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Pedants’ Corner

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You know you can’t resist. This is where you can let me know when I’ve spelt something incorrectly or otherwise broken some rule of grammar.

You might be correct in assuming that I’m too lazy to run everything I write through a “Spell Checker,” but I take pride (misguided perhaps) at displaying my actual level of literacy. I want to get better – and lacking an editor or the means to recruit one, public humiliation seems like as good an incentive as any to take more care.

See, I’m a caring sort of blogger. I feal you’re pain at teh bad speling, and give, you an outlet.

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  1. Foxwood said...

    3 Apr 09 at 7:17 pm

    But, you’re a “pretty” bad speller. ;)

  2. Charlotte Gore said...

    4 Apr 09 at 7:19 pm

    I just hope no-one uses this in anger ;)

  3. Foxwood said...

    6 Apr 09 at 12:04 am

    I hope you took ‘pretty’ the right way.

  4. Charlotte Gore said...

    6 Apr 09 at 12:17 am

    Don’t think I did!

  5. Foxwood said...

    6 Apr 09 at 1:34 am

    I thank Great Brittan for the Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Yardbirds, the Who, Cream, Traffic, Faces, Sir Paul, Sir Mic, and Sir Elton. I know where my folks originally came from.

    Foxwood from the US.

  6. Charlotte Gore said...

    6 Apr 09 at 9:21 am

    I thank the US for their constitution and the fact they built a statue to Liberty as one the first thing people see when they arrive in New York from the Old World. ;)

  7. Henry North London said...

    6 Apr 09 at 10:11 pm

    Ah I’m chuffed to find this bit of your blog.

    Cool…

  8. MatGB said...

    6 Apr 09 at 10:53 pm

    public humilation

    Deliberate?

  9. Charlotte Gore said...

    7 Apr 09 at 12:10 am

    Ah ha thanks Mat :)

  10. Henry Crun said...

    7 Apr 09 at 10:48 am

    Charlotte, as this page is entiteld “Pedant’s Corner” please let me take issue with:

    “I thank the US for their constitution and the fact they built a statue to Liberty as one the first thing people see when they arrive in New York from the Old World”

    The Statue of Liberty was built by the French and gifted to the US. Saying the US built the SoL is a bit like saying Bill Gates built MS-Windows from scratch.

  11. Charlotte Gore said...

    7 Apr 09 at 11:19 am

    Ah yes, very true :)

    Oo it works this!

  12. Foxwood said...

    7 Apr 09 at 8:37 pm

    I wasn’t going to say anything, I know it was good intentions. And the French… Well… I like the wine. I can’t really say anything… I live around French descendants. :)

  13. Andrew said...

    10 Apr 09 at 4:51 pm

    “Hence” not “Hense”.

    What a cool page!

  14. Charlotte Gore said...

    10 Apr 09 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you twice Andrew, corrected :)

  15. Blackacre said...

    17 Apr 09 at 12:33 pm

    In the electric cars piece, Plough is English; Plow is American. As you are from Halifax, I presume you should be using English?

    As a pedant, can I add my praise for this page – it should be compulsory on all blogs.

  16. Charlotte Gore said...

    17 Apr 09 at 12:50 pm

    Ah yes, thank you! Corrected :)

    I agree with you about the ‘all blogs should have them’ thing – make a lot of people very happy I think!

  17. Julian H said...

    17 Apr 09 at 12:54 pm

    Shouldn’t this be “Pedants’ Corner”, as there are many of us?

  18. Charlotte Gore said...

    17 Apr 09 at 1:28 pm

    Perhaps, although the controversy amuses me.

