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These two words drive man crazy: Obsessed with erasing them from Internet

These two words drive man crazy: Obsessed with erasing them from Internet

Everyone has pet peeves. For members of the media like myself, most of the times it's bad grammar. Not knowing the difference between your and you're is just one example. Others might be irritated by not knowing the difference between loose and lose, or between affect and effect.

Sure, the English language can be confusing at times. Take it from me, I communicate for a living! It takes a lot of hard work to master vocabulary, syntax and grammar. And not everyone is perfect.

But one man has taken his hatred of bad grammar to the extreme by making more than 47,000 edits to Wikipedia.

Software engineer, 51-year old Bryan Henderson, who also goes by the Wikipedia user name of Girraffedata, has changed "comprised of" to "consists of" and "composed of" more than 47,000 times using an algorithm he created on his own.

The algorithm scours all of Wikipedia and presents the articles needed to be fixed to Henderson. He then goes into each article and makes the changes, which takes about 10 seconds per fix.

"It's fun for me," he told Medium Backchannel, "I’m not doing it to have any impact on the world."

So what's the big deal between "comprised of," "consists of," and "composed of?" Henderson penned an essay on the subject, but has been summarized nicely by The Mirror:

The word comprise means "to be composed of", "to include" or "to contain”. You can, therefore, write or say that a farm "comprises 10 sheep, four cows and a horse", but you can’t say "the farm comprises of 10 sheep, four cows and a horse".

In doing so, it's like saying "the farm is included of 10 sheep, four cows and a horse" - it doesn't make sense.

Nor can you say sheep, four cows and a horse comprise the farm. The whole comprises the parts and the parts compose the whole.

How good is your grammar? Take this fun grammar challenge on my site to put your skills to the test. 

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Source: Mirror
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