Old 02-05-2008, 11:56 PM   #1
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I received this comment on this shot today:

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'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...

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Old 02-06-2008, 12:09 AM   #2
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:30 AM   #3
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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...

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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.
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Old 02-06-2008, 01:05 AM   #4
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Okay, I'll look at this critically then

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 one couple.
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Okay, I'll look at this critically then

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 one 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!
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I agree that it is not the norm. Presumably a stickler for accurate language. Maybe an Alanis hater.
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Okay, I'll look at this critically then

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 one 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.

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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!
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Sorry, Jim, wrong-O! "Couple" is the noun, and "of locomotives" is the modifying prepositional phrase.
Stole the words from me...

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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...
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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...

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