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Ok, this is somewhat of a "spin-off" to D's grammar post. What are some incorrectly used words that bother you?? Or words that don't even exist, but people use them??

One that truly bothers me to the point of suicidal thoughts (ok not THAT bad but u get my point. lol) is "CONVERSATE" oh my goodness that bugs me...

Any thoughts?

Oh and this is all in fun... Its not a big deal. We are all guilty of making mistakes, and there is nothing wrong with "creating" words for fun, but when u use words incorrectly constantly and act like you are the most intelligent person in the universe... thats when there is a slight problem... but like i said, this post is all in good fun...

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    Pamphlet-people like to say this as if there is no H in the word.

    And I HATE when people use a cliche' in the wrong context...ugh!!

    I have so many more...I'll be back!!

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    None here, I'm horrible at grammar and spelling. I do try though, I promise! =[

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    Nothing/anything

    Effect/affect

    All of the words Mary J. Blige made up for the song "Family Affair".


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    D wrote: Nothing/anything Effect/affect All of the words Mary J. Blige made up for the song "Family Affair".

    LMAO!!!! all the words??? my goodness... i gotta go see the lyrics to this song...

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    My kids would say that I'm a grammar Nazi. True. Can't help it. In general, I cut people a lot of slack but when it comes to grammar there IS a right way and a wrong way and when I hear language mangled ... man, I have to grit my teeth and bear it; however, if my kids or husband are the perpetrators. I correct them. That's my perogative. I don't really care if I embarrass them. I figure if I harangue them long and hard enough they will stop doing it (because it drives me freaking mad and I can't stand it and if mama ain't happy ... well, you know!) For the most part, they have.

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    V wrote: LMAO!!!! all the words??? my goodness... i gotta go see the lyrics to this song...

    Oh no, only the ones she made up. I went back and looked at the lyrics and the only ones I could see were "hateration" and "holleration." Clearly I only paid attention to the chorus. But yeah, those words are so WTF for me.

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    When people say.."don't take it personal"..........IT'S PERSONALLY, IT'S AN ADVERB! Sorry for the yelling :)

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    The name Martin without the R.

    Typing "alot" as one word.

    "isms" that don't exist.

    since/because... when people confuse the two
    ex: since 1983... because it rained...not since it rained...UGH!

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    D wrote: Oh no, only the ones she made up. I went back and looked at the lyrics and the only ones I could see were "hateration" and "holleration." Clearly I only paid attention to the chorus. But yeah, those words are so WTF for me.

    oh yeah i hated that!!!


    i hate when people say "me, myself, personally" all in the beginning of one sentence to describe their thoughts or feelings or opinions on something. like, yeah we got it when u said "me" and even THATS wrong...

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    I don't mind when people make up words that best express the way they feel. I especially love when Stephen Colbert does it. What really gets under my skin is mispronouncing a word or using improper grammar to make a rhyme in a song. My skin is crawling just thinking about Paula Cole..."open up your morning light/and say a little prayer for I...". For ME. It's say a little prayer for ME.

    Now I'm upset.

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    Lady Sauce wrote: When people say.."don't take it personal"..........IT'S PERSONALLY, IT'S AN ADVERB! Sorry for the yelling :)

    It's okay, that one grinds my gears too and I would scream too. It gets realLY hard to heard people say that they want somethin "real bad." Argh, no.

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    V wrote: oh yeah i hated that!!! i hate when people say "me, myself, personally" all in the beginning of one sentence to describe their thoughts or feelings or opinions on something. like, yeah we got it when u said "me" and even THATS wrong...

    Makes it easier to diagnose narcissism.

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    I can't stand when "asks" is pronounced "ax." I know, I know, I'm picky. Also, when people say "Worshington" instead of "Washington"

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    OOOOOH Even I got one that bugs the shit out of me.

    This girl I know always types or says "Well, you mine as well..."

    MIGHT as well you twat! MIGHT. not MINE.


    Other than that, I can't really speak. Or type.
    Whatev.

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    Bee wrote: OOOOOH Even I got one that bugs the shit out of me. This girl I know always types or says "Well, you mine as well..." MIGHT as well you twat! MIGHT. not MINE. Other than that, I can't really speak. Or type. Whatev.

    mine as well!!!! hilarious... i mean everyone has slang that they say... one of mine is "wood" instead of "would" but that started because i would run out of characters in my text msgs...

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    I'm gonna be real "pacific" right now, I only have these items for "sell", but I'll "hook" you up if you break me off a "lil somefin excra".

    I know ya'll are laughin right now, but that's really what she "had said".

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    "Grant it."

    Dropped the -d from past tense words, such as teen-aged, plus sized, supposed, etc.

    Also, passed and past are NOT the same word. They are used differently.


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    Briana wrote: I don't mind when people make up words that best express the way they feel. I especially love when Stephen Colbert does it. What really gets under my skin is mispronouncing a word or using improper grammar to make a rhyme in a song. My skin is crawling just thinking about Paula Cole..."open up your morning light/and say a little prayer for I...". For ME. It's say a little prayer for ME. Now I'm upset.

    see you have gotten yourself all riled up... wait, did i use that correctly??

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    Isoke wrote: I'm gonna be real "pacific" right now, I only have these items for "sell", but I'll "hook" you up if you break me off a "lil somefin excra". I know ya'll are laughin right now, but that's really what she "had said".

    and see what had happened wus, dey wint over durr... oh my gosh let me stop!

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    V wrote: mine as well!!!! hilarious... i mean everyone has slang that they say... one of mine is "wood" instead of "would" but that started because i would run out of characters in my text msgs...

    oh well when it comes to texts, guilty as charged! i butcher me some english, ya hear?

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    Lady Sauce wrote: Here's one....supposeBly

    LMAO...

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    Damn... I was going to say that!

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    I got one that is an ongoing arguement between a few friends and I.
    "Jenn went to the mall against her own will. Matt DRAGGED her there.....DRUGGED her there......DRUG her there.."?
    I say dragged. Everyone tells me Im wrong. Anyone?

