Just in Atlanta, on 14 May 2013 - 10:44 PM, said:
Since we're into grammar and all:
Quoted on Buffalobills.com, when referring to the need to institute blitz packages as early as
OTA's, OTAs, here is what the head-coach head coach of the Bills said:
. OTAs -- not a possessive or a contraction. Head coach is not hyphenated.
Whew. I can't follow that. We could be in for some painful post-game press conferences. But, I suppose that doesn't really matter. If he wins, I
could couldn't care less whether if he puts a grammatical sentence together.
You're saying you actually care. And whether x or y. You have no y. Something has to give.
Further, it'll be a long season with two spaces between each of your sentences. One space is accepted practice in business writing, the Internet and most of civilized society.
Even Marone knows that.
Well done Just in Atlanta! I should not have hyphenated head coach, nor should I have turned "I couldn't care less" into "I could care less." I certainly should not criticize other people's grammar if mine is not flawless. Having said that, I still don't quite understand what Marrone was saying.
Now, Just in Atlanta, I don't mind acknowledging my errors, but I expect you will do the same! Might I kindly suggest that when you are pointing out someone's hypocrisy, you should be extra careful not to fall under the same knife? For example, one of the finer points of English style is that an apostrophe is an accepted form of pluralization for an abbreviation! Yes, I know that might sound crazy, but it is true. Here is a short lesson on the matter from the NY Times Style Editor: http://afterdeadline.../faqs-on-style/
Oh, and while we are on the matter, the whole question of a single-space or double-space after a period is a matter of style and is quite under dispute. Here is a lovely little defense of the double-space in the Atlantic Monthly: http://www.theatlant...d-hands/69592/.
As for the question of "whether" or "if," you are not correct. The terms are interchangeable here. Have a look at this discussion of it: http://grammar.quick...us-whether.aspx
Finally, my friend, I would ask that you reread your wonderful examination of my grammatical hypocrisy, and you will notice little gems like the fragment at the outset of your remarks: "Since we're into grammar and all:"