  19. Julian H said...

    27 Apr 09 at 10:09 am

    From “On Notice: Laurie Penny”:

    1) “I recommend Laurie starts by getting herself down to a council estate to discussing her political beliefs…”

    Should presumably be:

    “I recommend Laurie starts by getting herself down to a council estate to discuss her political beliefs…”

    2) “…that wanted to be kind and generous and make a difference got bludgeoned to death after being having, “FUCK OFF YOU FUCKING CUNT” shouted…”

    Should presumably be:

    “…that wanted to be kind and generous and make a difference got bludgeoned to death after being having, “FUCK OFF YOU FUCKING CUNT” shouted…”

  20. Charlotte Gore said...

    27 Apr 09 at 11:46 am

    See this is evidence that I shouldn’t have posted that. Far too late at night to be able to think coherently. Whoops. :S

    Thanks Julian

  21. Julian H said...

    27 Apr 09 at 12:18 pm

    Not at all, I think two typos is pretty good going for a 3am blog. The typical peak of my articulation at 3am is along the lines of “West Hampstead, need cashpoint on way”.

  22. Charlotte Gore said...

    27 Apr 09 at 12:38 pm

    It’s not so much the typos, it’s the writing complete crap that bothers me about 3am posting ;)

  23. Grammar Police said...

    28 Apr 09 at 8:45 am

    You seem to have created a corner for only one pedant.

  24. Charlotte Gore said...

    28 Apr 09 at 8:59 am

    It’s a test.

  25. NightGardener said...

    2 May 09 at 9:33 am

    From, “On notice: Laurie Penny”

    “Who’s perception of reality are you going to trust?”

    should be,

    “Whose perception of reality are you going to trust?”

  26. Charlotte Gore said...

    2 May 09 at 10:19 am

    OH that’s an embarrassing one, thank you – fixed :)

  27. Stu said...

    2 May 09 at 12:23 pm

    I haven’t yet read your latest post, but I must mention that Samuel L. Jackson’s line should really read

    Say ‘Liberalism is the same as Socialism’ again! I dare you! I double dare you motherf****r! Say ‘Liberalism is the same as Socialism’ one more goddamn time!

    :-)

  28. Charlotte Gore said...

    2 May 09 at 12:38 pm

    Haha that’ll serve me right from doing it from memory.

  29. Niklas Smith said...

    3 May 09 at 6:52 pm

    Re. this post: Mein Kampf is spelt with an “f”, not an “h”.

    Thought I’d become one of your tame pedants :)

    This thread is an excellent idea. If I start a blog I’ll remember to include a pedants’ corner.

  30. Bernard Salmon said...

    9 May 09 at 1:07 am

    In I wish I could sell to MPs, as you’re talking about more than 1 MP, this bit: “See, the most upsetting thing about the MP’s expenses…” should read: “See, the most upsetting thing about the MPs’ expenses…”

  31. Charlotte Gore said...

    9 May 09 at 1:51 am

    Ah yes, spot on. Thank you :)

  32. Jennie said...

    10 May 09 at 10:58 pm

    Oops! Posted in a normal comment, not on here.

    In Bring Back Beards you spelt correlation wrong.

  33. Charlotte Gore said...

    10 May 09 at 11:33 pm

    The irony of telling you off for posting your spelling correction in a normal thread instead of Pedant’s corner isn’t lost on me. Thank you though, fixed :)

  34. Niklas Smith said...

    12 May 09 at 8:46 am

    “You know what, Hazel? I’ve not some news for you…”. Should be got instead of not in the “It’s trust, stupid” post.

  35. Niklas Smith said...

    12 May 09 at 1:51 pm

    “Advise” in the post about the Liberal Vision blog should be spelt “advice”.

  36. Charlotte Gore said...

    12 May 09 at 1:56 pm

    Ah yes, fixed both. Thank you :)

  37. Stu said...

    12 May 09 at 7:28 pm

    Erm… Sorry Charlotte, but your ‘Now It’s the Lib Dems turn’ post could do with a once over… ;-)

  38. Charlotte Gore said...

    12 May 09 at 7:40 pm

    Oh christ, that was embarrassing.

  39. Matthew Huntbach said...

    13 May 09 at 8:59 am

    Not you, me.

    In my comment under “It’s Trust, Stupid” I wrote “ignorami”. Which almost immediately on posting, but after I’d logged off and gone to bed, led me to think “what an ignoramus I am”. While it didn’t quite keep me awake all night, I’m a bad enough pedant to be seriously hassled by it.

