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Old 2005-10-05, 08:36 AM   #1
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Happy Birthday Miss Ayelery

Happy birthday Miss Ayelery.
Here's an Apple for your desktop. I know you will display it proudly and prominently.
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Old 2005-10-05, 08:53 AM   #2
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Now that we have spellcheck, I'll take my chances and wish her a frightfully joyous birthday as well.

(Can the spellcheck do grammar as well?)
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Old 2005-10-05, 03:44 PM   #3
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finally, a birthday thread that really matters in this despondent genre.
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Old 2005-10-06, 02:17 AM   #4
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Happy birthday Miss Ayelery.
Here's an Apple for your desktop.
Why thank you dear; that is very sweet. In addition to the rainbow of colors, I like that the apple has a bite out of it. My motto has always been "Go for it, but go for it with good grammar!". Biting the apple represents the original "go for it" ideal.
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As well as what dear?
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Finally, a birthday thread that really matters in this despondent genre.
That is very nice of you to say. I am certainly feeling my years today, and the kind thoughts help.

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Old 2005-10-06, 04:52 AM   #5
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I'm sorry I missed your birthday, bitch.

Happy Birthday.
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Old 2005-10-06, 05:37 AM   #6
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I'm sorry I missed your birthday, bitch.
Why thank you dear, and I might add that you're certainly doing New Jersey proud with your fine command of the pejorative.

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Old 2005-10-06, 06:59 AM   #7
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Is it true that minding your Ps and Qs dates back to olde pubs where the publican would call out 'Mind your Pints and Quarts!' before wiping down the bar-counter?
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Old 2005-10-06, 07:41 AM   #8
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Is it true that minding your Ps and Qs dates back to olde pubs where the publican would call out 'Mind your Pints and Quarts!' before wiping down the bar-counter?
Well dear, there are actually a number of theories on where this expression came from.

According to the alt.usage.english FAQ:

This expression, meaning "be very careful to behave correctly",
has been in use from the 17th century on. Theories include: an
admonishment to children learning to write; an admonishment to
typesetters (who had to look at the letters reversed)
; an
admonishment to seamen not to soil their navy pea-jackets with
their tarred "queues" (pigtails); "mind your pints and quarts";
"mind your prices and quality"; "mind your pieds and queues"
(either feet and pigtails, or two dancing figures that had to be
accurately performed); the substitution of /p/ for "qu" /kw/ in the
speech of uneducated ancient Romans; or the confusion by students
learning both Latin and Ancient Greek of such cognates as _pente_
and _quintus_.

As someone who has enjoyed her distilled and fermented beverages for many decades, I'm tempted to go with your theory. But as a pragmatist, I have to ask: If quarts were available, why the hell would anyone have a pint on the bar? Basic logic and human nature quickly step in to undermine that explanation.

As a lifetime grammarian, ex-typesetter, and current amatuer and former professional proofreader, I have to go with the "hot lead" theory. Mistakes were costly. It's summed up pretty well here:
http://home.earthlink.net/~thereacto...tor990714.html

If you search the web, you'll find the odd amateur chimes in as well:
http://www.sellingstrategies.com/art...ur_p_and_q.htm

But in the end, I think the key takeaway is this dear: whether you're a professional drinker, typesetter, or radio personality, don't pretend you don't know what it means. Mind them!!!
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Old 2005-10-06, 07:46 AM   #9
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If quarts were available, why the hell would anyone have a pint on the bar?
Cause some people couldn't afford them/didn't want them?
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Old 2005-10-07, 03:10 AM   #10
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Cause some people couldn't afford them/didn't want them?
Yes, of course you're right dear, although I had intended it as a rhetorical question and joke. Clearly I didn't succeed on either front.

I would also like to apologize to all readers of this thread. I'm ashamed of my potty mouth; there was no reason for me to curse. I guess I really was feeling my age. Birthdays just aren't the joyful celebrations they were when I was younger.

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You should be. Every time you open it.
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Old 2005-10-07, 03:44 AM   #12
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uni57 had a very bad experience with an English teacher during primary school and still harbors repressed aggression about it.
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Old 2005-10-07, 04:02 AM   #13
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our idea was something close to that...

yeah... close to that...
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Old 2005-10-07, 04:13 AM   #14
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uni57 had a very bad experience with an English teacher during primary school and still harbors repressed aggression about it.
I too had a simillar experience, except it wasn't with an English teacher, and it wasn't during primary school, and I don't still harbor repressed aggression about it.
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Old 2005-10-07, 04:19 AM   #15
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uni57 had a very bad experience with an English teacher during primary school and still harbors repressed aggression about it.
No, she's just a mean old hag who likes to act all prim and proper as she criticizes everybody. I've never met her, yet I can hear her irritating voice and see her prissy mannerisms every time she posts.

I was going to send her a Private Message love letter, but she does not accept PMs.
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