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ridski
Discussion: World Cup - who are you pulling for?

Jaytee said:

Japanese fans stayed after the game with Germany to clean up. Bravo!

Japanese fans do this every tournament. The world is a better place for Japanese fans.

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DaveSchmidt
Discussion: The Rose Garden and White House happenings: Ready, set, go!

mtierney said:

Thou dost ponder too much, folks. It is what it is. Sloppy headline writing!

As ml1 notes, when you ask people a question, you risk encouraging them to ponder.

The homepage may have been a little sloppy with the clustered “they”/“their” and two-sentence headlines, because repetition can irritate a reader. But bear in mind that news websites are meant to be dynamic and constantly changing (and default to the headlines on the separately published articles), so attention to such aesthetic details isn’t always as vigilant as it is when headline writers fill the front page that’s delivered to your door.

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nohero
Discussion: The Rose Garden and White House happenings: Ready, set, go!

ridski said:

Maybe mtierney has been inspired by the other thread discussing whether a football team is a collective or a group of individuals, depending on what type of English you grew up speaking?

Suffice to say, the collective "they" is not threatened by the singular "they" and hasn't been since Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift, and Austen have all used it. It's just become the right-wing obsession du jour.

They get outraged because they're told to be outraged, without ever asking why they're supposed to be outraged.

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drummerboy
Discussion: Will Herschel Win?

ridski said:

If Walker's primary residence is in Texas, where did he vote?

I'd bet 10 to 1 he's never voted in his life before this Georgia election.

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Train_of_Thought
Discussion: Bring Out Your Dead! The celebrity death thread....

Saw this clip on the interwebs. Good stuff.

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marksierra
Discussion: Inconsequential Chat

He's quite a prolific author.

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ml1
Discussion: The NYT Spelling Bee Thread

72 words for QB today. Anyone who gets it should receive a special award for persistence. I made Genius and I'm at 54. I can't see getting 18 more. 

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marksierra
Discussion: Inconsequential Chat

Subtle .. and clever.

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ridski
Discussion: World Cup - who are you pulling for?

joanne said:

Speaking of Wales, Ridski, I believe commiserations are in order as we beat them in the UK? Or am I confused again? There’s too much Big Sport on at the moment for me to handle in the untimely heat (expecting yet another day over 90°F and it’s not yet full summer)

Looks like Aussies beat Wales at home in rugby today, in a massive comeback after being 21 points down. I do have connections to Wales, especially the south, as Swansea was the first place my family moved to after leaving Glasgow but that was long before my time. 

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DaveSchmidt
Discussion: The Rose Garden and White House happenings: Ready, set, go!

ridski said:

OMG *that* was the issue?

It was enough to lay the foundation for a PC taunt, followed by a “Who, me?” feint.

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