Grammar Lesson – ‘AS’ and ‘AND’

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The meaning of a word can and will be taken out of context unless the reader knows exactly how the word is used and defined.  For example, take the words ‘As’ and ‘And’.

There are many people who read those words and assume that their meaning is similar, but those people would be pathetically incorrect.

Let’s look at the how the words ‘As’ and ‘And’ are defined in their simplest of forms:

 ‘As‘:  1) to the same degree or amount; 2)  used to introduce an example.

 ‘And‘:  1)  used to join words or groups of words.  2)  used to described an action that is repeated or that occurs for a long time.

Notice that the definitions of the words ‘As’ and ‘And’ are not the same.

‘And’ is used mainly as a conjunction to bring together words or groups.  ‘As’ can be used as a conjunction or a preposition, but it’s primary use in the English language is that of an adverb and is used to compare or introduce an example.

The word ‘And’ is not able to do this because that would change the meaning of a sentence.  Here’s an example… “Sally is not the same and her brother.”

See what I mean?  If you replace the word ‘As’ with ‘And’ in that sentence, it throws the sentence structure off completely because ‘And’, in its simplest of forms, isn’t used to compare something with another thing.

Now, let’s change it up a bit and replace ‘And’ with ‘As’.   “The boys as their mother are going to the mall.”

Makes the whole sentence sound pretty pathetic, doesn’t it?  If not, then you’re just weirdly pathetic and under-educated.

So, knowing how a word is defined and used in a specific language, a reader can develop a better understanding of what the writer is trying to convey. Hence, the command:  “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Since we know that ‘As’ is defined as a word used to compare and refer to the extent or degree of something, we can then see that the meaning of the command is really:  “Love your neighbor in comparison to or to the degree of which you love yourself.”

If God had said, “Love your neighbor AND love yourself,” that would have changed the meaning of the command entirely.

Please don’t misunderstand, the commandment is not commanding you to love yourselves.  It’s commanding you to love your neighbor to the same degree in which you already love yourself.  Therefore, if you love yourself a very little bit, then love your neighbor a very little bit.  If you love yourself a lot, then love your neighbor a lot.  

No matter the degree of love you have for yourself, the command is: love your neighbor with the same amount of love!

You see, the command isn’t about loving yourself because you and I already do that, though, not to the same degree.

Your love of yourself might be a lot more than my love for myself, or your love for yourself might be a lot less than say your neighbor’s love for themselves. 

However, if you and I and your neighbor don’t love ourselves at all, then any attempt at loving a neighbor is just a pathetic waste of time and we all might want to get some much needed therapy.

Nonetheless, we all have a love for ourselves and it’s proven by how we fulfill needs and desires.  Those needs and desires can be things such as food, water, clothing and shelter.  Consequently, if you’re willing to provide your body with those needs, then do the same for your neighbor.  

In conclusion, now that we know how the command is meant to be interpreted, we have a better understanding of what Jesus was talking about when He said: “by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”  AND  “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

It’s pathetic when ‘As’ and ‘And’ are mistaken to have the same meaning.   

 

 

 

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Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation

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Spelling isn’t important.  If you think it is, read the following paragraph from one of the educated in the herd who went to Cambridge University:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

See!   Spelling isn’t important.  It’s only important to get the first and last letters of the word correct so that your mind can interpret what you’re reading.  However, when it comes to grammar and punctuation, that’s another story altogether. 

I’ve read a few posts where people complain about the misuse of the words ‘your’ and ‘you’re’; as well as the words ‘they’re’, ‘there’ and ‘their’; but I haven’t read a post that complains about the misuse of “THEN” and “THAN” or commas and semicolons in a series. 

And that changes today.

Over at the Grammarist website, we find that then is an adverb normally used for referencing actions that involve time. For example,

“My ex-girlfriend drank a lot of vodka, ‘then’ she would call me and try to conceal her drunken state.”  

Another use of the word ‘then’ is in “if….then” constructions.  For example,

“If my ex-girlfriend had stopped drinking, ‘then’ we might still be together.”  

Finally, the word ‘then’ can be used as a noun or an adjective:  For example…

(Noun):  “My ex-girlfriend asked me to accompany her to a social gathering, but ‘then’ wasn’t a good time for either of us.”

(Adjective: meaning: “at that time”):  “My ‘then’ girlfriend was very beautiful.” 

