2 de febrero de 2011

Sister, Do You Know My Name?

TheWhite Stripes are no more, ¿y qué tienen que decir sus admiradores al respecto? Pues se ponen a hablar de gramática:

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  • Chuck
    Disappointed, but not surprised. What with his myriad of other side projects and bands, Jack didn’t seem like his heart was really with the Stripes any more. And, I suspect, he probably felt that he and Meg had pushed the artistic envelope about as far as it could go on what a two-person guitar-and-drum combo could do, musically, and he was probably yearning to do more explorations in the context of a full-band sound, be it with the Raconteurs or the Dead Weather or something else.
    • damw
      I wish I could tell Jack and Meg whom I admire that it’s not “myriad of” – there’s no “of” – it’s “myriad reasons” – I’m not a grammar fanatic but myriad abuse is one of my pet peeves.
      • Mike
        Either way is grammatically correct, actually, as long as you say “a myriad of” and remember to include the “a.”
      • gramma grammarton
        That depends on if you are using it as a noun or adjective, so in this case, it is correct.
        It’s a good thing you aren’t a grammar “fanatic,” or that may have been embarrassing.
      • Myriad
        ‘myriad’ can used as a noun or adjective. what he wrote is correct.
      • steeeeeeee
        Unfortunately, myriad can be used both as a noun and an adjective. Thus, “myriad of” is still a legitimate use of the word.
      • JAM
        I have a myriad of pet peeves
      • Lamar Arnold
        While there are not a myriad (noun) of uses of the word, the myriad (adjective) users of the word as a noun include Thoreau.
      • Jessica
        @ damw I always thought the same, but it can be used both as a noun or an adj.: (from the dictionary) Usage Note: Throughout most of its history in English myriad was used as a noun, as in a myriad of men. In the 19th century it began to be used in poetry as an adjective, as in myriad men. Both usages in English are acceptable, as in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Myriad myriads of lives.” This poetic, adjectival use became so well entrenched generally that many people came to consider it as the only correct use. In fact, both uses in English are parallel with those of the original ancient Greek. The Greek word mrias, from which myriad derives, could be used as either a noun or an adjective, but the noun mrias was used in general prose and in mathematics while the adjective mrias was used only in poetry.
      • jz
        Agreed. And I don’t understand how EW can’t quote a press release correctly. “Officially,” not “official.” All you have to do is cut and paste for crying out loud.
      • LOL
        No one went for a “Heathers” joke?
      • Yo
        Actually, it’s both a noun and adjective, so it can be used either way. When used as a noun, it means a very large number, whereas when used as an adjective, it basically means “countless”, so it can be used either way, but it’s correct in this case.
        On another, on topic, note, this is probably the most depressing news I could’ve received today. This really blows. I was hoping to see them in concert one more time. Oh well, life goes on.
      • dal4cat
        I’m an editor, a grammar professional. The usage of the word “myriad” as written is indeed accurate. A grammar fanatic and a grammar professional are two different things it would seem.
      • kooch
        arguing on the internet is like the special olympics even if you win you’re still retarded
      • Bill
        Gosh I love the Internet!! It’s just freekin’ hilarious how comments about a bands press release can morph into a completely off-topic discussion.
      • MDS
        Despite having learned something about grammar, I am dumber for having read this.
      • Teddy Salad
        like anyone cares about your pet peeves. I think you’re self righteous and get off on telling people they are wrong.
      • Mike
        The band should have put a comma after “With that in mind” in order to set off the prepositional phrase.

        Y por eso, los White Stripes son la mejor banda del mundo.

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