    The “-amus” in ignoramus comes from the present tense second person plural form in Latin. The “-us” is not the “-us” of the second declension. Therefore it does not have a plural in “-i”. The correct plural is “ignoramuses”.

  40. Charlotte Gore said...

    13 May 09 at 9:02 am

    I’ll edit that you for then, no problem.

  41. Niklas Smith said...

    13 May 09 at 2:50 pm

    “George Lucus” is the list of ten worst PMs should be spelt George Lucas. But I agree about the yes men.

  42. Charlotte Gore said...

    13 May 09 at 3:14 pm

    Oh dear. How’d I miss that one? Whoops. Thanks!!

  43. JohnKellett said...

    14 May 09 at 10:40 am

    re “Top 10 Worse Prime Ministers than Gordon Brown”.

    1) First paragraph – should have a comma after the second “no-one”.
    2) First paragraph – should read “I made a top 10 list…”.
    3) Tom Cruise – should read “all-round fruit loop” (i.e. should be hyphenated).
    4) Hazel Blears – “It’s more…” – more than what? Also it should be “this woman’s face and voice make my toes curl”
    5) The Ebola Virus – Should be “hemorrhagic” (sp.) Also “Less people” is incorrect, as people are discrete. Should read “fewer people”.
    6) The Pope – Should be “infallible” (sp.) I think the paragraph would make more sense if it read “Having someone who considers himself to be God’s emissary on earth…” would make more sense, as you are contrasting Brown, who thinks he is infallible, with the Pope, who is considered infallible not just by himself, but by millions of others. Also it should read “an army of Catholics that also believes…”, as “an army” is singular.
    7) Osama Bin Laden – Not really a point of fact, but surely comparing the Pope to a mass-murdering terrorist isn’t going to make the Catholics feel less picked on…? Also it should be “Osama bin Laden” – “bin” doesn’t take a capital.
    8) Bono – Should be “less-desirable” (hyphenated). You mention three people (Hitkler, Nick Griffin and Britney Spears), but then say “there’s someone worse than those two”. Your sentence “Someone who South Park…” doesn’t make much sense. This is a tricky one – I think it would be best to re-phrase it in the active, something like “A man so odious that South Park [note italics] dedicated an entire episode to calling him a turd.” Also “Oh how I hate you, Bono” should have an exclamation mark; “200 foot” should be hyphenated; and “Trafalgar square”, should have a capital S.

    I hope this is helpful, I agree with other posters that all blogs should have a Corner for the Pedants :-)

  44. JohnKellett said...

    14 May 09 at 10:52 am

    Oops, lapsed into American – I meant “haemorrhagic”…

    Also I should have said “picked-on” (hyphenated). Is there a Corner for being pedantic about things in “Pedant’s Corner”…?

  45. Charlotte Gore said...

    14 May 09 at 10:52 am

    Incredible. Thank you very much :) First class!

  46. Charlotte Gore said...

    14 May 09 at 10:53 am

    When every other blog has their own pedants corner, I’ll add a pedantry about pedants corner page ;)

    Thanks again!

  47. Stu said...

    14 May 09 at 11:55 am

    I’ll indulge in some meta-pedantry, if I may. I disagree quite strongly with JohnKellet’s points 3, 6 and 8.

    First of all, hyphenation is not a necessity. Composite words may use a space. For example: thank you does not have to be written thank-you, though either would be considered correct (the hyphenated form is a little archaic). Hyphens are a stylistic matter for the writer, not ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’. To wit, ‘less desirable’ is just as desirable as ‘less-desirable’.

    ‘An army’ can be followed by a plural pronoun without raising eyebrows, in much that same way as in England we consider a corporation to be a group of individuals, as opposed to in America where it is spoken of as a single entity. Thus, an American might say ‘Microsoft says it will release Windows 7 later this year’, where a Brit would probably say ‘Microsoft say they will release Windows 7 later this year’. One might also say ‘the Conservative Party say that, if elected, they will make expenses reform a priority matter’.

