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Ronald Dumsfeld
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

in the top bit "FAQ's" shouldn't have an apostrophe. It should just be FAQs.
Glad to be a pedant.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Actually, you're wrong; the FAQ belongs to Mr. Faq. It's Faq's FAQ Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:24 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

@shiver

Welcome back. The place has been going to pot since you went away. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

@ Dark Spirit: Hello! Sorry if I neglected you, it wasn't on purpose if I did Smile

@ TS: Yes. I'm manning the sweeping brush as I write. Not an easy thing to do I can tell you.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:36 am Reply with quoteBack to top

@ shiver metimbers,

Well with this many members, somebody has to be neglected , it's a cross I will bear Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

Ok seriously it is great to be here and I just love it, everybody here is fantastic for all the things they do... Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:14 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Re the original point. (FAQ's or FAQs):
It should be neither of those examples.

It should be just plain old FAQ

The abbreviation stands for Frequently Asked Questions. (plural)

The apostrophe 's' is used for the possessive form of a singular noun.
It can also be used to denote a missing letter or letters.
Apostrophes are NEVER ever used to denote plurals.

So, the item in the page header is incorrect, as is the OP pedant. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:49 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

' taken out

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 5:07 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Further, "Frequently Asked Questions" uses the passive tense, which we all remember from Strunk & White should be avoided at all costs. Frequently asked? Who by?

The correct acronym should be QTPFA ("Questions That People Frequently Ask").

(I count at least 5 mistakes and/or debatable usages in my message. Can you find more?)

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:53 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

when at the end of a long long day
which includes being sworn at by real people
and having no lads on line on whom I can vent my spleen.
I have got to say it.
faq off, who cares?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 12:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Breddan Butter wrote:
Re the original point. (FAQ's or FAQs):
It should be neither of those examples.

It should be just plain old FAQ



Actually, I am going to have to agree with the OP (at the risk of upsetting a MOD!!!), it should be FAQs, it appears to be a collection of Frequently Asked Questions. So there is more than ONE set of FAQ when you click that link.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 12:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Quote:
The place has been going to pot

I was thinking about going there myself, Potsville. Either that, or Hydrocodoneburg, or Lorazepam Town. There's always, Hoochville and Brew City.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

@mc,

If you really read Strunk & White instead of just looking at the pictures Wink , you'll know how much they hate adverbs and general unnecessary padding-type useless irrelevant wordy verbiage.

So, 'Frequently' has to go.

Questions That People Often Ask (QTPOA). Smile

I'm not even sure about the 'That'.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

^^^ Well, if you take S&W to their full measure, it would just be "Questions", because otherwise it is redundant (questions don't just ask themselves!). Or, more literally, "Answers to Common Questions." Furthermore... ah, to hell with it. FAQ Strunk & White.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:24 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Quote:
The rules of The Elements of Style were as simple to state -- 'Omit needless words' -- as they were difficult to obey


You win.

I only recently found out that he (White) wrote for The New Yorker for sixty years. BTW, is this thread far enough OT now? Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:35 am Reply with quoteBack to top

This thread should be titled "A Note of Pedantry."

I win.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Strunk & White were a couple of old grouches whose view of the English language was strongly biased by Victorian prescriptivist views often based on Latin grammar (splitting infinitives being a particular good example of this). Stringently following their doctrines is pointless.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:54 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^^ Oh, I agree completely! I was just having a little fun with it, as I had a university prof who absolutely adored Strunk & White and made editing papers a living hell.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Enough of this- just stick to English!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Where I come from, it's quite simply said as "Wassup?"

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