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Sometimes, just sometimes, old people say something worth listening to. Ok, so it's like picking the needle out of a whole haystack of mis-remembered war stories, but those gems should be celebrated.

Tell us something worthwhile an old-type person has told you.

Note, we're leaving the definition of old up to you, you smooth-skinned youngsters.

(, Thu 19 Jun 2008, 16:16)
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My Year one teacher
gave me the best advice. Ever.

She told me the difference between 'there', 'their', and 'they're', by way of a pictorial explanation on the first page of my journal book.

I still have it somewhere, and remembering it has saved me from grammar-nazis all over the internet.

Thanks Mrs Orth!
(, Sun 22 Jun 2008, 4:48, 5 replies)
It's a constant source of mystery to me...
.. why any native speaker could get these mixed up.

I mean, it's not rocket science. You learn the difference when you're young, and remember when you grow up.

Why is it, then, that so many adults write like illiterate fools? For fuck's sake just take two minutes to learn the difference, it's not that hard.
(, Sun 22 Jun 2008, 10:42, closed)

(, Sun 22 Jun 2008, 14:28, closed)
Surely it's a constant source of mystery to you...
HOW anyone could get those mixed up ;)
(, Sun 22 Jun 2008, 14:46, closed)
Also is annoying is this type of thing:
"This is the companies message."
(, Sun 22 Jun 2008, 15:55, closed)
Every bit as bad
"grammar nazi's."

Mistaking "loose" for "lose".

"your" instead of "you're".

I see all three of these constantly.
(, Sun 22 Jun 2008, 17:29, closed)

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