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Post by Theremin » Sun Jan 25, 2004 11:21 pm

at least in the grammar they teach at American schools, *checks for proper term* double quotes are used initially for a dialogue, and then single quotes for when it's a quote within a quote. Tolkien does it the other way around, which is what we suspect is the British way.
That much is obvious. But the real question is, who is backwards, them (The British)or us(The Americans)? Also, I realize that not quite everyone here is American. Alatar, how do quotes work over in Australia?
I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused
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Post by King » Mon Jan 26, 2004 12:07 am

yep yep Sam, I read the example sentences...but... :shock: ...I must be missing something (haha, like Sam's sense of insanity) because they didn't make much sense to me. :eyebrow:

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Post by Theremin » Mon Jan 26, 2004 12:20 am

haha, like Sam's sense of insanity
Not a hard thing to miss. :lol:
I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused
Sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used
Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise
If I don't stand my own ground, how can I find my way out of this maze?

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Post by Sam Gamgee » Mon Jan 26, 2004 8:21 pm

Yes. It's probably best not to ask.
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Post by Theremin » Mon Jan 26, 2004 11:50 pm

Sam: Speaking of insanity, I think I am going to take Humanities Honors next year for English. Its our school's equivalent of a philosophy class. At my school, pretty much every senior english class (except for english 4 sampler, which is a 2-semester remedial class) is a 1 semester elective. I think I'm going to take Humanities and maybe film. Just thought you'de be interested.
I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused
Sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used
Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise
If I don't stand my own ground, how can I find my way out of this maze?

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Post by Theremin » Mon Jan 26, 2004 11:54 pm

Also, I just realizes that my copy of the hobbit uses the "normal" American quotations. It is the black paperback with the terrible looking bilbo and gollum on the front. My friend has LotRs from the same pressing, and they are green, maybe purple, and red, with a picture of aragorn wearing a pope hat on the front. It is actually probably something else.
I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused
Sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used
Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise
If I don't stand my own ground, how can I find my way out of this maze?

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Post by Sam Gamgee » Tue Jan 27, 2004 9:17 pm

Humanities rule! Bring on the insanity!! You'll have to tell us all about it. Or me at least. We can make a "Geek Corner" Dreamland section of the forum where the Geeks can spew philosophy to their hearts' content. :mrgreen:

Oh!! I have that copy of the Hobbit! Eeew! Gollum's nose is almost as long as the Rankin & Bass Gandalf's! And that was the second edition of lotR we bought, after the old 1976 one fell apart (it gradually began to lose more and more pages off the end of fotr, and then the covers of the other ones....). Then this copy was read by Siblings, and got Likewise Disintegrated. Then we got the newer (but not yet movie) version with "TOLKIEN" in snazzy raised white lettering (a few years ago, fairly recent)... Then guess what? A Sibling left fotr by the window and it got rained upon. RotK is lost, and TTT is in bad condition.... So about this time I bought a beautiful black covered edition by harper collins, only sold in canada and the uk (and tolkien town, thank goodness!), featuring Tolkien's original cover designed in a glossy black over the top... they're so beautiful! I highly recommend them.
http://www.tolkientown.com/TolkienShop/ ... rintUK.htm (Like this, except not large print)

Needless to say, I am very very protective about letting Siblings read them.
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Post by Theremin » Tue Jan 27, 2004 10:52 pm

I wish I had some of those! Then I could read without squinting. But seriously, those covers are awesome, much better than the movie screens on my brothers (mine are still in storage!).
I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused
Sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used
Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise
If I don't stand my own ground, how can I find my way out of this maze?

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