    ‘Oh I hate you Bono’ does not require an exclamation mark. Not giving it an exclamation mark may, in fact, be a deliberate stylistic decision (representing a cold, steady tone of voice rather than an exclamation of anger) and not an error. The ‘someone worse than’ phrasing was retaining consistency with the previous sentence, for better or worse, and so not automatically subject to criticism (although I would agree your phrasing is probably cleaner).

    I shall not bow to the Grammar Nazis. Not now, not ever!

  48. Niklas Smith said...

    16 May 09 at 4:07 pm

    I’m not sure whether this is the appropriate place to say this, but I think your blog looks very snazzy after its redesign. I hope your customers are as appreciative of your web design skills :)

  49. Charlotte Gore said...

    16 May 09 at 4:17 pm

    Ah cheers, thanks Niklas :) What happened was that the original design for this site was ruined at the very last minute when I came up with a new design for the header.

    It meant the sidebar and everything else no longer really fit and it’s been driving me mad ever since.

    I’m probably not completely done, but it’ll do for now :)

  50. NightGardener said...

    17 May 09 at 3:08 pm

    In “Afternoon Quickie #16″

    “…can’t really argue with hard evidence that you’re getting boring” should have been, “…can’t really argue with hard evidence that you’re getting bored”

    “Inland Revenue” should be “Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs”.

  51. Andy Hinton said...

    17 May 09 at 4:48 pm

    bi-election? two of them?

  52. Jennie said...

    17 May 09 at 10:52 pm

    Maybe it’s an election that swings both ways?

  53. Charlotte Gore said...

    17 May 09 at 11:00 pm

    Oh dear. Fixed. 53 entries in Pedant’s Corner now. Dreading it hitting 100.

  54. Stu said...

    21 May 09 at 9:03 am

    The link on the Lib Dem Blogs post is missing its http:// so it takes you off to a 404.

    Not really pedantry, so much, but you’ve got a space and I might as well use it.

  55. Stu said...

    26 May 09 at 7:52 pm

    It’s ‘coprophagia‘, actually.

  56. NightGardener said...

    31 May 09 at 12:18 pm

    In, “The British Daily Kos? Not yet, Sunny Jim.”

    Para 3, “I’ve heard to over and over on Labour Home, I’ve heard it over and over on Labour List and it’s been done to death on Liberal Conspiracy.” should be,

    “I’ve heard it over and over on Labour Home…”

    Para 4, “It’s a flawed, morally bankrupt premise that depends on people being willing to allow the state decide who wins and who loses – shafting one group in order to boost another.”, should be, “…allow the state to decide…”

  57. Charlotte Gore said...

    31 May 09 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you :)

  58. Niklas Smith said...

    7 Jun 09 at 10:47 am

    In “It’s What’s Wrong With Politics” blatent should be blatant.

  59. Aisling said...

    8 Jun 09 at 1:55 am

    It’s xenophobia, not zenophobia

  60. John Scott said...

    8 Jun 09 at 7:59 am

    In “It’s what’s wrong with politics”

    Para 5, line 5 – I’m pretty sure that “coronated” isn’t a word! Coronation is a noun, but does not have a verb form. The verb is “to crown”.

  61. Matt Wardman said...

    28 Jun 09 at 9:40 pm

    Found it.

    I’m about to post your Guest Blog :-), and write mine for you.

    Isn’t “coronated” what happens to bubbles which have passed their fizzical?

    M.

  62. Morus said...

    2 Jul 09 at 11:20 am

    Wow.

    This page, on its own merits, is better than 85% of British blogs.

    Bookmarked.

  63. crewegwyn said...

    4 Jul 09 at 9:35 pm

    In your piece about (not) becoming the Lib Dem MP for Halifax, you referred to trainspotters being arrested under anti-terror legislation.

    Has that in fact ever happened?

  64. Jennie said...

    5 Jul 09 at 11:15 am

    More than 62,000 of them stop and searched,according to our own Norman Baker. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/henryporter/2009/jan/07/trainspotter-arrest

  65. crewegwyn said...

