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Offline flowers

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The Use Of Words...Some Pet Peeves Of Mine, What Are Yours?
« on: August 09, 2013, 02:28:12 PM »
Words that are used these days that are a pet peeve of mine.

Homeland Security. I hate that word "homeland" for me it sounds so Hiltler like.
Democracy. They always say we are a democracy when we are not.
Level the playing field.
Social Justice.

What are some of yours you don't care for or are a pet peeve of yours?


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Re: The Use Of Words...Some Pet Peeves Of Mine, What Are Yours?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2013, 02:35:53 PM »

'begs the question' for 'raises the question'.

Begging the question is a logical fallacy that has nothing to do with prompting a question. 



'anxious' for 'eager'.

Anxious means 'filled with anxiety', not eagerly anticipating something.


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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2013, 07:06:52 PM »

"irregardless"..........UGH!


"should have WENT with us".......you'd be surprised how many people use it there.


and incorrect usage of "to...and too"
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2013, 07:39:34 PM »
Fair

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2013, 09:01:34 PM »
Let me be clear....

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013, 08:11:31 AM »
Hopefully, as in, "Hopefully, the rain will hold off," when one means, "I hope the rain holds off."

Using "alumni" when only one person is referenced, e.g., "He's an alumni of our high school."


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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2013, 08:18:22 AM »
Mixing singular and plural.  For example: "The consumer wants good value for their money."  I encounter it all the time in my students' writing and it drives me nuts.  I can't get them to stop it.  Another one is the overuse of the word "you" instead of maintaining a first or third person narrative.  They just love to slip into the comfortable, non-threatening second person.

It's like when you go to a discussion forum, you know, and you post a reply... (instead of just saying I went to a discussion forum and posted a reply).
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2013, 08:19:06 AM »
Hopefully, as in, "Hopefully, the rain will hold off," when one means, "I hope the rain holds off."

Using "alumni" when only one person is referenced, e.g., "He's an alumni of our high school."

I hate when they use "media" as singular instead of plural. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2013, 08:44:09 AM »
I hate when they use "media" as singular instead of plural.
I quite agree. Too bad so many "media types," including conservative talk radio hosts, don't understand the correct use of the word.
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2013, 08:52:22 AM »
I hate when they use "media" as singular instead of plural.

The Media are asses.
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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2013, 09:43:36 AM »
My local TV newscast is a daily adventure in bad grammar. Continuing on ...
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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2013, 10:09:07 AM »
The word "saw" is all but gone. From newscasters to reporters to editors and people everywhere, the common usage is, "I seen it!". No one says, "I saw it!" anymore.
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2013, 10:28:08 AM »
People who complain about the word ain't. It's a valid word.

Massadvj - you'd go nuts on my writing. I mangle singular and plural (and tenses) all the time. It's deliberate though.
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Re: The Use Of Words...Some Pet Peeves Of Mine, What Are Yours?
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2013, 10:35:09 AM »
I mangle singular and plural (and tenses) all the time. It's deliberate though.

And why is that?  Care to expound?
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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2013, 11:02:54 AM »
And why is that?  Care to expound?

Singular and plural is usually an accident due to not paying attention. Sometimes though it is deliberate - I use it to show the multiple facets of an individual. There are multiple you's. That sometimes needs be acknowledged to make things more real.

Tenses - well, I use a change of tense to show a flashback or flash forward, instead of making a scene break. Or sometimes I screw up.  :laugh:

My poor editor goes nuts over it - she is very OCD about grammar.
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Re: The Use Of Words...Some Pet Peeves Of Mine, What Are Yours?
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2013, 11:29:38 AM »
I mangle singular and plural (and tenses) all the time. It's deliberate though.

And why is that?  Care to expound?

Ditto.
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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2013, 11:36:42 AM »
People who complain about the word ain't. It's a valid word.

Massadvj - you'd go nuts on my writing. I mangle singular and plural (and tenses) all the time. It's deliberate though.

I am paid to prepare college students for professional writing.  There are certain things that identify a writer as an amateur when they show up in a business report.  The two I identified are big red flags that tell the reader "I am an amateur." 

In script writing or fiction, it would be a far different story.  Ditto in a discussion forum.

Still, it doesn't hurt to show some writing discipline in discussion fora. 
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Re: The Use Of Words...Some Pet Peeves Of Mine, What Are Yours?
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2013, 12:01:15 PM »
"At the end of the day" has been overused to the point of annoyance for me.

I also see a lot of "there, they're, and their" confusion that is annoyingly distracting.

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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2013, 03:15:41 PM »
"My Bad"    Where the H%## did that horrible phrase come from?  Destroys the redemptive power and the  meaning of the words "I'm Sorry" changing it to a say and forget now lets move on bad grammar quip.   
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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2013, 03:20:30 PM »
And call ne stupid if you want, but I just don't get "Stupid is as Stupid Does".    If someone is being a dumb ass, then say so, instead of relying on a metrosexual phrase popularized by Forest Gump.
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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2013, 06:05:18 PM »
Memo to America: one does not make a noun plural by adding an apostrophe and an "s," e.g., "I have two dog's."
Two dog's what? Two dog's leashes, collars, squeaky toys? (Or is that "toy's"?)
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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2013, 06:15:16 PM »
Still, it doesn't hurt to show some writing discipline in discussion fora.

Totally agree. It is a good habit to get in to, to use reasonably correct English on the forums. Don't hassle me for my over use of commas though!
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Re: The Use Of Words...Some Pet Peeves Of Mine, What Are Yours?
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2013, 06:24:03 PM »
I have always been highly annoyed by the sentence: Barack Obama is President of the United States of America.
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« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2013, 06:39:29 PM »
I have always been highly annoyed by the sentence: Barack Obama is President of the United States of America.
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« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2013, 06:41:31 PM »
Memo to America: one does not make a noun plural by adding an apostrophe and an "s," e.g., "I have two dog's."
Two dog's what? Two dog's leashes, collars, squeaky toys? (Or is that "toy's"?)
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