Forum posts made by daniellex

Topic Turnout At Elections - A Democratic Dilemma
Posted 20 May 2017 07:41

With so much high-profile political activity in the last few years, not just here in Scotland but around the world, this question has been coming to mind a lot. I can't quite make up my mind what I'd prefer - I'm torn.

Here I've used the term "your side" to mean your preferred candidate or outcome - I want to capture as many scenarios as possible.

Would you prefer a higher level of participation even if it meant your side losing, or having your side win at the cost of democratic apathy?

It seems obvious on the face of it that we should strive for high turnouts - that's the democratic thing - but sometimes you just feel so strongly about something that you just want the opposing side to go away.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

I would sooner more people vote, even if my side loses. There is a particularly high level of voter apathy in the UK. I think this comes from a disengagement with politics and low levels of education and ignorance. When you consider what the Suffragettes went through to get the vote, every woman should want to put their cross in the box. Those that don't should be ashamed.

The higher the turnout, the more democratic the result; a fact especially true with simple plurality. I'm always hearing people say 'my vote won't make any difference.' This election is so important - I think now than at any time, people need to get out and stop the Tories. It doesn't matter to me personally if Theresa May wins, but I have a conscience and the poor people will go the wall if the Conservatives win. That can't be right.

Danny xx

Topic Your profile views
Posted 18 May 2017 09:54



I'd wouldn't mind being on the cusp of that big round pale english ass. kekekegay



bootyshake

Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 07 May 2017 10:10

Was thinking about apostrophes as a result of this thread, and why they can be so difficult for so many.

Came up with a bunch of reasons:
-As people's usage gets weaker, there are fewer correct examples to see around as guides.

-There is anxiety associated with them, and adding an apostrophe when you're not sure probably feels like you're "doing something." Sort of a hyper-correction (i.e., error) along the lines of: "between you and I ," or "I'll give a present to whomever cleans my garage."

-The plurals of certain names just look funny, so when you're addressing a letter to an entire family whose last name is, for example, "Hannity," writing, "The Hannitys" looks funny, as it contravenes one's general sense of making -y words plural in English. As a result, many write, "The Hannity's," because that seems better than what is more obviously wrong: "The Hannities." I think people assume that apostrophes can make plurals in situations like that, even when the name is simple, e.g., the "Carson's," when it should be the "Carsons."

(I even had an apostrophe added to one of my stories here in such a situation during the verification process. I had written something along the lines of, "...the Maldens live next door..." which got changed to, "the Malden's," before I requested that it be fixed back.)

Yes, apostrophes ought to be used correctly, but I think when we all ought to be gentle when we see mistakes, unless they are both glaring and crucial to understanding, or from people who really ought to know better. As I've gotten older, I've run into more and more people who have their own personal litmus tests for others' literacy. That is, mistakes that each person finds indicative of gross incompetence in English.

Such include:
-thinking that "bemused" is a synonym for "amused."
-"in and of itself"
-"at this point in time."
-not knowing the difference between disinterested / uninterested; continuous / continual; aureole / areola; sensuous / sensual; etc., etc.
-using "hopefully" to mean "I hope that," rather than, "in a hopeful manner."
-and about a gazillion more.


Realistically, very few of us are perfect on all of these, and who knows what invisible tripwires of others we are setting off, so always best, I think, to try to be gentle when you see someone else making a mistake. If it matters, and it's appropriate for you to point it out, do so. But to go looking for trouble? ("Dude, your sign's wrong").

I'm reminded of a classic joke.
"Excuse me, where's the cafeteria at?"
"At Harvard (or Oxford, or lushstories), we don't end our sentences with prepositions."
"Okay, where's the library at, asshole?"




Great post! clapping

D x

Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 07 May 2017 09:44


When I first read Danielle’s posting where she said ‘We stay on Texel in a little cottage on the east coast.’, my first thought was that that can’t be. I know Holland (Netherlands) is part of Western Europe, so there can’t be an ‘east coast’. I went back and read her statement again, thinking I’d misread it. When I saw what she said, my next thought was that she had made a typing error, and meant to say west instead of east. I’d never heard of Texel before, but the phrase ‘on Texel’ should have given me a clue, but as I said in my posting, my mind isn’t to sharp. Not only that, but it’s been a long day, it’s late and I’m sleepy. Her next sentence of ‘…and fell in love with the island.’ cleared everything up. Now I knew how she could be on the east coast. Danielle, you saved yourself there.

icon_smile Now all I need is a spy to let me know the next time she rents a cottage there so I can get one nearby. Sorry Danielle, but I couldn’t resist adding this remark.

