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Old 07-05-2011, 02:16 PM   #221
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Freaked me out pretty good there-- for a minute I thought Ladelfina had somehow sneaked back on board.
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Spreadsheet - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

spreadsheet (computing) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia
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"Spreadsheet" is a compound noun, formed from the two words "spread" and "sheet". Such compounds can generally be spelled with a space between the words, or a hyphen, or nothing. Which is used is an arbitrary convention.
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Two words versus one is way too complex for most people.
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:47 PM   #225
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Spreedsheet is one word.

Is that a spanish accent I hear?
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Spread sheet... Glad I didn't step in it.
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Spread sheet... Glad I didn't step in it.
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Or is it "step on it"?
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Just was in a meeting where yet another person used the term "mute point", rather than the correct "moot point". Don't know if this one has already been mentioned in this thread.
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Those 10 words are my pet peeves. Couple of others:
Irregardless
Not a grammatical error but misspoken: "ax" as in, to express a question. I don't know if that pronunciation is just a local dialect here in the NYC metro area, but it irks me every time I hear it.
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Not a grammatical error but misspoken: "ax" as in, to express a question. I don't know if that pronunciation is just a local dialect here in the NYC metro area, but it irks me every time I hear it.
Plenty of folks in New Orleans use "ax" for ask as well. However, the manager I knew who would say "ax", always spelled it "ask". I don't mind local dialects if the grammar is correct.
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With regard to western movies in which the "calvary" rides to the rescue. Really messed with my mythos as I reconciled the self sacrificing troopers and the spear bearing Indians.
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Those 10 words are my pet peeves. Couple of others:
Irregardless
Not a grammatical error but misspoken: "ax" as in, to express a question. I don't know if that pronunciation is just a local dialect here in the NYC metro area, but it irks me every time I hear it.
I always preferred "irregardlessly" for emphasis...
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From a local newspaper, in which one tries to strive for "correct English language usage":

Grammar Police: Defending the language - mcall.com
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Not a grammatical error but misspoken: "ax" as in, to express a question.
There is a lengthy discussion at randomhouse.com:
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While the pronunciation /aks/ for ask is not considered standard, it is a very common regional pronunciation with a long history. The Old English verb áscian underwent a normal linguistic process called metathesis sometime in the 14th century.
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From a local newspaper, in which one tries to strive for "correct English language usage":
I'd rather strive to try... maybe I should build a spreadsheet?
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your vs. you're -- again, and again, and again, and again, and again

then / than

abbreviating words because the writer (likely) does not know how to spell the word correctly. Example port or port. for portfolio.
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How about this one, heard only on radio talk shows, not in real life, thankfully : "speaks to". As in " Ms. Slanski's article speaks to the state of our cities... blah, blah" Nauseating. First of all, an article does not speak, and if it did it would speak * about * not speak * to *. An equally enraging misuse is "goes to". "And that goes to the whole notion that... blah, blah" These folks also love to start any response to any question with the word "So," when it is completely unnecessary.
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Slightly off-topic:

I work with a couple of Scottsmen these days, rewriting some operating manuals. They think they are Shakespeare. I have not heard English used so colorfully since Churchill.

It was hard to explain that "outwith" is not an English word. (But these manuals are for ESL [English as a second language] operators. It is a struggle sometimes.)

I do have to submit to English spellings, however.
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You mean Scotsmen, I think?
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