“So, the mayor of Zyphyrhills thinks, "only in America can you go to bed with a lottery ticket and wake up a mega-millionaire."
Typical jingoism. Actually, many nations have lotteries (such as Canada and Ireland, to name but two. And in some of these countries the winnings, which often run into the millions are not even taxed). Nor are government-sponsored lotteries new. Louis XIV ran lotteries for his court in the 17th century.
Oct 5, 2011 at 13:48:40
“rfassio, unless Adele was inviting her readers to get naked with her, "bare" was a misspelling. The phrase "bear with me" is perfectly appropriate for expressing her thought.
And, Paws Up, I've spent quite a bit of time in London, Australia, and Hong Kong and know quite a bit about regional differences in English. ("Internet", by the way, is acceptable with or without a capital "i".)
Although I understand that internet usage differs substantially from standard English, so many young people these days do most of their reading on the internet, and their acquaintance with correct usage is fast flagging.
On the other hand, Adele is a Cockney, and much of the evolution of modern English was driven by trends out of Cockney London.
so maybe im just looking at the future of proper english huh?”
Oct 5, 2011 at 10:07:16
“I like Adele and her singing. Really, I do. However, her atrocious spelling and punctuation need some serious attention. Perhaps she can spend the down time from canceling this tour to learn a bit more about the wonderful expressiveness of her mother tongue when properly employed. She may not be ready for Jane Austen, but perhaps some things in actual print instead of what passes for English on the internet these days might help?”
rfassio on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:35:09
“Being an expert level tournament Scrabble player, words and their spelling are important to me. However, the only word I see in her blog entry above that is misspelled is "hobbie". I'd say use of the phrase "bare with me" was incorrect; it should have been "bear with me". Other than that, it's pristine. Considering what other verbal atrocities I see on the web, I'd say this was one polished blog entry.”
Squidwoman on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:23:22
“Um....it's on the Internet (which is capitalized, by-the-way)....and, it's a blog, not a college term paper. A blog is like a personal diary. You don't critique the spelling, you just enjoy the feel of the piece.”
Paws Up on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:21:00
“Just an fyi. Shes English as she was born in London. Spelling does have its regional differences (i.e. apologize=apologise) And please...its a blog which is informal. Proper grammar, punctuation, capitalization AND spelling isn't needed! Gawwwwddddd!!!!!”
“Every half hour on average, someone is killed in the U.S. by a drunk driver.
Paris Hilton was arrested for drunk and reckless driving. The charge was pleaded down to reckless driving, she was put on probation, and her driver's license was suspended.
Over the next few months, she was caught driving on the suspended license twice, on the second occasion speeding with her lights off at night. She failed to comply with the court's order to register for alchohol counselling. In fact, she repeatedly signalled her contempt for the legitimate interest of potential victims in having such criminally irresponsible behavior on the public roadways reined in.
If she was treated differentially, the problem is not that she was treated too harshly. It is that others are treated too leniently in similar circumstances.
Just ask the family of someone killed by a drunk driver in the past half hour. They are the ones whose feelings and rights to fairness matter . . . not those of this self-absorbed bimbo.”