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Spike
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Not quite in the same vein, but I love it:  years ago I saw a story about something or another on local news.  The person being interviewed (just a woman on the street) referred to her recent disillusionment (as in dissolution of marriage).  All I could think was "Ain't that the truth?"

Like Aud, I use both a lot and alot.  I know that one is wrong, but it is so much easier to type.  It should be standard English.  Someday it may be (not "maybe").

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Just saw

 

"Its defiantly full on study, but a great creative environment to learn in."

 

le sigh

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Recently saw: ...for all intense purposes...

It's intents and purposes, people! I realize English is more exceptions than rules, but really? Learn your mother tongue! [Image Can Not Be Found]

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You may never again read the word in the same way. I don't. The Alot.

Edit: fixed, thanks Toger.

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Her post is brilliant.

I've been to her site for God of Cake wherein I had to shut my office door due to incessant giggling on my part.

*edit: pronoun correction

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Author is female: Allie.  Always hilarious, her posts are eagerly awaited by thousands. So far her latest has 1070 comments.

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Just read about the dogs and moving... I had to close my door again because of the loud giggling. I think I choked a couple of times trying to keep it under control. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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"for all intense purposes" – maybe it was for a laxative?

 

*edit - hahaha, just read 'alot', good stuff

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That is one quality link Yap, thanks. "You're right! Alots are known for their superior swimming capabilities." Priceless.

It's only within the last month or so that I've come to understand that intents and purposes isn't intensive purposes. My Irish friend corrected me, much to my embarressment. I know, I know; I underwent an evening of self-flagellation as penance. I think because it's only a phrase I've heard spoken eg. "intents 'n' purposes" — with the "n" pronounced almost silently where I come from — I've never thought anything of it.

I come from a place where "tin tin tin" can mean "It isn't in the tin". Yeah.

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My three favourite English fuck-ups are:

 

  1. The ambiguity surrounding weather channel folk and how you're never quite sure if they know it's called "wind chill" and not "windshield."
  2. "I could care less." < I think it should be written into law that users of this contradictory phrase may be slapped by anyone who wishes.
  3. "It's a mute point" or "The point is mute."

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xtal said:

  1. "It's a mute point" or "The point is mute."

I've heard that said.  In which case their point SHOULD be mute, don't you think.

Our local news people have been mispronouncing, and in fact, misusing, the word "vigil" for years.  They pronounce it "vidual".  And use it to mean waiting for someone to return, or be found or caught - lost child, wandering Alzheimer's  patient, thug-on-the-run, etc.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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One that I find myself getting wrong is 'explaination' instead of 'explanation'. I know it's wrong but I still spell it that way sometimes.

Also, I see 'loose' used in place of 'lose' all the time. At this point it's probably done on purpose as a joke, sort of a version of 'teh'.

I doubt much can be done to stop the use of terms like 'alot' and 'alright'. The people have spoken and they don't care.

 

EDIT: …probably often done on purpose… Hard to say how many people don't know the difference and how many are being dry.

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Alot and alright will probabley becume excepted vernaculor and offical useages.

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I think your right Finklove.  You're usages are wonderful and I applaud this post.

 

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I forgot about the your/you're pet peeve and how much I cringe when people do not use them properly.

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Auditrix said:

 

I forgot about the your/you're pet peeve and how much I cringe when people do not use them properly.


Their, their, now, Aud.  Don't get all het up about your/you're.

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When I'm elected President my first task will be ramming legislation preventing the use of surreal as synonym for odd or weird.

Driving down main and seeing a goat wearing a hat standing on a melting clock is surreal. Loosing rock paper scissers three times in a row is not.

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xtal said:

"I could care less." < I think it should be written into law that

users of this contradictory phrase may be slapped by anyone who wishes.


Grrr. I concur.

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This just in:

"I can diffidently notice a graphical difference …"

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Diffidently? What the hell?

 

And going back a few more posts, I'm d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y in agreement with Fink on the improper overuse of "surreal." I, too, am guilty of this one sometimes.

Almost nothing that people say is surreal should actually be considered surreal.

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