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Old 11th July 2011, 10:53 PM   #46 (permalink)
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I have a question that's been bugging me for a while. What is it these days with compound words being broken up into their separate words? Like the word thankyou, which when I was growing up was spelled in one word but now must be given a space. Also words like into and onto seem to be now given a space. Why and what are the rules of this?
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Old 11th July 2011, 11:09 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Thank you has never been a single word for me, and my dictionary doesn't even offer it as an alternative.

"Into", and "in to" have slightly different meanings, as do "on to" and "onto"; normally, one or the other will feel much more comfortable.

I'm more upset about the words that are amalgamating, like the "alright" contraction for all right.

But language evolves; pedants like myself are there to slow the process enough that communication remains possible between regions and generations, not freeze it into stasis like Arabic.
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Old 11th July 2011, 11:22 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Some words have different meanings depending on if they're broken up or not. "Anyone" always means a person; "any one" means one and only one of a selection.
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Old 12th July 2011, 12:39 AM   #49 (permalink)
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Thank you has never been a single word for me, and my dictionary doesn't even offer it as an alternative.

"Into", and "in to" have slightly different meanings, as do "on to" and "onto"; normally, one or the other will feel much more comfortable.

I'm more upset about the words that are amalgamating, like the "alright" contraction for all right.

But language evolves; pedants like myself are there to slow the process enough that communication remains possible between regions and generations, not freeze it into stasis like Arabic.
Thanks, you are right, language changes. Maybe thankyou without the space is an Australian spelling (or maybe I just always got it wrong!)

Funny, I have always used alright not all right. (hmmm maybe it IS an Aussie thing).

I suspected that about into and in to (etc). Trouble is working out when to use them!
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Old 12th July 2011, 01:21 PM   #50 (permalink)
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I used to get very annoyed by changes in language (or rather, people not using English correctly). But then I thought to myself, 'well, you don't use thee or thou, do you?'

I got over it- unfortunately, as much as we can be purists, language is only ever correct at the time, especially in a world that is more global than it was a decade ago.
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I suspected that about into and in to (etc). Trouble is working out when to use them!
Well, you turn in to a driveway, but the wizard turns you into a frog. And when the cops are on to your story, you may climb onto your roof to escape them.
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Does anyone know if there's any way that soil could be blue? Say if it was full of copper?
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Does anyone know if there's any way that soil could be blue? Say if it was full of copper?
How about blue bacteria?
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How about blue bacteria?
um. There are blue bacteria? Lovely, anything as long as it's vaguely scientifically respectable that soil could be blue.
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Old 30th July 2011, 03:06 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Arsenic, cyanide and lead poisoning will turn soil blue. A community in RI here in the States is still going through a tough time with it.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/new...ith_blue_soil/

Another thought is a high concentration of blue clay mixed in with the soil.
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um. There are blue bacteria? Lovely, anything as long as it's vaguely scientifically respectable that soil could be blue.
Google Images produces this. Very colourful actually.
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Thank you both. I'm looking for something that wouldn't be poisonous to humans (so probably not the poisoning). Blue clay is a thought.

And the bacteria are really pretty. I didn't realise they were blue. If I'd thought about it, I'd have thought those were the dyes used to make them visible (yes, ok, I know nothing).
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yes, ok, I know nothing.
Hardly. You know when to ask questions. A useful talent in any day and age. Believe or not, there's a lot of people to think they know enough not to ask questions (and they're not teenagers).
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Me again! I have lots of questions.

Does anyone know if there's a collective name for the people who wrote the Bible?
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