Pet Peeves: Pretentiously Incorrect Words (And Open Thread)

I’m not a grammar snob.

I don’t mind bad grammar or incorrect word usage – there’s probably plenty of it in my writing. I just can’t stand pretentiously incorrect word usage. That’s why I cringe when it’s the result of journalists or business leaders incorrectly using fancy words.

Here are a few:

RETICENT – Journalists love this word. And almost none of them knows what it means. It does not mean “reluctant” or “hesitant” or some mash-up of those two words. It means someone chooses not to speak or share his thoughts. The most awkward use of the word is when a journalist writes that someone “was reticent to speak.” That hurts my eyeballs. No, if he chose not to speak, he was simply being reticent.

INFLECTION POINT – An inflection point is neither a ceiling nor a fork in the road. A line that is increasing will continue to increase after an inflection point, albeit with a different curve and a change in the dominant axis.

LEARNING CURVE – This is another statistical term misused by people who don’t know what it means. A steep learning curve means that learning the task is easy, therefore the learning rapidly moves up the y-axis. A flat learning curve means that one learns slowly. Pretty much everyone who uses the term “steep learning curve” means “flat learning curve,” and I want to correct each and every one of them.

FEWER THAN - We all know the grammatical rule “less money / fewer dollars.” We know not to say “less dollars.” But if “fewer than ten dollars” sounds awkward, that’s because it is awkward. It should be “less than 10 dollars.“ I’m not sure how the “fewer than” trend started. I’ll blame journalists who are afraid of being mocked for getting fewer/less wrong. The grammar.com website backs me up on this.

Thus, in a word, use less when you cannot count the noun modified. Use fewer when you can. Use less with singular nouns; fewer, with plural nouns. But if you’re using a plural noun to measure a chunk or amount of money or time, then you should use less (less than five years, less than 2,500 dollars).

One more thing…this isn’t a grammar peeve, or actually a peeve at all, I’m just curious why so many people started using the word “whilst.” Several friends I grew up with in the Texas suburbs several decades ago now use the word “whilst” instead of “while.” I know that they didn’t use that word while growing up. How did it become so widely used here in the States? Was there some British show that everyone watched except for me? I never read or watched Harry Potter, is that where it came from?

Do you have any grammar pet peeves?

Just for fun, feel free to correct me on any bad grammar or word usage you find in this post. I deserve it!

Also, Open Thread.

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1 I'll go get em

Posted by: Skip at June 26, 2022 02:00 PM (2JoB8)

2 I am probably as bad as most on word policing

Posted by: Skip at June 26, 2022 02:02 PM (2JoB8)

3 one of my wife's pet peeves is the word "Whimsical". I found out once when I was showing her an admittedly questionable color scheme for something and I said "well it's meant to be whimsical." She didn't buy it.

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 26, 2022 02:03 PM (r46W7)

4 Proper grammar is racist.

Posted by: nurse ratched, just call me Pollyanna at June 26, 2022 02:03 PM (U2p+3)

5 Hate the grammar scolds. They need to go get bent.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 26, 2022 02:03 PM (BFigT)

6 Same difference.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 26, 2022 02:04 PM (Xrfse)

7 Most complete.

Posted by: nurse ratched, just call me Pollyanna at June 26, 2022 02:04 PM (U2p+3)

8 I've always assumed that 'whilst' was indeed imported from Jolly Olde England. Couldn't say the specific vector though.

Posted by: CppThis at June 26, 2022 02:05 PM (UewuT)

9 I hate "basically."
It is as bad as "you know."

Posted by: Diogenes at June 26, 2022 02:05 PM (anj39)

10 Now lets hear them all in two separate sentences. One sentence where they are used properly, the other improperly.

Posted by: Pop Quiz! at June 26, 2022 02:05 PM (oTZbj)

11 "Diffuse" used in the place of "defuse" bothers me. You don't diffuse an explosive situation--you defuse it.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 02:05 PM (sWM8x)

12 shouldn't the ace of spades be the ace of spade's

Posted by: REDACTED at June 26, 2022 02:06 PM (us2H3)

13 shouldn't the ace of spades be the ace of spade's
Posted by: REDACTED at June 26, 2022 02:06 PM (us2H3)


ace of spades'

Posted by: runner at June 26, 2022 02:07 PM (V13WU)

14 Whoa!!!!

**backs slowly away from REDACTED**

Posted by: Diogenes at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (anj39)

15 I hate the misuse of "entitled". I am entitled to that, but my book is not entitled The Sharp Kid. It is titled The Sharp Kid.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, read some movie thoughts at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (LvTSG)

16 I sorrowfully lament the impending death of adverbs.

Posted by: Flyover, now commenting occasionally, but lurking often at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (Rbu5d)

17 Him, or her, and I did something. I seen... "Can I have?", instead if I'll have a hamburger, for instance. I always answer "no"

Posted by: shipoopi at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (xKFcT)

18 But if “fewer than ten dollars” sounds awkward, that’s because it is awkward./i]

Only because of constant bad grammar and being unused to it. There's nothing more awkward about using "fewer" than "less" in this sentence than "I don't say it that way."

Grammar and word use changes over time usually for the worse, but in times of rapid corruption of language and increasing ignorance, its probably best to try to be precise and make your little battles by being as correct as you can without seeming arrogant or pedantic.