    5 Jul 09 at 10:09 pm

    No Jennie,

    62,000 people have been stopped and questioned under the Act. That doesn’t mean they were arrested; nor does it mean they were all trainspotters.

    I’m not disputing the heavy-handed over-use of inappropriate legislation. I’m challenging the assertion that trainspotters have been arrested under terrorism legislation. Can anybody provide an example of this taking place?

    [Incidentally I was threatened - but only threatened - with arrest 30+ years ago for bus spotting in Liverpool. So daft policemen are not a recent innovation!!]

  66. Charlotte Gore said...

    6 Jul 09 at 12:42 am

    I think that’s a fair point (and a good use of Pedant’s corner). I checked and I can’t find anyone who’s actually been arrested – it seems that the police have been heavy handed when it comes to threatening them and using anti-terror legislation to basically get rid of them.

    Of course, the point of that letter *was* to demonstrate why I should never stand. Feel free to add ‘fallibility’ to the list

  67. Terry said...

    6 Jul 09 at 7:09 am

    In your latest piece ‘Wikio Top 10 Lib Dem Blogs, July 2009′, “… Nick would write a piece of Conservative Home too, if they’d have him.”, ‘of’ should have been ‘for’.

  68. The Housemate said...

    18 Jul 09 at 1:02 pm

    We do not live in “Gore” Towers meatbag. *shakes fist*

  69. Martin said...

    18 Jul 09 at 7:01 pm

    “In fact, say you managed to ban interest because it’s ‘immortal’ ”

    Immortal? Superman’s expanded into banking, I see….

  70. The Housemate (International Edition) said...

    30 Jul 09 at 12:43 pm

    The proper corruption of the saying would be “Play the man, not the ball”, not “Fight”.

  71. Charlotte Gore said...

    30 Jul 09 at 12:53 pm

    Housemate,

    True that, but I like my version better ;)

  72. Adrian said...

    31 Jul 09 at 10:27 am

    incredients

  73. Julian H said...

    5 Aug 09 at 5:42 pm

    “that a ‘social contracts’ denies the possibility of self ownership”

    Should presumably be:

    “that a ‘social contract’ denies the possibility of self ownership”

  74. Stu said...

    6 Aug 09 at 12:22 pm

    In your most recent post (which is excellent and with which I wholeheartedly agree, by the way)…

    “challenges the belief that women are always big, tough, strong and violent and women are always weak, harmless and helpless”

    Those are both women. I’m assuming that the first one was supposed to be men, but I’m willing to accept that it might really be intended the other way round…

    Also, earlier on in that post: “They’re wrong – (well, wrong to assume this is the most important objection).”

    Either the dash or the parentheses are redundant in that sentence. It would probably be best to remove the brackets.

  75. Stu said...

    6 Aug 09 at 12:24 pm

    Darn. You beat me to it on the first one… You’re getting faster :-)

  76. Charlotte Gore said...

    6 Aug 09 at 12:30 pm

    Cheers Stu. I didn’t beat you to the first one – someone else mentioned it NOT IN PEDANTS CORNER. Outrageous!

  77. Charlotte Gore said...

    6 Aug 09 at 12:32 pm

    Oh while I’m at it, thank you Adrian and Julian, corrections made :)

  78. Jack Hughes said...

    12 Aug 09 at 9:26 pm

    Great blog Charlotte !

    You should write “effect real change” (not affect).

    ‘effect’ means put something into action (the real change)

    ‘affect’ means to alter something – ie to alter the real change into some different kind of real change

  79. Tom Papworth said...

    19 Aug 09 at 12:37 am

    “I thank the US for their constitution and the fact they built a statue to Liberty…”

    This being pedant’s corner (or should that be pedants’ corner, as there are quite a few of us) I would like to point out that the French built the statue and then gave it to the Americans.

    I know! The French!!

