Friday, September 30, 2005

And the winner is.....

....Stef the Engineer. And before Crash starts complaining, I'd like to remind him that he's already seen the picture. Stef seconded the pirate suggestion which is what I'm going as. I'm sure there should have been more grammar in that sentence, but never mind. And while we're on the subject of grammar, could someone please explain why the possessive apostrophe doesn't count when saying "its" as in "the dog sat in its basket". Or does it count? I need to know.

Anyway, Stef; if you care even remotely please email me at and a glorious blurry photo-of-a-photo will be sent to you by return. Oh, and I'm the one in the middle and I really was only ten, despite looking about seventy. And may I take this opportunity to a) thank everyone for their suggestions and b) promise to post something interesting next time.

Don't say I never give you anything.


Blogger cartoons! chimed in with...

because 'its' is not a contraction of 'it is'.
beyond that, fuck if i know! i'm american, we don't learn grammar.

30 September, 2005 15:22  
Blogger car01 chimed in with...

Indeed, annika is correct. If we used the possessive apostrophe with its, then it'd be confused with it's as in "it is". Clear? Thought not. Sorry, I didn't make up the rules.

Oh, and bah humbug about the Hoff; you'll just have to dress up as him another time for fun, and post the photo here for us all to enjoy.

30 September, 2005 15:46  
Blogger Whinger chimed in with...

A pirate is always a good choice as it does involve all kinds of fun sayings and the opportunity to make lewd suggestions all evening...not that you really need an excuse....

30 September, 2005 16:08  
Blogger Donna chimed in with...

Now I wouldn't have been able to tell you what a possessive apostrophe was, but I was under the impression it was optional in the circumstances you describe. I spent most of my english lessons writing notes to my mates, and learned more about grammar in French.

30 September, 2005 16:39  
Blogger Urban Chick chimed in with...

i demand to see the photo too: i thought my suggestion was marvellous


30 September, 2005 16:43  
Blogger Amanda Matilda chimed in with...

Because you are using "its" in the possessive form, you wouldn't segregate its final "s" any more than you would spell write "hi's" when you mean "his." Or so I was told.

The fine print: the aforementioned theory applies only to possessive pronouns, not to actual or proper nouns. Exceptions may apply. Not recommended for people with liver disease or people who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Your mileage may vary.

By the way, just don't spend another day talking like a pirate. Please.

30 September, 2005 16:53  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

what's wrong with talking like a pirate? eh? am - you made me snort a bogey out of my nose.

uc - it was marvellous - i just can't countenance that amount of hairspray.

carol - let's all get together and dress like the hoff one day.

as for the photo - if stef hasn't claimed it by sunday, you might all get a special surprise, as you're all so marvellous. i think it works better if you know what i look like now, tho.

and i still don't get the grammar thing so keep trying to explain it please.

30 September, 2005 16:59  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

oh, and whinger - please supply lewd/piratical suggestions as i can't get past "prepare to repel boarders"

and annika - moderate your language please - this is not a building site.

30 September, 2005 17:00  
Blogger cartoons! chimed in with...

oops. sorry. used to liberality on my site. <:)

30 September, 2005 17:04  
Blogger Who is this Dave? chimed in with...

'avast behind' is always a good starter.

If you want us to know what you look like now, you'd better post a photo.

And one as a pirate.

And in Rome.

30 September, 2005 17:08  
Blogger Fifi chimed in with...

You wouldn't say 'hi's basket' or 'he'r basket' so by the same token you wouldn't say 'it's basket' either. Comprendez? x

30 September, 2005 17:29  
Blogger Whinger chimed in with...

Oh there are all kinds of suggestive piratical language. So many references to booty can be made as well as discussions of firing one's cannons or the location of one's treasure.

30 September, 2005 18:16  
Blogger spindleshanks chimed in with...

am a bit confused by the hi's he'r it's thing because you also wouldn't say hi or he as singular forms of his or her but you could say it instead of its. i think it's the contraction thing - if you put in the apostrophe we assume it is a contraction of it is. by leaving out the apostrophe we know it is possessive. i used to dream of having an alterego called superapostrophe - pathetic isn't it?

30 September, 2005 22:29  
Blogger Stef the engineer chimed in with...

Look, I'm sorry I'm late. It's been a weird weekend.


Oh my gosh I never win anything I'd like to thank my wife my agent my mother my father the producers my costars god baby jesus the flying spaghetti monster this isn't just for me it's for all persons of pasty unhealthy colour who are nervous in social gatherings and tend to scratch at embarrassing moments.

I do feel a bit of a fraud but heck, a win's a win!

evook: Small, furry, cuddly creature, featured in "Star Wars: The Dyslexic Returns"

03 October, 2005 11:06  
Blogger Stef the engineer chimed in with...

(By the way, you don't actually need to send me the photo. I think actually seeing it would spoil the magic, somehow!)

07 October, 2005 09:44  
Blogger surly girl chimed in with...

oh i am going to, honest. i need to scan in onto my pc first tho as taking a photo on my phone doesn't really do it justice. or i might just post it on the blog......

09 October, 2005 18:38  
Blogger MinCat chimed in with...

toolazy to see if you got yuor answer, its the same reason why there isnt one at the end of his or hers. also in it's it's there to indicate the missing letter[s] :D

19 October, 2005 13:24  

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