I have given up on correcting "begs the question" because everyone uses it wrong (I even catch myself doing so) to the point that its become almost standard use of the term despite being a gross misuse.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (llsW/)

19 My peeve is the word incredible being incorrectly used. It literally means not to be believed, having no credibility. People constantly use this word to describe something that is merely fascinating.
It is an insult revived as praise.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (jTmQV)

20 "Utilize." Ugh. Just say "use."
And most of the time awesome isn't.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:09 PM (bWzdd)

21 Whilst is used by Brits.
All things Brit are better than all things American.
Therefore, whilst is better than while.
- dumbfucks all over America

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:09 PM (LyqJg)

22 I won't lie, I've done the learning curve thing a few times. Mostly in the form of the joke "it's not a curve, it's a cliff!" Not so much the other ones. I think I might have said 'inflection point' once or twice in my entire career outside of calculus class, but it would have been to describe a bad thing that's got so much inertia that it now cannot be slowed down, much less stopped.

Posted by: CppThis at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (UewuT)

23 I've always assumed that 'whilst' was indeed imported from Jolly Olde England. Couldn't say the specific vector though.
Posted by: CppThis at June 26, 2022 02:05 PM (UewuT)

Yeah, I use it sometimes. It's an affectation, not unlike the word "ain't." I know how to write it differently, I choose not to. For my own fun and entertainment.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (47mFt)

24 I know that they didn’t use that word while growing up. How did it become so widely used here in the States?

It happened whilst you weren't paying attention.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (a3Q+t)

25 I hate when people pronounce the "t" in "often". I was specifically taught to pronounce it "OFF-in" and not "OFF-tin" when I was a child. It just sounds weird to me.

Posted by: JimLennon at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (mR5GH)

26 Adult is not a verb.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (u73oe)

27 Awful used to mean "something filled with awe, intimidating or overwhelming". Now it just means "bad". I consider that a severe loss of power and meaning in our language.

Awesome is not as overused as it once was but still it is almost constantly misused. No, your milk shake did not fill you with awe.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (llsW/)

28 "Nonplussed" is one that bugs be whenever I see it. The incorrect meaning is so common that I don't even know what somebody means when they use it.

Posted by: Mark1971 at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (xPl2J)

29 Where are you at? instead of Where are you?

Posted by: shipoopi at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (xKFcT)

30 Irregardless, I could care less.
A sentence with my two pet grammar peeves. nails on a blackboard

Posted by: Gouverneur Morris at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (PHxng)

31 "utilize" is a red flag of someone trying to sound well-spoken and educated but isn't really.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 26, 2022 02:11 PM (llsW/)

32
Do you have any grammar pet peeves?

_________

"To-day" became "today"

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 26, 2022 02:11 PM (/U27+)

33 I used "serendipitous" in a briefing once.
Two weeks later I heard my boss use it in his briefing.
I snorted.

Posted by: Diogenes at June 26, 2022 02:11 PM (anj39)

34 Okay, I got nooded, but I have to make a few points RE: discussion on the last thread.

The first is that neither the Soviet or German analogies have any bearing on where we are. By the 1920s, the Red Army had already won the civil war. So you're skipping to the end to make your argument.

Germany also doesn't work because while not everyone liked the Nazis, lots of career soldiers welcomed military expansion in the Wehrmacht. Thus the cadres of trainers were intact and career officers were on board. You did not have disaffected people resigning/declining to re-enlist.

Also, neither armies were crippled by a divisive political correctness focusing on pronouns and feelings. I get some folks think that this superstructure will be discarded when it becomes inconvenient to the Revolution, but that is a huge and poorly-supported assumption. (con't)

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 26, 2022 02:11 PM (llXky)

35 ou don't diffuse an explosive situation--you defuse it.
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 02:05 PM


I dunno. Things often get pretty diffuse after the bang.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 26, 2022 02:11 PM (a3Q+t)

36 Adult is not a verb.
___

I hate, despise, loathe, etc the term 'adultin'.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at June 26, 2022 02:11 PM (/+S6w)

37 I have given up on correcting "begs the question" because everyone uses it wrong
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"Decimate" is similar. The incorrect usage to mean "completely destroyed" became so common that it passed into standard use.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (sWM8x)

38 Remember during Vietnam when they were called "babykillers"? Well . . .

Pentagon Announces It Will Refuse to Follow Any State Laws Restricting Abortion Access

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (FVME7)

39 Lemme axe you this...

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (bWzdd)

40 Adult is not a verb.
Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (u73oe)

They sure do verb a lot of words that aren't verbs these days.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (47mFt)

41
Nine times out of 10, "devolve" is used incorrectly.

"Between" is two, "among" is more than two.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 26, 2022 02:13 PM (/U27+)

42 When and why the f*** did everyone decide to replace "when" with "whenever"? It drives me insane.

"Whenever I was in Florida I went to Disneyland."

"You've been to Florida a lot?"

"No, just last week."

"So, WHEN you were there you went to Disneyland."

"Yeah, that's what I said. Whenever I was there I hit Disney."

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 02:13 PM (5YmYl)

43 The closest analogy is, as I've said for a while, Spain. There you had a nominal democracy attempt to purge its military, and encourage the promotion of political officers.

The problem was that the purge was incomplete when the revolutionaries got out of hand, so the Army split apart.

