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Date: 11/02/10 01:03 PM

70 Responses to Weird Al Grammar Lesson

  1. Profile photo of basherrr
    basherrr Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 8:58 am
    Link: Weird Al Grammar Lesson - You`ve seen this grammatical error every day and didn`t even realize it. Another short lesson in everyday grammar.
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    Jats Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    Weird Al, I love you.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    Ha ha ha, never disappoint wierd al!
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    5405841 Female 18-29
    527 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm
    I lol`ed!
  5. Profile photo of APJ311
    APJ311 Male 13-17
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    I do notice this and it really irritates me. :|
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    awsome-guy Male 13-17
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    here come the grammar nazi`s
  7. Profile photo of Cain523
    Cain523 Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    I fail to see how that is grammatically incorrect...
  8. Profile photo of almightybob1
    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    Magnetic grammar correction signs?? WANT.
  9. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    It`s a fragment, not a sentence. Grammar doesn`t apply if the point is expressed. It`s not like "15 items or less" could mean anything other than "15 items or fewer".
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    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    When has Mr. Yankovic ever failed to teach us something important? Never.
  11. Profile photo of Cain523
    Cain523 Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    wait wait item is not a noncount noun therefore less is incorrect | learn something everyday ^_^
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    penguinazul Female 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    What`s the difference? I admit that I am an English major, and I don`t see the problem with "15 items or less".
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    GHudston Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    http://vimeo.com/15412319

    Trumped by a Mr. Stephen Fry. ;)
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    It`s "15 or Fewer" or "Less than 16"

    got it?

    now forget it and just go through with 16 items
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    fabarati Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm
    The recent Stephen Fry video/podcast posted brought this up. Of course, it was to point out that no one would mistake this for anything else, and it was a part of a rant against Grammar Nazis (or pedants,
    as he called them).
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    fabarati Male 18-29
    1240 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm
    Damnit, beaten by Ghudston.

    You win this time G, but mark my word, some day you will pay. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahaaaaa. *poof* disappears in a smoke cloud
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    I keep hearing snatches of Stephen Fry when watching this. On the other hand, had I had one of those magnetic corrector signs I`d probably do the same. On yet another hand (yeah, I`m a mutant), that is a highly unlikely scenario.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    XD love it!
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    osteenq Male 40-49
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    November 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    "here come the grammar nazi`s"

    "15 items or less" doesn`t bother me nearly as much as the people who don`t know how to use apostrophes.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    Jsut a typo
  21. Profile photo of Piepig
    Piepig Male 13-17
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    November 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm
    Haha, cool guy.
  22. Profile photo of SephirothA83
    SephirothA83 Male 18-29
    955 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    @Angelmassb

    you should look up the definition of `typo` it might enlighten you.
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    tincel1372 Female 18-29
    423 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    better than hotforwords
  24. Profile photo of fabarati
    fabarati Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    @Angel: Hahaha, it`s always funny when you do that.
  25. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    @SephirothA83

    Lol, thank you for playing
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    November 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    OMG! I lolled. That was perfect.
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    parmonie Female 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm
    He posted this in Twitter ages ago. Always good.
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    It`s gotten to the point that in today`s society "15 items or less" suggesting "15 items or less than 15 items" seems perfectly acceptable. In the wise words of Alcatraaz...


    It`s idiomatic, Biotch!

    Also: Making a big deal and pointing this out to your cashier does not make you seem intelligent and informed. It makes you a douchebag that`s wasting my time by complaining about things that I have no power over...now did you want f`in bags or not?
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    Hehe, in a funnies war between wittiness from Mr. Stephen Fry and random crazy from Weird Al... I incredibly entertained by both!
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    simim23 Female 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm
    @SwayWithMe: it`s "bitch," not "biotch."
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    KeePay Male 18-29
    494 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    Outstanding
  32. Profile photo of jendrian
    jendrian Male 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm
    LOL @simim23
  33. Profile photo of Swaywithme
    Swaywithme Female 18-29
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    November 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    @SwayWithMe: it`s "bitch," not "biotch."

    lol, it`s a direct quote my dear and a sure sign that you missed the point entirely!
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    Skythe Male 18-29
    965 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm
    Wow. That was awesome.
  35. Profile photo of Mweebles
    Mweebles Female 18-29
    1653 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm
    Is that food lion?
  36. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    November 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm
    I wonder what Stephen Fry would say about that?
  37. Profile photo of TGPZarquon
    TGPZarquon Male 30-39
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    November 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm
    So will the lyrics to his 80`s song "Midnight Star" now be changed to, "I was waiting in the express lane with my twelve items or fewer"?
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    Monosandalos Male 30-39
    277 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm
    @madest:

    he did actually mention it in that video that was posted on IAB a few days ago from one of his podcasts.
  39. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
    1548 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm
    @Gerry1of1
    how is it that you don`t understand that "15 or less" means "15 or less than 15" the redundancy can be dropped without any change to the grammatical structure.
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    drips Male 30-39
    904 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm
    @TGPZarquon +1 nerd points
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    BlankTom Male 30-39
    1674 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm
    @Volsunga
    The issue isn`t with the sentence structure but with the word itself. "Less", in the strictly grammatical sense, is reserved for comparing "uncountable" items (with a few exceptions) while "Fewer" is used for countable.