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    Here's some kindYgarten or kindAgarten so annoying.
    maybe they should teach the correct pronunciation in kindERgarten!!

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    I was an English major so I tend to be a bit of a grammar Nazi as well. Some of my personal favorites, and I use the term favorites with as much sarcasm as I can muster at a quarter to midnight.
    there/their/they're
    affect/effect
    alot instead of a lot
    conversate(although I am embarassed to admit that I used to throw that around in my everyday slang conversation even though I was perfectly aware that it isnt a real word)
    and when people say axe instead of ASK that irks me so much!!!!!!!

    Why do people nowadays think that it is more admirable to sound uneducated and "street" instead of speaking intelligently and with class? When did our culture change that it is more cool to sound ignorant than intelligent? People in my grandparents era were proud of being educated why are people throwing away their education?

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    D
    I just found this sentence on the interwebs:

    "Me from 2 years ago wouldnt never thought all this was possible."

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    Here's a really common one.....It happened ON accident....I believe it's BY accident

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    Isoke wrote: Damn... I was going to say that!

    hahahahaha.....yeah, it's a good one.

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    Lady Sauce wrote: Here's a really common one.....It happened ON accident....I believe it's BY accident

    Yep. Also, "once and awhile." No, it's once IN awhile.

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    D wrote: Yep. Also, "once and awhile." No, it's once IN awhile.

    We could do this all day......

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    Lady Sauce wrote: We could do this all day......

    Unfortunately, yeah, we could.

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    This was funny....I heard some guy use the word INDENTMENT...instead of indentation

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    God I hate when people say 1 years old. I always want to stop and say 1 is SINGULAR A-HOLE! Stupid stuff like that grates on my nerves.

    Nay

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    have we mentioned the

    "could of" had that sandwich, instead of "have"


    I'm tired.

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    Karla wrote: have we mentioned the "could of" had that sandwich, instead of "have" I'm tired.

    I'm tired too...but I keep thinking of more...I'll be here all night.

    Someone say it was "coming to frutation"....instead of fruition...hahahahaha!

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    It drives me crazy when people use double negatives such as...

    "I don't not got to go to work today."

    It takes all my strength not to correct them.

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    Lady Sauce wrote: I'm tired too...but I keep thinking of more...I'll be here all night. Someone say it was "coming to frutation"....instead of fruition...hahahahaha!

    "frutation" lol

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    V
    D wrote: Unfortunately, yeah, we could.

    WOW I HAD NO IDEA IT WOULD BE THIS WAY... BUT ITS SO FUNNY TO SEE HOW MANY OF THE SAME THINGS IRRITATE SO MANY DIFFERENT PPL... IM SORRY BUT I LOVE IT. IT MAKES ME FEEL SO MUCH MORE THAN THE LONELINESS I FELT WHEN I GOT IRRITATED BY THINGS LIKE THAT, AND OTHER PPL WOULD LOOK AT ME CRAZY.

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    Some nonexistent words that stink: "hafting to", "acrosst", "connotate", "AN historic (with the h pronounced, not silent)", and yeah, "frutation". LOL.

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    Anyways drives me nuts... as does the constant misuse of the word literally.

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    Okay, I have to add this one for you Vivian...

    "I could care less."

    You could care less??!!!! You COULD care less???!!!!

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    yes... I can be really tough about grammar and spelling. 'Supposably' bugs me too.
    'Definately', 'Alot', hmm I am sure there are more! Oh yes.
    When people write,'Your going,right?" I just think," 're! 're! 're!'
    I do detest 'anywho' as a word.
    "I am at there house." Though there are a few words I have to take pause with when I want to write them.


    Two: Obsess. Necessary. Is it necessary for me to obsess over spelling and grammar?

    Maybe not, but I guess it's a hobby.


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    Ok, I am your worst enemy, I make up words all the time. I dont know why but I do. I don't know why I like to do it but people still understand me so it's all good. I am trying to create the word Sun Funnin as a word that means Joking, but so far its been unsuccessful, dunno why. A lot of words I don't like are words that dont make any connection with the actual word, its in rap music a lot. Like, "Come check out my pad", seriously? Pad? How is your place of habitat a place of feminine hygiene? Snoop Dogg always makes up words, how does "Fo Shizzle My Nizzle" sound similar to any word? But it doesn't annoy me cause I say Fo' Sho'....All I know is that english language and grammer is dying due to so much slang and made up words i.e. ebonics. English was already a hard class and now its harder. These new generations rarely use proper language because theres so much slang and made up words we use like nicknames. Its annoying how people don't understand my shorthand words lol like 'N' instead of '&' and people dont understand what I'm texting. But I keepz it real by texting anti-T10 style yo! I think its fun to make the boring english language more pizazz'y so what's the harm? There are annoying words out there but it's our society and thats what makes us unique, fo' sho'!! Oh yeah, in Lilo and Stitch, it bothers me when the truck hits Stitch and a guy yells, "What we when hit?!" What the heck are you trying to say? I'm not an annoying strict anal grammer teacher so whatevas!

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    Hi V,
    IRREGARDLESS is my biggest grammar pet peeve. The word should be REGARDLESS, but you would be amazed at how many highly intelligent, prestigious individuals use the word “irregardless” as if it is the correct word to use.

    I remember speaking with a very rude and relentless telephone sales person one day, who was having difficulty accepting that I was not interested in what she was selling. I really do not like hanging up on people, so I was trying to end the conversation graciously.

    She became extremely frustrated and started scolding me for not giving in after her great rebuttal speech. Then she used the word IRREGARDLESS, and I could not hear anything else that she said after that.

    I told her once again that I was not interested in buying her product, and then I paused and said, “by the way – irregardless is not a word.”

    She hung up. HAHA

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    Hanged vs. hung. When someone is HANGED, he/she is NOT hung.

    People who pronounce sociologist Max Weber with the "W" sound. It's pronounced with a "V" people!

