1429: "Data"

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1429: "Data"

Postby ilduri » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:34 am UTC

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Alt text: If you want to have more fun at the expense of language pedants, try developing an hypercorrection habit.

Also use singular they only when it refers to a specific person. :)

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:01 am UTC

I also use "datae" to form the plural of data, and "dataes" for the plural of the plural. Then sit back and watch the fireworks.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby jgh » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:07 am UTC

Aarrgghh. Brain... Must... Grammar... ((splat))

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby ilduri » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:12 am UTC

Some alumnis of my school were interviewed in various news mediae.
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Durandal_1707 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:37 am UTC

Kirk and Picard are more popular than Spock? That can't be right.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Plasma Mongoose » Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:12 am UTC

Where's the love for Sisko and Janeway?
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby speising » Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:34 am UTC

Wesley!

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:36 am UTC

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby PinkShinyRose » Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:38 am UTC

Durandal_1707 wrote:Kirk and Picard are more popular than Spock? That can't be right.

The datums are always right.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby da Doctah » Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:40 am UTC

Durandal_1707 wrote:Kirk and Picard are more popular than Spock? That can't be right.

It depends upon what criterias were used.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby sfmans » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:04 am UTC

It's a double whammy folks - Randall has simultaneously stirred up both the Grammar Police and the Trekkies!
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby NotAllThere » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:42 am UTC

According to New Scientist, if, while pointing out someone else's grammatical or spelling error, you make one of your own - that's prosaic justice.
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby TheEngineer » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:09 am UTC

Plasma Mongoose wrote:Where's the love for Sisko and Janeway?

Voyager was never as popular as TNG.
Data must be worth at least two Neelices.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby orthogon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:12 am UTC

Actually, the most popular datum are WGS84.

Edit: I just thought I ought to link "Actually" to the relevant comic; I was kind of weirded out, when I went there to get the link, to be reminded that the comic was about Geodesy...
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby azule » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:18 am UTC

Datum? I barely knew 'em. ;)

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Plasma Mongoose wrote:Where's the love for Sisko and Janeway?

Voyager was never as popular as TNG.
Sisko is from DSN and Janeway from uh...after that? I did watch a few episodes of all ST except for "Enterprise".

So, plurals, eh? Let's find the plural of that last sentence/question. "So" would becomes "sos" or...."soes"? lol. "Plurals" would become "pluralsi" or "pluralses". And, finally, "eh" would become "ehs". This all seems very, very wrong.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:29 am UTC

Octopii.
Octopodes.
Octopuses.
Octopodiis?

And viriis? Virodiis?

Octopovirodiis?
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby GodShapedBullet » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:32 am UTC

This comic reminded me of this clip of Data correcting Dr. Pulaski on the pronunciation of his name. The scene is inspirational to me... my name gets pretty frequently mispronounced and I love how Data corrects her so much.. He's calm, polite, respectful, but at the same time resolute and unwavering, even though Dr. Pulaski deflects with humor.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:42 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Octopii.
Octopodes.
Octopuses.
Octopodiis?

And viriis? Virodiis?

Octopovirodiis?


I see your tangle of octopusim and raise you an ugly of walrodes.
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Tova » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:47 am UTC

Tsk. It should be "the most popular characters are data," obviously.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby DennyMo » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:02 am UTC

...when referring to the android

[ahem] As Data so frequently reminds us, the preferred term is "Artificial Lifeform"...
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby orthogon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:11 am UTC

Tova wrote:Tsk. It should be "the most popular characters are data," obviously.

In a sense, the most popular characters in The Matrix really are data.
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby cellocgw » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:25 am UTC

Plasma Mongoose wrote:Where's the love for Sisko and Janeway?


Love for a router manufacturer and a truck-towing company? :D


Besides, the topic clearly begs the question of whether the grammar pedants group is comprised of very unique individuals who won't tow the line when it comes to spelling "anal-compulsive" without an hyphen.
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby orthogon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:36 am UTC

cellocgw wrote:Besides, the topic clearly begs the question of if the grammar pedants group is comprised of very unique individuals who won't tow the line when it comes to spelling "anal-compulsive" without an hyphen.

FTFY. Otherwise, excellent work.
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby mojacardave » Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:15 pm UTC

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Pfhorrest wrote:Octopii.
Octopodes.
Octopuses.
Octopodiis?

And viriis? Virodiis?

Octopovirodiis?


I see your tangle of octopusim and raise you an ugly of walrodes.


