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pretty damn good

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by bob, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. bob

    bob Member

    Help me, editors. In a rah-rah missive to the staff, our publisher used the term "pretty damn good." This pisses me off, since I've always believed the term should be "pretty damned good." I never see it written the correct way--my way. Am I in fact correct?
  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    As long as it didn't precede "that we only had to lay off 17 percent of the staff", why complain?
  3. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I know people love their pointless grammar and semantic rules, but seriously?

    Merriam-Webster lists "damn" as an adjective meaning "beyond doubt or question."

    Damned would be a valid slang variation.
  4. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    Go to the publisher and tell him what you think. Then you'll find out how important it was!
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Damned the torpedoes!
  6. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member


    "Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn!"
  7. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    I kid you not - we had a talk like this at some point in the past four weeks that used almost that exact sentence.
  8. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Really? That pissed you off?
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

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  10. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    I can honestly say I don't give a damn about this.
  11. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Apeman heads to lunch.
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  12. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    Frankly, Batman, Apeman doesn't give a damn.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
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