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I am very happy with the concern for people in college football with lightening protocols

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It is great that fans and players safety is taking a much more important role than when I was a kid. I played in lightening and had adult supervision which correlated safety concerns with being weak. Sports can be a joy when it is firmly put in its place.......safety,life,
and the enjoyment of the same by this kids has to be the first priority.

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OK sea, I seem to recall your inviting me sometime in the not-too-distant past to correct your spelling, punctuation, etc..    Am I wrong?   No matter.   You will have noted that I've almost always refrained from doing so anyway, with yourself or anyone else, even though such aspects of the English language are about the only thing I'm good for -- and that's because correcting people in these matters is highly unpopular, to say the least.

But there's one correction I'm going to make here because the error is ubiquitous.  I see it on forums, in email correspondence, in newspaper articles -- all over the place.  It's absolutely not just you.  And that error is the use of the word "lightening" -- a verb form meaning becoming less heavy or less dark -- when one actually means "lightning," a noun.  

Here's just one suggestion of a way to keep it all straight in your mind, if you even care (doubtful, I realize, and that's understood):

"Linda should lighten up. The sky is lightening now that dawn approaches.  But wow, that lightning show during last night's storm was something else, wasn't it?"

And yes, I realize full well that the subject of your thread is far more weighty than how one spells/uses the word "lightning."    I just saw an opportunity here and ran with the ball, so to speak.   Smile

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RealLindaL wrote:OK sea, I seem to recall your inviting me sometime in the not-too-distant past to correct your spelling, punctuation, etc..    Am I wrong?   No matter.   You will have noted that I've almost always refrained from doing so anyway, with yourself or anyone else, even though such aspects of the English language are about the only thing I'm good for -- and that's because correcting people in these matters is highly unpopular, to say the least.

But there's one correction I'm going to make here because the error is ubiquitous.  I see it on forums, in email correspondence, in newspaper articles -- all over the place.  It's absolutely not just you.  And that error is the use of the word "lightening" -- a verb form meaning becoming less heavy or less dark -- when one actually means "lightning," a noun.  

Here's just one suggestion of a way to keep it all straight in your mind, if you even care (doubtful, I realize, and that's understood):

"Linda should lighten up. The sky is lightening now that dawn approaches.  But wow, that lightning show during last night's storm was something else, wasn't it?"

And yes, I realize full well that the subject of your thread is far more weighty than how one spells/uses the word "lightning."    I just saw an opportunity here and ran with the ball, so to speak.   Smile
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Thank you for the correction. Unfortunately, I will probably make the same spelling mistake again. Once I make that mistake, it usually sticks for a really long time. Same way with names. If I call you by another name, it usually is not once, but is repeated. That can get you in trouble, yet I have done that since I was a child......garbage in......garbage stays.

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RealLindaL wrote:OK sea, I seem to recall your inviting me sometime in the not-too-distant past to correct your spelling, punctuation, etc..    Am I wrong?   No matter.   You will have noted that I've almost always refrained from doing so anyway, with yourself or anyone else, even though such aspects of the English language are about the only thing I'm good for -- and that's because correcting people in these matters is highly unpopular, to say the least.

But there's one correction I'm going to make here because the error is ubiquitous.  I see it on forums, in email correspondence, in newspaper articles -- all over the place.  It's absolutely not just you.  And that error is the use of the word "lightening" -- a verb form meaning becoming less heavy or less dark -- when one actually means "lightning," a noun.  

Here's just one suggestion of a way to keep it all straight in your mind, if you even care (doubtful, I realize, and that's understood):

"Linda should lighten up. The sky is lightening now that dawn approaches.  But wow, that lightning show during last night's storm was something else, wasn't it?"

And yes, I realize full well that the subject of your thread is far more weighty than how one spells/uses the word "lightning."    I just saw an opportunity here and ran with the ball, so to speak.   Smile


When I screw up, and I know I screw up often, please don't hit me with lightning Miss Linda. Smile

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RealLindaL wrote:even though such aspects of the English language are about the only thing I'm good for --

Ahem ...

... even though such aspects of the English language are about the only thing for which I'm good ...

... just sayin'.

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I leave prepositions at the end of sentences far too often, but in modern english it is less of a no no than it was when I was taking Latin 45 years ago.

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Son of an English teacher ...

... I just can't help myself.

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Son of an English teacher ...

... I just can't help myself.


My wife taught Junior High English for two years, and it is great when she explains rules of grammar. I always enjoy the same. However, as you well know growing up with someone in your household having that knowledge, you quickly learn from your mistakes. You will never see me defensive about spelling or grammar errors because the essence of civilization is language.

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Sal wrote:
RealLindaL wrote:even though such aspects of the English language are about the only thing I'm good for --

Ahem ...

... even though such aspects of the English language are about the only thing for which I'm good ...

... just sayin'.

Actually, most grammarians these days would cringe at your example as most definitely NOT preferable.      

Interesting reading on the subject:

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2011/11/grammar-myths-prepositions/

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/ending-a-sentence-with-a-preposition

BUT thanks anyway, Sal.   At least you didn't also try to get after me for beginning a sentence with a conjunction ("But wow, that lightning show...").   Smile

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2seaoat wrote:My wife taught Junior High English for two years, and it is great when she explains rules of grammar.   I always enjoy the same.   However, as you well know growing up with someone in your household having that knowledge, you quickly learn from your mistakes.   You will never see me defensive about spelling or grammar errors because the essence of civilization is language.

Good for you, sea -- even though you apparently don't expect to "quickly learn" from your mistake in the spelling of "lightning." LOL

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Y'all have fun... but leave my dot dot dot alone. Thaaaaanks

And mine...

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Wouldn't even think of messing with anyone's dot dot dot...

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2seaoat wrote:It is great that fans and players safety is taking a much more important role than when I was a kid.    I played in lightening and had adult supervision  which correlated safety concerns with being weak.   Sports can be a joy when it is firmly put in its place.......safety,life,
and the enjoyment of the same by this kids has to be the first priority.

Hey old man, it's "lightning" not lightening. I'm not the one who started the grammar war, but I can finish it.

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RealLindaL wrote:
2seaoat wrote:My wife taught Junior High English for two years, and it is great when she explains rules of grammar.   I always enjoy the same.   However, as you well know growing up with someone in your household having that knowledge, you quickly learn from your mistakes.   You will never see me defensive about spelling or grammar errors because the essence of civilization is language.

Good for you, sea -- even though you apparently don't expect to "quickly learn" from your mistake in the spelling of "lightning."     LOL  

Says the Political Forum Grammar Nazi.

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2seaoat wrote:It is great that fans and players safety is taking a much more important role than when I was a kid.    I played in lightening and had adult supervision  which correlated safety concerns with being weak.   Sports can be a joy when it is firmly put in its place.......safety,life,
and the enjoyment of the same by this kids has to be the first priority.

Hey old man, it's "lightning" not lightening. I'm not the one who started the grammar war, but I can finish it.

Where were you many posts ago???

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Tellthetruth wrote:
RealLindaL wrote:
2seaoat wrote:My wife taught Junior High English for two years, and it is great when she explains rules of grammar.   I always enjoy the same.   However, as you well know growing up with someone in your household having that knowledge, you quickly learn from your mistakes.   You will never see me defensive about spelling or grammar errors because the essence of civilization is language.

Good for you, sea -- even though you apparently don't expect to "quickly learn" from your mistake in the spelling of "lightning."     LOL  

Says the Political Forum Grammar Nazi.

Ridiculous hyperbole -- the specialty of the right.

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