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11-09-2009 @ 11:29PM
Dboy, you do understand that our conventions of English over here in (the United States of) America don't have a higher claim to "rightness", right?Take, for example, the way English speakers apply punctuation with quotation marks. In the States, most people use the conventional style over the logical style (the latter being the one preferred across the pond, if you will). In this case, one way is clearly inferior, and while the same can't be said about "color" versus "colour" or treating corporations as singular versus plural, it does show that we could at least accept the variations (eccentricities?) in the English language, unless you wish to be mocked mercilessly for not using the logical style of punctuation with quotation marks...
11-10-2009 @ 12:19AM
Thanks for your comment, Kakistocracy.I would agree and say that stylistic differences between punctuation conventions are a matter of choice. There is, as you say, a large degree of variation (and eccentricities!) in the English language that we should celebrate rather than bicker about :)There is, however, no bickering about a blatant spelling mistake. "Than" and "then" have different meanings, unfortunately! Surely there comes a point where we have to put aside our stylistic differences and expect a professional writer to write... professionally?
11-10-2009 @ 6:26AM
Unfortunately I am a very poor typist and my fingers regularly follow frequently used word patterns, even to the exclusion of the word I want to type. For example, I commonly mistype "thing" as "think". Whether this is a brain or finger failure (or both) it certainly isn't me mentally forming the wrong word in the sentence; as such I would call this a typo. Thanks for calling it out, it has now been corrected. I stand by the use of "Blizzard" as a collective noun, however. While it may have come down to one person's decision to implement a change, I doubt they were a lone voice in a sea of employees/devs who were happy without a voidwalker nerf. They are a collection of people who collectively made a change. Anyone want to comment of the subject of the article or maybe some random mage-hate?
11-10-2009 @ 9:43AM
And that's exactly why it' should be used in the singular, and not the plural. Once again, no one is saying it's not a collective noun. You could substitute in company, firm, corporation, or any other noun. However, whether it's plural or not is based on context. Because the author was talking about the company as a single entity, it's used in the singular. Had the author been talking about individual people or departments within Blizzard, then the plural would have been appropriate.
11-10-2009 @ 11:40AM
Except I wasn't talking about the company as a single entity. If I was talking about a company's share price or logo then I would use the singular. In this case I was talking about an opinion held by the collective staff working for the company (or at least those with power to influence design decisions) as referenced by the company's name.So anyway, voidwalkers, threat mechanics...
11-10-2009 @ 2:56PM
Ah, you are correct. Thanks for the lesson. ;)
11-10-2009 @ 9:02PM
WTB a debate on Warlocks or how much Mages suck IN THE COMMENTS OF THE WARLOCK COLUMN, rather than crapping on about the finer points of English.Leave being a teacher at your institution of learning or go debate in the 'Boring Tweed Coat' English Teacher column.Oh that's right, my bad, I forgot there isn't a 'Boring Tweed Coat' column on this site as it's a blog about World of Warcraft.
11-11-2009 @ 11:03AM
Not sure if I agree with you r assessment of the 'color' versus 'colour' situation. The latter suggests a fuller, more rounded pronunciation of the second syllable, which will sound ridiculous when exaggerated, but is indicative of the correct pronunciation of the word. One of the things I love about the apparently arbitrary correct spellings in English (perhaps more so in UK-English than US) is the incredible subtlety of indication. The silent 'g' or 'k' in 'gnome' or 'know' are of course virtually inaudible, but indicate something like the pre-formation of the word. (I doubt that's a meaningful term, but I mean the soundless 'shape' that the vocal organs form before delivering the word itself - try it, if you're as sad as me you might find it makes you smile.)I'm with the US on 'center' though. We anglicised the pronunciation, why not the spelling as well? 'Gotten', also, is an 'Americanism' I like. It's much more elegant a past participle than 'got'.
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