  80. Charlotte Gore said...

    19 Aug 09 at 12:41 am

    I share your amazement ;)

  81. Grammar Police said...

    7 Sep 09 at 10:04 pm

    Above, you say “NOT IN PEDANTS CORNER”. Of course, that presumably should be “NOT IN PEDANT’S CORNER” (as you operate on the basis of a singular pedant)?

  82. Charlotte Gore said...

    7 Sep 09 at 10:05 pm

    The whole pedants, pedant’s and pedants’ thing is sort of trolling on a very, very gentle level. :)

  83. Grammar Police said...

    7 Sep 09 at 10:13 pm

    Extremely gentle. But I’m still right.

  84. Grammar Police said...

    7 Sep 09 at 10:14 pm

    :)

  85. Charlotte Gore said...

    7 Sep 09 at 10:18 pm

    Although I’m wrong, I shouldn’t be operating in the singular. It should be Pedants’

  86. Jennie said...

    7 Sep 09 at 10:25 pm

    I was just going to say that: it’s a place for multiple pedants to gather, and therefore it should be plural and possessive.

  87. Frank Davis said...

    25 Sep 09 at 10:28 pm

    Why is it Pedant’s Corner at the top of this page, but Pedants’ Corner on the banner link?

  88. Edgar said...

    26 Sep 09 at 1:36 am

    There seems to be a competition brewing to claim to be the pedant.
    Well, I am in favour of banning apostrophes and that makes me a pedants because the apostrophe was never used before printers decided to demonstrate their own literacy through the marking of places in the text where they had, themselves, mark you!, omitted letters. So, Edgar has a catte: it is Edgares catte (pronounced approximately as Edgaruz cat) in the most-used orthography before printing. Printers never made enough of the letter ‘e’, so often used an opportunity to elide it and, lest they be accused by pedants of illiteracy, showed the elision with an apostrophe. Edgar’s catte. However, we do not pronounce the singular of the possessive case in the way that we used. Now, we say Edgarz cat. So, no need for the damned apostrophe about which millions of pointless sentences have been written, and no doubt, unfortunately, will continue to be so.

  89. Stu said...

    26 Sep 09 at 1:43 pm

    Why is this page described as a ‘corner’ when there is nothing angular about it? Perhaps, due to the somewhat holistic nature of this discussion, “Pedants’ Tangent” might be a more appropriate (and geometrically sound) name.

    (I win).

  90. Charlotte Gore said...

    26 Sep 09 at 1:46 pm

    Frank, I’m sure you’re aware that there’s a debate surrounding the correct terms for a Pedant’s Corner, so the multiple names offer, in many regards, a very Lib Dem solution to the problem.

  91. Frank Davis said...

    26 Sep 09 at 5:54 pm

    I’m sure you’re aware that there’s a debate surrounding the correct terms for a Pedant’s Corner,..

    Yes, but if one is going to be really pedantic about these things, I feel that one should point out what everybody else has already pointed out, don’t you?

  92. Stu said...

    1 Oct 09 at 8:16 pm

    “that was all there was too it”

    Ahem. ;-)

  93. Charlotte Gore said...

    2 Oct 09 at 10:32 am

    Ah balls. Yes, bang to rights on that one. Cheers Stu!

  94. james said...

    26 Oct 09 at 4:02 am

    If that’s your picture, you are very pretty.

  95. Gregory Carlin said...

    30 Oct 09 at 4:40 am

    “I would like to point out that the French built the statue and then gave it to the Americans.”

    They were also branding the idea of ‘a republic’ to their own people, the III Republic, was viewed as an interim arrangement by many.

  96. Walton said...

    14 May 10 at 10:38 pm

    “I would like to point out that the French built the statue and then gave it to the Americans.”

    Yes, but are we not confident that the French asked the Americans whether they wanted a Statue of Liberty, or (pedantically) of “La liberté éclairant le monde,” before they built it? Otherwise, its construction smack in the middle of the US Army’s casemate star fortress Fort Hood could have been awkward. And if the French could build even over the objections of the army, they might have pleased themselves with something else, perhaps a Statue of Aphrodite or “L’amour éclairant la cité de nuit.” Who really knows?