The 'purged' officers and men were quickly able to rally to the rebel side, acting as a force multiplier. At the same time, fissures within the various leftist factions left them just as busy sniping at each other as they were the right.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 26, 2022 02:13 PM (llXky)

44 They sure do verb a lot of words that aren't verbs these days.
___

Because they're imbeciles who were taught by other imbeciles.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at June 26, 2022 02:13 PM (/+S6w)

45 I hate the phrase 'bad actor'. I'm fine if it's used to describe the a-holes that inhabit Hollywood, but that's never how it's used.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 02:13 PM (1p+vd)

46 so many Brit things pop up in American usage now it's annoying

I think it's b/c on Twitter or wherever you don't always know if the poster is American or Canadian or Brit/Oz/Indian whatever and the US peeps get confused and start talking like the people they follow on Twitter or TikTok or whatever. and often the lefty-est ones are in fact Brits or Canadians.

Posted by: BlackOrchidOfDerp at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (w0NJk)

47 Possessive "its"...I see "it's" (as in "it's purpose") frequently, even in formal documents that have been edited.

Posted by: RCT at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (EeapN)

48 Green Energy

Posted by: El Rojo at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (AMIL/)

49 They sure do verb a lot of words that aren't verbs these days.

Its partly bad education, but also... people want to be cutesy in their language, like using "doggo" or "snek" like they're 6.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (llsW/)

50 They sure do verb a lot of words that aren't verbs these days.
Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (47mF

They are gifting the language more variety. I hate the verb "gift" for give

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (ONvIw)

51 39 Lemme axe you this...
Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (bWzdd)


Do we have to? The last time someone axed me something, it didn't end well.

Posted by: Leon Trotsky at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (UewuT)

52 Pentagon Announces It Will Refuse to Follow Any State Laws Restricting Abortion Access

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (FVME7)
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LOL, the clinics are closing down. Are they going to open military ones?

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (llXky)

53 This makes no nevermind.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 26, 2022 02:15 PM (Xrfse)

54 I’m kinda meh about this stuff. English has been changing this way for centuries. There are a ton of words and phrases used today that mean nothing close to what they once meant.



Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:15 PM (LyqJg)

55 One thing to remember in all this is, Standard American Engrish is NOT a static thing. It evolves all the time, and quickly.

There's also many words/phrases that are part of SAE, that aren't technically MORE correct than words/phrases that aren't, they're just standard. Because we say so.

One could say usage trumps rules, always has, always will.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:15 PM (47mFt)

56 I have been having a massive argument with the kids about the word "slur." trying to explain the word itself doesn't specifically denote racism, just any disparagement. they insist that nowadays it always means racism. and then they say ok, boomer when I argue lol.

Posted by: BlackOrchidOfDerp at June 26, 2022 02:16 PM (w0NJk)

57 Possessive "its"...I see "it's" (as in "it's purpose") frequently, even in formal documents that have been edited

I am bad about this, I have a hard time getting its and it's straight. Drives my editors crazy. For some reason I just cannot seem to work it out in my head.

And I confess that I very much prefer some of the British spellings. Grey just looks better than Gray to me.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 26, 2022 02:16 PM (llsW/)

58
"Use" of "superfluous" quotation "marks"

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 26, 2022 02:16 PM (/U27+)

59 Howsomever...

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:16 PM (bWzdd)

60 LOL, the clinics are closing down. Are they going to open military ones?


I read it as they were going to do just that.

Crazy.

Posted by: BlackOrchidOfDerp at June 26, 2022 02:16 PM (w0NJk)

61 I think 'Learning Curve' origins is from my aerospace, or more properly aeronautical world. A Learning Curve was the number of man hours to do a task, like assembling an airplane, on the Y axis, and the unit of production , (as in serial number 1, 2, 3, etc), on the x axis.

The history is that the production team would get better, and devise techniques to do the job quicker, as they gained more experience. By the time the production team reached the 4th unit, they typically would have dropped the production time by a third or more.

Companies kept these 'Learning Curves' of past project's history as close hold secrets, and use them to win bids for future contracts.

It is largely why the first F-35 cost $200M, and today they are $75M.

Posted by: Jimmy Doolittle at June 26, 2022 02:16 PM (Zx8Ug)

62 Are they going to open military ones?

Yes.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 26, 2022 02:17 PM (llsW/)

63 LOL, the clinics are closing down. Are they going to open military ones?
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (llXky)


That is what the left is pushing Biden to do. Not just bases, all federal locations. Hilarious if Yellowstone opens up a clinic. Come for Old Faithful stay for an abortion.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:17 PM (LyqJg)

64 I miss the simpler days, when things were more binary.

There are too many adjectives available describe the nature of things.

Things should either be categorized as "sucking" or "ruling".

