Carrot and Stick

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Re: Carrot and Stick

#41  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Sep 24, 2012 10:50 pm

Animavore wrote:Close minded is fairly accurate. It means their mind never wanders too far from a set and quite narrow path :smug:


I thought it was clothes minded.

They have been wearing turtlenecks for so long they can't think of wearing anything else, nor do they try.
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Re: Carrot and Stick

#42  Postby CookieJon » Sep 25, 2012 12:14 am

Fallible wrote:Yeah, I hate that. I also hate it when people use a '-' for no discernible reason. Some people's posts are full of unnecessary dashes, eg.


Piffle. It's reasonable to use a hyphen in a compound adjective. :smug:


CdesignProponentsist wrote:
Animavore wrote:Close minded is fairly accurate. It means their mind never wanders too far from a set and quite narrow path :smug:


I thought it was clothes minded.

Hey now, there's no need to be sartorial.
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Re: Carrot and Stick

#43  Postby Witticism » Sep 25, 2012 4:11 am

Fallible wrote:... and just recently a teacher told my daughter that the sun orbits around the earth and made her 'correct' the work she'd just done in line with this.

But so does the moon?

How do they not collide with each other :ask:

It is a mystery. :think:




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Re: Carrot and Stick

#44  Postby Fallible » Sep 25, 2012 8:11 am

I once thought teachers were all of a certain educational standard. Then I roomed with some trainees at uni. :nono: I'm hoping that one just got muddled.
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Re: Carrot and Stick

#45  Postby virphen » Sep 25, 2012 8:23 am

I had a science teacher once who told the class Meteorology was the study of meteors.
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Re: Carrot and Stick

#46  Postby Fallible » Sep 25, 2012 8:23 am

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Re: Carrot and Stick

#47  Postby Zwaarddijk » Sep 26, 2012 8:47 pm

Fallible wrote:Yeah, I hate that. I also hate it when people use a '-' for no discernible reason. Some people's posts are full of unnecessary dashes, eg.

''I looked-up on the web-site and saw people had not thought-out their answers. I flipped-out and decided to stay at-home.''

I guess the problem there is that English doesn't really have any consistent rule for when a compound phrase should have dashes or not. And since the examples in actual use don't seem to follow really obvious patterns, when the speakers try to figure out the rules by analogy from the material available to them it gets inconsistent and haphazard.
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Re: Carrot and Stick

#48  Postby Exi5tentialist » Sep 26, 2012 9:19 pm

Fallible wrote:just recently a teacher told my daughter that the sun orbits around the earth and made her 'correct' the work she'd just done in line with this.

Come on, context. Was it an English teacher ("the sun moved majestically around us in the sky") or a physics teacher ("I hereby resign")?
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Re: Carrot and Stick

#49  Postby Fallible » Sep 28, 2012 10:57 am

Exi5tentialist wrote:
Fallible wrote:just recently a teacher told my daughter that the sun orbits around the earth and made her 'correct' the work she'd just done in line with this.

Come on, context. Was it an English teacher ("the sun moved majestically around us in the sky") or a physics teacher ("I hereby resign")?

My daughter was at primary school at the time, they don't have different teachers for different subjects.
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