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The importance of grammar

Woman without her man is nothing

properly becomes

Woman: without her, man is nothing.


Its an oldie and a goodie, this one. Its one women like to bring out occasionally, just as the religious like to trot this one out:


can read ‘God is nowhere’

but can also read ‘God is now here’

One of the recent top posts at WordPress was a humorous list of unfortunately arranged domain names, which I had seen a few years ago, and has since been circulated many times.

My other favourite ICT related wordplay is this golden oldie with its part-biblically inspired, part humorous aphorism substitutes:

1. Home is where you hang your @.
2. The email of the species is more deadly than the mail.
3. A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.
4. You can’t teach a new mouse old clicks.
5. Don’t put all your hypes in one home page.
6. Pentium wise; pen and paper foolish.
7. The modem is the message.
8. Too many clicks spoil the browse.
9. The geek shall inherit the earth.
10. A chat has nine lives.
11. Don’t byte off more than you can view.
12. Fax is stranger than fiction.
13. What boots up must come down.
14. Windows will never cease.
15. Virtual reality is its own reward.
16. Modulation in all things.
17. A user and his leisure time are soon parted.
18. There’s no place like
19. Oh, what a tangled website we weave when first we practice.
20. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to surf the Net, and he won’t bother you for months on end.

14 comments on “The importance of grammar

  1. Curtis
    10 November, 2006

    You do realize you’re only encouraging me. But at least now I can turn my attention from cows.

  2. peoplesgeography
    10 November, 2006

    Encourage you? That’s the idea ;) You do it so well.

    Btw, thanks for a great response on the enviro alarmism post, it was a terrific read. Just to let you know it didn’t go unnoticed and that I only refrained from jumping in again to allow Cicero to respond. Marvellous and lots of material to consider in both your and Cicero’s responses.

  3. Curtis
    10 November, 2006

    Overall it was a little hasty and lacking in detail and I regret the glossing over of many details that could have been addressed to give the idea more cohesion and direction. But that will come later and it is my intention to turn the entire blog towards that goal in the coming months (hence the new title, the theme of which I’ve yet to explore in any direct way.)

    Goodness me, now I’m talking about my blog on your blog. I forget that there’s no place like


  4. peoplesgeography
    10 November, 2006

    ‘s ok, you can cross-talk anytime. Besides, we’re practically cyber-neighbours in the WP district of the bloggosphere. Regular reciprocal visits is just neighbourly! :) I’ll bring out the tea and scones for you next time ;)

  5. unitedcats
    11 November, 2006

    Greetings, I somehow managed to find my way back to this fine blog again after wandering in the wilderness for Months. Neat post, reminds me, wasn’t there a case where The Tsar dictated a letter to his wife:

    “Pardon impossible, to be sent to Siberia.”

    She sent the letter but moved the comma…

    “Pardon, impossible to be sent to Siberia.”

    I’ve added you to my blogroll, plus figured out how to follow my comments. My toaster is smarter than me now, oh the times we live in.


  6. peoplesgeography
    11 November, 2006

    That’s a great one, Doug! Very clever.
    Thanks for coming by and I’m glad that we encountered one another once again, I can now add you to the blogroll.
    Indeed, computerised toasters, “smart” dishwashers”, refrigerators with the internet embedded in the doors, what next? ;)

  7. unitedcats
    12 November, 2006

    I threw away an old cell phone, and the damn thing called Fedex and had itself shipped back to me on my credit card. Now if I try to unplug it or throw it away, its friends on the “network” send me threatening text messages. I’m kind of afraid of it, what do I do now? How come they don’t show stuff like this on those stupid TV commercials?

  8. Curtis
    12 November, 2006

    I’ll admit it…I’ve not yet figured out just what a scone is. Research project! And thank you for your Southern hospitality. ;-)

  9. peoplesgeography
    12 November, 2006

    Curt … you see, we’re both from the South ;)

  10. peoplesgeography
    12 November, 2006

    Doug, fancy that! Have you taken the thumb-nail size ‘sim-card’ out of the phone (you have to open the phone)?

  11. unitedcats
    13 November, 2006

    I got a terrible shock when I tried that. :(

  12. peoplesgeography
    13 November, 2006

    Oh nooo … this saga is pointing to a real … Frankenphone!! What happened?

  13. Michael Fergusson
    21 November, 2006

    I’m pleased that the name of my blog is (Home is where you hang your @) is at the top of your wordplay list, but also apprehensive. My Dad used to say: Few things are as dangerous as giving a man some inkling that he may be witty.

  14. peoplesgeography
    21 November, 2006

    Thanks Michael; being a Gemini with two blogs (of course!) it’s already clearly established you are witty ;) Nice sites.
    cheers, Ann (friendly Aquarian)

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This entry was posted on 10 November, 2006 by in Federal Reserve, Gender, Grammar, Humour, Word Play.

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