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Old 01-29-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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"I was feeling a little horse."

And no, I wasn't reading animal porn.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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"I was feeling a little horse."

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LOL. That's awesome!
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I have been known to refer to a certain religion as morons instead of their more correctly typed name...ops!
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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The very first submission I sent out got rejected. Not really surprising, when I realised I was trying to sell a story about a "spare vampire".
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:42 AM   #5
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Misuse of homonyms is often, sadly, down to ignorance rather than typing errors.
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:58 AM   #6
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The very first submission I sent out got rejected. Not really surprising, when I realised I was trying to sell a story about a "spare vampire".
OK, I give in. What was it supposed to be?

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I'd guess "space vampire".
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I'd guess "space vampire".

Having read her book, I would say you are correct.
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Misuse of homonyms is often, sadly, down to ignorance rather than typing errors.
Especially for those of us who are bad at spelling and try to sound words out...
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:23 AM   #10
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Especially for those of us who are bad at spelling and try to sound words out...
I blame English for that, idiotic piece of ... I hope in some time future there is reform and direct connect with spelling and pronociation, would make life much simpler... After that, to get rid of irregularities...
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I blame English for that, idiotic piece of ... I hope in some time future there is reform and direct connect with spelling and pronociation, would make life much simpler... After that, to get rid of irregularities...
Whilst consistency between spelling and pronunciation would make life easier, you would also lose clarity at times.

For example, I just read a sentence in a book where there are some people stood next to some laptops. A character asks, "What are these?". The reply is, "Their computers". If we couldn't distinguish between 'their' and 'they're' by spelling it would not necessarily have come across from that that these computers belonged to the nearby people.

That's just one, hastily recalled, example. I'm sure there are many more/better ones.
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Whilst consistency between spelling and pronunciation would make life easier, you would also lose clarity at times.

For example, I just read a sentence in a book where there are some people stood next to some laptops. A character asks, "What are these?". The reply is, "Their computers". If we couldn't distinguish between 'their' and 'they're' by spelling it would not necessarily have come across from that that these computers belonged to the nearby people.

That's just one, hastily recalled, example. I'm sure there are many more/better ones.
No, the better answer is a completely different word then "their" or "they're" in that place so that there is no confusion. After all in the written word that meaning comes across, but if that was spoken dialog there is not enough context to know which their you mean there.
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No, the better answer is a completely different word then "their" or "they're" in that place so that there is no confusion. After all in the written word that meaning comes across, but if that was spoken dialog there is not enough context to know which their you mean there.
Well, you are now talking about creating a load of new words - that would cause massive problems for anybody that already speaks the language.

I disagree with the comment about spoken dialogue. If that was in a film, for example, the words "Their computers" would be accompanied by a point to the people, or a nod, or something. It can also be inflected differently, something that you can't portray in the written word.
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I blame English for that, idiotic piece of ... I hope in some time future there is reform and direct connect with spelling and pronociation, would make life much simpler... After that, to get rid of irregularities...
Ah yes, which reanimates the ghost of George Shaw who pointed out that
ghoti phonetically describes a scaled creature with gills which lives underwater.

GH as in tough

O as in women

TI as in inspiration
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Whilst consistency between spelling and pronunciation would make life easier, you would also lose clarity at times.

For example, I just read a sentence in a book where there are some people stood next to some laptops. A character asks, "What are these?". The reply is, "Their computers". If we couldn't distinguish between 'their' and 'they're' by spelling it would not necessarily have come across from that that these computers belonged to the nearby people.

That's just one, hastily recalled, example. I'm sure there are many more/better ones.
You could fix that by saying "They're their computers"
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