Who does the "typesetting" for CNN? Do you think they are a graduate of a first-tier institution?
Headline on CNN right now: "Can Boehner reign [sic] in his own party?"
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/21/2013|
Maybe he wants to reign as King of the Pubbies, though he seems somewhat queenie when he starts to blubber.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/19/2013|
I think that using "they are" requires them to be "graduates" and not "a graduate," but then again you're the first-tier educmacationated one.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/19/2013|
Yeah, OP, that should have been either "do you think he or she is a graduate of a first-tier institution" ...." or "do you think they are graduates of first-tier institutions"?
And the answer is, Who the hell knows? I've encountered more than one Ivy League grad who can't spell or write for shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/19/2013|
R2 You think wrong. "They" is a commonly-used replacement for the sexist generic "he".
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/19/2013|
'Tis a shoe!! NO NO! 'Tis a sandal!
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/19/2013|
R4 is the only correct answer here.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/19/2013|
English is so fucked-up.
[quote] The Oxford English Corpus (OEC), the Oxford Dictionaries’ database of over 2 billion words of 21st-century English, shows that when it comes to free rein, over 38% of the total instances are for the misspelling free reign.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/19/2013|
"Do you think he or she is a graduate" would be correct. "Do you think that person is a graduate" also would be acceptable.
"Do you think they are a graduate" is not correct -- no matter how commonly used you think it may be.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/19/2013|
Can Boehner rain in his own party?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/19/2013|
Follow the Gourd! The Holy Gourd of Jerusalem!
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/19/2013|
OP - I use to work with a guy who had a simple response to questions like this.
"Where do you come from"
"Because I've always wanted to go visit the land where no one makes mistakes."
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/19/2013|
[quote]"Do you think they are a graduate" is not correct -- no matter how commonly used you think it may be.
Wrong. People are voting with their tongues and pens. English needs neutral third person singular pronouns, and English now has them.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/19/2013|
Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's reigning!
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/19/2013|
LOL @ r13
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/19/2013|
"Who was that on the phone?"
"I don't know - they hung up"
This has been acceptable in English for decades.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/19/2013|
I guess it says a bunch about Republicans, that this turned into and argument over grammar.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/19/2013|
[quote]Who does the "typesetting" for CNN? Do you think they are a graduate of a first-tier institution?
I wouldn't lob insults about intelligence if you think "typesetting" has anything to do with television production.
Onscreen graphics, titles and other textual information are up to the show's producer, ultimately. A writer may be directly responsible, or there may be a technician who types the info provided by the writer. It's possible that a technician is responsible for the spelling error, but when I left TV news a few years ago writers were typing the graphics directly from their desktops to air. Everything was automated and the technical staff formerly required were laid off.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/19/2013|
R8 is right. Common usage does not make an error correct, it just makes it more widespread.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/19/2013|
The reign in Spain began on 22 November 1975.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/19/2013|
[quote][R8] is right. Common usage does not make an error correct, it just makes it more widespread.
Thou art full of shyte.
So how does language change? Is there some kind of Central Command that issues an edict?
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/19/2013|
Why was this thread derailed?
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/19/2013|
Because really, what is there left to say about Boner and his problem children.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/19/2013|
R20, growth & evolution are fine -- change for its own sake serves no purpose. And change that consists only of lowering standards to accept errors is not progress.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/19/2013|
In language change doesn't need a purpose, but in this case there is a compelling one. It's only "lowering standards" to people who can't tell the difference between an error and an evolution.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/19/2013|
The reign in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/19/2013|
I'm sorry that few of you seem to have got the point and derailed my thread. Standards are vanishing; an individual posting on DL is not that important. The world's foremost television news source is, presumably. Do so many people here really need that spelled out for them? (No pun intended there.)
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/21/2013|
If it were done intentionally, it's actually a pretty funny and clever pun...
Unfortunately, you know the person is an illiterate buffoon.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/21/2013|
Actually it's a good question whether they meant reign in or rein in.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/21/2013|
Hmmm. Which is the better question?
...rein in men?
...reign in men?
...rain in men?
The answer depends on whether you want to know about his Golden Lasso, his Golden Touch, or his Golden Shower.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/21/2013|
That settles it. His new name is Princess Boehner.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/21/2013|
It's reignin' men, hallelujah!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/21/2013|
It's like a recent headline concerning the country of Irian, referred to something as Irianian
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/21/2013|