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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 12-05-2017 06:51 PM 1641 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2017 06:51 PM

I admit to being rather fanatic about proper language usage. I have been reading as much as I can about purchasing used hand planes. I just suffered through a few pages of some nitwit constantly interchanging the terms hand plane and hand planer.

It makes everything else they have to say questionable. Am I a grammar nazi? Only when something is put into print and supposed to convey a level of expertise.

I’ll get off my soapbox, now.

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 06:59 PM

I’ve kinda gotten used to seeing it but I know what you mean. Some don’t know, and many of them likely don’t care.

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 08:44 PM


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#3 posted 12-06-2017 03:10 AM

Hear this all the time at work. Brake rotors called “rotory’s” And my favorite: Catalytic Converter referred to as “Cadillac Converter”.

I once got a work order to check the “soldier light” that was on in the dash of a vehicle while driving. Having looked at all the lights in the dash on a test drive none were on. So I asked the customer to show me this light.
It was the seat belt light. Which goes off if you fasten it when driving.

Yes, it happened. Had the work order taped to my box for many years before it fell apart.


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#4 posted 12-06-2017 06:47 AM

If it changes what you’ll do in the morning when you wake up, care.

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#5 posted 12-06-2017 12:32 PM

The only thing I have noticed is a slow but steady increase in the number of people who can’t compose decent sentences, spell right, or apply the correct words when needed.
I blame the public school system…

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#6 posted 12-06-2017 12:56 PM

Radio alarm saw.
Loose for lose.
Joiner vs jointer.

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#7 posted 12-06-2017 02:06 PM

You are correct, Sir ! I am very relieved to hear that it isn’t JUST me. It would be most helpful if America got back to speaking ENGLISH again, instead of the garble to which we are constantly subjected.
One should consider language as a toolbox. English is the best equipped with in excess of 399,000 words. With that many tools at one’s disposal, we should be hearing and reading beautifully crafted sentences, rather then the indiscernible utterances and hieroglyphics encountered with numbing regularity.
As it happens, I do own a “hand planer’. It is similar in appearance to the ubiquitous HAND PLANE, except that it is equipped with an electric motor which propels a spinning cylindrical blade. Having an electric motor, it has of necessity, an electric cord. Hand planes are powered by human appendages, not electricity.
Next on the misnomer list is “Bracenbit” for the boring tool by itself, sans any attachments with which to bore holes. Maddening.
If one speaks only one language, it behooves them to speak that language WELL.

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#8 posted 12-06-2017 03:24 PM

I’m with you guys 100%.

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#9 posted 12-06-2017 03:39 PM

I agree totally with the comments noted above. In fact, I’ve often wondered why people don’t at least re-read and spell check their work as it is a reflection of them.
Also, the use of words like “prolly”, in lieu of probably, makes me wonder if they cut their english classes in high school, or are just trying to convey an impression.

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#10 posted 12-06-2017 04:03 PM

If I can understand the point they are making then I’m good.

Not everybody has an English Major, certainly not me.
Everybody was brought up differently, raised with different circumstances.
It may not be their fault they don’t have an English Major.

I was lucky enough to at least finish High school. Some weren’t!

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#11 posted 12-06-2017 04:28 PM

uh oh, im guilty of all above, i’m on my phone most of the day and into evening answering emails, texts, calls, having fat fingers doesn’t help, oh well. and of course if you have auto spell on your stuff, well it doesn’t always work out. sorry. my bad

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#12 posted 12-06-2017 04:44 PM


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#13 posted 12-06-2017 11:40 PM

In my opinion, making a comment on a project, writing a review, adding to a blog, or entering a new project should not require having a degree in grammar or proper sentence structure but, we do have quite a contingent of lumberjocks who do not consider English their first language and we should give them some leeway.

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#14 posted 12-07-2017 12:07 AM

I don’t expect perfect grammar in a forum. It is a place of conversation and conversation is ripe with imperfections. A forum is more like a social club or bar where like minded people gather. Where I draw the line is in on a site or in a magazine where the author is supposed to be conveying their expertise to the reader. This demands precise and correct language. Imprecise or incorrect language calls into doubt the writer’s expertise. In the old days, less than 20 years ago, editors were employed to avoid this issue, and the regular Joe asked someone to proof their work before publishing.

The rush to publish, has made people lazy.

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#15 posted 12-07-2017 12:24 AM

Start a hobby or make some friends. Spend your time thinking of important things.

-- Rick M,

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