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at June 26, 2022 02:17 PM (04XMV)

65
Oh, and "data" are plural

Off to mow the back 40.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 26, 2022 02:17 PM (/U27+)

66 When I see betwixt, I think of caramel-chocolate cookies.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 02:17 PM (0ocXn)

67 They sure do verb a lot of words that aren't verbs these days.
Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (47mF

They are gifting the language more variety. I hate the verb "gift" for give
Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (ONvIw)

I just deaf my ears to it when I hear it, and blind my eyes when I see it in print.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:18 PM (47mFt)

68 Even a blind squirrel is right twice a day.

Actor Sean Penn Attends January 6 Hearing: "It's All a Show"

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The professional wrestling of politics.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:18 PM (FVME7)

69 My grammar pet peeve tends to be people with pet peeves about grammar. Grammar is hardly static, and grammarians often disagree amongst themselves. People often recognize that there are whole fields of study they know little about, but every native speaker thinks he is a grammar expert. I'll bet if we were tested, we'd stink this place up like Jerry Nadler on a 100% taco diet.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at June 26, 2022 02:18 PM (KFhLj)

70 "LOL, the clinics are closing down. Are they going to open military ones"

Are there ANY Military Treatment Facilities which perform elective abortions?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at June 26, 2022 02:19 PM (1n+EO)

71 *When I see betwixt, I think of caramel-chocolate cookies*

In a black pointed hat.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:19 PM (bWzdd)

72 Pentagon Announces It Will Refuse to Follow Any State Laws Restricting Abortion Access

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (FVME7)

Anti-democratic insurrectionists. A danger to our democracy.

Posted by: Javems at June 26, 2022 02:19 PM (AmoqO)

73 Is it Corn Hole or Cornhole?

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at June 26, 2022 02:19 PM (R/m4+)

74 When I see betwixt, I think of caramel-chocolate cookies.
Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 02:17 PM (0ocXn)

Did you hear about the chocolate factory workers a couple weeks back who were betwixt?

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:19 PM (47mFt)

75 So the military has gone from " don't ask, don't tell" , to, "tell us you're knocked up and we'll ship you to a post near where you can kill your baby." Alrighty then.

Posted by: Indignatio Vindacatorem at June 26, 2022 02:20 PM (WNCBR)

76 I am bad about this, I have a hard time getting its and it's straight. Drives my editors crazy. For some reason I just cannot seem to work it out in my head.

And I confess that I very much prefer some of the British spellings. Grey just looks better than Gray to me.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 26, 2022 02:16 PM (llsW/)



My technique for getting this right is I say 'it is' for it's. If 'it is' doesn't sound right then I know to use 'its'.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 02:20 PM (1p+vd)

77 I confess that I really do not understand the top sidebar piece about the Russian general.

Is 67 so ancient? And what about being a general makes being fat a problem? If he could do his job, then he can still do his job. I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General? I mean outside games and movies.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 26, 2022 02:20 PM (llsW/)

78 "Literally" used as "figuratively", which is literally the opposite of what it means.

"The linebacker literally exploded into the backfield." Unless he was wearing a jihadi vest, no. He did not.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 02:20 PM (5YmYl)

79 Personally, I think it's more important to comprehend what someone means rather than whether they've used proper grammar.

If you've ever been involved with technical writing, especially for the feds it can be a mind bending experience for someone with a more literary grammar background.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 26, 2022 02:20 PM (BFigT)

80 Used to have a boss who would turn "suspicion" into a verb.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:20 PM (bWzdd)

81 "Is it Corn Hole or Cornhole?"

Noun...

Or verb?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at June 26, 2022 02:20 PM (1n+EO)

82 Isn't everyone yon en the military ghey now anyway?

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:20 PM (LyqJg)

83 This grammar irritation might be unique to me because I've never noticed any else complaining about. It bugs me, however, when sports writers say the quarterback completed passes to six different receivers, or five different members of the Avalanche scored.
What does adding the word different do to change the meaning of the sentence?
That irritates me.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:21 PM (eGTCV)

84 What do you do with a pregnant sailor?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 26, 2022 02:21 PM (a3Q+t)

85 52 LOL, the clinics are closing down. Are they going to open military ones?
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (llXky)


Maybe they're thinking that the military hospitals will offer it for female soldiers who get knocked up (because forcing military docs to learn how to do something they probably have moral objections to is a recipe for success). IIRC the VA system isn't run out of the Pentagon so who knows if they'd be on board.

Posted by: CppThis at June 26, 2022 02:21 PM (UewuT)

86 Is it Corn Hole or Cornhole?

Yes.

Posted by: Mayor Pete at June 26, 2022 02:21 PM (Xrfse)

87 Pet peeves? The cat peeves in the litter box, and the dog peeves outside.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 26, 2022 02:21 PM (K+OwO)

88 I hate it when people use "you'uns" as a possessive, when the correct possesive form is you'unseses'

Posted by: Kasper Hauser inside the Beltway at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (01oQW)

89 You didn't include "very unique ". If it is one of a kind, it can't be made more so with 'very'.

Posted by: Sassy at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (xSICi)

90 The worst grammatical peeve I hear?

I seen.......

Strikes the grammar nerve every time.

Posted by: Pork Chops & Bacons at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (Qhnrt)

91 DOD abortion clinics. Huh.

Posted by: mrp at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (6eRlp)

92 many words cannot express a tautology

Posted by: REDACTED at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (us2H3)

93 I'm sensing a pushback against a synergistic potential here.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (0ocXn)

94 Is it Corn Hole or Cornhole?
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at June 26, 2022 02:19 PM (R/m4+)

Not sure which would be which, but it sure would make sense if one was the innocent, jolly outdoor game played with beanbags, and the other was the not-so-innocent indoor (or outdoor, I suppose) "game" that is an abomination to nature, and an insult to the soul of its practitioners.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (47mFt)

95 Unbelievable!

Posted by: Sean Hannity on Autopilot at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (9vQJW)

96 Peace in our time.

Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks Set to Resume, Say Tehran and EU

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (FVME7)

97 Babies do cost the Army money

Posted by: Skip at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (2JoB8)

98 We went through an annoying time when the word ubiquitous was used far too ubiquitously.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (04XMV)

99 Are you chomping at the bit to comment about this? Well hold on there feller. You are not chOmping you are chAmping.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (LyqJg)

100 A lot of times I just fill in the blanks. Your "learning curve" gripe strikes me that way

I remember the gripe against "I could care less". "What you mean is that you COULDN'T care less," people would say.