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    Angel wrote: Hi V, IRREGARDLESS is my biggest grammar pet peeve. The word should be REGARDLESS, but you would be amazed at how many highly intelligent, prestigious individuals use the word “irregardless” as if it is the correct word to use. I remember speaking with a very rude and relentless telephone sales person one day, who was having difficulty accepting that I was not interested in what she was selling. I really do not like hanging up on people, so I was trying to end the conversation graciously. She became extremely frustrated and started scolding me for not giving in after her great rebuttal speech. Then she used the word IRREGARDLESS, and I could not hear anything else that she said after that. I told her once again that I was not interested in buying her product, and then I paused and said, “by the way – irregardless is not a word.” She hung up. HAHA

    Oh yes....irregardless is a good one!

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    D wrote: Nothing/anything Effect/affect All of the words Mary J. Blige made up for the song "Family Affair".

    Speaking or R & B - Toni Braxton's "Unbreak" in "Unbreak my Heart" is NOT okay.

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    People use the word "irony" the wrong way all the time. It's supposed to mean the opposite of the literal meaning of a phrase or word, and now people use it basically to mean coincidence, which is wrong.

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    Lilo wrote: Hanged vs. hung. When someone is HANGED, he/she is NOT hung. People who pronounce sociologist Max Weber with the "W" sound. It's pronounced with a "V" people!

    Or like "fell" and "felled." Yup.

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    I quite like it when people make up words.
    Two I heard recently, on a radio phone-in, were 'disillusional' which I think fills a gap :-)
    and 'fatalised' (someone talking about a near-murder experience)
    For me, language moves and shifts and is developed by everybody - educated or not. Some of the most boring useage of language I have ever found has been in academic texts.

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    Watching the election coverage last night a man said Obama winning would be a part of historicity.

    Everyone (I was with my sister's family with a friend) was saying,"That's so not even a word! Historicity?"

    Well, it's a word. I learned a new one.

    "The quality of being part of recorded history, as opposed to prehistory."

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    SCRIMPS! As in ordering lobster and SCRIMP! hahahaha

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    People singing at the top of the voice with no clue what the lyrics are. /shudders at flashback of eldests brother's 18th b'day party.


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    I've been researching the language and it's origins of Southern West Virginia for a book I am currently, ok, attempting to write. While many view the usage of certain words and phrases as being improper English, the language itself is still used in areas of Scotland and Ireland today.

    A lot of stigma is placed on the South. We say a word, or a phrase someone believes is being used out of context, it's assumed we're ignorant, when we're really speaking an archaic language-Elizabethan Period English. The phrases, "How come?"- meaning "Why", "got" instead of "has"- "She's got two more years of school."

    I know we don't speak, or use proper English every day. One could check 50 sources and out of the 50, 25 to 30 would state such and such way is correct. We speak as those around us speak.

    I have a huge blog post I am working on regarding the subject. The process has been monotonous, but interesting.

    I do have one peeve. When a person says, "I seen her yesterday," instead of, "I saw her yesterday." Drives me nuts.

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    Hi-
    One misused word that drives me absolutely crazy when I hear even highly educated people say it is; ORIENTATED.

    There is no such word! There is oriented and orientation, but otherwise it's just like conversate, namely, wrong.

    Another is the expression, I couldn't care less.
    I hear people say, "I could care less"
    That is incorrect.
    Thanks for the chance to share.

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    "Supposively" - WTF is THAT?

    Orientated - it is a word, granted. However, it's now become acceptable to use it in place of oriented. And that irritates me.

    I could go on, but no one will read this late post anyway!

    EDIT: Sorry, Marjorie, I just saw your postalso included 'orientated'. My bad!

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    "Supposively" - WTF is THAT?

    Orientated - it is a word, granted. However, it's now become acceptable to use it in place of oriented. And that irritates me.

    I could go on, but no one will read this late post anyway!

    EDIT: Sorry, Marjorie, I just saw your postalso included 'orientated'. My bad!

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    Drives me nuts when people pronounce accessory as - "a-sessory".

    Or when people say 'on accident' instead of 'by accident'.

    When I was taking political science classes in college, the topic of globalization was all the rage, and it used to really piss me off how people would put 'ization' on the end of any word. MacDonaldization and Coca-Colaization are not words!!

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    "Conversate" grates my nerves too. "Irregardless" makes me want to smack fire out of one's ass!

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    Great topic! English is the greatest language on Earth and too many of its users are destroying it. It's like walking around with a loaded gun having never done any target practice. You should be required to have a license to use it! Mispronounced and misused words may just be the downfall of our society! Here are three of the top words which people mispronounce all the time. Help stop the madness:

    1) realtor (two syllables: REAL-tor, not rea-li-tor)
    2) jewelry (two syllables: JEWL-ry, not jew-ler-ry)
    3) preventive (three syllables: pre-VEN-tive, not pre-ven-ta-tive...that isn't a word! And I actually heard the incorrect "pre-ven-ta-tive" used the other day on a radio spot for Kaiser-Permanente! Aack!!)

    And the most misused words in the English language:
    1. further: refers to TIME (I don't want to discuss it any further.)
    2. farther: refers to DISTANCE (I drove a little farther and found what I needed.)

    Of course, there are many charming local colloquialisms that add spice and flavor to English. They serve to enrich the language and keep us all from being clones. For instance, what do you call those sweet carbonated beverages that come in a can?

    Where I grew up in Southeast Missouri it was SODA. Then I went away to college in Indiana and didn't understand the girls who kept asking me if I wanted a POP. (The first time I heard the question, I thought, "But I already have a father.") Later, I worked in the deep south and was asked if I'd like a COKE. When I said yes, the waitress asked, "What kind?" Coke being the generic term in deep south for Sprite, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper AND Coca-cola. Now I live in the west, where the term SOFT DRINK is often used. Thought I'd heard it all, until my sister married a guy from South Africa, who calls all sweet, carbonated beverages COLDDRINKS.

    Anyone else have a favorite local or regional slang word?




