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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #125 on: July 11, 2018, 04:05:51 am »
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I have literally no idea what you mean by "technically" here.
"Literally" is in-and-of-itself another abomination of modern English.

If you're ever thinking about using a semicolon, don't. Just don't. I promise you you don't need it.
- said no programming language ever.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #126 on: July 11, 2018, 04:33:20 am »
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If you're ever thinking about using a semicolon, don't. Just don't. I promise you you don't need it.
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Python doesn't really need them.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #127 on: July 11, 2018, 08:38:46 am »
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If you're ever thinking about using a semicolon, don't. Just don't. I promise you you don't need it.
Here is an interesting podcast about how a problematic semicolon in the US-American constitution could cause a constitutional crisis:

http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/21-divide-and-conquer

That said, semicola are cool. But they are also the most subtle of punctuation marks. You should really know what you're doing when using it. Unlike the people who wrote the US-American constitution.

I mean my whole thing with them is that the vast majority of people both use them wrong and don't need them. So I just tell people not to use them for the same reason a dentist would tell you not to use that little curvy, scrapey thing they clean your teeth with. You know the one.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #128 on: July 11, 2018, 09:00:49 am »
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That distinction, by the way, is a factoid that has been relevant to my life exactly one time.

You all totally missed this one, guys. A "factoid" is not a little fact, it's something that seems like a fact but isn't.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #129 on: July 11, 2018, 09:09:37 am »
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I use semicolons all the time; they're really rather useful when neither a period nor a comma would be appropriate.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #130 on: July 11, 2018, 09:14:45 am »
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That distinction, by the way, is a factoid that has been relevant to my life exactly one time.

You all totally missed this one, guys. A "factoid" is not a little fact, it's something that seems like a fact but isn't.

Haha I had no idea, but you're right! That was unintentional, but also rather appropriate, isn't it?

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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #132 on: July 11, 2018, 09:53:00 am »
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semicola
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What, he's just talking about those little baby cans of Coke they give you on airplanes.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #133 on: July 11, 2018, 11:09:51 am »
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Not to be confused with a semicoda, which is like a coda but halfway through the song.

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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #134 on: July 11, 2018, 11:30:51 am »
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I'm going to take a break from Dominion as well, because I'm getting hungry.

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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #135 on: July 11, 2018, 11:44:24 am »
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I have literally no idea what you mean by "technically" here.
"Literally" is in-and-of-itself another abomination of modern English.

People's resistance to literally used as an intensifier is one of the tics of language prescriptivists that most bothers me. I get especially irritated when people try to correct it by saying "you mean figuratively." No, I don't; figuratively is not used as an intensifier. Furthermore, "literally" has been used in this way for ages (the OED's entries start in 1769) and this is now the most common use of the word.

Also, just for fun, here's Kurt Vonnegut on semicolons:

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Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show youve been to college.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #136 on: July 11, 2018, 01:04:30 pm »
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Isn't transvestite hermaphrodite an oxymoron? If one has attributes of both sexes, which OTHER sex can one dress as? Even assuming a non-binary sex-understanding, I cannot think of one that has a sufficiently attributed and well-established wardrobe.

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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #137 on: July 11, 2018, 01:10:40 pm »
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That distinction, by the way, is a factoid that has been relevant to my life exactly one time.

You all totally missed this one, guys. A "factoid" is not a little fact, it's something that seems like a fact but isn't.

Not necessarily, most dictionaries give a secondary (in some cases primary) definition of factoid as "a brief or trivial item of news or information" or some variation thereof. That seems to be the meaning Screwyioux was going for.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #138 on: July 11, 2018, 02:39:25 pm »
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I have literally no idea what you mean by "technically" here.
"Literally" is in-and-of-itself another abomination of modern English.

People's resistance to literally used as an intensifier is one of the tics of language prescriptivists that most bothers me. I get especially irritated when people try to correct it by saying "you mean figuratively." No, I don't; figuratively is not used as an intensifier. Furthermore, "literally" has been used in this way for ages (the OED's entries start in 1769) and this is now the most common use of the word.

