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18 November 2003 @ 05:49 pm
Random things...  

...that make me happy
Cloudy, overcast days.
Puzzles
Paradoxical combinations, like cute and horrible in one package (for example...).
Electric current.


...that piss me off
People that cannot be bothered to change a roll of toilet paper.
The sound of scuffing feet
Pictures of flowers
Complaints about "spoilers" regarding a show that has already aired or a movie that is already in theatres
Grammer nazis
 
 
 
Eric Franklin: dahliagamethyme on November 18th, 2003 05:50 pm (UTC)
What about Spelling Nazis?
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 19th, 2003 10:46 am (UTC)
Less of an annoyance, usually.
Eric Franklin: dahliagamethyme on November 19th, 2003 11:05 am (UTC)
In that case ...

"Grammar" (not "Grammer")

I am a Spelling Nazi.
And a Grammar Fascist.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 19th, 2003 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, but "Grammer nazis" brings to mind such lovely images of psychotic little old ladies...
Eric Franklin: hattergamethyme on November 19th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC)
Now that you mention it ... that's true!
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11: quietpullthestars on November 18th, 2003 06:05 pm (UTC)
speaking of, we need more toilet paper. This is more of a reminder to myself...
Jim: scorpionwarpdragon on November 18th, 2003 07:10 pm (UTC)
Is it Grammar Nazis' tendency to correct that annoys you, or is your annoyance specific to the subject matter?

And where is the line because a Grammar Nazi and someone irritated by the improper use of a word, say, organic?
St. Sean the Amused: hanginseanb on November 19th, 2003 12:18 pm (UTC)
The small-minded demand that everybody conform to abritrary, pointless rules annoys me. There is no ultimate "appeal to authority" in a language defined by common usage; all of the "authorities" are self-appointed busybodies. I understand the need for standardized communication in certain environments, but most self-appointed enforcers of style take the issue too far.

Now, if I were to walk up to Whole Foods and start lecturing people on the entymology of "organic", I would be approaching Grammar Nazi levels of buttinskiness.
Jim: scorpionwarpdragon on November 19th, 2003 01:24 pm (UTC)
What's "too far?" Correcting someone in conversation/LJ? Jumping into strangers' conversations to correct them? Leaving notes for signs posted at stores? Leaving notes for signs posted at schools? Singing selections from Strong Bad's Rhythm N' Grammar?
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 19th, 2003 02:00 pm (UTC)
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong...

Only one out of five wouldn't annoy me.
Jim: scorpionwarpdragon on November 19th, 2003 02:03 pm (UTC)
I can envision three possibilities of those five.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 19th, 2003 02:23 pm (UTC)
Well, you'll just have to guess right. On the first try.
Jim: scorpionwarpdragon on November 19th, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC)
Or I could just do all three and see which makes you grimace.

...don't you think night and day are different...
Jim: scorpionwarpdragon on November 19th, 2003 11:48 pm (UTC)
So correcting people is not okay, I'm guessing. So when you, say, jump in and correct the word choice of someone you met at a party 10 minutes ago, is that okay? Or is word choice different from grammar?

Is it okay to correct someone when there is a verifiable fact, such as the boiling point of water or how many homers Ken Griffey hit in 1998? If so, who or what is the authority on the meaning of "this" vs. "next?"
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 20th, 2003 10:23 am (UTC)
Depends. If it doesn't annoy me to an irrational degree, it's probably OK. I usually make the distinction between "correcting" an incorrect word choice and "objecting to" a poor word choice.

Generally, I have no problem with correcting people on verifiable facts, as long as you aren't annoyingly boorish about it. I like to believe that I take well to being corrected in this circumstances. When there are actual facts involved, getting emotionally involved in an argument is ludicrous.

"'this' vs. 'next'"
There is no authority for the precise definition of "next Saturday". Common usage is split on this point, creating stupid amounts of confusion, which was the entire point of my little poll. I don't seriously contend that people who interpret that phrase the way you and Kat and Kris do are subhuman defective freaks that are just plain wrong, I maintain that we are using different EQUALLY VALID interpretations of an ambiguous phrase, and would prefer if the ambiguous term was avoided.
Jim: scorpionwarpdragon on November 20th, 2003 10:26 am (UTC)
Of course not. We're superhuman freaks with superpowers.

Oh, no, wait. We just wish we were. Dammit.
Jennifertheda on November 18th, 2003 08:26 pm (UTC)
::smooch::
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 19th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
*snugs*

You know, it's amusing how many people focused on the second half and ignored the first half...
Jim: scorpionwarpdragon on November 19th, 2003 02:37 pm (UTC)
I'll bite.

Why does electric current make you happy?
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 19th, 2003 03:21 pm (UTC)
I like the smell of ozone. The sound electricity makes as it args. The tingle as current goes through my flesh.

As a child, used to play with paperclips and power outlets.
Jim: scorpionwarpdragon on November 19th, 2003 03:25 pm (UTC)
That sounds similar to my love of sizzles. After cooking something, I'll run a pan under cold water just to hear the sound it makes as the water boils away.
Jim: scorpionwarpdragon on November 19th, 2003 11:43 pm (UTC)
Perhaps people focused on the second half because a) the first half was all things, not people and b) the second half made some people wonder if you were referring to them.
St. Sean the Amused: daemonseanb on November 20th, 2003 10:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, that could be part of it. It's very rare for random acts of people to actually make me happy, and it's almost as rare for impersonal things to upset me on an emotional level.
Zzyzxthezzyzx on November 19th, 2003 05:00 am (UTC)
What about people who can't make it to the movie first day? I think spoiler cuts is a decent courtesy for at least a while afterwards, but I only blamed myself when I fell behind in my tivo watching.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 19th, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
Yes, spoiler cuts are a decent courtesy, and can be appreciated - but they should never be expected.
Zzyzxthezzyzx on November 19th, 2003 11:03 am (UTC)
Perhaps not, but if people constantly spoil shows/movies I haven't watched yet, I'd probably remove them from my friends list.