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It changed the course of history

  1. Mar 28, 2005 #1

    matthyaouw

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    "It changed the course of history"

    No... It didn't change the course of history, it simply added to course of history, just like every other event. Changed implies a pre-destined course of history that was altered by an event.

    What other turns of phrase just don't make any sense to you?
    Prediction- someone will ask "how do you turn a phrase?" or words to that effect.
     
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  3. Mar 28, 2005 #2

    russ_watters

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    I'm not too concerned about that phrase. History can have a course. Consider a runner in a race who has an (apparently) insurmountable lead. If nothing surprising happens, he's going to win. That's an expected course. If he trips and falls, thats a course-altering event.
     
  4. Mar 28, 2005 #3

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    "If I'd known then what I know now," implies precognition, because what you know now is pretty much based upon how badly you ****ed it up the first time. :biggrin:
     
  5. Mar 28, 2005 #4
    Ive always disliked "Needless to say." Had a teacher in college that said it all the time while teaching.
     
  6. Mar 28, 2005 #5

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    "... not to mention [blank]." bothers me a little. I guess it makes sense if you take it to mean "... and the preceding didn't even mention [blank]," but at first glance it looks like a blatant contradiction.
     
  7. Mar 28, 2005 #6

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    "it's like deja vu all over again" :yuck:
     
  8. Mar 28, 2005 #7

    Danger

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    "...needs no introduction," right before providing one.

    "It's always in the last place I look."
     
  9. Mar 28, 2005 #8
    'I don't believe destiny exists. i believe you have to earn what you get'

    or something like that..
     
  10. Mar 28, 2005 #9
    :biggrin: Ok, but this one is actually meant to be satirical and contradicting.
     
  11. Mar 28, 2005 #10
    Dont blame the player, blame the game.
     
  12. Mar 28, 2005 #11
    "I could care less"

    Mostly because I want to answer "how much less?"

    Get it right people, it's could'NT!
     
  13. Mar 28, 2005 #12

    Danger

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I assume you're not a US citizen...
     
  14. Mar 28, 2005 #13

    Danger

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    In my opinion... While not nonsensical in itself, it almost invariably precedes something that is.
     
  15. Mar 28, 2005 #14

    Danger

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    Yes... now, once a few people like thee and me pointed out how stupid it is. You wouldn't believe how many people I've known who said it seriously.

    Irregardless... requires no elaboration.
    Reiterate I see this in serious writings and hear it on network news all of the time. 'Iterate' means to repeat, so... rerepeat?
     
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  16. Mar 28, 2005 #15

    Moonbear

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    :confused: It's "I couldn't care less" in the US too.

    One that really drives me nuts is "Literally." It's almost always followed by something that is NOT literal. :grumpy:
     
  17. Mar 28, 2005 #16

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    Pardon my presumptiousness... I've never heard a Yank say that properly. Of course, I've never run into Yanks like you lot before.

    Oh yes... this was actually the first one that came to my mind, but I wanted to cite one of the more glaring examples and couldn't remember it.

    How about If you ask me...? I didn't; you're the last person I'd ask; shut the hell up, you flamin' idiot! :biggrin:
     
  18. Mar 28, 2005 #17

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    Oh, that made me think of, "...you know." Um, no, I don't know, why don't you finish your sentence so I will know.
     
  19. Mar 28, 2005 #18

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    3'll get you 8 that there isn't any continuation to the thought. They hope that you'll fill in the blanks and think that they're brilliant. (I know, because I depend upon it to appear clever when I have nothing to say. It's amazing how well it works. :biggrin: )
     
  20. Mar 28, 2005 #19

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    Yeah, it's usually when they haven't thought through what they were going to say to the end, and just ran out of thoughts halfway through. But, I'm mean. If someone says that to me, I will say to them, very politely and innocently, "No, I don't know. Could you please explain?" :biggrin: :devil:
     
  21. Mar 28, 2005 #20

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    Yeah... heh heh... I do that too. Just be prepared to walk away disappointed.
     
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