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 Post subject: Who started it?
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 8:21 pm 
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Where does this schoolroom myth that the words got and gotten should never be used come from?<p>[ May 10, 2004: Message edited by: Paul Wiggins ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: Who started it?
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 11:18 pm 
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From the same place that says you can't end a sentence with a preposition, such as :<p>"Where does this schoolroom myth that the words got and gotten should never be used come from?"


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 Post subject: Re: Who started it?
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 11:33 pm 
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Do'h! Post edited. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Who started it?
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 11:46 pm 
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Sometimes you just got to be snarky.


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 Post subject: Re: Who started it?
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 11:57 pm 
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Correct.


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 Post subject: Re: Who started it?
PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2004 1:00 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by JonScribe:
Sometimes you just got to be snarky.<hr></blockquote><p>C'mon, Jon, get with the program. It's "savagely snarky."


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 Post subject: Re: Who started it?
PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2004 10:33 am 
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Hehehe.<p>Bernstein, I think, has an entry about using got versus gotten that says something about a telegram being misread as "have got 10 tickets" when it meant have gotten. But I don't recall any rule against got. We certainly don't have one.


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 Post subject: Re: Who started it?
PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2004 12:22 pm 
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I recall reading in the NYT stylebook years ago that there was no apparent need for "gotten." Anybody know if it still says that?


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 Post subject: Re: Who started it?
PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2004 5:25 pm 
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Speaking of hobgoblins ...<p>Frosh to upperclassman during first week of classes: "Excuse me, where's the library at?"<p>Upperclassman: "You're in college now, boy. You should know better than to end a sentence with a preposition." <p>Frosh: "Excuse me. Where's the library at, asshole?"


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