Tag Archives: grammar

Letters, oh we get letters

Back in the day, Netninja.com was, beyond a doubt, clas­si­fied as a hacker web­site. There was sam­ple code to do nasty stuff. I posted research into Windows secu­rity, magstripe for­mats, smart­card pinouts, and the like. There were even a few das­tardly plu­g­ins for “Back Orifice” and “Back Orifice 2K”, a “remote admin­is­tra­tion” tool from Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC).  The actual use for BO/BO2K was less for remote admin­is­tra­tion and more for pwn­ing com­put­ers and mess­ing with peo­ple.

Over time, as I became more pro­fes­sional, I slowly removed the bla­tantly hacking-related con­tent, a lit­tle bit at a time. What remains under the cur­rent incar­na­tion of Netninja.com is pri­mar­ily sto­ries. Even so, it took years to get the domain off of the Cyber-Nanny type fire­wall black­lists.

The topic of hack­ing, schol­arly or oth­er­wise, tends to draw out the idiots and script kid­diez. Back in Netninja’s hack­ing hey­day, I would get sev­eral emails a week, mainly ask­ing to help change someone’s grades in the school com­puter or to bust into someone’s girlfriend’s email or instant mes­sen­ger. Sorry kids, but Homey don’t play dat.

Of course, as the focus of Netninja migrated, the quan­tity of those emails tapered. I still occa­sion­ally get one every few months, which baf­fles and amuses me.

illeterate

Um, yeah. You sound like, quite pos­si­bly, the great­est crimelord in your entire illeter­ate coun­try. I am sure you have a stun­ning and well thought out plan. Good luck to you and your endeav­ors, but do not be offended if I decline a role in that par­tic­u­lar adven­ture.

In fact, while we are on the sub­ject of spelling and gram­mar, this lit­tle gem of graf­fiti was found on a nearby high school the other week:

Bad grammar on high school graffiti

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WAlKWAY –>

Holy cow! It’s a blog devoted to hand­writ­ten signs with let­ters in all-caps, except for the let­ter L. Who’da thunk the phe­nom­e­non was preva­lent enough to sup­port such a blog?

See also: count­less blogs that fea­ture exam­ples of extra­ne­ous “quotes” and apostrophe’s

LOL I has a blog post, with linkses

The screen­saver on the TV is a carousel of pho­tos from I Can Has Cheezburger.   Kim and I were just dis­cussing the gram­mar the other night.
Now, it seems that some­one named Anil has turned a stu­dious eye toward the LOLCATS phe­nom­ena and specif­i­cally the lan­guage.  In his post Cats Can Has Grammar, he looks at the lan­guage of those “cat macros” and deter­mines that there is a way to speak “cat” and do it wrong, mean­ing there has to be an actual gram­mar with rules.  He con­cludes from this that there must there­fore be a grammar–a sort of cre­ole (“cwee­ole”) or pid­gin.  There is even a visual gram­mar.  If it is not a white serif font (Arial Black or Impact) with a black out­line stroke, it is per­ceived as not quite right.

Someone named Stephen noted that there are no long-form kitty pid­gin works — they are all always just one or two images, never longer–and redid the Star Trek trib­ble episode in kitty pid­gin.

Fanatical Grammatical

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This is for all of you Grammar Nazis out there. Which one is right?

  • “Hot new pant & skirt designs!”
  • “Hot new pants & skirt designs!”

Obviously it can be reworded to dodge the issue entirely, but cast­ing that option aside, which one is cor­rect?

The first one seems more accu­rate, except that you usu­ally (always?) use the plural form “pants.” Google searches have shown me that peo­ple some­times say it’s okay to use the sin­gu­lar “pant” in cloth­ing adver­tise­ments, but the author­i­ta­tive source is always along the lines of “some guy on a blog some­where” and not “the MLA hand­book.”

The sec­ond option uses the plural form “pants,” but could con­vey a dif­fer­ent mean­ing. Expanding it like a math prob­lem, it seems to say “hot new pants” and “hot new skirt designs” when it really should be con­vey­ing “hot new pants designs” and “hot new skirt designs.” Plus, it just doesn’t quite look right because skirt is sin­gu­lar and pants is plural.

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Capitalization

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When you cap­i­tal­ize sub­ject lines, such as in email mes­sages or LiveJournal posts, how do you cap­i­tal­ize your words?

Posted in: Questions

Naval Oranges

Eat yer oranges or you’ll get scurvey, arrrr!

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