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On a lighter note 
3rd-Jul-2003 11:10 am
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
Metallica are idiots.

http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=internetNews&storyID=3029706

Apparently they think their albums suck and are afraid that if people can buy individual songs then they'll never make the mistake of buying the entire albums, thereby making Metallica poor.

I really like the iTunes music store but if I want an entire album I still buy the CD. If I just like a single song and not the rest of the album that's all I'll buy. If the only option I have is to buy an entire album to get one song I like (and twelve I don't) then I just won't buy the album. Groups like Metallica need to realize this is adding sales, not taking them away.
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3rd-Jul-2003 10:19 am (UTC)
"Metallica are idiots."

What's with the increased use of plural verbs with collective nouns these days? Sure, the Brits have always done this (i.e. "Blur are shite") but I'm seeing it in the US press now, almost always in regard to bands. I'm in favor of the change - I think it makes sense. It just isn't what I was taught.

http://www.bartleby.com/64/C001/020.html

Then again... I guess the Brits have complicated rules on this too..
http://www.ukjournalism.org/english/Collective_nouns/collective_nouns.htm
3rd-Jul-2003 11:56 am (UTC)
From your first link:
It takes a plural verb when it refers to the members of the group considered as individuals

I think that's kind of what I was going with. My sentence was along the lines of, "(The members of) Metallica are idiots" since I don't think the actual band as an entity is an idiot.

That is an interesting point to bring up though.
7th-Jul-2003 06:08 am (UTC)
Sorry... your use was clear by the use "idiots," which is also plural. It just reminded me of the other trend.
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