Eep. I should have known it was a bad idea to check a grammar thread - maybe I'll just go and watch a couple of episodes from one of my DVD omnibodes instead.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby nigenet » Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:33 pm UTC

DennyMo wrote:
...when referring to the android

[ahem] As Data so frequently reminds us, the preferred term is "Artificial Lifeform"...
:P


Data was quite happy to refer to himself as an android.

http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0001459/quotes has plenty of references of him saying "I am an android" :-)
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby jgh » Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:39 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Octopii.
Octopodes.
Octopuses.
Octopodiis?

And viriis? Virodiis?

Octopovirodiis?

Octopussoir?

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby jc » Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:30 pm UTC

NotAllThere wrote:According to New Scientist, if, while pointing out someone else's grammatical or spelling error, you make one of your own - that's prosaic justice.

When posting grammer flames, I have a policy of mispelling "grammar" and "misspell". Then I sit back and wait for the corrections to poor (or is it pore?) in.

A quick google check shows that urbandictionary lists "mispell" as one of the more common mispellings (Miss Spellings?) that are commonly used humo[u]ro[u]sly.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby thevicente » Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:34 pm UTC

In some episodes there were apparently two Datas.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby cellocgw » Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:53 pm UTC

thevicente wrote:In some episodes there were apparently two Datas.


Which almost got me in trouble back in high school Latin class when the teacher asked me to write out the declension for the plural of "unus." I pointed out that it was in fact a valid exercise since, e.g., "Do you have any Ones?" "Go fish" .

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby orthogon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:16 pm UTC

jgh wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:Octopii.
Octopodes.
Octopuses.
Octopodiis?

And viriis? Virodiis?

Octopovirodiis?

Octopussoir?

Octopussae, pronounced "Octopussy".
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Arancaytar » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:42 pm UTC

an hypercorrection habit


an 'ypercorrection 'abit?
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Sprocket » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:47 pm UTC

This is my new cell phone, the data are very fast on this Android.
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Apeiron » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:49 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:
Plasma Mongoose wrote:Where's the love for Sisko and Janeway?


Love for a router manufacturer and a truck-towing company? :D


Besides, the topic clearly begs the question of whether the grammar pedants group is comprised of very unique individuals who won't tow the line when it comes to spelling "anal-compulsive" without an hyphen.


THE PAIN!

THERE ARE ONE DATUMS!

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:49 pm UTC

thevicente wrote:In some episodes there were apparently two Datas.


There are at least three artificial lifeforms played by Brent Spiner in the (Abrams-free) Star Trek universe - Data, Lore and B4. I am not aware of any occurrences of multiple Datas except possibly in Star Trek: Nemesis where I dimly recall B4 being overwritten by a copy of Data in order to allow Data to survive committing suicide.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Krealr » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:04 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:
thevicente wrote:In some episodes there were apparently two Datas.


There are at least three artificial lifeforms played by Brent Spiner in the (Abrams-free) Star Trek universe - Data, Lore and B4. I am not aware of any occurrences of multiple Datas except possibly in Star Trek: Nemesis where I dimly recall B4 being overwritten by a copy of Data in order to allow Data to survive committing suicide.


I feel like there were some episodes with either time travel or multiple dimensions spawning multiple enterprises were there were presumably multiple datas (as well as most of the rest of the crew).

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby Angua » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:12 pm UTC

There was the one where they find Data's head, while Data is there. I don't think they turn him on until Data goes back in time to where the head came from, but should count as multiple Datas.
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Re: 1429: Data

Postby orthogon » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:09 pm UTC

azule wrote:"Plurals" would become "pluralsi" or "pluralses"

This made me think of Gollum's "pocketses" and "hobbitses"; it's not completely clear, but could it be the case that two plurals make a singular? (Bilbo asks "What have I got in my pocket?", which Gollum turns into "What has it got in its nasty little pocketses?".) Or is Gollum just terminally confused regarding grammatical number?
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby da Doctah » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:28 pm UTC

orthogon wrote: could it be the case that two plurals make a singular? (Bilbo asks "What have I got in my pocket?", which Gollum turns into "What has it got in its nasty little pocketses?".) Or is Gollum just terminally confused regarding grammatical number?


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Re: 1429: Data

Postby operagost » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:12 pm UTC

speising wrote:Shut up, Wesley!

FTFY

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Re: 1429: Data

Postby operagost » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:15 pm UTC

thevicente wrote:In some episodes there were apparently two Datas.

A fistful of them, even.


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