And yet the meaning was absolutely clear to the person issuing the statement and the one "correcting" it. But the way I had always heard the phrase was sarcastically, "[As if] I could care less."

It's very common in English to drop words even if that means the sentence (on some technical, grammatical level, as if we were all computers parsing language) is incorrect.

"Steep learning curve" refers not to the rate of learning but to the difficulty of learning.

Irregardless of other meanings.

Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (asXVI)

101 I have an aunt that calls vanilla/strawberry/chocolate ice cream "Napoleon".

Posted by: Mark1971 at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (xPl2J)

102 " Is it Corn Hole or Cornhole?*

This is about me, isn't it?

Posted by: Mayor Pete Bootyboot at June 26, 2022 02:23 PM (bWzdd)

103 Is it Corn Hole or Cornhole?
Posted by: Hairyback Guy

Noun or verb?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:23 PM (FVME7)

104 Could care less - do you even understand why this should be could not?

Chomping at the bit - change the o to a, just like with your old stamping grounds

Lose/loose and Dominant/dominate - A winner dominates a loser, loose women are the dominant employees at a cathouse. Very simple.

But the one that really makes me twitch is forte. When you play an instrument loudly, you are playing "fortay," when you describe someone's great skill, you are discussing their "fort."

Posted by: Texas99 at June 26, 2022 02:23 PM (VRg+C)

105 102 " Is it Corn Hole or Cornhole?*

two different thangs

Posted by: REDACTED at June 26, 2022 02:23 PM (us2H3)

106 I remember interviewing a French guy about his decision to jump into a flooding river to rescue child.
He said he acted on the sperm of the moment. That's not actually a grammatical error but funny.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:24 PM (eGTCV)

107 the Pentagon thing to me hints and this administration thinking they will have abortion available unrestricted, on demand, at ANY federally owned location. and there are lots of those.

not sure if they will actually follow thru, but if they do, I guess I see it as a very bad thing for this country. it's a power play by the FedGov and one would hope several states would fight back on this.

Posted by: BlackOrchidOfDerp at June 26, 2022 02:24 PM (w0NJk)

108 " I have an aunt that calls vanilla/strawberry/chocolate ice cream "Napoleon".

Back in the day, those three flavors self identified as such.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at June 26, 2022 02:25 PM (1n+EO)

109 Where are you at? instead of Where are you?
Posted by: shipoopi at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (xKFcT)

Where you at? Is New Orleans lingo for "How are you doing?"

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 26, 2022 02:25 PM (K+OwO)

110 Media overuses Temblor & Preternatural.
Posters say ‘looser’ instead of ‘loser’.

Get Offa My Lawn!



Posted by: UnkleSteve at June 26, 2022 02:25 PM (t9mSz)

111
Irregardless of other meanings.

Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM


it's a mute point

Posted by: AltonJackson at June 26, 2022 02:25 PM (ENBF0)

112 I remember the newspaper I worked for carrying a want ad for a missionary shed.
The person was actually trying to sell a machinery shed.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:25 PM (eGTCV)

113 || it's a mute point

But as we learned from "The Dot and the Line": to the vector go the spoils.

Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 02:26 PM (asXVI)

114 Remember the nuns teaching us about fewer vs lesser. So I recall fewer referenced a numerical or quantitative value, and lesser referenced a qualitative value. Fewer men vs a lesser man.

Posted by: 7mam at June 26, 2022 02:26 PM (qwO6y)

115
Where are you at? instead of Where are you?
Posted by: shipoopi at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM

Where you at? Is New Orleans lingo for "How are you doing?"
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 26, 2022 02:25 PM


no, no, no

it's "where is you at"

Posted by: AltonJackson at June 26, 2022 02:26 PM (ENBF0)

116 Me and Bob went downtown.

Posted by: Admirale's Mate at June 26, 2022 02:26 PM (l/jE1)

117 Maybe they're thinking that the military hospitals will offer it for female soldiers who get knocked up (because forcing military docs to learn how to do something they probably have moral objections to is a recipe for success). IIRC the VA system isn't run out of the Pentagon so who knows if they'd be on board.
Posted by: CppThis at June 26, 2022 02:21 PM (UewuT)

It would get really interesting, if this comes down to federal law vs. state. The minute military personnel start saying "we're not going to follow the law on this," you're in the realm of treason.

