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Old 03-28-2013, 04:41 PM   #41
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Interesting discussion...and as an Aspiring Curmudgeon I gotta weigh in!
"site" has been a word for a long time, think location
etc., is the correct spelling, but wants a period and a comma
a sailboat is only "careened" when on its side, i.e., beached. If it's leaned over from the wind it's said to be heeled. ("keeled over", often used, is incorrect)

For those who really want to dwell on this, check out "The Grouchy Grammarian". Good around-the-campfire reading, and you can use the stuff to really tick people off.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:22 PM   #42
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ca∑reen

/kəˈrēn/
Verb
  • Turn (a ship) on its side for cleaning, caulking, or repair.
  • (of a ship) Tilt; lean over.

Synonyms
heel - tilt
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:34 PM   #43
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I wonder if it caromed before it careened.
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And I always thought that "keeled over" literally meant the keel was far above where it ought to be LOL!
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:48 PM   #45
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While heeling after tacking, in full career, the sailboat caromed off another and then careened on the beach?
Glenn is correct, careen can mean heel...but in my 35 years of sailing here on the West Coast, we never used careen in that fashion.
And all this started with spell checking...
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I think all you folks should go camping

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:21 PM   #47
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But-

We're all sitting around grousing about how the world has gone to h-e-double pitchforks, Donna.

Feels just like a typical 'round-the-campfire evening to me!

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:52 PM   #49
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This has been very intertaining.. spell check..entertaining.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:19 PM   #50
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Careen is not an active verb. Ships do not careen; they are careened, i.e.; hauled down by compound tackles from the mast heads such that the bottom is exposed for scraping, caulking, recoppering. Actually they WERE careened as in they don't do it now as once 'twas done. Old Master paintings, usually Dutch, tend to illustrate this shipyard arcana. Sailboats are slung but not thrown; cradled but not rocked.

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:51 PM   #51
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The posts on this forum seem littered with typos. I'm sure people are more literate than is indicated. I think they can probably type better than indicated. Many of the "typos" appear to be the result of some sort of spell check run amok.

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Hi, any of mine are a result of iPad sometimes it changes words and I do not catch it! Will keep a better check before posting.
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eye stopped judging one's intelligence by their use/misuse of grammar...

once i discovered Bill Gates insisted on a spellchecker in MS WORD...something he stated mater-of-factually he would be taking advantage of.
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Too funny! As with everything in life if one lives long enough, we look for humor in everything including spelling.
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...As with everything in life if one lives long enough...
Looks in wallet for AARP card.
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Looks in wallet for AARP card.
CHECK
I open my wallet and then forget what I was going to look for. Now that is happening more and more these past few years. And thats within the blink of an eye when I think of it til the brain reacts. Scary.
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Mike, it sounds as if you are starting to believe in ' the here after' as in what am I here after?
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Red face Not only spelling

People use the wrong word often. One of the abused words is

there - another place
their - possessive of they
they're - contraction of they are

And don't get me started on using apostrophes for plurals. Apostrophes indicate the possessive not the plural. Exception: Only use apostrophes for plurals with letters and numerals.

I recently noticed a trend to omit adverbs and use the adjective instead. It should be he sang nicely instead of he sang nice.

The funny thing is I hated English in school. I disliked diagramming sentences and all the mechanics of English. However, I had a good 'feel' for it because I read a lot.
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Exception: Only use apostrophes for plural with letters and numerals.
And of course in case of the plural possessive, as in: "Many writers' choices for punctuation are incorrect."

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Smile Not only plural possessive

Also nouns that end in s.

Keats' works = the works of Keats.

English is a crazy language partly because is assimilates so much from other languages.
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