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 Message 57 of 63
04 May 2012 at 9:02pm | IP Logged 
DaraghM wrote:
An intransitive verbal phrase, skips the queue, and walks straight into the bar. He's a ViP.

Did you mean... IVP?
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 Message 58 of 63
05 May 2012 at 4:14am | IP Logged 
[ˈɔl ðə ˌɪntərˈnæʃnəl fəˈnetɪk ˈælfəˌbet ˈsɪmbəlz ˈwɔk ˈɪntuː ə ˈbɑr.]
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 Message 59 of 63
03 June 2012 at 2:04am | IP Logged 
This is not a joke as such, but a famously witty saying, with grammatical overtones.
However, the origin, and exact original saying are in doubt, so I will quote the


“Churchill” on Prepositions

The saying attributed to Winston Churchill rejecting the rule against ending a sentence
with a preposition must be among the most frequently mutated witticisms ever. I have
received many notes from correspondents claiming to know what the “original saying”
was, but none of them cites an authoritative source.

The alt.english.usage FAQ states that the story originated with an anecdote in Sir
Ernest Gowers’ Plain Words (1948). Supposedly an editor had clumsily rearranged one of
Churchill’s sentences to avoid ending it in a preposition, and the Prime Minister, very
proud of his style, scribbled this note in reply: “This is the sort of English up with
which I will not put.” The American Heritage Book of English Usage agrees.

The FAQ goes on to say that the Oxford Companion to the English Language (no edition
cited) states that the original was “This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which
I will not put.” To me this sounds more likely, and eagerness to avoid the offensive
word “bloody” would help to explain the proliferation of variations.

From here
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 Message 60 of 63
25 July 2014 at 12:26pm | IP Logged 
An aposiopesis walks into a ..
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 Message 61 of 63
23 September 2014 at 8:59am | IP Logged 
Let's eat Grandma.
Let's eat, Grandma.
Commas save lives.
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 Message 62 of 63
23 September 2014 at 10:01am | IP Logged 
A tme walks into a sis bar.
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24 September 2014 at 9:20am | IP Logged 
A local band is going to play in a bar. The guitarist does a sound check with the microphone. Suddenly, he realizes
the concert will have to be canceled--he's forgotten his instrumental case.

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