Thanks again Noll, for your information. You are a good instructor.



It's a beautiful island with spectacular sandy beaches. It's very quiet where we stay. Out of our window we have a lake with birds and a lovely windmill. If I go out of the cottage and 100 metres I can look at the sea. The nearby village has a lovely pub with a beer garden. My favourite snack is pufetjers, which are a kind of mini pancake. You get about 10 with lashings of hot butter and icing sugar eat

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Topic 2 spaces between sentences
Posted 01 May 2017 13:20

Do you mean spaces between lines or spaces between the period at the end of a sentence and the next letter?

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Topic your favorite female authors
Posted 01 May 2017 12:21

TonyaL
DanielleX
Burquette
Sweetsinner
Simplicity

They all have something that I really liked and put into my favorites section here on Lush.


Big Hugs

Topic Insects are totally cool but butterflies will fuck you up
Posted 01 May 2017 03:34



And for the record (and despite what my daughters wrongly think), daddy longlegs are not the most venomous spider in the world, but cannot bite into humans because their fangs are too small. They are not even venomous! THEY ARE NOT EVEN SPIDERS!!! They are arachnids, so I guess they aren't insects either.

https://upload.lushstories.com/1923955284-IMG_0374.JPG

Daddy Long Legs refers to two different animals. Daddy Long Legs is also a name for the Cranefly, which is a fly (Diptera). The Daddy Long Legs Spider is an Arachnid, hence a spider.

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Topic Insects are totally cool but butterflies will fuck you up
Posted 01 May 2017 03:28

Lady and gentleman (this is lush, there's like one of each - rest of you are a bunch of pervs) may i present to you.... the spiny flower mantis!

https://askentomologists.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/spiny-flower-mantis.jpg

Butterflies are also insects

D x

Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 01 May 2017 02:05



Texel is actually part of Holland. Holland consists of two Dutch provinces: North and South Holland. It's only a small part of the Netherlands.

https://youtu.be/eE_IUPInEuc

Ah, Simon addressed this already.

Back to apostrophes now.

I think you will get these anomalies, but I think this is a linguistic thing, not a geographical one. While it might be technically incorrect to say Holland when travelling to your country, everyone in England calls it Holland and knows it's The Netherlands. Really, shouldn't I say I'm travelling to Nederland?

This is a bit like objecting to people ordering a panini, when it's actually a panino? Some names and words become Anglicized.

Having said that, I'm grateful to you pointing this out. I kind of knew there was something about Holland being not right name, but this is the first time I've bothered to research it.

Dankjewel

D x



Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 30 Apr 2017 11:48



Oh but then it's time to learn it's the Netherlands, not Holland, though that might be the part of the country you're visiting then ;)
You go there for work or for pleasure?

Pleasure. We stay on Texel in a little cottage on the east coast. Me and my girlfriend went there for a wedding in 2014 and fell in love with the island. I was told that it was Holland. What's the difference?

D x

Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 30 Apr 2017 10:54

Seeing a lot of bad examples doesn't make it easier if English is not your first language to start with. Then again, many of those examples may be from people for who it's not their first.

We have something similar in Dutch with spaces, where writing words separate that should be combined gives a whole different meaning. Many people make mistakes like that, including those for whom Dutch is their mother tongue. But reading a lot of English, where words are hardly ever combined to one new word, makes it seem more natural to keep them apart in Dutch as well I guess. It gets even more difficult when some words are burrowed from English, which is the case with a lot of new words.

Thanks. Didn't know you were Dutch. I go to Holland a lot x

Topic Apostrophes - do they matter?
Posted 29 Apr 2017 23:59

From reading some story submissions and looking at the various signs on shops and so on, it seems that a large minority, if not a majority of people don't understand how and when to use the apostrophe.

The way I see it, is that a lot of folk have never really got to grips with the apostrophe, but as it's been raised in the media, it's in the back of people's minds. So when they come to write words that end in an 's' they think, 'Well, I know there's this apostrophe thing, so I'll stick one in here, just to be on the safe side.'

This leads to sign like the one below:


https://upload.lushstories.com/1372061308-Unneccesary apostrophes.jpg


This is a particularly bad case, and to be fair to Lush writers, I feel we're better than average.