I'd love to see some 3 and 4-star dipshits frogmarched and at the very least, have those stars ripped off their uniforms, replaced by a single chevron. Then discharged. Dishonorably.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:26 PM (47mFt)

118 It would behoove us to throttle back and walk the track, perchance there be buffalo. We only have a cowcatcher.

Posted by: Eromero at June 26, 2022 02:26 PM (0OP+5)

119 Irregardless is a real word. Means the same as regardless.

Same with loosen and unloosen.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (LyqJg)

120 Many of us are here because of the sperm of the moment.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (bWzdd)

121 I always thought a steep learning curve meant difficulty, because it's harder to climb a steep curve than a flat one.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (m0zqP)

122 Do you play Cornhole or engage in Corn Holing?

Posted by: Javems at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (AmoqO)

123 "Decimate" is similar. The incorrect usage to mean "completely destroyed" became so common that it passed into standard use.
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (sWM8x)

Lucille Ball was Desi-mated for a number of years.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (K+OwO)

124 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General?

-
"[George Armstrong Custer] worked closely with General George B. McClellan and the future General Alfred Pleasonton, both of whom recognized his qualities as a cavalry leader, and he was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers at age 23."

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (FVME7)

125 72 Pentagon Announces It Will Refuse to Follow Any State Laws Restricting Abortion Access

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (FVME7)

Anti-democratic insurrectionists. A danger to our democracy.
Posted by: Javems at June 26, 2022 02:19 PM (AmoqO)

I'm very close to having the mindset of, fuck the military.

Posted by: Pork Chops & Bacons at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (Qhnrt)

126 What drives me absolutely, violently, almost red-flaggingly angry is the grammatical crime commited by people who use 'to' when the proper word is 'too'. I find that an irredeemably egregious violation of grammar. If there were capital punishment for bad grammar, this would be at the top of my list.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (1p+vd)

127 You didn't include "very unique ". If it is one of a kind, it can't be made more so with 'very'.
Posted by: Sassy at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM


So uniquer and uniquest are right out?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 26, 2022 02:28 PM (a3Q+t)

128 What about flammable and inflammable?

Posted by: Javems at June 26, 2022 02:28 PM (AmoqO)

129 I read a car ad once where the owner said recent work included a new Cadillac converter.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:28 PM (LyqJg)

130 Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Reticent
adjective
ret·​i·​cent | \ ˈre-tə-sənt \
Definition
1 : inclined to be silent or uncommunicative in speech : RESERVED
2 : restrained in expression, presentation, or appearance
//the room has an aspect of reticent dignity
— A. N. Whitehead
3 : RELUCTANT

Posted by: Donald at June 26, 2022 02:28 PM (wj0p3)

131 A lot of people don't know when it is appropriate to say me and when I is appropriate. Me hear it wrongly so often me has to think about it sometimes.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:28 PM (eGTCV)

132 Irregardless is a real word.

Yes, it is.

Posted by: Zombie Norm Crosby at June 26, 2022 02:28 PM (Xrfse)

133 Irregardless of other meanings.
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ISWYDT


Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (sWM8x)

134 I had a young coworker who didn't know when to use "all y'all" instead of "y'all." I also had to explain the difference between "fixin' to" and "commencin' to."

Posted by: Furious George at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (9vQJW)

135 Guessing decimate has something to do with the number 10 originally?

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (LyqJg)

136 "I'm bad about this, I have a hard time getting its and it's straight"

‐---------

Ask yourself, "Am I using this as a possessive pronoun?"

If the answer is "yes", then ask yourself:

Is it hi's and her's? Nope. Then it's not it's, either. It's his, hers, its.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (5YmYl)

137 not sure if they will actually follow thru, but if they do, I guess I see it as a very bad thing for this country. it's a power play by the FedGov and one would hope several states would fight back on this.
Posted by: BlackOrchidOfDerp at June 26, 2022 02:24 PM (w0NJk)

Watch what happens when some military "doctor" goes into work in Florida, rips some babies out of their mothers' bellies, then on his way home, off-base, is pulled over and arrested by state troopers. Or National Guardsmen.

Yes, I could easily see this being the catalyst for CWII.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (47mFt)

138 To your point, families are having to decide whether to put food on the kitchen table or gas up the car.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (0ocXn)

139 121 I always thought a steep learning curve meant difficulty, because it's harder to climb a steep curve than a flat one.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (m0zqP)



So you're telling us your understanding of saying something has a "steep learning curve" was a bit like saying it's a "tough road, aho!".

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (04XMV)

140 By the time I check my facts, spelling and grammar in a post I'm usually about two threads behind. Can't afford to edit them.

Posted by: Javems at June 26, 2022 02:30 PM (AmoqO)

141 124 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General?

-
"[George Armstrong Custer] worked closely with General George B. McClellan and the future General Alfred Pleasonton, both of whom recognized his qualities as a cavalry leader, and he was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers at age 23."
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:27 PM (FVME7)
And yet nary a one was good as Nathan Bedford Forest or Wade Hampton, neither of whom were trained soldiers.

Posted by: Eromero at June 26, 2022 02:30 PM (0OP+5)

142 99 Are you chomping at the bit to comment about this? Well hold on there feller. You are not chOmping you are chAmping.

we are the champing 'uns my friends...

Posted by: rejected queen lyrics at June 26, 2022 02:30 PM (4QJOq)

143 Stylishly wrong pronunciations bother me. For a while the new professionals at the last hospital I worked at, insisted that the correct pronunciation of centimeter was sonnameter. It drove me nuts. That and the overworked word copacetic, which has no place in a patient's chart unless the patient said it.

