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Blood Elf vs. Draenei diorama giveaway {WoW}

Feb 11th 2009 1:59PM definitely a cool piece of memorabilia to have around, even if it is a tad ... risqué

PTR closes, after patch is released {WoW}

Jan 20th 2009 3:28PM I usually refrain from comment on the minor grammatical and spelling errors that pepper posts on this site, but this entry is so particularly rife with problems (in such a short space) that I cannot let it go unmentioned.

Please, proofread before posting an article!
If you are incapable of producing some semblance of journalistic form, have someone else proof it for you!

Breakfast Topic: Are you a Trade Chat grammar narc? {WoW}

Dec 15th 2008 3:53PM @Amaxe: Was "overpowdered" on purpose as well? After reading that comment three or four times I just now noticed. Makeup on the mind, perhaps?

Breakfast Topic: Are you a Trade Chat grammar narc? {WoW}

Dec 15th 2008 3:47PM Sometimes correcting trade chat seems like an exercise in futility, but sometimes it does actually do some good to correct those who are truly uninformed. "Scribe" seems to be one of those cases, where many people simply don't know what it should be called.

Simple grammar aside, which is annoying in every context, one WoW-specific pet peeve of mine is teen-level characters asking about runs/groups for "DM" ... a little low level for Dire Maul, don't you think?

Breakfast Topic: Are you a Trade Chat grammar narc? {WoW}

Dec 15th 2008 3:36PM Way to try to sound smart without being accurate. "It was later altered to aluminum on the basis of being easier to pronounce with one less syllable." Acutally, Sir Humphrey Davy, who discovered and isolated the element, called it "aluminum" (as was his right).

Some stuffy British politician (as I will take liberties to imagine an anonymous contributor to a political journal would be) decided it would be better as "aluminium" instead of "aluminum" because the latter "has a less classical sound."
In truth, Sir Davy was robbed of the right to name his discovery in the name of a tradition that didn't actually exist.

Thankfully escaping the same fate were "molybdenium" and "platinium," among other "-um" elements that have been discovered before and since aluminum.

By the way, I believe that you are referring to Charles Martin Hall, an aluminum producer nearly a century later, who took out patents for his refinement processes using "aluminium" but shipped out crates and made flyers for his "aluminum." It was speculated that the spelling on his flyers was to make it more easily pronounced, but no one really knows the reasons for the discrepancies. In any case, although Hall dominated the aluminum production market for several decades, the real authority should rightfully rest with the original discoverer, Sir Humphrey Davy.

The IUPAC accepts both spellings for "aluminum," and its official publications in fact use both. What I find humorous is how suddenly their authority is to be questioned when engaging a Briton in debate over the spelling of "sulfur." Ha!

Finally, Merriam-Webster's pronunciation key lists: '(h)&r-b&-"liz-&m with the "(h)" in parentheses to denote the varied usage. Your citation appears to be from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, which was published twice, in 1828 and 1913 and generally reflects more British (and archaic) roots than American or even modern British English dictionaries.
Interestingly to note, the 1828 edition lists "aluminum" and the 1913 edition lists "aluminium." Take from that what you will.

I would tell you to check *your* facts, but it's rather apparent to me that your inaccuracies and fallacies were constructed quite intentionally to make your point.

Breakfast Topic: Are you a Trade Chat grammar narc? {WoW}

Dec 15th 2008 1:35PM It *is* pronounced "ree-ay-jent," as seen in every dictionary out there (even good old Oxford).

As for the pronunciation of "herbalism," consider the distinctly British example of "I'm so 'appy to 'ave you 'ere!" I find it patently ridiculous that a people so incapable of pronouncing the "h" in nearly every other situation would find its omission such an atrocity in this isolated case. On the other hand, while ridiculous, I don't find it surprising at all.

My pet peeve is that nearly all of the "disputed" words and pronunciations orginated in Britain. Then the Britons changed their minds about how things should be and subsequently became annoyed at Americans for using the forms they (the British) originally gave us. Aluminum, anyone? Soccer? Both words of British origin, whether they'll admit it or not.

Countdown to Wrath Giveaway: Day 0 - Wrath Collector's Edition boxes {WoW}

Nov 13th 2008 12:55PM zomg yes! i would gladly pay for the collector's edition but they've been impossible to find -- i don't understand why blizz wouldn't make more copies to meet the demand; more money, more happy customers, everyone wins! right now the only winners are the jerks who buy ten copies and tell them for $300 on ebay, doing no good for the game or for blizzard.

Countdown to Wrath giveaway: Day 2 - Razer DeathAdder mouse {WoW}

Nov 11th 2008 5:29PM woot matches my setup

Countdown to Wrath Giveaway: Day 7 - 60-day game time card {WoW}

Nov 7th 2008 1:09PM Honestly, I'd rather win the polar bear, but that won't stop me from trying for free game time too :)