    Indeed, in 1867 Ismail Pasha considered building the same Bertholdi design beside the Suez as a colossal Egyptian peasant woman, “Egypt, Bearing the Light to Asia,” but saw that he could not afford it. Later, it seemed for a time as though the Americans could well afford to pay for it, but were too envious of an ornament for New York City to do so. Governor Grover Cleveland vetoed a bill passed by the New York State legislature to contribute $50,000 to the cause, just as President Grover Cleveland was later to veto an Act of Congress appropriating $100,000 for the construction of the base of the statue. Meanwhile, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Minneapolis all gleefully offered to build the base in their own cities, which goaded Joseph Pulitzer to use the pages of the New York World to shame his readers into a thrilling civic sector initiative funded by theatricals, art exhibitions, auctions and prize fights. Meanwhile, the French secured private funds by selling lottery tickets, giving small clay models of the statue to donors, and sitting through many performances of a hot new hymn by Gounod, but no prize fights. On behalf of the American people, the finished statue was unveiled before thousands of cheering spectators by President Grover Cleveland in 1886.

    Postscript– The torch is still closed to the public because of damage sustained in 1916 when German saboteurs exploded a nearby depot of explosives bound for Britain. Germany made the last payment of $50 million reparations for the Black Tom Explosion in 1979.

    http://www.endex.com/gf/buildings/liberty/libertyfacts/LibertyConstruction/CasinoTheater/CasinoTheater.htm

  97. Charlotte Gore said...

    14 May 10 at 10:43 pm

    Bravo! Wonderfully pedantic and detailed. :)

  98. Ian Eiloart said...

    25 May 10 at 8:30 pm

    “This is where you can let me know when I’ve spelt something incorrectly or otherwise broken some rule of grammar.”

    1. A species of grain (Triticum spelta) related to wheat, …

    “Spelled”, surely?

  99. Steph Ashley said...

    14 Jun 10 at 3:01 pm

    ‘On Lending’ has an awful lot of ‘buying off’ going on where I think you mean ‘buying from’..

  100. Charlotte Gore said...

    14 Jun 10 at 3:46 pm

    You’re right! Thank you :)

  101. Philip said...

    21 Jun 10 at 2:15 pm

    May I just point out that the Dutch have a much better word for pedant – mierenneuker.

  102. Matt Wardman said...

    31 Jul 10 at 10:59 am

    Bonjour…

    Looking for an old post, and no search box.

    One passive way of increasing page impressions, I suppose …. ;-)

    My blog is currently quieter than yours bwahahah. Ooops.

  103. Stu said...

    31 Jul 10 at 11:35 am

    Matt, you can search any WordPress blog by adding ‘?s=’ to the URL. So, you can search Charlotte’s blog for ‘hello’ by going to http://charlottegore.com/?s=hello. :)

    Happy to help!

    …Which reminds me, I should really get round to turning off these email notifications for Pedant’s Corner.

  104. MatGB said...

    31 Jul 10 at 1:05 pm

    Now why would you want to do a silly thing like turn off the notifications, they’re fun.

    103 comments. Scary.

    Matt: wot Stu said, only I’d have had to go look it up.

  105. Stu said...

    31 Jul 10 at 1:36 pm

    ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH!

  106. Luke Bosman said...

    9 Nov 10 at 10:10 pm

    From http://charlottegore.com/2010/11/09/torture-is-for-dicks.html/a>:

    Yet the truth is that our only real protection – such as it is – are the limits on the number of people who…

    ought, in my opinion, to read:

    Yet the truth is that our only real protection – such as it is – is the limits on the number of people who…

    (although some might argue that the verb ‘to be’ is a queer fish and that ‘are’ is also correct. Such is the joy of pedantry.)

  107. Charlotte Gore said...

    9 Nov 10 at 10:22 pm

    Ooo, nice pedantry.

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    Then again, you should have seen the first draft. “The only real protection – such as it is – are the very, very, very limited number of people who…” which said something entirely outrageously wrong :)

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