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:30 PM (ONvIw)

144
To your point, families are having to decide whether to put food on the kitchen table or gas up the car.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM


secondary decisions, hardly a concern

the real decision is what electric car they are going to buy

Posted by: AltonJackson at June 26, 2022 02:31 PM (ENBF0)

145 To your point, families are having to decide whether to put food on the kitchen table or gas up the car.
Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM


With beans, you can have both food and gas on the table.

Posted by: Eric Swalwell (D-CA and Cucked-Puppet-CCP) at June 26, 2022 02:32 PM (a3Q+t)

146 A lot of people don't know when it is appropriate to say me and when I is appropriate. Me hear it wrongly so often me has to think about it sometimes.
Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:28 PM (eGTCV)

This is one of those rules that is, I believe, essentially arbitrary. Someone decided one was correct, and the other wasn't, so that's how we do it. Until we don't. Then it won't be a "rule" anymore.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:32 PM (47mFt)

147 One more thing…this isn’t a grammar peeve, or actually a peeve at all,

I'm still trying to find a sentence where the gratuitous inclusion of the word "actually" makes a difference.

Pretty much a throw-away word. Probably why millennials love to use it as often as "you know".

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 02:32 PM (AHeqJ)

148 Passive voice:

The spot is hit by Pepsi Cola.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:32 PM (bWzdd)

149 Personally, I think it's more important to comprehend what someone means rather than whether they've used proper grammar.

Yes. Concepts matter. Yet, and we see it here every damn day, the collection of folks that assume they win every argument simply because they think they are the holders of the one true defintions.

They are, in that way, no different than the current crop of Fascists. The world is not nearly as objective as they wish.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 02:32 PM (rXn4d)

150 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General?

I don't know about ripped but James Gavin was not heavy.

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:32 PM (ONvIw)

151 Everyone have their bingo cards handy?

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 02:33 PM (u73oe)

152 I had another coworker who was handling a negotiation that wasn't going well. He was instructed to deliver an "old tomato" to the other side.

Posted by: Furious George at June 26, 2022 02:33 PM (9vQJW)

153 I'm still trying to find a sentence where the gratuitous inclusion of the word "actually" makes a difference.

Pretty much a throw-away word. Probably why millennials love to use it as often as "you know".

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 02:32 PM


Literally is another throw away word, that I am guilty of using too much.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at June 26, 2022 02:33 PM (bVYXr)

154 You may ask yourself, where is the library at?
You may ask yourself, could I not care less?
You may ask yourself, am I reticent or reluctant?
You may say to yourself, should I use a reflexive pronoun?

Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 02:33 PM (asXVI)

155 By the time I check my facts, spelling and grammar in a post I'm usually about two threads behind. Can't afford to edit them.
Posted by: Javems at June 26, 2022 02:30 PM


Add reading the content before commenting to that, and you're already willowed.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 26, 2022 02:34 PM (a3Q+t)

156 Not a grammar complaint but the inability of the media to refer to the far left bugs me.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:34 PM (eGTCV)

157 145 To your point, families are having to decide whether to put food on the kitchen table or gas up the car.
Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM

Are they really though? Im getting kinda tired of this stuff. Its like when Democrats talk about seniors who have to eat cat food if Republicans cut Medicare spending by 0.01%.

I got gas today and the line was 2-3 cars deep at every pump. Somehow everyone still has money for summer road trips.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:34 PM (LyqJg)

158 137 not sure if they will actually follow thru, but if they do, I guess I see it as a very bad thing for this country. it's a power play by the FedGov and one would hope several states would fight back on this.
Posted by: BlackOrchidOfDerp at June 26, 2022 02:24 PM (w0NJk)

Watch what happens when some military "doctor" goes into work in Florida, rips some babies out of their mothers' bellies, then on his way home, off-base, is pulled over and arrested by state troopers. Or National Guardsmen.

Yes, I could easily see this being the catalyst for CWII.
Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (47mFt)
Protesters this morning at First Baptist here in our EASTEX town. PD and County showed up, our Presbyterian (PCA) across town had no greenhair buffalosmanatees.

Posted by: Eromero at June 26, 2022 02:34 PM (0OP+5)

159 My pet grammar peeves:

1) When the term "democrat" or "progressive" is used when they are obviously reffering to delusional totalitarian commie azzhats.

2) When the term "President" is used when they really mean Senile old meat-based plant substitute.

Posted by: Next2Nothing at June 26, 2022 02:35 PM (tA1/w)

160 "Vice" and "vice grips" for the tools. I'd say that maybe 10% of the time I see the correct "vise" and "vise grips" when people comment online.

"Vice grip" is something you pay a hooker for.

Speaking of tools, I've seen people write "dykes". Since it's short for "diagonal cutters", I go with the less problematic "dikes." I have no idea if there's an official spelling.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 02:35 PM (5YmYl)

161 107 the Pentagon thing to me hints and this administration thinking they will have abortion available unrestricted, on demand, at ANY federally owned location.
---
How will they get around the Hyde amendment?

I could see abortion becoming a growth industry on Indian reservations.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 02:35 PM (sWM8x)

162 Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 26, 2022 02:35 PM (Xrfse)

163 I'm still trying to find a sentence where the gratuitous inclusion of the word "actually" makes a difference.

Pretty much a throw-away word. Probably why millennials love to use it as often as "you know".
Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 02:32 PM (AHeqJ)

Is this one of those Bill Safire things? Or maybe Hemingway?

