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Old 09-22-2008, 02:44 PM   #61
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Spotted on a blog: 'escape goat'.

Seen in various venues: 'turned 360 degrees'
(after all, 360 is bigger than 180; so it must be a bigger shift in position/opinion).
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:45 PM   #62
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My pet peeve, in addition to the already mentioned "I could care less" is "irregardless". Unfortunately, I think it is becoming more acceptable, but it makes my skin crawl.
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When I see (or hear) that abomination, my brain turns off and I stop reading (or listening). It's a double negative.
per webster, it may not be prefurd, but itsa wurd:

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Main Entry: ir·re·gard·less Pronunciation: \ˌir-i-ˈgärd-ləs\ Function: adverb Etymology: probably blend of irrespective and regardless Date: circa 1912 nonstandard : regardless
usage Irregardless originated in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its fairly widespread use in speech called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.
that's one of the joys of english: it changes with time & usage. even some grammar has changed a bit since chomsky (ya gotta wonder if he texts). placement of periods and quotation marks change even with the whim of what looks balanced & fashionable at the time. is it ." or ". today? this language like these people is not static but vibrant and alive.
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I had a guy tell me about his "Cadillac converter" when trying to explain his "catalytic converter."
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all y'alls

At work, an email was sent to all saying that someone was going to be out on sick leave because of surgery for 'carpool tunnel' problems.
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People who worry about this crap Ya'all best get er done n proper and complain some mores
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I am irritated by any use of the useless word various.

Also, .10 cents. Really? So if I got ten the price would be a penny? Oh.

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One of my favorite eggcorns is "Silicone Valley." It leads to all kinds of questions:


2) What does Silicone Valley look like?
Silicon Valley looks like the original - but bigger, firmer with more robust peaks. No fun to hike on - the ground is too hard. An then, depending on your perspective, some think the peaks look a bit off center...
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I am irritated by any use of the useless word various.
how about statovarius?

you must have a heart attack whenever you see so many various and sundry miscellaneous items being strewn about.
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In a slightly different vein, I am mourning the loss of the adverbial form from modern American English. Apple's motto of "Think different" is the most prominent example I can think of. I always want it to be "Think differently".

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That's the most prevalent mistake. Heard on on NBC nightly news last night -- they should know better.
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Silicon Valley looks like the original - but bigger, firmer with more robust peaks. No fun to hike on - the ground is too hard. An then, depending on your perspective, some think the peaks look a bit off center...
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Yo, dude, ya mean Mt. Tam?
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That's the most prevalent mistake. Heard on on NBC nightly news last night -- they should know better.
what's the, um, difference? webster shows different or differently as adverbially similar.
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Main Entry: 2different Function: adverb Date: 1744 : differently
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The "turning 360 degrees" comment made me think of another I heard long ago and may have already posted elsewhere here: a radio ad for a circa 1980 discotheque with a "SUPERSONIC SOUND SYSTEM". (hmm.. so it's inaudible?)
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"My bad" drives me crazy. Where the heck did that come from anyway?

My father in-law refers to my hosta plants as 'hospice'. Cracks me up !

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I wish "my bad" would go back to wherever it came from. Oops! That sentence ends with a preposition!

There are some 'hospice' plants just outside my office window.

Have heard "chrysanthemum" pronounced "chrysantheum". I suppose that is not such a bad thing.
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I wish "my bad" would go back to wherever it came from...
"My bad" drives me crazy, too. I keep waiting for the noun. I would mind "Me bad" less.

The word "gift" used as a verb also does not settle well with me, for example "We gifted her with a car". What's wrong with "We gave her a car" or "We gave her a car as a gift"? Too long, I suppose, but I have time to listen/read.

I puzzle or amuse people with some of my pronunciations, though, so I suppose I can take these two annoyances in stride.

(I want one erotically running lawnmower. It will make mowing so much more fun!

I also want an escape goat. With peak oil now or soon upon us, I want one that'll provide milk and transport me to where I wanna go.

Story: My ex-BF had a picture of me on his desk at work. The janitor came late in the day and said it was cool that his GF was ornamental. )
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I am not a native English speaker and I make plenty of grammatical mistakes myself, so I have no right to criticize other people, but when someone says "you and I" (ex. between you and I) when it is supposed to be "you and me", it really annoys me.

It is interesting that I went through TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) in my early years and they always had questions on

picture of mine or picture of me
different from or different than

but I realize now that it doesn't matter which way you say it since many people (US born) say "picture of me" and most people say "different than".
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A Poem

I liked this poem which Garrison Keillor read this week during "The Writer's Almanac" on NPR:

Windows Is Shutting Down

By Clive James

Windows is shutting down, and grammar are
On their last leg. So what am we to do?
A letter of complaint go just so far,
Proving the only one in step are you.

Better, perhaps, to simply let it goes.
A sentence have to be screwed pretty bad
Before they gets to where you doesnt knows
The meaning what it must of meant to had.

The meteor have hit. Extinction spread,
But evolution do not stop for that.
A mutant languages rise from the dead
And all them rules is suddenly old hat.

Too bad for we, us what has had so long
The best seat from the only game in town.
But there it am, and whom can say its wrong?
Those are the break. Windows is shutting down.

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"My bad" drives me crazy, too. I keep waiting for the noun. I would mind "Me bad" less...

The word "gift" used as a verb also does not settle well with me, for example "We gifted her with a car". What's wrong with "We gave her a car" or "We gave her a car as a gift"? Too long, I suppose, but I have time to listen/read.
i like "my bad." i think it allows people to more readily take responsibility for their actions. its cuteness takes some edge off claiming blame without being so threatening that the one at fault might avoid upholding their own or otherwise shrug it off.

according to webster, gift has been a verb since circa 1550. so get used to it already: your bad.

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I am not a native English speaker...

picture of mine or picture of me

but I realize now that it doesn't matter which way you say it since many people (US born) say "picture of me"
let me see if i can clarify this by confusing you more.

a picture of mine is my picture as in it is a picture which i possess.

a picture of me is my picture as in i am the person in the picture.
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