Adding unwanted apostrophes to words ending in an 's' seems to be the prevalent error, but it works both ways, as in the sign below:



https://upload.lushstories.com/332659817-Missing apostrophe.jpg


This type of error is less frequent, but that might be because signs using the genitive or possessive case are just less common than plurals.


But after all is said and done, does it matter? Are apostrophes the preserve of grammar and punctuation geeks like me, or should we be making a point of sorting them out and encouraging their correct use? Would anyone go as far as to challenge a shopkeeper on their sign, if it contains a misuse of the apostrophe?

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Topic First World Problems
Posted 29 Apr 2017 00:16



I'll be right over with as much of it as you like Danielle! Big Hugs

I'll be ready with the pitta bread Big Hugs

D X

Topic First World Problems
Posted 27 Apr 2017 10:45

Britain has a shortage of hummus? Odd thing to have a shortage of since it's not difficult to make and chick peas aren't exactly an endangered species.

We usually have both hummus and guac in the fridge for dipping our evening snack of tortilla chips (seriously, hummus goes great on them).


I do make it on occasion, but sometimes I can't be arsed, so just pick it up from the shop.

D x

Topic First World Problems
Posted 27 Apr 2017 10:06

I like to have pitta bread and hummus of an evening before my dinner. There's a national shortage of hummus so having guacamole. It's not the same!

D x

Topic UK Election Bingo
Posted 24 Apr 2017 14:02

It's "strong and stable leadership". TM has said it 5000 times so far.

Should also have "Portillo moment" and "unelected Lords".

Oh, and "Blairites" and "Thatcherites". And "our previous union".

When did British politics get so overrun with soundbites and cliches?

Good thing it's not a drinking game or I'd be wasted for the next two months.

There's some good ones there, Clum! read2

Topic UK Election Bingo
Posted 24 Apr 2017 13:16

If like me, you're a bit of a politics geek: Tick these off every time you hear one mentioned on BBC News/Question Time etc etc

drunken

Coalition of chaos

A Better Britain

Nicola Sturgeon

Political suicide

Jeremy Corbyn

U-turn

Gaff

Battle bus

UKIP

Proportional representation

Marginal constituency

Extra Bank Holidays

Project fear

Landslide majority

Clement Attlee

Strong leadership

Rainbow coalition


kekekegay

Topic Breaking News - UK Genral Election - June 8th
Posted 20 Apr 2017 10:10

oh Great Brexit Part 2: Vote Conservative to leave the EU and Vote Labour to Remain. Why not just call it another referendum?

So.. I can see Theresa May losing this. If the Scottish want indepenence then they must vote labour or shutup. That is the only way i see Labour beating the Tories.

The Tories will win, the question is by how much.


For Parliamentary democracy to work effectively for the benefit of every section of society there needs to be a strong opposition to call the governing party to account.

Very true


My thoughts: I think because this election will be dominated by Brexit, the numbers might stack up differently to if it was an ordinary election.

I think the Labour party are heading for a bad election. Theresa May's Brexit ticket will win them a lot of votes. However, there are enough anti-Brexit Labour voters who are also disaffected by Jeremy Corbyn, that could eat into Labour safe seats. Also UKIP who will get a good share but no seats will also poll at the expense of Labour.

The SNP will probably win all the Scottish seats.

What's the big unknown and could play a big part in this election is anti-Brexiters who are soft Tory supporters. In these constituencies, you might get people voting tactically for the Lib Dems, to keep out Labour. If this happens enough it might win Lib Dems more seats, but also is bad news for Labour.

Danielle x

My 2 cents

Topic Who is YOUR favorite author on Lush?
Posted 31 Mar 2017 02:43

Mysteria27
JWREN
daniellex
Saucymh

And of course, Pegasus4. 😊

Thank you! Big Hugs

Topic Which is better for a first time writer 1st Person pov or 3rd person?
Posted 20 Mar 2017 10:28

I agree with AvBkGrl.

I'd add this though. The two perspectives allow you to do different things and they also have limitations.

The first person gives you the scope to add a lot of detail about your emotions, thoughts and how you perceive people and situations. However, too much detail will make the story heavy going, so be wary of that.

The third person is excellent for multiple character stories. The best feature of third person, is that it allows you to be omnipotent and gives you a much freer scope to expand the story.

The second person is to be avoided unless you want a kicking!

A word should be made about tense. Never write in the present tense unless you're a genius. Always use the past tense.

D x

Topic What would you have done...?
Posted 05 Mar 2017 09:20

I think everyone must have found some money lying around at one time or another. I think I've found a few coins but nothing major.