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    I hate when people say unexplainably. The word you're looking for is inexplicably--and it's more fun to say anyway.

    I also hate that every single person who goes on a court show says, "So I borrowed him the money."

    No. No you didn't. You loaned him the money.

    For pronunciation, I hate it when people pronounce the "t" in often--though I forgive them, because you would think that you would. It sounds more proper and less lazy to pronounce the "t", but in fact, it's incorrect.

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    Isoke wrote: Okay, I have to add this one for you Vivian... "I could care less." You could care less??!!!! You COULD care less???!!!!

    Oh my goodness, I could go on all day about grammar mistakes, back formations ("conversate," "orientate," etc.), and other problems that plague people who don't read. But SPELLING mistakes can be particularly hilarious. My mother (an English professor) and I (also a teacher) have a list of greatest hits--here are a few:

    --a student who lamented our "doggie-dog world"

    --a student who declared that, for him, happiness was "putting my arms around my girlfriend's waste"

    --a student who dramatically talked about some wandering "sole" in Dante's Inferno

    --a student who referred to "human beings and other living orgasms"

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    I have an acquaintance who enjoys changing out floor mat for format. Example: the floormat of our business proposal is really quite simple(to walk on, or wipe off your shoes?) but we need to pay obsessive attention....to...uh...the floormat. Really?

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    Samantha wrote: I hate when people say unexplainably. The word you're looking for is inexplicably--and it's more fun to say anyway. I also hate that every single person who goes on a court show says, "So I borrowed him the money." No. No you didn't. You loaned him the money. For pronunciation, I hate it when people pronounce the "t" in often--though I forgive them, because you would think that you would. It sounds more proper and less lazy to pronounce the "t", but in fact, it's incorrect.

    Those are great ones, Sam. One often hears "lent" him the money, too. And I think people who say the "t" in often should be fined!

    And what about INFER and IMPLY?

    Communication takes two people. The sender and the receiver. Only the sender can IMPLY something, and only the receiver can INFER something from that message.

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    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius!

    Everybody misuses that one! :-) Just playing around!

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    My friend says "associate" in the place of "acquaintance "... it drives me absolutely insane.

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    My pet peeve is the incorrect usage of to be, as in "...and I be trying to yadda yadda yadda." It just kills me. The other one is adding an "s" to the word mine, as in "I need to hurry up and get mines". The third one is pronouncing sandwich as sammich. Stop the insanity!!!

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    Nuclear - nucular.

    Say what? Drives me nuts.

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    Hillary wrote: Oh my goodness, I could go on all day about grammar mistakes, back formations ("conversate," "orientate," etc.), and other problems that plague people who don't read. But SPELLING mistakes can be particularly hilarious. My mother (an English professor) and I (also a teacher) have a list of greatest hits--here are a few: --a student who lamented our "doggie-dog world" --a student who declared that, for him, happiness was "putting my arms around my girlfriend's waste" --a student who dramatically talked about some wandering "sole" in Dante's Inferno --a student who referred to "human beings and other living orgasms"

    Those are hilarious!!

    I used to teach, but I didn't have the forethought to write some of the good ones down. Darn it!

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    Shelly Rae wrote: Nuclear - nucular. Say what? Drives me nuts.

    Thank God we're finally getting a president who knows how to say it correctly!

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    Well, let's see, I cringe at just about every word the 43rd pesident of the United States makes up while speaking to the public.

    And here are a few that make my internal diagrammer wince:

    Accept, Except
    Affect, Effect
    Allusion, Illusion
    Borrowed, Lend
    Capital, Capitol
    Climactic, Climatic
    Elicit, Illicit
    Emigrate from, Immigrate to
    Infer/Imply
    Principle, Principal
    Than, Then
    There, Their, They're
    To, Too, Two
    Your, You're
    Lie, Lay
    Set, Sit
    Who, Which, That
    Irregardless, Regardless
    The use and abuse of the word "Like."
    The use of the word "um."




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    Irregardless is not a real word, regardless of how many people use it!

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    The `could of' one is extremely common and very annoying. I was an English teacher for 12 years so these mispronounced words are grating. Made-up words are a different matter. I do them all the time a la Lewis Carroll who made up words like `chortle' which is a cross between snort and chuckle. Excellent and so apt.

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    D wrote: Nothing/anything Effect/affect All of the words Mary J. Blige made up for the song "Family Affair".

    Hateration, Holleration, dancerie. LOL I thought I was the only one who thought those words could have been omitted!

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    The ones that jump off the page at me are the misuses of, their/there, your/you're...

    Depending on the forum...I like invented words...I see that Link-a-licious is used on this site and when just kickin' it around, I like the invented words. It seems to be a peek inside someone's unique personality. I like letting the dialogue speech of my screenwriting creep over into my casual writing:)

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    I hate when supposedly-educated people say "supposebly."

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    MOST IMPORTANTLY

    Newscasters, pundits, celebrities have made this acceptable. But it's not.

    MOST IMPORTANT is correct. No ly.

    I once asked a newscaster why they all say "gonna" now instead of "going to."

    S/he said, "We've been told to dumb down to the viewer. Speaking English in the correct form is regarded as elitist and offensive."

    Oy.

    Great post V.

    We all ponder and learn along it's way.

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    Just heard one on the news! Someone used the phrase: time to call in the cavalry. Only they said "Calvary."

    CAL-var-y is the name of the hill where Jesus was crucified.
    CAV-al-ry is a mounted infantry division.



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    Isoke wrote: LMAO...


    I HATE supposeBly!! Drives me up a wall!


    I live in Manhattan, and there's this place called... wait for it...


    "Mercedes' INTERATIONAL Hair Salon"

    It cracks me up every time I pass it. EVERY time.

    Also, they have a sign in the window to let you know that they also do "Eye Brown Waxing".

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    Can't believe no one has put the misuse of apostrophes in here. I looked through this whole entire thread to make sure!

