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Less than not less then – Twitter grammar 099

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Far be it from me to be perfect in the English language. My sister, the Ed. D., takes care of that for the family. When she was in under-graduate school she would literally grade the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Damn yankee she is! Perhaps we share a gene. Perhaps I’m just a freak about a few things. Like the use of the words than and then in a phrase with another word such as, “less than”.

Far too often, understanding the internet is mostly unedited, I see the phrase “less then”. Today I saw one from someone I know very well who wrote, “we see you a lot less then we used to”. Really? Is this a < less then symbol? Here, let’s try some¬†exercises:

  1. Ken can be a jerk but less ________ he has been previously. (then or than?)
  2. You have more points ________ Bill. (then or than?)
  3. The Falcons have scored more points _______ the Rams. (then or than?)
  4. We ate fish and chips _______ had a pint of stout. (then or than?)
  5. First I will get a tattoo of the moon _______ a piercing of a crater in the moon. (then or than?)
  6. I would rather stay here first ______ go to work. (then or than?)

Okay, I’m smug and snarky. The last one is not a trick question but it could be. If staying here first is a choice between options then the word than could the correct answer. If the word first had not be used the best answer would be than.

Then is expressive of a point in time. The point can be fixed or random: “First I will run then I will walk.” “First I ran then I walked.”

Hunting Ghosts in Social Media

Every Wednesday night, at least during late summer and fall, if you tune to SyFy around 9PM on Wednesdays you will see a group of “professional ghost hunters” (paranormal investigators) setting up expensive high tech equipment in hopes of catching something … paranormal. With just a few clicks you can hunt the hunters in social media and follow along with a lot of what they have going on in their daily lives.

Ghost Hunters starts Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson can be found on Twitter at @Jchawes and @GrantWilson. Grant also has a MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/slamtastic

Steve Gonsalves, the head tech and spider lover, is on Twitter at @SteveGonzalves1 and has a MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/44821

Kris Williams from Ghost Hunters

Kris Williams from Ghost Hunters

Kris Williams has a Twitter account at @KrisWilliams81 and her own Blogger blog at http://www.kriswilliams.com/ for you die hard junkies. Even better she maintains a pretty decent set of images on her Flickr account located at http://www.flickr.com/photos/53181997@N05/