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missdutch  Identity Verified
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Jul 16, 2014

Weird Al Yankovich is back!

This is for all my fellow proofreaders out there. Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Literally LOL Jul 16, 2014

missdutch wrote:

Weird Al Yankovich is back!

This is for all my fellow proofreaders out there. Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc


I actually laughed out loud a few times at that! Very amusing


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Thanks a bunch. Jul 16, 2014

Another favorite from the same album (but nothing to do with language): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsWo8apgLys

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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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I loved it Jul 16, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

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missdutch  Identity Verified
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Glad you all liked it;-) Jul 16, 2014

Yes, Tacky is a great take on Happy!

Here's another one for linguists, the old Palindrome Song; I post it for those who don't know it yet:

http://www.digyourowngrave.com/weird-al-yankovic-bob/

[Edited at 2014-07-16 17:12 GMT]


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Cilian O'Tuama  Identity Verified
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No joy in Germany Jul 16, 2014

The youtube videos are not viewable here.

"Unfortunately, this video is not available in your country because it could contain music from SME, for which we could not agree on conditions of use with GEMA."

Wanted to check him out after all these years since "Eat it" and "Fat".

He's been going quite a while


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Manuela Junghans  Identity Verified
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Thanks a lot for sharing... Jul 17, 2014

...missdutch

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Ilaria Feltre  Identity Verified
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Hahahaha! Jul 17, 2014

missdutch wrote:

Weird Al Yankovich is back!

This is for all my fellow proofreaders out there. Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc


Oh Weird Al...

Giving a musical voice to all of us grammar Nazis who cringe and want to throw a Merriam-Websters (hard-cover) at the computer screen every time we open Facebook!

Thank you for sharing, Miss Dutch


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Gail Bond MITI  Identity Verified
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Offensive terms in US vs UK English Jul 17, 2014

A friend of mine has also posted this link on Facebook. Lots of people have commented on the use of the word 'spastic' which is considered offensive here in the UK. I was just wondering whether the term is offensive in US English? Presumably not, otherwise he wouldn't have used it (hopefully!)

I'd just like some opinions to be able to feed back to my friend who simply could not believe that the term would not be just as offensive in US English.

Thanks!


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Miranda Drew  Identity Verified
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Not offensive Jul 18, 2014

Gail Bond MITI wrote:

A friend of mine has also posted this link on Facebook. Lots of people have commented on the use of the word 'spastic' which is considered offensive here in the UK. I was just wondering whether the term is offensive in US English? Presumably not, otherwise he wouldn't have used it (hopefully!)

I'd just like some opinions to be able to feed back to my friend who simply could not believe that the term would not be just as offensive in US English.

Thanks!


I'm American and as far as I know, in the US "spastic" just means hyperactive, over-excited, at least that's the way it's usually used.

[Edited at 2014-07-18 09:55 GMT]


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Orrin Cummins  Identity Verified
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Ditto Jul 18, 2014

Miranda Drew wrote:
I'm American and as far as I know, in the US "spastic" just means hyperactive, over-excited, at least that's the way it's usually used.

[Edited at 2014-07-18 09:55 GMT]


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Used to be offensive, less nowadays Jul 18, 2014

Gail Bond MITI wrote:

A friend of mine has also posted this link on Facebook. Lots of people have commented on the use of the word 'spastic' which is considered offensive here in the UK. I was just wondering whether the term is offensive in US English? Presumably not, otherwise he wouldn't have used it (hopefully!)

I'd just like some opinions to be able to feed back to my friend who simply could not believe that the term would not be just as offensive in US English.

Thanks!


Terms like "spazz out" are quite common in US English.

https://www.google.com/search?q=spazz%20out


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Cilian O'Tuama  Identity Verified
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For people in Germany, Jul 20, 2014

the video is viewable here - just pause the video that starts automatically (after 5 seconds) and select/play Word Crimes:

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2014/07/15/weird-al-tacky-video-happy/

Personally, I wasn't shocked by the use of "spastic", but another Irish person I shared the video with wrote:

> "Good one! Pity about the spastic comment at the end but I guess he was running out of rhyming options…"


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missdutch wrote:

Weird Al Yankovich is back!

This is for all my fellow proofreaders out there. Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc


So surprised that he came back to the limelight. His new album was a best-seller. I used to listen to him when I was a kid. The song "Word Crimes" has been a big hit with teachers, translators, speech pathologists whom I know. Pretty cool.


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