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    Weird grammar in websites today ! :;;: !

    Hey

    Can someone explain to me what the deal with people using millions of ':' and ';' in their pages. It seems like titles, logos, comments and all kinds of stuff now use them.

    It's bizarre.

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    Its proper english to use them.

    Or are you referring to people doing things like this

    ::::: SELLING $$$$ POKEMON BLAH BLAH ::::::::
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    what;;do;;you;;mean;;;;;?

    I used to know someone who used comma instead of periods... it got annoying when you saw this everywhere,,,,,, lol. Who knows? Maybe they think it'll get more attention...
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    yeah, when ppl put loads of it in, but i think it looks quite nice now and again. I saw a Web Designers site and instead of using periods between sentances they used colons ). I though it looked quite nice,

    sentance 1 : sentance 2

    etc...

    also when its appropriatly placed it looks quite nice such as on contents bits:


    :HOME:
    :SEARCH:
    :LINKS:
    :CONTACT:
    :ETC:
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    I guess it's an easy way of decorating or adding flavor to an ordinary sentence or word. I use them quite often, but not to the extent most do. And like daniel said, it can look nice when done right.

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    It's not just in websites -- it's in forum posts, emails, etc.. I think it's fine if people use them correctly.

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    Talking about grammar!!!!!!!

    When I see posts reviewing sites (usually at other sites!!!!) and see a site described as "kewl", that is really weird, or is it just a senior moment and a I am just not on top of the latest slang!!!!??????? Makes me wonder if my 8 year old (granddaughter) responded!!!!!! On the other hand, she knows how to spell cool!!!!!

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    Allie, she probably also knows not to use so many exclamation points and question marks, and when to place punctuation inside the quotation marks. I think people started using multiple colons because it looked high-tech. But now it just looks dumb. :::Techno Roolz::: Sheesh.

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    <grinz> cause I am so Kewl, i rulez and ph34r m3 cause I'm a l33t h4x0r:;;;;

    couldn't this post be renamed Weird grammar in Nocturnals posts . I think I have the worse grammar on the whole of these forums
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    I dunno about the .: dotted decoration :. stuff. I think its fashion. The right thing to do if you are 133t and stuff. We will become feeded up, eventually.

    About the 133t talk, I take it as natural language evolution. Lets have a peek at a commonday IRC chat:

    <p4w4> lo
    <b0rk3d> sup?
    <p4w4> b0rk4ge man
    <b0rk3d> ah feck
    <p4w4> lol

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    Forgot to say... i'm spanish and currently fighting with english (still!), so i have a lot of what they call "b0rked english". Theres nothing i can do about it except perhaps annoy MMJ or Sparkie and other top-blokes who has offered to help me in my comic strip, for starters; something i resist to do because its annoying too much!

    I suppose this is a common problem in a lot of people out there. After all.. ARE YOU BASE ARE BELONG TO US, aren't it?
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    I think you'll find that's "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US".

    I can't believe I knew that - I too got that email with the powerpoint file. So we've established why people use all the colons, semi-colons and any other random connotation of the english language. But over here in the UK, whilst that ALL YOUR BASE thing was very funny, it made no sense. Can someone explain it?

    ...:; TRUE ;:...

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    Its from an old master system game. Some sort of shoot up meaning that all your base's belong to the bad guys cause the bad guy says it. Dunno why it suddenly started back up though the game was like in the 80's or something like that.

    I have seen a flash movie of it never a powerpoint file though .
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    No you're right, I actually meant Flash not powerpoint. Oops.

    Thanks for the explanation!

    Still weird!
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    Just a technical observation - everyone seems to be referring to punctuation as grammer....tut

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    I am confused. I didn't quite know what this thread was about, and then originalH enlightened me a bit, but it doesn't seem to help me.

    Sometimes a page will have lines that start with : or > when quoting somebody else's post. I assume this isn't what you mean, though. You seem to be referring to characters used within the text itself.
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    I think I get it. I see this stuff on eBay a lot. ::::: NEW DIGIMON :::::: - colons improperly used to highlight stuff etc. I think in forum posts etc it's kind of useless, but for websites it can be quite impressive. .: NEWS :. looks quite good, and it's only text as opposed to a graphic so it loads quicker. I'm a fan of seperating horizontal nav bars with :: or >< to make the menu items appear seperate.

    I still can't understand this l33t stuff though. Anyone got the URL of a translation guide?

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    OIC. I like the bar | between | items | on | a | navbar.
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    Oh! I found a translator!

    I @m L33+ AND I W4+CH F4r TOo m4ny C4RT00n5. f34r MY @rmOur D19IVoLut10N.

    http://www.geocities.com/mnstr_2000/translate.html

    Pity it doesn't work backwards!

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    <codger> Wha the hell is all that about <codger>

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    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Fluffykins
    Oh! I found a translator!


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    ah - but what the kids don't realise is that the adults just pretend not to understand it.......so they can crash their 53kr3t |)r1nk1n9 81n935

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    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
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    I think that reading this is having a degenerative effect on my eyesight.
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    The word 'grammar' is defined as the formation of basic linguistic units. In that case it would encompass all various components, including punctuation.

    Just being picky...
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    I thought initially you were just talking about the punctuation side......... :::: etc , which is often used nowadays to represent mood, pauses, implication and graphics. It was my impression that grammmer and punctuation were seperate issues entirely, with grammer referring to spoken language and punctuation referring to the written representation of suitable pauses and intonation in speech.
    If grammer is, as you suggest....."!All Encompassing!" - then I \/\/1th|)ra\/\/ /\/\Y 0853r\/at10|\|

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