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July 18th, 2002
09:24 am


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I am a complete fool
No, really. I'm almost too embarrassed to post this.

All my life, I thought that people using "till" instead of "until" were doing so incorrectly. A simple dictionary check shows that they are, in fact, equivalent, although "until" is preferred at the beginning of a sentence.


In fact, it appears that "till" was the original, and that "until" didn't come around till later. Wow, that's going to be so weird to use "till" like that. I think I may avoid it, since it just seems so weird to me. The big challenge will be to not cringe when I see it in other people's writing.

What is particularly embarrassing is that I've done things like change that usage in things that I have edited. Not that I made it incorrect, but it was fine as it is.

How could I, as a person who considers himself more knowledgeable than average about grammar, who had good instruction in English, not have known this before now? It boggles my mind. I mean, really. Where did I get this misperception from? Did I just come up with it out of my own imagination? Was it mistakenly transmitted to me by someone else a long time ago? Is this a common misperception? Am I really just not that sharp? This is a major ego blow. I'm kind of dazed. Yes, it probably seems slly, for such a small thing. But, I mean, wow.

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Date:July 18th, 2002 06:42 am (UTC)
Huh, I'd always thought that too, but not corrected it because it seemed to be common usage. So it's not just you.

Now, if the phrase "the reason is because" becomes acceptable to the grammar mavens, I will run away screaming.
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Date:July 18th, 2002 06:42 am (UTC)

-bitty, whose elementary school teachers apparently weren't all that wrong...
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Date:July 18th, 2002 06:48 am (UTC)
Thanks. (Of course, it took me a couple of minutes to fiugre out what your comment said. I really like your enigmatic stuff, btw.)
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Date:July 18th, 2002 06:55 am (UTC)
I really like your enigmatic stuff, btw.

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Date:July 18th, 2002 08:06 am (UTC)
How could I . . . not have known this before now?

Um, because, in spite of your vast and superior (and that's not sarcasm) knowledge of grammar, you're not omniscient. And when you (in the general "one" sense) believes that This Way is The Right Way, and is given no reason to question that (no arguments for Another Way, etc.) . . . well, you can follow this path to its end. Eh, and sometimes the more common bits of grammar come under the least questioning.

*huggles* It's ok. It's often good to be reminded that you (general sense) don't know everything; helps keep the mind open.
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