    Can I have a little *less* sugar next time?
    There were *fewer* than 15 people on the train.
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    Jotunn Male 18-29
    4 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm
    @madest - probably something about how Americans don`t love a good old wording anymore.. ya know, right in the Wernicke`s area
  43. Profile photo of Justeazy
    Justeazy Male 18-29
    137 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm
    Depends on the context.
    Since either way is a sentence fragment, then BOTH are incorrect, and you can add to EACH to make them correct.
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    cstillo95 Female 13-17
    11 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm
    I will let you buy fifteen items or fewer in this checkout lane.

    I think that would be an appropriate sentence for stores everywhere, dont you think?
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    Nocciolina Female 18-29
    1623 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    I love Weird Al!
  46. Profile photo of GiveChase
    GiveChase Female 18-29
    535 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm
    I really don`t understand "Weird Al`s" appeal.
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    Golkar Male 18-29
    391 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    Weird Al wins.
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    lauriloo Female 40-49
    1803 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm
    "The issue isn`t with the sentence structure but with the word itself. "Less", in the strictly grammatical sense, is reserved for comparing "uncountable" items (with a few exceptions) while "Fewer" is used for countable. "

    Exactly. That`s why TBS` slogan "More movies, less commercials" is grammatically incorrect.
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    genericuser Female 18-29
    317 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm
    the grocery store i work at`s sign does in fact say 10 items or fewer.
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    xxEmo_kid_xx Female 18-29
    206 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm
    HOLY MONKEY BALLS!
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    draino123 Male 30-39
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    November 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm
    "The issue isn`t with the sentence structure but with the word itself. "Less", in the strictly grammatical sense, is reserved for comparing "uncountable" items (with a few exceptions) while "Fewer" is used for countable. " Less is acceptable in this instance because you do not know how many they will have; hence the items are uncountable.
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    draino123 Male 30-39
    769 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm
    on another note the signs we are taught in math " > and <" really are "greater than, and fewer than"?!? some one let me math department know
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm
    Actually, I DO notice it every time I see it. I just don`t say or do anything about it.
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
    2758 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm
    My ambien is kicking in faster then usual tonight so forgive me.

    Fewer is used for countable numbers and Lesser is used for uncountable? I don`t understand. Could you use them in a sentence.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm
    @HalfPintRoo "I got less water and fewer ice cubes than he did."
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    Ogen Male 18-29
    441 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 11:04 pm
    Stephen Fry disapproves, if I recall correctly, of these pointless grammar corrections.
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    forestq Female 18-29
    494 posts
    November 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm
    I needed a giggle. Thank you.
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    Elriuhilu Male 18-29
    275 posts
    November 3, 2010 at 12:50 am
    Stephen Fry claims he disapproves but then he bites people`s heads off when they make simple grammatical errors. As an example, he went off at Alan Davies for saying "none of them work" when technically it should be "none of them works" on an episode of that show QI.
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    SPrinkZ Male 18-29
    2275 posts
    November 3, 2010 at 2:40 am
    How about further and farther?

    If it is farther, it has a distance. Further is a degree.

    So, I pressed my skills further than before.

    and

    I went farther down the road.

    Sucks that they are considered interchangeable now.
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    kirstoner Female 18-29
    535 posts
    November 3, 2010 at 5:29 am
    "Less sand, fewer grains of sand."

    The curse of a teacher for a mother.
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    parkm Male 13-17
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    November 3, 2010 at 6:00 am
    Holy Jesus,what a nerdfest.
    I thought I was a grammar Nazi.
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    lauriloo Female 40-49
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    November 3, 2010 at 6:59 am
    "Less is acceptable in this instance because you do not know how many they will have; hence the items are uncountable."

    wrong. The items they will have ARE countable when they get there. It`s just an indeterminate number before they get there. We are talking about entities/qualities that are NEVER countable.

    e.g. "The sky is going to be less cloudy today because there are fewer clouds". There will NEVER be 24 cloudy but there CAN be 24 clouds.
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    03swalker Male 18-29
    60 posts
    November 3, 2010 at 6:59 am
    Elriuhilu,

    Stephen Fry used to care. He cared when that episode of QI was filmed (Several years ago now).
    But he has since changed his mind, and doesn`t mind such `incorrect` language now.
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    Gentle-Tramp Male 13-17
    498 posts
    November 3, 2010 at 8:18 am
    i really want weird Al to teach me about grammar
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    rifter Male 30-39
    282 posts
    November 3, 2010 at 8:49 am
    I`ve noticed this and several commercials lately which do this. They talk about having "less stops" to make when you use their store.
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    Isafan Male 18-29
    243 posts
    November 3, 2010 at 9:23 am
    Approved.
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    margot138 Female 18-29
    322 posts
    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 am
    People don`t notice those signs anyway I notice non-nice individuals with hole carts going into those lines all the time.
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    Pheeshy5 Male 18-29
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    November 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    Haha, thanks Weird Al!
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    Asspenny Male 18-29
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    November 4, 2010 at 1:03 am
    .....didn`t we just have a video on why this is a drating stupid thing? I love weird al and all, but it`s asinine.
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
    5414 posts
    December 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    OH MY......

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