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Old 05-18-2016, 06:39 PM
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do they initialize the space by fingerspelling or using the name sign for the person, then proceed to using the spatial pronoun?
Yeah, I think that's how it normally works.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:17 AM
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You gotta correct me if I'm wrong, but "content" isn't used in the plural. I just bought a translation book today and it says "All of the contents have been translated: not just the main text, but also the preface and the table of contents" blah blah blah blah eat my ass, book. ALL OF THE CONTENT HAS BEEN TRANSLATED. THAT'S RIGHT. YOU. ARE WRONG.

Unless Talking Time says otherwise. Talking Time??
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:22 AM
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It's a different sense of the word. There's "content" as in "media content" there are also "contents" as in "show me the contents of your knapsack". It seems like its being used in the latter sense in your example.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:37 AM
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To flip your example back at you, couldn't you also say "Show me the content of your knapsack" and be correct?
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:58 AM
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That sounds kind of like the distinction between "people" and "peoples".
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:03 AM
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To flip your example back at you, couldn't you also say "Show me the content of your knapsack" and be correct?
Yeah. It just imples different things about what's the the knapsack - "content" implies that you don't differentiate one thing from the other, while "contents" implies a bunch of different stuff.
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The dumbest thing about English is that we have the words desert, dessert, desert, and desert and they all mean totally different things.

the third "desert" is "a suitable reward or punishment" and is pronounced the same as "dessert," and now you finally understand what "just deserts" means.
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:28 PM
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To flip your example back at you, couldn't you also say "Show me the content of your knapsack" and be correct?
Just like the table of content.
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:54 PM
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Just like the table of content.
Aha! Yeah, now I'm thinking it is like "people" vs "peoples".

"Content" as a collective noun describes a gathering of...well, content, that is related in some way. The "content" of this article, etc. Similarly, "people" refers to a singular concept made up of multiple...well, people.

"Contents" refers to multiple discrete...uh, contents. In the case of a box or a backpack, the reason is obvious, because the box or backpack contains multiple solid objects. But in a "table of contents" or a case where "all of the contents have been translated", "contents" refers to multiple examples of content that are divided from one another in some way. Similarly, "peoples" refers to multiple groups of people, as in "the many peoples of the world" (which would refer specifically to multiple nations/cultures/etc, while "people" in the same sentence would refer to multiple individual persons.)
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:34 PM
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I saw this handwritten ad tacked onto the bulletin board at the local Sheetz:

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For Sale: 2000 Buick Century
New Tires, New Battery, New Brakes, New Rotor's
Run's Good, Need's a Littl Work.
It's like they suddenly got a case of grocer's apostrophe halfway through the ad.
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:59 PM
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"Run's good" is grammatically correct when asking DMC how his friend is doing and then you say "No, not Jam Master Jay."
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:45 PM
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grocer's apostrophe
oh i like this
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:42 PM
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Yeah, happens all the time when you have to do price/sale tags for an entire store at roughly negative four in the morning day in and day out.
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Old 05-27-2016, 02:17 PM
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I think some people are reluctant to just stick an "s" on a word that ends in a vowel, because that's where I see it most often:

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Old 05-27-2016, 06:32 PM
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from what I've seen, it seems to reflect a reluctance to use a plural of a well-known singular noun, esp a proper noun.

the scary part is when you catch yourself trying to do it unconsciously.
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Old 05-27-2016, 06:52 PM
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Proper nouns definitely throw people off sometimes. A neighbor has one of those personalized rocks in their front yard that says The Smith's and I think it annoys me even more because it's carved into a rock. Like, mistakes in a handwritten note or classified ad are funny, but who cares? Tomorrow somebody will use it to wrap fish. But an engraved stone? That'll be around for centuries.

I hope The Smith enjoys his rock.
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:03 PM
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My sister made my parents a hand-painted sign like that for their anniversary last year, and she put the apostrophe on it too. Fortunately, that was just paint, so it could be scraped off, but every time I look at it, the larger-than-normal space before the 's' throws me off every time.
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Old 05-30-2016, 01:42 PM
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Proper nouns definitely throw people off sometimes. A neighbor has one of those personalized rocks in their front yard that says The Smith's and I think it annoys me even more because it's carved into a rock. Like, mistakes in a handwritten note or classified ad are funny, but who cares? Tomorrow somebody will use it to wrap fish. But an engraved stone? That'll be around for centuries.

I hope The Smith enjoys his rock.
Man why you gotta hate on an NPC just trying to do his or her job, huh?

Times are tough.
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Old 05-30-2016, 02:59 PM
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Times are tough.
"Welcome to Corneria, bitch!"
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Potato Skin's
AAAAAAUGH!!!




Also, what the heck are 'potato skins'? Is it literally just the skins? Or is this a regional term for potato wedges or fries or something?
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AAAAAAUGH!!!




Also, what the heck are 'potato skins'? Is it literally just the skins? Or is this a regional term for potato wedges or fries or something?
it's usually a scooped out potato half (I imagine they use the bulk of it for mashed potato or something else) so it's mostly the skin, which is then usually filled with cheese, bacon, and other stuff and baked to be crispy.

I had never thought of it as a regional thing before. Do other people not know potato skins?
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:42 AM
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I've always know them as potato skins, but I know that in the UK they're called jacket potatoes.
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Well this is stuck in my head now.
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Old 06-18-2017, 05:13 PM
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I've always know them as potato skins, but I know that in the UK they're called jacket potatoes.
I thought jacket potatoes were what they called baked potatoes.
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