    The rule is simple, people. The apostrophe stands for a missing letter or for a possessive. I go nuts when I see signs in front of people's houses that say their last name with an apostrophe-s on the end. "The Smith's." The Smith's WHAT?!?!

    Oh, and it's not "drug," or "drugged." It's "dragged." As in, "He dragged her, kicking and screaming, into the boudoir."

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    V:

    1. Even The New York Times has gotten this wrong: the words for the arm muscles, biceps and triceps, are not plural--they are singular Latin nouns. There is no such word as bicep or tricep. The plural is bicepses and tricepses.

    2. their (possessive) for there--a place.

    3. It's (the contraction of it is) for its (possessive adjective).

    4. Lay for present tense of lie. To lay is to place someone or something down. It requires an object. To (exception--the poetic, as in "now I lay me down to sleep" the prayer is actively placing him- or herself down). I am going to lie down, not lay down. Past tense of lie: I lay down the phone.

    5. Drug for dragged. There is no such past tense of dragged as drug. Drug is a medication.

    6. A picture is hung. A guilty person is hanged, unless you choose to place him or her on the wall like a portrait.

    7. Robo sapien, a play on Homo sapiens, is wrong. The word sapien does not exist. The adjective sapiens is Latin for "wise." Using sapien is not sapiens, homo (means human, not short for gay).

    More where that came from--Randy

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    Me, myself, personally, I wish that the word "myself" would be completely extracted from the English language. People say "myself" all the time, especially when they're trying to "sound smart," as oppoosed to "me." ... Pronoun misuages also drive me up the proverbial wall "Come with Angelina and I" (instead of me) ... Ooh! And when people say "mines" or would that be "mine's" not "mine." Isn't mine already possessive?

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    Oh, I absolutely HATE when this happens. I realize people, including myself, make mistakes with grammar, but COME ON!!

    EXpresso, costed, guesstimate, ax (ask)...

    These just get under my skin.

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    I loathe the use of the non-word "supposibly". In terms of writing, the one I commonly see is the use of the word loose where the word lose should be used. The most misused is the possessive form of their, the contraction they're, and the reference to a location, there. A lot of people just don't know the difference.

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    This is one of my major pet peeves. There are so many people who can't string together a cohesive, grammatically correct sentence. I often wonder how they manage in life and how they got through school. It is inexcusable. And as for spelling, for crissakes, if you know it's not a strong point, use the spell check feature!!

    The prime offenders for me are as follows:
    mines instead of mine....arghhhh...this is grade school english people!
    Improper use of the words there and their, accept and except and lose and loose.

    Amusingly, I read the NY Post every day and I don't know what kind of editors they have but there are always several articles with improper use of the english language and grammar. They also tend to leave out entire words...I want to rip the paper to shreds when I see this. I calm down after reading Page Six but still!


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    Heather wrote: Oh, I absolutely HATE when this happens. I realize people, including myself, make mistakes with grammar, but COME ON!! EXpresso, costed, guesstimate, ax (ask)... These just get under my skin.

    Yes, Heather! Angela Basset's character in"Boys in the Hood" asks for an "expresso" at a cafe! Perhaps it was a subtle detail director John Singleton threw in to make her character sound more noueau riche. That's what stops me from throwing my cat at the television! I mean...

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    based upon
    axe
    singular subject and plural verb
    off of
    ... too many to name ... !

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    I half no prublims wit gramer wutsoevr.

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    Guesstimate
    Reiterate
    Nuclar

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    Yes, yes, yes! I can't stand when people use "conversate" too, as if the word "converse" doesn't even exist. I also cringe at "liberry," as opposed "library," and "ax" instead of "ask."

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    D wrote: It's okay, that one grinds my gears too and I would scream too. It gets realLY hard to heard people say that they want somethin "real bad." Argh, no.

    Oh my lord, all the "real" when it should be "really" situations drive me bonkers. I also hate it when people reply "good" to "how are you?" instead of "well." Snobby, I know.

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    I rilly like to talk good to the ladies. It makes me feel well....(grunt, snort, sniff).


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    D wrote: Nothing/anything Effect/affect All of the words Mary J. Blige made up for the song "Family Affair".

    Yes girl!! ROTFLAMO!!!!!!

    Don't need no HATERATION, HOLLERATION, in this DANCERY."

    WTF does this supposed to mean??

    :)

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    Mine would have to be when people say, "amalams" and "screet" instead of "ambulance" and "street"

    And the worst one of all:
    ir-regardless!! Huh? LOL!

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    What, incorrect? Who cares? No, you want sixty minutes or less to live? What are you going to do, poke that 200-pound rayon pink queen next to you on the A train because you heard her say she wants to lay down quick when she gets home? Problem, Houston. Get over it. Confession. I'm not advocating total pacifism. My torment has to do with sound, not substance. If I'm on that same A train next to professional chicks who get their grammar right but say everything as if they have acute constipation? Oh, right, like you don't hear it too. Like Starbucks is the name of your pet reindeer. Fight the right fight.

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    Hey V!

    I'll be honest -- I love when people make up words -- especially when they insert curses into them, like "sh**-tastic" -- that's my fave these days.

    However, I will admit that bad spelling drives me loco...ever since the Overlords Gates and Jobs bestowed the almighty Spellcheck upon us, there's just no good reason not to get things right...although I do strongly support the intended error that is purposely noted with an apostrophe - like gonna', runnin' and the great old school phrase…breakin’! (Not to be confused with the superior “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo”).

    Lata (the one misspelling I don’t mark with ' )

    IJ

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    Hey V!

    I'll be honest -- I love when people make up words -- especially when they insert curses into them, like "sh**-tastic" -- that's my fave these days.

    However, I will admit that bad spelling drives me loco...ever since the Overlords Gates and Jobs bestowed the almighty Spellcheck upon us, there's just no good reason not to get things right...although I do strongly support the intended error that is purposely noted with an apostrophe - like gonna', runnin' and the great old school phrase…breakin’! (Not to be confused with the superior “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo”).

