Death by PowerPoint

We are on a crusade to stop Death by PowerPoint. Presentations should be fun and engaging, and you really don't need horrible boring PowerPoint to get your messages across. PowerPoint slides often get in the way of what you are really trying to say; it is often a cue to the audience that now is a good time for a quick nap. This is what Winston Churchill's great speech might have looked like if PowerPoint had been around at the time

We will Fight Them on teh beaches.pptx

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Dashte wrote:
Thanks Phil. I did intend to put a pisooertipn at the end of a sentence in that post (just for a laugh, and to make Josh's point), but I didn't intend that one. Fixed now. :-)Good point, Josh. That was Churchill's point. Know the rule, but know when it needs to broken. Nice joke too. I was going to post a similar one about an ebonics student at university:Black Student: Yo! Where's the library at?Grammar Student: One shouldn't end one's sentences on a pisooertipn.Black Student (thinks): Okay. Where's the library at, motherfucker!?Oh, these grammar jokes. They kill me. :-)

10/06/2012 @ 8:03 AM

2. Golam wrote:
There's nothing wrong with enidng a sentence with a "preposition", since they're not actually prepositions, in English. They're prepositions in Latin. The "grammar rules" about enidng sentences with prepositions and splitting infinitives are Latin rules that some idiotic teachers thought would be a good idea to apply to English. I like Latin, but I don't think Latin grammar applies to English.

10/06/2012 @ 8:48 AM

3. tjjnye wrote:
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10/06/2012 @ 1:31 PM

4. Trevor wrote:
Sean,By my reading of the doiinftiens in The Free Dictionary, both of those usages of "to" are prepositions; what resource did you consult? With an idiomatic phrase like "Pissed off," I'm not sure what part of speech "off" plays, and that seems to me to be straining at gnats.Regarding Churchill's example leaving aside the fact that the story is apocryphal given his way with words, I can easily imagine him saying "That is the sort of English I will not put up with." You seem the sort who is aware that the end of a sentence is the most emphatic position; therefore, if Churchill wanted to emphasize "I will not put up with," then that's where he would have put it. Others might just as easily say it the way you suggest, or find a completely different way to say it.

12/06/2012 @ 4:37 AM

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