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Old 11-25-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Northern CA Mtns.
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No, it's everywhere. I see it alot. Don't get me started on that one.

And if I see walla one more time...

Do you mean as phonetic spelling for voila? (Sorry, don't know how to do diacriticals online...) Isn't the use of phonetics a separate issue? Though worthy of conversation, I think.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:29 AM
 
Location: BOY-see
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Do you mean as phonetic spelling for voila? (Sorry, don't know how to do diacriticals online...) Isn't the use of phonetics a separate issue? Though worthy of conversation, I think.
How to do diacriticals online is to consult an extended ASCII chart. Lower case A with an accent grave is character #133. Hold down Alt while typing 133 on the numeric pad, and...voilà. The lower case C with cédille, as in Français, is Alt-135. This at least handles French, Spanish, Scandinavian languages and Turkish, probably more. Alt + the number will produce the indicated character. That's also how you get the £, ¢, º, ¿, ¡ and other useful little puppies.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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Do you mean as phonetic spelling for voila? (Sorry, don't know how to do diacriticals online...) Isn't the use of phonetics a separate issue? Though worthy of conversation, I think.

You would spell voilà w-a-l-l-a when writing? Since most people don't read much anymore, to them walla makes sense.

But, it's already been stated that the use of proper English and grammar is at an all time low, so it's a mute point.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: BOY-see
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But, it's already been stated that the use of proper English and grammar is at an all time low, so it's a mute point.
Clever!
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:35 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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(Sorry, don't know how to do diacriticals online...)
Voilà!

A list of ASCII Codes - UseYourBrain.co.uk
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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Mute point, it's usually the Sports Talk audience that calls in using that term. I'm lucky I had a pre-law room mate or I might have said the same thing.

Years ago when I served on a condo council, the president of the board, who was college educated, got into an argument with a home owner. She kept saying over and over that it was a MUTE POINT. I almost busted out laughing.

(Is busted out correct?).
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:28 PM
 
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"themself"?

o.k., seriously, one thing I've found that bugs me the most in this particular region is people using the wrong tense of words... I don't care much when they're speaking, but reading it really ticks me off... especially since one of the biggest "grammatical offenders" is the governor- who used to be a High School teacher!
Doh! Haha...I am not perfect and I do not claim to be. But, at least my writing and speaking is legible and coherent. I cannot say the same for the vast majority of the people that I run into.
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Northern CA Mtns.
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You would spell voilà w-a-l-l-a when writing? . . .
Nope, I'd spell it "waa-LAH", if I were doing it in phonetics.

And thanks, everyone, for your references on the diacriticals; I'll have to work at this more assiduously.
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Northern CA Mtns.
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Mute point, it's usually the Sports Talk audience that calls in using that term. I'm lucky I had a pre-law room mate or I might have said the same thing.

Years ago when I served on a condo council, the president of the board, who was college educated, got into an argument with a home owner. She kept saying over and over that it was a MUTE POINT. I almost busted out laughing.

(Is busted out correct?).
Ummm, no, I don't think so.
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Old 11-25-2009, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Ogden, Utah
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It should be, of course, moot.

(I always wanted own seaside property, so I could name it "Moot Point." The house on it would've been "Slipshod Manor.")

And the other term should have been burst out.
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