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» Admin´s Blog - May 2019

» Not Rocket Science

And for those unfamiliar with the term "cerebral", it refers to the brain. One of the things that just baffles me is the apparent removal of a large percentage of the population's brains and their replacement with watermelons, or at least something equally effective in interpreting facts and forming opinions. Listening to a large segment of the population, you would swear that you are witnessing some sort of transference from an alternate dimension, where things that most normal humans accept as fact, like for example that being of a particular race does not make one "racist", simply do not apply.

Then it hit me, that even in today's world where most high school grads probably can't tell you what a gross is, or figure out how many are in a dozen dozen without a calculator, we should be able to expect that if the majority of our population was required to attend school for twelve or more years, they would for the most part understand basic word usage. While I understand how terribly difficult it can be to determine whether (not to be confused with weather) to use 'there', 'their', or 'they're' in a sentence, one would think that the average American citizen - somewhere in their journey through the educational system, would have learned how an apostrophe works.

Granted, modern technology is baffling to some people, who for reasons unfathomable to me believe that the plural of an acronym like DVD is DVD's rather than DVDs. For the record, I checked, and barring a smattering of exceptions, the rule has been the same since at least the '50s: an 's' added to the end of a word, sometimes preceded by the replacement of a trailing 'y' with an 'ie', is still the way we form plurals, and apostrophes ( <---see; no apostrophe! ) are used ONLY to form the possessive tense of a word. With other words (plural, so no apostrophe) only if we are referring to a word's (possessive, apostrophe) attributes, qualities, possessions (plural again), etc., do we use an apostrophe, and normally when the word ends in an 's' such that it would be difficult to discern whether we were trying to use the singular or plural form of the word, the apostrophe is tacked on after the 's' and not before. So if it belongs to one person, it a person's, and if we are talking about stuff belonging to lots of persons, it would be persons'.

Again, none of this is rocket science, and given the amount of minutiae that most people have to process in fussing with their smartphones, each screen of which usually has dozens or more little clickable thingies, for several hours each day, that people today would be at least as capable of spotting an apostrophe as people were back in the days before computers (BC). So here's my big question: how is it possible, given everything laid out above, that in usually well over 50% of the printed, typed, hand-written, or screen-displayed words I have encountered in recent months, not only are plurals and possessive tense used interchangeably, but they are interchanged on the same word, with the same usage, often within a few words of one another?

With other words, if you think that the plural of dog is dog's (it isn't!), why would you write "I still have two dog's of the original six dogs"? W H Y ?????

And based on this evidence, I am forced to conclude that excessive cellphone use, alien mind rays, or SOMETHING, has destroyed a goodly percentage of the population's basic comprehension skills. Logically, if you think that word usage changes arbitrarily, it's not hard to understand that you have trouble comprehending the relationship between race and racism.

And all this time we normal people thought it was just liberalism sliding off a cliff! But there's still the unanswered question: why does this phenomenon only affect liberals? I suspect that until such time as we can figure out how to explain to them that we still use apostrophes to indicate possession and create by adding a trailing 's', our efforts to communicate with those to the left of rational are for naught.

For completeness' sake, here is an example of what I am talking about:

Additional reasons why stepper motors are highly liked is because the location of the winding’s. This makes it easier for heat to dissipate, which keeps the winding’s cooler for any given power outlet.

What I believe the author meant to write was "An additional reason why stepper motors are highly liked is because of the location of the windings. This makes it easier for heat to dissipate, which keeps the windings cooler for any given power output."

The author, the article states, "has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, worked in private industry pioneering surface-mount technology and in government research labs for twenty years, published several papers on surface-mount technology, co-authored papers published in national symposiums on accelerator technology, was past president of SMTA and an adjunct professor at the community college level, holds a patent, and is a certified microchip design partner, serving as a consultant to many companies developing electronic circuits."

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