    Lata (the one misspelling I don’t mark with ' )

    IJ

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    Loose for "lose." You wouldn't believe how many times I've seen that. This one really drives it home for me...HARD. =)

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    Ya'll need to hang wit more smarter peeps, irregardless of them bein' buds or whatnot!!!!

    Everything that comes out of a teenager's mouth drives me CRAZY.

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    I receive a lot of emails. I often find the misuse of to, too and two. As well as there and their. And "ANYWAYS" drives me nuts!

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    Lady Sauce wrote: When people say.."don't take it personal"..........IT'S PERSONALLY, IT'S AN ADVERB! Sorry for the yelling :)

    C is right on the money...everyone is leaving off the "LY" that belongs on adverbs....it's totally wrong and disgusting. For example: I got there really "quick", should be, "quickly"....I got there VERY QUICKLY. It is happening all the time now and I fear our English is at stake.....it's just not right....

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    People who say 'pacifically' instead of specifically is the most annoying thing in the world.

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    Misuse of the word "literally" drives me up the wall. "Literally" means you are ACTUALLY doing what you say you are; it means the opposite of "figuratively." You can't literally go nuts, you can't literally drive up a wall, you can't literally eat your heart out. Those are just figures of speech. Yet I hear people misuse "literally" like they think it means "really" or something. IT DOESN'T!!!

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    My guy, as smart as he is, says ACROST, instead of ACROSS??!! Like father, like son.

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    Nauseous vs. nauseated!!!!

    And, how hard is it REALLY to pronounce nuclear??

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    Personally, I hate when anyone uses a word over nine letters, and didn't even bother to read the damn definition. A dictionary is not that expensive.

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    OK, I HATE when people use the word "irregardless." Regardless of whether or not it's an actual word, it sounds awful and drives me crazy!!

    I also hate when people add S where it doesn't belong at the end of words or titles, like the grocery store Jewel, people say "Jewel's" or "Barnes & Nobles."

    And how irritating is it when people don't know when to use affect vs. effect, or they use the wrong there/their/they're?? Didn't we learn that in Kindergarten??

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    Okay....top of my list - "I should have WENT." It's the conversational equivalent of acid washed jeans on a man.

    Then DONUT. Too easy, people. Work for it. No, doughnut isn't logical. Neither is the spelling of yacht. But hey, life isn't logical. Deal with it, America.

    That's about it for word-related irritation. As for general irritation, hey, there's plenty more.



    The word often when it is mispronounced off-ten. When someone says that, what they actually saying is "I'm trying too hard because I'm insecure. Please think I'm smart."






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    Okay....top of my list - "I should have WENT." It's the conversational equivalent of acid washed jeans on a man.

    Then DONUT. Too easy, people. Work for it. No, doughnut isn't logical. Neither is the spelling of yacht. But hey, life isn't logical. Deal with it, America.

    That's about it for word-related irritation. As for general irritation, hey, there's plenty more.



    The word often when it is mispronounced off-ten. When someone says that, what they actually saying is "I'm trying too hard because I'm insecure. Please think I'm smart."






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    What about President Bush's pronunciation of the word "nuclear" as "nyu-kyu-lar" instead of "noo-klee-er." Sarah Palin pronounces it the same way as Bush.....makes me want to beat them both until they say "uncle."

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    Elizabeth wrote: I was an English major so I tend to be a bit of a grammar Nazi as well. Some of my personal favorites, and I use the term favorites with as much sarcasm as I can muster at a quarter to midnight. there/their/they're affect/effect alot instead of a lot conversate(although I am embarassed to admit that I used to throw that around in my everyday slang conversation even though I was perfectly aware that it isnt a real word) and when people say axe instead of ASK that irks me so much!!!!!!! Why do people nowadays think that it is more admirable to sound uneducated and "street" instead of speaking intelligently and with class? When did our culture change that it is more cool to sound ignorant than intelligent? People in my grandparents era were proud of being educated why are people throwing away their education?

    Some grammatical suggestions: "Why do people today think that it is more admirable to sound uneducated and 'street' than to speak intelligently and with class?" [parallel structure] "When did our culture change SO that it is now more cool to sound ignorant than intelligent? People in my grandparents' era were proud of being educated." [proper punctuation] (For a "grammar Nazi," your swaztika is a bit crooked.)

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    Elizabeth wrote: I was an English major so I tend to be a bit of a grammar Nazi as well. Some of my personal favorites, and I use the term favorites with as much sarcasm as I can muster at a quarter to midnight. there/their/they're affect/effect alot instead of a lot conversate(although I am embarassed to admit that I used to throw that around in my everyday slang conversation even though I was perfectly aware that it isnt a real word) and when people say axe instead of ASK that irks me so much!!!!!!! Why do people nowadays think that it is more admirable to sound uneducated and "street" instead of speaking intelligently and with class? When did our culture change that it is more cool to sound ignorant than intelligent? People in my grandparents era were proud of being educated why are people throwing away their education?

    Some grammatical suggestions: " ... more admirable to sound uneducated and 'street' THAN TO SPEAK intelligently and with class?" [parallel structure] "When did our culture change SO that it is NOW more cool ..." [cause and effect]

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    Cindi wrote: My kids would say that I'm a grammar Nazi. True. Can't help it. In general, I cut people a lot of slack but when it comes to grammar there IS a right way and a wrong way and when I hear language mangled ... man, I have to grit my teeth and bear it; however, if my kids or husband are the perpetrators. I correct them. That's my perogative. I don't really care if I embarrass them. I figure if I harangue them long and hard enough they will stop doing it (because it drives me freaking mad and I can't stand it and if mama ain't happy ... well, you know!) For the most part, they have.

    Is it "true" that they would say that, or "true" that you are indeed a grammar Nazi? The purpose of grammar is clarity.

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    Thomas wrote: People use the word "irony" the wrong way all the time. It's supposed to mean the opposite of the literal meaning of a phrase or word, and now people use it basically to mean coincidence, which is wrong.

    "Isn't it ironic, don'tcha think?"