So, this woman picked up £20 and ended up in hot water! If you found a decent amount of money, would you pocket the loot or hand it in?


Read the story here


Personally, I would have done the decent thing and handed it, but I guess it might depend on your circumstances

Topic Add your homonyms, but no ad hominems
Posted 04 Mar 2017 21:58

How about weather and whether?

And then there's draught and draft...although I'm not sure if that one counts as one is really British and the other is American dontknow





Good ones. Yes in British English draught has many meanings; an unwelcome cool breeze or a weight pulled by an ox or whatever, etc. Also beer on tap is spelled this way. Draft is a drawing, normally a preliminary sketch.

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Topic Add your homonyms, but no ad hominems
Posted 04 Mar 2017 14:04

Here's a really obscure one.

Oriole - yellow bird
Oriel - bay window on the first/second floor.


I'm a nerd book

Topic Add your homonyms, but no ad hominems
Posted 04 Mar 2017 08:11



yes, you're correct in they it don't fit the homophone or homonym definitions. i wasn't sure about adding them; nevertheless they are often confused and misused. is there a special category for words sharing virtually the same definition, but used in different context? inquiring minds would like to know🤔



https://www.lushstories.com/forum/yaf_postst14085_Commonly-Confused-Words.aspx

Hugs

Topic Add your homonyms, but no ad hominems
Posted 04 Mar 2017 01:08

further and farther. people seem to lean towards using further. "she licked further down his chest." when what they mean is farther, because it measures distance versus degree or extent.

Okay, these aren't homophones or homonyms. These are simply two regularly confused words. As you say, strictly speaking, farther refers to distance. 'I now have farther to travel, compared with my old house.' Further is to do with concepts, 'I'm going to need to give this further thought.' In general usage, I think further is the more popular for both senses.

D x

Topic Add your homonyms, but no ad hominems
Posted 03 Mar 2017 12:02


To me "drawer" is what you put your naughty things in and "drawers" is the naughty things you put in it. $

Yes, that was the sense that I meant, as in panties drawer. I've never heard of the agent noun drawer, but it might be a word dontknow

I guess it's replaced in a lot of senses by the semi technical word 'draughtsman.'





Hmm, you're right (not write), but there is no such thing as an "ad homiphone", so the title wouldn't have worked. So yeah, that's it - I was using artistic license!

And "draw" is what you do, but the person that does it is a "drawer", right?

Ah fair enough Hugs


Topic Add your homonyms, but no ad hominems
Posted 03 Mar 2017 09:51

You know, those pesky words that sound alike and so get used wrong, but spell-check alone won't catch them. 'Your' and 'you're' are good examples, as are 'there', 'their', and 'they're'.

But other ones you sometimes use or see used that jump out at you.

One I see is 'shuttered' when the author meant 'shuddered'. The latter one is probably much more common in erotica, where there is a whole lot of shuddering going on. (Which brings up 'latter' vs. 'ladder'...)

Another is 'taught', which is the past-tense of teach, when the author really means 'taut', the porn term for tight, stretched, firm, etc.

Anyone else got one?

Strictly speaking, these are homophones. A homonym is a word that is spelled the same as another but has a different meaning, e.g. saw and saw.

Anyway, ones that I see are practise (verb) and practice (noun), although I'm not sure if American English sees this distinction.

Also, discreet and discrete as has been mentioned.

I've seen draw and drawer get mixed up, which is unforgivable but there you go.

Stationery and stationary is a regular one, too.

Good thread.

D x

Topic It's Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) - How do you have yours?
Posted 01 Mar 2017 09:33



Flip: verb , to turn over or cause to turn over with a sudden quick movement.

Toss: verb , to throw (something) somewhere lightly or casually.

I flip mine. :)

Well you've started something. Laura agrees with you. I agree, semantically 'flip' makes perfect sense. I say toss because that's what my Mum and my Gran says.

confused1

Topic It's Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) - How do you have yours?
Posted 28 Feb 2017 13:53

Pancakes with maple syrup and BACON? You Americans don't half have some funny ideas!

It's not American, I love that combo. It shouldn't work but it does!

D X

Topic It's Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) - How do you have yours?
Posted 28 Feb 2017 13:52

I love flipping pancakes. Embarassed

(This one got the maple syrup treatment.)

https://upload.lushstories.com/523407819-pancake.jpeg

You toss pancakes, you don't flip them.

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