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Old 09-20-2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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Funny/annoying grammatical mistakes and odd neologisms

I love languages, and don't mind other people being pedants or being a pedant myself at times.

Harley hates the exchange of "exasperate" for "exacerbate".

Recently I've seen the classic "Marshall Law", and this new one: "X will be the deathnail of Z". I thought that was quite inventive!

What are your pet peeves?

What funny errors have you seen or heard?
Let's start a collection...
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:25 AM   #2
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What funny errors have you seen or heard?
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An ex-military buddy of mine keeps saying "landblast" ipo "lambaste".

I gently tried pointing this out to him, but he said he prefers to say landblast.

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Old 09-20-2008, 11:26 AM   #3
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not sure if this qualifies...

but if i hear one more person say "Git 'er done", i'm going to take all my pet peeves and release them from their cages.
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:28 PM   #4
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my pet peeves have more to do with someone's intention than with their application and in that their language is revealing.

as a child the sound of a word meant more to me than the meaning so that often i misused words because, for me, sound was meaning. in learning meaning, i found myself attracted to alliteration, poetry and short prose which highly value each word in meaning, placement, rhythm and vocalization.

as to funny, misuse & odd usage has been turned into entire comedy routines...



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Old 09-20-2008, 12:38 PM   #5
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Guy at work is very fond of the phrase "mute point"
I cringe when I open his email, since he (mis)uses it often.
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Guy at work is very fond of the phrase "mute point"
I cringe when I open his email, since he (mis)uses it often.
Some people would be better off if they made a mute point.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:31 PM   #7
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Years ago I worked with a guy who was "coasting into retirement." Never hesitated to let us know he thought the job was beneath his abilities. He constantly talked behind the back of several people there criticizing them for saying, "I'll keep a eye on it." What annoyed me was that what he was really doing was a racist comment on their dialect.
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The high quantity of posts on this board that confuse the use of "your" with "you're"...

No names... only avatar photos

[Edit - attachments deleted: okay I won't call out the offenders]
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:08 PM   #9
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It's not a pet peeve, it's more of an entertainment. "Let me axe you a question."

I do cringe at the "mute point." A perfect example of why spellcheckers are not much use.

And as a recent refugee from the suburbs of our nation's capital, I was amazed at how many people lived or worked in "Warshington."
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:31 PM   #10
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Definitely entertainment for me.

"Warshington" is sometimes considered local dialect in Pittsburgh and other places.

My wife's supervisor at the factory used to say "we have to follow the floor mat.."(format). I don't think he knew the difference.

Some people just make up their own words and are comfortable using them.
Maybe it's genetic.

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Sitting in the "mezzoline".


Not amusing: the rampant use of the apostrophe to indicate a non-possessive plural, e.g. " 2 sausage biscuit's/99c".

Ditto "your"/"you're", "there"/"they're"/"their", etc.

Any business that puts up an ungrammatical or misspelled sign should have their (its?) license revoked.
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People who say 'I could care less', when what they mean is 'I couldn't care less'.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:50 PM   #13
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The high quantity of posts on this board that confuse the use of "your" with "you're"...
i don't know why anyone would confuse that. you're and yer don't even sound alike. on second thought, i can just use yer for either as in "yer gonna regret saying that" or "is that yers?"

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A perfect example of why spellcheckers are not much use.
sorry harley, it's spell-checkers.
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sorry harley, it's spell-checkers.
I never said I was holding myself to the same standards I assign to everyone else.
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The high quantity of posts on this board that confuse the use of "your" with "you're"...

No names... only avatar photos

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I agree. Also "lose" vs. "loose"...drives me up the wall.The kennel where we leave our dog when we go on vacation has these cute fridge magnets..at least I thought they were cute until I read the saying: "A resort so exclusive it doesn't EXCEPT people". Thankfully, they've since clued in and changed it to "accept".
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I absolutely cringe when I read a post of mine where I have misused your/you're, their/there/they're, it's/its, etc. because I really do know their correct usage. A not uncommon typing mistake for me is, for unknown reasons, leaving the "r" off your. Both are probably a case of fingers engaged, but brain is not.
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"for all intensive purposes" is a funny one I've seen several times
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Sitting in the "mezzoline"....
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As kids, we laughingly called it the "mesentery" because we thought the real word was pretentious. Still laugh about it when we get together.

The following appeared in an online class discussion. I'm not gonna look over this student's shoulder, nor am I tempted to correct her, but, man, I'd like to hear some of that illicit conversation, not to mention the illicit appreciation.

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