    I think that's Alanis' fault!

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    Elizabeth wrote: What about President Bush's pronunciation of the word "nuclear" as "nyu-kyu-lar" instead of "noo-klee-er." Sarah Palin pronounces it the same way as Bush.....makes me want to beat them both until they say "uncle."

    My favorite Bushism was the word "strategery." I also loved his good ol' boy catchphrases; "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...and...and, ya can't get fooled again." Brilliant!

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    AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAHHHHHHHHA!

    Dina said "scrimps." I love that.
    Marissa done stold my naseatedness
    Lilo--you morbid girl--hanged is a classic!

    There's "If I was you" instead of using the subjunctive "If I were you." That bugs.

    How about this one: "If I'm not mistaken..."

    Well no sh!t, if you're not mistaken you'd be correct.

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    The worst offenders are people who re-appropriate internet slang for use in everyday conversation. "Hey guys, I'm gonna run to the bathroom. B-R-B!"... "Did that really happen, O-M-G that is so L-O-L."... "I lost my iphone. J-K!!!!" Come on, it's one thing to type or text it, but please, in the real world let's speak like human beings. It's things like this that make older generations hate us.

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    oh my gosh, the one that kills me the most is when someone asks you to "borrow them" something, instead of saying lend or loan. It's a common one in Minnesota where I'm from, and it drives me CRAZY!

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    D wrote: "Grant it." Dropped the -d from past tense words, such as teen-aged, plus sized, supposed, etc. Also, passed and past are NOT the same word. They are used differently.

    Or better yet, I've heard people "taking things for granite." Maybe this means they're in stone??

    Irregardless is another personal favorite, along with the fairly recent appearance of the possessive pronoun "mine's."

    Also wouldn't mind much if "like" and "you know" were officially banish-ed from the language, except when there for their actual God-given purposes.

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    Where you at? Where is it at? You don't need the at! Proper grammar is disappearing quick. I mean quickly. Let's all work on it.

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    Jessica wrote: I got one that is an ongoing arguement between a few friends and I. "Jenn went to the mall against her own will. Matt DRAGGED her there.....DRUGGED her there......DRUG her there.."? I say dragged. Everyone tells me Im wrong. Anyone?

    Depends whether there were actual narcotics involved.

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    In the dental field, treatment is broken up into 3 parts.

    1) Preventive
    2) Basic
    3) Major

    I see the first one spelled incorrectly all the time. Most of the time, it's done by dentists and other dental employees.

    Preventive is a 3 syllable word....not prevenTAtive. For some reason, the "a" gets thrown in there. ???

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    There's one expression that gets me every time: "I'm going to give it 150 percent." Why is it necessary to say "150%" instead of just "100 percent?" Does that extra 50% make all the difference? I mean, is it really that necessary? It's kind of like a little kid who insists that he's five and a quarter years old, except that it's somewhat endearing when a kid says it and just plain annoying when anyone capable of operating heavy machinery does.

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    Thomas wrote: People use the word "irony" the wrong way all the time. It's supposed to mean the opposite of the literal meaning of a phrase or word, and now people use it basically to mean coincidence, which is wrong.

    Damn Alanis!!

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    I hate HATE ...HAAAATTTTE...when people say 'No worries'...I don't know why it sticks in my crawl but it does. ESPECIALLY when someone says it over something, I didn't think I should be worrying about in the first place. HA!

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    I think it is the anagrams of LOL. I mean what is it? Laugh out loud? Lots of love? I have my own language so I guess I can't complain.

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    Briana wrote: I don't mind when people make up words that best express the way they feel. I especially love when Stephen Colbert does it. What really gets under my skin is mispronouncing a word or using improper grammar to make a rhyme in a song. My skin is crawling just thinking about Paula Cole..."open up your morning light/and say a little prayer for I...". For ME. It's say a little prayer for ME. Now I'm upset.

    I was in high school. I can remember sitting in the back seat of the car and that song came on the radio. My father threw a fit.

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    Being the grammar freak that I am, I CANNOT STAND when people use the work "irregardless." It is NOT A WORD!! It's hysterical to me when I hear big CEOs and other people in high ranking positions using it.

    I'm also with Samantha and the whole "often" thing. The "t" should not be pronounced.

    Oh and one more...I don't understand why people say "I could care less." Well, if you COULD care less, then you're really saying that you do care...which is not what you're trying to say...right??

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    If done intentionally and with humor, making up new words is an art form. Colbert's "truthiness" is amazing. The best one I can take credit for is "autoumbilicology", the study of one's own navel.

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    Donna wrote: Just heard one on the news! Someone used the phrase: time to call in the cavalry. Only they said "Calvary." CAL-var-y is the name of the hill where Jesus was crucified. CAV-al-ry is a mounted infantry division.

    Right about now... I'm laughing so hard... somebody might have to call the "Calvary" because I'm about to die laughing!

    A friend of mine said... "Girl, she was sharp as the Board of Health!"

    I was like... "Really... are you sure?....not.... sharp as a TAC?.... not CLEAN as the Board of Health?"


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    I no what you mean V. I don't like hearing people say the phrase "white trash." I think it's a very divisive phrase. I would prefer to hear people refer to others they don't like as simply "Trash" instead of "white trash.
    Wouldn't it sound weird if I called someone "Black Trash"

    I must admit though, if you do the research to find out why people say these weird things V, you might be intrigued with the answers you find.

    When people say phrase "White Trash" it's because White Americans hold everyone in their race to a certain criteria or standard. And any person who falls short of this universal standard is labeled "White Trash." I think the phrase serves a great purpose because it keeps everyone aware of their roles in society.
    I've used this word to create the word "Black Trash." Black trash is anybody you uses the objective conditions of a community, (Things like poverty and racism) as exuses for not being successful. It's not uncommon today to hear stories about people like Jay Z who blew up from Marcy project to become the President at Def Jam. It's not uncommon to hear stories about black men like Tyler Perry who come from living in the back of seat of a truck; now he has his own show on television. It's not even uncommon to hear stories about a black man who went to occidental college in California, and now he's the President of the United States.
    Again "Black Trash" is any black person who uses the objective conditions of a community (things like poverty and racism) as excuses for not being successful. I know the road to success is everything but obstacle free, but it's important to view obstacles as detours instead of derailments on our roads to success.
    You see V, you don't get frustrate to the point where a phrase bothers you. Do the research to understand why people speak the way they do.

