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He is Lloyd
782290.  Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:38 am Reply with quote

1. The back cover says that octopuses have six legs, and yet the inside insists that they have two legs and six arms. This website on its home page, advertising the book, repeats this mistake.

2. On page 133 it states that there are 42 spots on a single die. A six-sided die has the following spots: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 the sum of which is 21. A pair of dice would have 42 spots.

3. Several times in the book the word "regular" is used to mean normal, standard, or ordinary. It means none of these. Americans commonly makes this mistake, and we do them no favours by politely emulating them so as to hide their error.

 
Neotenic
782299.  Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:51 am Reply with quote

Oh, it started so well, then you got a bit carried away, didn't you?

No quarrel on the first two, but 'regular' meaning 'normal, customary or usual' is the first definition in Collins.

And, as far as I can see, the use of regular in this sense pre-dates the USA.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=regular

 
Posital
782302.  Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:56 am Reply with quote

Regular - done by a set of rules... no?

 
He is Lloyd
782772.  Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:01 pm Reply with quote

Oh dear, Neotonic, I think you may need to check the batteries in your ironometer.

 
He is Lloyd
782773.  Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:02 pm Reply with quote

Rubbish, Lloyd, you're just trying to cover your back - admit it!

 
He is Lloyd
782774.  Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:03 pm Reply with quote

No, I stand by what I wrote. Well, sit, being more literal.

 
He is Lloyd
782775.  Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:03 pm Reply with quote

Hey, are we involved in a "flame war"?

 
He is Lloyd
782776.  Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:04 pm Reply with quote

No, it doesn't count when you criticise yourself. Idiot!

 
He is Lloyd
782777.  Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:04 pm Reply with quote

Oh.

 
Jenny
783195.  Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:13 pm Reply with quote

Should your username be They are Lloyd?

 
soup
783410.  Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:57 am Reply with quote

My name is Legion for we are many.

 
Neotenic
783415.  Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:07 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Oh dear, Neotonic, I think you may need to check the batteries in your ironometer.


Possibly,

But the batteries in your spellchecker are definitely flat.

 
Sadurian Mike
783441.  Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:34 am Reply with quote

WE ARE NIGELS

 
PDR
783442.  Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:36 am Reply with quote

No, I'm Sparticus.

But clearly we have met the enemy, and he is us...

PDR

 
samivel
783459.  Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:01 am Reply with quote

You can't handle the truth. And even if you can, it's Forbidden. So nur.

 

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