I Too Are An Internets Dominate

2 12 2009

Ok, this shouldn’t take too long.  Pay attention. There will be a quiz at the end.

I see a fairly common statement made by D-types out on the internets, and I feel compelled to say something. If you have made this mistake, please take note of what I am about to tell you and correct yourself in the future.  It is important.  And this has to be stopped before someone gets hurt. Probably you if you do this.

I see people saying the following all across the internets:

I am a dominate with years of experience.

No. Your You’re not.  If you had years of experience, you would know that what you are is a Dominant. Not dominate. Dominate is what you do, Dominant is what you are.

Lets check the dictionary.

dominate
One entry found.

Main Entry: dom·i·nate
Pronunciation: \ˈdä-mə-ˌnāt\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): dom·i·nat·ed; dom·i·nat·ing
Etymology: Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari, from dominus master; akin to Latin domus house — more at dome
Date: 1611

transitive verb 1 : rule, control
2 : to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on
3 : to overlook from a superior elevation or command because of superior height or position
4 a : to be predominant in b : to have a commanding or preeminent place or position in intransitive verb 1 : to have or exert mastery, control, or preeminence
2 : to occupy a more elevated or superior position

dominant
2 entries found.

1. 1dominant (adjective)
2. 2dominant (noun)

Main Entry: 1 dom·i·nant
Pronunciation: \-nənt\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin dominant-, dominans, present participle of dominari
Date: circa 1532

1 a : commanding, controlling, or prevailing over all others
b : very important, powerful, or successful
2 : overlooking and commanding from a superior position

3 : of, relating to, or exerting ecological or genetic dominance

Main Entry: 2 dominant
Function: noun
Date: 1819

1 : the fifth tone of a major or minor scale
2 a : a dominant genetic character or factor b : any of one or more kinds of organism (as a species) in an ecological community that exerts a controlling influence on the environment and thereby largely determines what other kinds of organisms are present c : a dominant individual in a social hierarchy

Ok. What did we learn?  Dominate is a verb. That means it is an action, maybe a  mode of being. I run, I dominate. I am not a run.  I am a runner. Dominate is the noun.  Please get it right.

That’s because, you see, we are getting together, the other dominants and I, and we are secretly laughing at you.  Ok, so sometimes it isn’t so secret. And the subs and slaves are with us (except for a few newbies we missed). And they are laughing too.  You should see the SAMS. It isn’t pretty.

Now for the Quiz.

  1. What are you?

Peace and Tranquility.

MV

Yeah I know internets is wrong.  I like it.

Definitions are courtesy Merriam-Webster my preferred dictionary. No compensation was received for this use.

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10 responses

2 12 2009
rubysjourney

Hahaha!
Grammar Dom!
This made me chuckle, big time 🙂
Well said.

*Ruby

10 12 2009
Shay

thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!!!!! I laughed, I cried, I laughed again (I scared my cats). And I prefer interwebz myself. If you’re going to eff it up, do it all the way 😉

19 01 2010
boi ty

I laughed when i saw this tonight, because just this morning i posted a pet peeve on fetlife about this very subject. I too laugh when i see someone say they are a dominate. i got a few chuckles out of folks over it. Hopefully those that need it will read it, lol.

boi ty

7 07 2010
PiperAnn

Thank you! i laughed so hard my sides hurt for hours! i’ve run across a few internet dominate’s on Fet. i just laugh and keep moving.

9 04 2011
Blackkink

It was about time that someone tackle that language issue. Ignorance abounds.

9 04 2011
Blackkink

I should mind my own orthograph right. (tackled instead of tackle).

11 05 2011
Dr. Dex

That’s, “No. You’re not”. Not, “No. Your not”.

You mayn’t join the ranks of the Dominant-Grammar-Nazis, if you don’t get the your / you’re distinction correct!

Dr. Dex };>=-

12 05 2011
MasterVoid

@Dr. Dex well it must not have been that big of a mistake since you are the first one to point it out in over 2 years. Yep, I am not perfect, but I do try to acknowledge my mistakes and learn from them.

Typo (not grammar) fixed. (Yes I know the difference between your and you’re.)

MV

4 02 2013
mshindo

This is a wonderful way to determine who is and who is NOT who they claim to be. I say leave the dumbinates to themselves. Many will never heed this advice and it serves the rest of us well that they show how clueless they are.

11 11 2013
cnmontrose

Great post. It should be required reading for anyone wanting to dominant anyone else. LOL I couldn’t resist that. LOL

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