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A word to grammarians, punctuologists, editors, spelling freaks and people who think diagramming sentences is a pleasurable past-time akin to working Chinese crossword puzzles:

• Writing includes a scientific component and an artistic component.

The scientific component involves proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, etc.

When you stumble upon such errors I will be eternally grateful if you note such in the comments section following the respective article. (Maybe not eternally grateful; but grateful nonetheless.) The tendency to overlook errors while proofreading one's own work is common. Also, I sometimes make errors due to ignorance. Either way, your comments will be appreciated.

The artistic component, such as using the word 'peg' instead of 'portray', is a matter of style. While I appreciate your input, it will likely be ignored as I presume those who tinker with one's creativity to be pompous snorbs who liked to scrawl on their neighbor's paper in Kindergarten.

• Sometimes the two components merge.

"Maybe not eternally grateful; but grateful nonetheless," for example, is not a proper sentence. Nonetheless, I used it for impact. In this case art trumps science; function follows form. (Using 'nonetheless' in the same paragraph is bad form, as is using the word 'form' twice in the same paragraph. Such goofs violate the science of writing. Please alert me when you note such.)

• I'm fond of creating neologisms.

Don't freak out when you encounter words such as punctuologists, and snorbs. Among my other inventions are enamourization and cinemantiques. They are usually, though not always, accompanied by an asterisk and explanatory footnote.

However, if you see a word that fails to find it's way into Websters, please feel free to alert me. It may actually be an error.

Cordially,

-- Kenn

34 comments:

  1. "Add open-border immigration and Obamacare and we understand why America is sinking under a $10 trillion debt and annual deficits that outstrip revenue."

    From:
    http://dailykenn.blogspot.com/p/a-word-to-grammarians-punctuologists.html

    I would say the debt is 15.9 trillion not 10. Just saying Jim from NJ

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    1. Oh I used the wrong link it is from:

      http://dailykenn.blogspot.com/2012/09/obama-cloaks-reality-with-amphibology.html

      Obama cloaks reality with amphibology

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  2. re: "it's membership"

    it's = it is

    its = possessive

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  3. Re: NY Times endorses Romney

    Not the Times; it was the Daily News.

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  4. Dear Kenn,
    I love your Web site and your writing, but it’s terrible that in an article lauding “white ingenuity” you make so many errors. Here are just a few:

    It should be noted that liberals could [not] care less …

    Libertarian author and blogger, Ilana Mercer, muses … [no commas are needed]

    at the flagrant fondly [fondling]

    of whites by non-whites as [the] former

    That TSA agents, weighted in favor or [of?] non-whites

    It's also provides a glimpse [It also provides …]

    Keep up the good work, but please, edit before you publish.
    Mark Wellhausen
    Harrison Township, Michigan

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    1. • could care less vs could not care less
      See here:
      http://www.dailywritingtips.com/could-care-less-versus-couldnt-care-less/

      • Libertarian author and blogger, Ilana Mercer, muses …
      Had I written, "The Libertarian …" comma would have been needed. Fixed.

      • at the flagrant fondly [fondling]
      corrected

      • of whites by non-whites as [the] former
      corrected

      • That TSA agents, weighted in favor or [of?] non-whites
      corrected

      • It's also provides a glimpse [It also provides …]
      corrected

      I actually do proof read but tend to read what I think, not what I see. It's frustrating.

      The commas around Ilana Mercer is an error I would not have caught.


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    2. Had I written "The Libertarian …" a comma would have been needed.

      See what I mean?

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  5. "Repatriotizing"? It's repatriating.

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  6. Re: could care less

    could NOT care less

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    1. Thanks. But I'll let this one stand.

      Here's why ▼
      http://www.dailywritingtips.com/could-care-less-versus-couldnt-care-less/

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  7. "...the skill set necessary to thrive in a free and fare market."

    while one could make the argument that a fare market is one where everyone pays their way, i believe that what you meant was "free & fair".

    red

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  8. Re: that surrounding the American dream is moral and just.

    This is unclear to me. What does "surrounding a dream" mean?

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    1. I can't find this anywhere on my site.

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  9. It appears the victim in the Long Beach case of the guy set on fire at the 7-Eleven was Black:

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/04/13/long-beach-man-63-remains-in-critical-condition-after-being-set-on-fire/

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    1. Without a photo or description I opted not to mention the race of the victim, though I presumed he was white. The change has been made.

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  10. Professor Joseph Olson has this posted on his website:
    DISCLAIMER: There are a series of emails floating around the internet dealing with the 2008 Obama/McCain election and the 2000 Bush/Gore election, remarks of a Scottish philosopher named Alexander Tyler, suicide rates, or ANYTHING ELSE. I did not author any part of either email. I've been trying to kill this fallacy for 10 years. I didn't have any part of it in 2000, and I still have no part of the email in regards to the 2008 election.
    http://law.hamline.edu/constitutional_law/joseph_olson.html
    Apparently, he did not write this.

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    1. To my knowledge the only place in which Olson is quoted is in relation to the 2012 election. Obviously, he hasn't been trying to counter that statement for the past 10 years.

      What am I missing?

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  11. Kenn, The DAILYKENN wallpaper on the blog bleeds over all the text content. This happens when I am on the MAIN page. It does not do this when viewing individual page of each post. Admittedly, I am on an old Safari version (4.1.3) which might have something to do with it. Have you gotten reports of this from others?

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  12. No other complaints.

    The template is designed by blogster.

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  13. 40,000 yrs of western civilization ? You may mean 4,000.

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    1. 40,000 years is a rough estimate of the earliest appearance of Homo Sapiens in Europe which was the formative era that led to Western culture.

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  14. Enjoyed the Trayvon/Zimmerman post. Minor typo - "incite" rather than "insight" violence.

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  15. Error in headline: Should be "our"?

    Rosa Parks and Mariha Smith:
    Media messing with out minds

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  16. cant load dailykenn, error fix it please

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  17. 43.4 percent of Hartford is Hispanic or Latino. The black population, 38.7%, is nearly as high. Only 29.8% are white.
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    That's about 112 percent.

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  18. re: your "Video of US Special Forces torturing a man."

    Those are most definitely NOT U.S. troops of any kind.

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  19. Hey Kenn,

    How about a section on the attacks by blacks on the elderly, this would be great to post on spacebook for the libs.

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  20. on a recent United Airlines flight from Denver to the Washington I purchased the WiFi to read my favorite sites. When I went to Daily Kenn, this is what United Airlines told me:

    Web Page Blocked
    Access to the web page you were trying to visit has been blocked.
    URL: www.dailykenn.com/
    Category: adult-and-pornography

    Censorship from a government backed corporation who profits only because of the thug-hand of government.

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