Usually when I use "literally" for purposes outside having an intensifier, it is to describe an outlandish event described in literature that actually took place as described. So like, "She literally crushes the villain at the end (with a hydraulic press)" or "He literally punched out the Devil, leaving a visible bump on the Devil's forehead".
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #139 on: July 11, 2018, 04:03:27 pm »
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at this point we really should just rename RSP to Religion Sex Politics and Grammar because Im sure Im not the only person off put by 20+ posts of descriptivism vs prescriptivism, and every one of these garbage tangents ends up there anyway
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #140 on: July 11, 2018, 04:22:11 pm »
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every one of these garbage tangents ends up there anyway

Pro Tip: Never make an insightful post in a thread like this one because your respect will just disappear* when it gets moved to RSP[G].

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« Reply #141 on: July 11, 2018, 04:43:08 pm »
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I play dominion almost exclusively with a pool of five players.  We used to play at least weekly when we were in the same town. but most of the group has moved away.

Thankfully one of use has sprung for a full subscription online. we get together, play dominion and have a fun group chat.

I probably don't play at the super high level some do, but it's dang fun.  It's just an excuse to spend time with the guys.

there is enough variability in Dominion that everyone wins sometimes. And can Lord that over the rest of the people until we play again.

I'm so glad online dominion has 3-4 player options.  I like having everyone able to play.

So yeah.  I'll keep playing, more online than in person.  but I sure love this game.

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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #142 on: July 11, 2018, 05:20:37 pm »
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at this point we really should just rename RSP to Religion Sex Politics and Grammar because Im sure Im not the only person off put by 20+ posts of descriptivism vs prescriptivism, and every one of these garbage tangents ends up there anyway

Didnt you know? RSP stands for Rhetoric, Semantics and Punctuation.

(Also, before this thread got to page 2, you should already have got an idea of whether reading this thread was going to produce happiness)
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #143 on: July 11, 2018, 06:58:49 pm »
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every one of these garbage tangents ends up there anyway

Pro Tip: Never make an insightful post in a thread like this one because your respect will just disappear* when it gets moved to RSP[G].

* Or maybe just turn invisible.

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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #144 on: July 11, 2018, 09:02:12 pm »
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On a (now) unrelated note, I found it much easier to quit previous addictions if I cut myself out of all related communities/forums as well. I recognize that this is hard to do, especially if one has friends there.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #145 on: July 12, 2018, 02:19:36 am »
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On a (now) unrelated note, I found it much easier to quit previous addictions if I cut myself out of all related communities/forums as well. I recognize that this is hard to do, especially if one has friends there.

I know what you mean to say here. But I paid for that membership on coughsyrupfriends.org and I'm not going to just throw 6,42 away.

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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #146 on: July 12, 2018, 05:33:41 am »
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On a (now) unrelated note, I found it much easier to quit previous addictions if I cut myself out of all related communities/forums as well. I recognize that this is hard to do, especially if one has friends there.

Well, I'm not trying to quit an addiction here, I'm just quitting something that I never really feel like doing, anyway.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #147 on: July 12, 2018, 08:30:08 am »
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On a (now) unrelated note, I found it much easier to quit previous addictions if I cut myself out of all related communities/forums as well. I recognize that this is hard to do, especially if one has friends there.

I know what you mean to say here. But I paid for that membership on coughsyrupfriends.org and I'm not going to just throw 6,42 away.

There are all kinds of reasons quitting something might be difficult! The argument is still the same. If you don't want to play a game anymore, the amount you spent doesn't actually matter.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #148 on: July 12, 2018, 11:18:16 am »
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Well, I'm not trying to quit an addiction here, I'm just quitting something that I never really feel like doing, anyway.
You're also making sure to tell us all.
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Re: Why I'm quitting Dominion for the foreseeable future (not satire)
« Reply #149 on: July 12, 2018, 12:30:23 pm »
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On a (now) unrelated note, I found it much easier to quit previous addictions if I cut myself out of all related communities/forums as well. I recognize that this is hard to do, especially if one has friends there.

I know what you mean to say here. But I paid for that membership on coughsyrupfriends.org and I'm not going to just throw 6,42 away.

There are all kinds of reasons quitting something might be difficult! The argument is still the same. If you don't want to play a game anymore, the amount you spent doesn't actually matter.

My post was for entertainment purposes only.
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