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    Don't forget that I like Macs too.

    Being a grammar nerd is pretty nice. I've made my fair share of profit from doing copy (and translation) and I spend about two days a week doing copy for my website. I had (and have) good teachers for English. Of course the one I have now I tend to disagree a lot with her grammar corrections.

    For example, telly is not slang.

    What I always hated was finding errors in SitePoint's blog post and articles. They have a freaking editorial staff! You at least think they could have the right spelling and no typos. It always makes me cringe. It's like seeing an error in the newspaper.

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    I purposely write a little informal. I find it to be more approachable by the average person. I don't plan on spelling out numbers, that might work in newspaper articles but when you might be slipping bits of code into your posts it could be confusing. Plus then you have abbreviations... I'm never going to write "two point three five CPM" or something like that.

    If all I missed though was an apostrophe and a comma I'm pretty happy
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    I'll have to keep in mind that Charmedlover is a gramar nerd when the time comes that I need a copy editor because my wife is too busy.
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    You don't spell out code, lol. That would be ridiculous. Grammar rules don't state anything about including quote, so you treat it as a quote (according to all the other grammar nuts I've discussed this with) and therefore the code is left as is.

    Plus then you have abbreviations... I'm never going to write "two point three five CPM" or something like that.
    My only suggestion there would be to use the acronym tag to define CPM just for clarity.

    I understand that most people don't care about spelling out numbers or contractions in formal writing, or other rules that most people don't realize. I do not mind too much; however, I try to point it out so that people are aware that technically it is incorrect. As long as you don't go about using double negatives or the wrong "there" then everything is quite fine.

    The funny thing is that I am such a grammar nut, but my spelling sucks. Luckily spell check can handle that particular part of writing quite well.

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    CPM isn't even an acronym. It's an ilitialism. Take that grammar nut!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The New Guy
    CPM isn't even an acronym. It's an ilitialism. Take that grammar nut!
    That would be true, except that it's initialism, not ilitialism.

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    You guys are a bunch of freaks.
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    It depends. It is well debated whether to differentiate acronyms and initialisms. I'll take this from WikiPedia, which generally sums up what I would type otherwise:

    Of the two words, "acronym" is the much more frequently used and known, and some dictionaries, speakers and writers use it when referring to all abbreviations formed from initial letters. However, this is a contentious point, and there are also some (including the Oxford English Dictionary) who differentiate between the two terms.

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    The difference is simple, one is pronounced the other is not. I don't see why the point would be "contentious" just because people don't know about it. Thats like saying "alot" should be one word just because everyone and their brother uses it. Also, why is a grammer nut quoting wikipedia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLB
    I'll have to keep in mind that Charmedlover is a gramar nerd when the time comes that I need a copy editor because my wife is too busy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinnie
    charmedlover's list of edits for environmentalchemistry.com
    1. All pages shall mention Opera in every other sentence.
    2. See #1
    I could do an article on how energy inefficent the corporate offices were.
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    What's wrong with WikiPedia? I spend so much time there just making grammar corrections.

    However, it is not just the general populous. I've talked with a few other grammar nuts and they seem to generally agree that the difference is considered meager in most states. That's an issue of grammar that too many people refer to things differently. Still, while most people may not know grammatical terms we all have a good sense of what sounds wrong and right in our heads. It is part of aquiring a language.

    (I study Linguistics and hope to major in it in the future. Language is my second life. Computers is my first.)

    Generally the only lead towards Opera I make in my writing is mentioning it before any other browser (if I list them) and only linking to it. As you'll see overall the published work on my own website does not typically mention Opera:

    http://www.lowter.com/search?q=opera

    Although, you'll see it's mentioned a lot in the forums.

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    Mook-Jon joined the blog too. This is going to be an awesome blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonshield
    Mook-Jon joined the blog too. This is going to be an awesome blog.
    Agree. I can't wait for them to really get into some meaty posts.

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    Wow. I never thought Chris would have additional bloggers. His blog is gonna take off.
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