Conversely, the word than is a conjunction mainly used as a means to compare something.  For example,

“The wedding dress my ex-girlfriend wore is whiter than’ the one she should have been wearing.” 

If you’re not sure which one to use, here’s a not-so-simple way to figure it out:  Ask yourself if you’re comparing two items or thoughts, if you are, “then” you must use “than”.  

Sometimes it doesn’t work, but it’s a good way to learn the proper use of each word in a sentence.

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Okay, so now that we have the easy part out of the way.  Let’s discuss the proper use of commas and semicolons when listing a series of items in a sentence. 

Here are two pathetic attempts at forming a sentence with commas and semicolons.  Both are incorrect, and I’ll explain why in a sec.

Example #1:  “My ex-girlfriend told me that I was a jerk, the stupidest man on the face of the earth, and a moron.”  (incorrect use of commas.)

Example #2:  “I told my ex-girlfriend that she was a judgmental; selfish; alcoholic; and filled with extreme bitterness towards others.”  (incorrect use of semicolons)

The reason that both sentences are incorrect is because there are comma rules and semicolon rules that need to be followed and neither sentence is using them correctly. 

Here is one of the many comma rules:  ~ When forming sentences that contain a series, the commas are never needed before the coordinating conjunction that ends the series

Here’s an example:

“My ex-girlfriend told me that I was a jerk, the stupidest man on the face of the earth and a moron.” 

See…no comma is needed after the word “earth”

If there were more items listed, then (I used “then” here because I’m referencing something that happened in time) we would use more commas and leave out the comma before the coordinating conjunction word that ends the series.

Here’s an example:

“I told my ex-girlfriend that she was a judgmental, selfish, alcoholic and filled with extreme bitterness towards others.”

As for Semicolons…the rule is this:  ~ The only time you need to use a semicolon to separate items in a series is when commas are being used within the series itself. 

Here’s an example:

“In her haste to get as far away from me as possible my ex-girlfriend traveled to Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Oakland, CA and Flagstaff, AZ to find a new city to live in.”  

Notice that semicolons are used to differentiate between the items listed, and commas are used within the items being listed.  It actually makes the sentence a little easier to read. 

Also, notice that once again I didn’t use any punctuation before the coordinating conjunction “and” that ends the series. 

So…that’s my pathetic attempt at teaching you all some proper grammar and punctuation lessons.  I hope you all learned something.

Poor spelling isn’t so bad, but improper grammar and punctuation is just pathetic.

 

 

Egotistic Freaks

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People with egos are the worst.  

They have a need to always be right.  They think more highly of themselves than they should. They even create blogs telling the world how right they are about something that anyone can find out by going to the library.

They have this disgusting idea that everyone cares about their petty little problems.  Therefore, they feel it necessary to repeat their petty little problems over and over again until the problem actually becomes a victory for them.  That’s when they really get annoying because the supposed “victory” becomes an embellished, overly exaggerated, fluffed up piece of….

…ahem!…. I think you get the idea…

Anyway, Egotistic people are pompous, arrogant, self righteous blowhards who have very little knowledge, but they love to express their “smartness” by “borrowing” ideas from someone else and making others believe it was their own.

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They always correct your grammar or misspellings.  They think their egotistic, freak-a-zoid nature is called: “confidence”.  Truth is, it’s called…an ‘EGO‘!   

They have their head so far up their backsides that they have lost all knowledge of reality. 

They are normally the one standing in line talking on their cell phone while the barista is waiting to take their order, but that phone conversation about how the neighbor’s grass cutting skills is WAY more important!

They believe that every decision they make is the correct one, even though it will ultimately bring a distorted sense of under-achievement and pain to another person’s life.  

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They usually end up being the person who does the least amount of work and get the most accolades. 

They spend more time looking in the mirror at their own reflection, instead of actually reflecting on their own self absorbed image and changing the inner complexities of their self righteous persona.

Oh!  And let’s not forget their children!  

Egotistic people have this idea that their children are the most awesome, most talented children on the planet. 

They make it a point to tell everyone they come in contact with just how “great” those little egotistic bastards are because, let’s face it, their offspring came from their seed so the world must know how less fortunate it is to not have them as their own!

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Egotistic people seem to never take into consideration that other people actually matter, let alone…exist!   It makes me bitter that I have to share the planet’s resources with such people.

Egotistic people are pathetic.