[linux-elitists] Linux Consultants Lunch Thurs, June 19th
Wed Jun 18 00:26:17 PDT 2003
On Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 12:00:03AM -0700, Alan DuBoff wrote:
> On Tuesday 17 June 2003 23:44, Nick Moffitt spew'd:
> > "utility" is the noun form of an existing verb, "to use". It
> > doesn't need to be transformed BACK into a verb via some ridiculous
> > means. "utilize" and "utilization" should be striken from the
> > language and replaced outright with "use" (pronounced according to
> > meaning).
> "who gives a f#@$" is American slang and what's really cool about it is that
> you can enahance it to "who gives a flying f#@$" where flying is typically a
> verb, but in this case it acts as a noun to f#@$. American slang can be
Actually, it's "fly" that's a verb (or sometimes a noun, but then it
refers to insects, hit baseballs, or certain pieces of cloth);
"flying" is an adjective. In that sentence, "f#@$" is the object
noun, and "flying" modifies it.
But in Middle-earth, the distinct accusative case disappeared from
the speech of the Noldor (such things happen when you are busy
fighting Orcs, Balrogs, and Dragons).
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