! :lol: :razz:

JimThias 02-06-2008 04:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JRMDC
Sorry, Jim, wrong-O! :) "Couple" is the noun, and "of locomotives" is the modifying prepositional phrase.

You got me. Damn, just when I thought I was pulling the wool over your eyes...

:lol:

UNDPilot 02-07-2008 01:14 PM

Me fail engwish, that unpossible!


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