    Have a good one.

    J. Cole


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    First, I forgive Jahmal for everything. Baby!

    On another note, it really gets to me when men write : "I like a women..."

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    Uh, Kari: Just say "regardless" unless you're funnin'.....

    I think the word "like" should be expunged from the dictionary and removed from everyone's cerebral cortex.

    Like, I like it, but, like, it drives me, like, crazy!

    Oh, sorry. That's cell-phone speak. Different language altogether. My bad.

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    "there", "Their", and "they're".

    They all mean different things, and I hate it when people switch those up on account of laziness.

    Also, when people pronounce "mature" with the "t" sound instead of saying "Machure".

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    Dann wrote: "there", "Their", and "they're". They all mean different things, and I hate it when people switch those up on account of laziness. Also, when people pronounce "mature" with the "t" sound instead of saying "Machure".

    I totally agree. The mature thing really bugs me. I also hate when people say puberty like pooberty. It makes my skin crawl!

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    "Fustrated." I have heard many people who inexplicably think this is how you say frustrated. It frustrates me to hear it.

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    Jessica wrote: I got one that is an ongoing arguement between a few friends and I. "Jenn went to the mall against her own will. Matt DRAGGED her there.....DRUGGED her there......DRUG her there.."? I say dragged. Everyone tells me Im wrong. Anyone?

    Jessica, if Matt did indeed "drug" her there, OMG, it's a felony! Forget about the grammar; act like a grandma -- which is to say, always be very careful when out in the mixed company of today.

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    "Alls I'm saying..." ALLS? What is that?

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    V
    Bryan wrote: The worst offenders are people who re-appropriate internet slang for use in everyday conversation. "Hey guys, I'm gonna run to the bathroom. B-R-B!"... "Did that really happen, O-M-G that is so L-O-L."... "I lost my iphone. J-K!!!!" Come on, it's one thing to type or text it, but please, in the real world let's speak like human beings. It's things like this that make older generations hate us.

    LOL!!!! I LOVE THAT!!! THATS SO FUNNY!!!

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    All I have to say is that after January 20th, it won’t be an issue anymore.

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    How about "sammich" or "brefest". Lazy speech is indicative of lazy minds, and lends to the thought that the person speaking is an uneducated ass.

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    Enormity
    The word "enormity" has NOTHING to do with size. It refers to atrociousness or heinousness, as in "the enormity of Hitler's crimes." Obama used it incorrectly the other day and I recently saw it used incorrectly in the New York Times (!).
    To refer to great size, you can use "enormousness."

    He and I, Him and Me
    Which one would you use:
    They gave the books to him and me.
    They gave the books to he and I.
    It's very easy -- just take "him/he" out of the sentence. Would you say "They gave the books to I?" No. You would say "They gave the books to me."
    I nearly bit my teeth off in the scene in "Beetlejuice," when Catherine O'Hara's character says "Go away and let Otho and I think." NOOOOOOO "let Otho and ME think." Yeah, and I know just what you should think about.

    Me and Her and Him
    I can't stand it when people use the TOTALLY WRONG pronoun. "Me and him went to the store." "Her and John went to the movies." "Can her and me have some ice cream?" AAAAAAAAAGGGHHHHHHHH Kill me now! Better, kill them.

    And don't put apostrophes at the end of the singular form of a family name when referring to the family, as in "The Greene's." NOO It's "The Greenes." "The Goldbergs," not "The Goldberg's."

    "It's" is a contraction of "it is." If your construction could not be equally served by "it is," then DO NOT use "it's," use "its,"
    which is a possessive.

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    I'm late on this conversation, but I have so many incorrect word use and pro-nown-se-a-shun pet peeves that I don't know where to start. Three that leap to mind are:

    Pacific when you really mean SPECIFIC
    Subscription when you really mean PRESCRIPTION
    LaBtop instead of laPtop
    UGH!

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    I realize I'm late for this party, but I have so many incorrect word use and pro-nown-se-a-shun pet peeves that I don't know where to start. Three that leap to mind are:

    Pacific when you really mean SPECIFIC
    Subscription when you really mean PRESCRIPTION
    LaBtop instead of laPtop
    UGH!

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    One that drives me up the wall - especially since it's becoming accepted - is the use of "their" to avoid having to say "he or she."

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    Incorrect spelling - per sai, per say...

    PER SE! It's French.

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    The difference between Affect and Effect. Unfortunately, most people do not use these correctly.

    My other HUGE peeve is when people use the word "literally" to try to make a point when they really mean "figuratively."

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    Also, it goes almost without saying that any time someone uses the improper form of a word it drives me crazy. Examples:

    Their, they're and there.
    Your and You're.
    It's and its.

    And most recently, I saw someone use "dear" when they were referring to the animal "deer." Now that is just a a spelling mistake but come on!

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    i cant stand the word "classy". also, any inventive grammer or vocabulary usage by Sarah Palin.

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    Tracee wrote: I realize I'm late for this party, but I have so many incorrect word use and pro-nown-se-a-shun pet peeves that I don't know where to start. Three that leap to mind are: Pacific when you really mean SPECIFIC Subscription when you really mean PRESCRIPTION LaBtop instead of laPtop UGH!

    girl who are your friends?

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    Isoke wrote: I'm gonna be real "pacific" right now, I only have these items for "sell", but I'll "hook" you up if you break me off a "lil somefin excra". I know ya'll are laughin right now, but that's really what she "had said".

    y'all is a contraction for you+all = y'all. it's not spelled ya'll.

    and that's MY pet peeve!

    also, the it's the year '99 not 99'

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