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« on: 15/12/2008 13:41:07 »
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Do you take great pleasure in pointing out when someone has made the very slightest of errors?

You, and everyone else, know exactly what a piece of script means, but there is one tiny aspect which could be misconstrued, which you delight in bringing to the attention of one and all.

E.g. Someone writes 'Leaving on a jet plane' was released as a single by Peter, Mary & Paul'. You feel an uncontrollable urge to point out that the trio were known as Peter, Paul & Mary.

If you have a FOGGY interlude, please punctuate your FOGGINESS with the legend 'FOG' or risk being derided by the
Fantom Forum Foggers!

Yes, thank you, I know how to spell 'phantom' FOG
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« Reply #1 on: 15/12/2008 14:05:24 »
I am a FOG and a self-confessed pedant. I hereby assign to highlight FOGGINESS whereverhence it appears! (Like I wasn't going to anyway!). Do we get extra marks for level of FOGdom?
 

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« Reply #2 on: 15/12/2008 16:00:59 »
Me too. How else are we going to maintain standards? These, like everything else around us, are being eroded - we really are all going to hell in a handcart, or is it hand-cart?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 15/12/2008 17:32:19 »
Beaverish FOG reporting for duty!
 

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« Reply #4 on: 15/12/2008 17:33:46 »
I'm sorry but I'm a TOG and I'm not sure you can be both.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 15/12/2008 17:35:44 »
TOG? Tart On Gin?  :D
 

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« Reply #6 on: 15/12/2008 17:42:47 »
Don,

I hate to be a FOG, but the preferred way to write a song title - or any other title for that matter - is to enclose it in double quotes, i.e., " ... " and to capitalize all except the participles.

Thus, the correct way to refer to the song is  "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and I would also point out that the song was written and first recorded by John Denver.  

(The double quotation is preferred as it is not as easily confused with the other uses of a single quotation mark, such as the use of a single quote as an apostrophe.)
 

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« Reply #7 on: 15/12/2008 17:46:04 »
Oh, reporting for duty along with my understudy (or under-study,) The Beaver.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 15/12/2008 17:48:01 »
JimBob - "Leaving on a Jetplane" was indeed written by John Denver but the first recording was by The Mitchell Trio (1967). (FOG)
 

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« Reply #9 on: 15/12/2008 17:49:33 »
TOG? Tart On Gin?  :D
No Terry's old Girls.
I like Terry Wogan.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 15/12/2008 17:52:11 »
GOOD WORK! You will make as excellent a FOG as I am one day! I put that in to see who might be astute enough to see the error. Again, WELL DONE, LAD!
 

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« Reply #11 on: 15/12/2008 17:52:16 »
TOG? Tart On Gin?  :D
No Terry's old Girls.
I like Terry Wogan.

I suppose someone has to
 

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« Reply #12 on: 15/12/2008 17:53:34 »
GOOD WORK! You will make as excellent a FOG as I am one day! I put that in to see who might be astute enough to see the error. Again, WELL DONE, LAD!

You may be amazed at my encyclopedic knowledge of musicology.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 15/12/2008 18:22:50 »
Ah!!! Wonderful!!!

My screen is fogging up nicely.

JimBob, John Denver, as you correctly wrote was indeed the author of 'Leaving on a Jet Plane'. Single quotation marks saves on quotation marks. He was born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr in Roswell, New Mexico 31/12/43. Thought I'd add that, since you picked-up on it. (FOG)
 

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« Reply #14 on: 15/12/2008 18:25:39 »
You may be amazed at my encyclopedic knowledge of musicology.

...and my ability to Google stuff. ;D

"Leaving on a Jet Plane" is a song written by John Denver in 1967 during a layover at an airport in Washington and recorded by the Mitchell Trio that year. The original title of the song was "Oh Babe I Hate To Go" but Denver's then producer, Milt Okun, convinced him to change the title. Denver wrote the song after his flight was delayed. Other artists recorded the song in 1967, including Spanky & Our Gang and Peter, Paul and Mary on Album 1700. It did not become a hit until Peter, Paul and Mary released it as a single in 1969. It turned out to be their biggest (and final) hit, becoming their only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States The song also spent three weeks atop the easy listening chart. (Wikipedia)
 

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« Reply #15 on: 15/12/2008 18:38:21 »
Ah!!! Wonderful!!!

My screen is fogging up nicely.

JimBob, John Denver, as you correctly wrote was indeed the author of 'Leaving on a Jet Plane'. Single quotation marks saves on quotation marks. He was born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr in Roswell, New Mexico 31/12/43. Thought I'd add that, since you picked-up on it. (FOG)

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« Reply #16 on: 15/12/2008 18:41:29 »
John Denver had a smile as wide as a Cheshire cat and I should know being from Cheshire.
 

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« Reply #17 on: 16/12/2008 04:22:40 »
NO! I'm not a Finicky Old Git, I'm too young to be one. If we are talking mental age then I'm more of an adolescent, which would make me a ...ahermmmm, Ok then, FOG it is!

In my capacity as a recent member of the FOG community, I would like to point out this error by the Grand FOG Master:

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JimBob, John Denver, as you correctly wrote was indeed the author of 'Leaving on a Jet Plane'. Single quotation marks saves on quotation marks. He was born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr in Roswell, New Mexico 31/12/43. Thought I'd add that, since you picked-up on it. (FOG)

Shouldn't the comma go after the "Jr", and before the word "in"?
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« Reply #18 on: 16/12/2008 06:04:57 »
NO! I'm not a Finicky Old Git, I'm too young to be one. If we are talking mental age then I'm more of an adolescent, which would make me a ...ahermmmm, Ok then, FOG it is!

In my capacity as a recent member of the FOG community, I would like to point out this error by the Grand FOG Master:

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JimBob, John Denver, as you correctly wrote was indeed the author of 'Leaving on a Jet Plane'. Single quotation marks saves on quotation marks. He was born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr in Roswell, New Mexico 31/12/43. Thought I'd add that, since you picked-up on it. (FOG)

Shouldn't the comma go after the "Jr", and before the word "in"?

Actually, commas are no longer required around Jr. and Sr.  If they were still required then there should be a comma before and after Jr., and Jr. should have a period after it!
 

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« Reply #19 on: 16/12/2008 08:48:20 »
Welcome to another FOGGY day in London Town the NS Forum.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 16/12/2008 09:14:10 »
Well, yesterday it was desperately FOGGY, but today, it's just me. If you'd like to see a bit of Freiburg, here is a webcam that you can control from your PC! (You may have to wait your turn, but shes's got a great arse and it's worth it!)

http://217.22.201.135/view/index.shtml
 

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« Reply #21 on: 16/12/2008 09:31:25 »
Perhaps one of the FOGs could answer this question: Is there a grammatically correct time to use "horrid" as opposed to "horrible"? They are both adjective forms, and are apparently synonyms, but in a sentence "The weather was horrid." to me sounds almost childish when compared to "The weather was horrible." and hence the latter sounds correct. But for the life of me, I don't know why. Any thoughts?
 

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« Reply #22 on: 16/12/2008 10:47:17 »
I think either would be acceptable. The 'horrid' option is more economical with letters.
 

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« Reply #23 on: 16/12/2008 13:40:48 »
I see that there is an ever increasing number of members in and around London! Or are these markers for "FUN" ("FOGs' Underground Network") where specially trained FOGsters are doing their work?

 

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« Reply #24 on: 16/12/2008 13:58:15 »
Stone me!!! That's a lot of FOG. Seems I've been wasting my time cleaning the windows!!!
 

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