It's a slight bump in inflection, adds a bit of tension or emphasis, so I don't see the problem with it, when it serves that purpose. Which is very different from the throwaway use of it, by douchebags and pretentious fops, actually.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:35 PM (47mFt)

164 I have two words like this that really, really bother me:

1) "Utilize". It's endemic now, presumably because people think it sounds smart, but 99% of the time "use" is just as good and a lot less pretentious. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

2) "Enormity". This one seems to going through the process of having its meaning changed by (mis)use, sadly (dictionaries are starting to include the erroneous usage as a tertiary definition). It does not mean "very large", it means "monstrously evil." Thus, the Holocaust was 'an enormity'; President Taft was not.

Posted by: Dodd at June 26, 2022 02:35 PM (nveO3)

165 145. Some people are just beginning to notice food prices. I suspect that has to do with the end of the school year.

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (ONvIw)

166 156 Not a grammar complaint but the inability of the media to refer to the far left bugs me.
Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:34 PM (eGTCV)

No such thing. There is center, aka good and proper thought, right wing and far right wing. Everyone knows that.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (LyqJg)

167 Anybody run the fat General comments past Admiral Richard Levine?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (1n+EO)

168 I don't know about ripped but James Gavin was not heavy.

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:32 PM (ONvIw)

Nor was Petraeus.

Posted by: Javems at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (AmoqO)

169 I'm puzzled by sportswriters referring to an athlete's foot speed.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (eGTCV)

170 To your point, families are having to decide whether to put food on the kitchen table or gas up the car.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM

secondary decisions, hardly a concern

the real decision is what electric car they are going to buy


A family can't afford fuel, but certainly can afford to let their current fleet of ICE vehicles rust in the yard while replacing them with expensive BEVs and the multiple concurrent chargers attached to their 200A utility service.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (AHeqJ)

171 Irregardless is a real word.

Yes, it is.


I believe it was Norm Crosby who referred to words as vocabules, as in part of a vocabulary.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (/NCI4)

172 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General?


Ripped is overrated. The example of BG Norman "Dutch" Cota at Omaha Beach comes to mind, as one good example. I think he earned the MOH for his actions that day, IIRC.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (1p+vd)

173 Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
Whether the weather be good,
Whether the weather be not,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not!

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:37 PM (bWzdd)

174 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General?


Some of my Medical Type Flags are in pretty good shape

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 26, 2022 02:37 PM (Irn0L)

175 I thought it was
Where am you?

Posted by: Skip at June 26, 2022 02:37 PM (2JoB8)

176 16 I sorrowfully lament the impending death of adverbs.

Posted by: Flyover, now commenting occasionally, but lurking often at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (Rbu5d)
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Them is a real bitch.

Posted by: Ciampino - I can't help being a grammar Nazi at June 26, 2022 02:37 PM (qfLjt)

177 I worked with a guy who consistently used action as a verb as in recommending someone action on a recommendation.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:38 PM (eGTCV)

178 07 the Pentagon thing to me hints and this administration thinking they will have abortion available unrestricted, on demand, at ANY federally owned locatio



Uhm yeah. This is literally what the abortion activists have been calling for since the scouts leak. No hint. It’s a done deal.

Democrats do this weird thing where they - get this - do what their voters ask for them. It’s wild man.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:38 PM (LyqJg)

179 One that always gets me is when people say you need to "unthaw" something.

Is that a word?

If so, does it mean 'to freeze'?

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at June 26, 2022 02:38 PM (04XMV)

180 168: General Flynn. Admiral Levine, however, is bulbous.

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:38 PM (ONvIw)

181 153 I'm still trying to find a sentence where the gratuitous inclusion of the word "actually" makes a difference.
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I'm guilty of that one, actually.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 02:38 PM (sWM8x)

182 Not a grammar complaint but the inability of the media to refer to the far left bugs me.
Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:34 PM (eGTCV)

I see what your problem is there. You're accidentally using the word "media," when you really mean the corporatist propaganda wing of the fascist far left.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:38 PM (47mFt)

183 Some people are just beginning to notice food prices. I suspect that has to do with the end of the school year.

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM


I could tell that they are noticing the price increases here in my littler corner of Texas. Went to Walmart the other day and the chef boy'ardee row was wiped the fvck out. I guess people noticed the 25% price increase in ravioli and bought everything they could before the price went up even more.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at June 26, 2022 02:38 PM (bVYXr)

184 you want pet peeves? nothing on TV and when you flip through the channels and get to Fox News, there's Stacey Abrams.

Posted by: mallfly the Peach of Hoboken at June 26, 2022 02:39 PM (Ynyl9)

185 141 124 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General?

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During one year of Reforger in Germany, I chauffeured an admiral (male) who wore a girdle.

Posted by: Pork Chops & Bacons at June 26, 2022 02:39 PM (Qhnrt)

186 179 One that always gets me is when people say you need to "unthaw" something.

People from my German/Mennonite background used to speak of plugging out the electric cord.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:40 PM (eGTCV)

187 175 I thought it was
Where am you?

Posted by: Skip at June 26, 2022 02:37 PM (2JoB
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Where is you?

Where are the White women at?

Posted by: Ciampino - I cannot help being a grammar Nazi at June 26, 2022 02:40 PM (qfLjt)

188 I'm puzzled by sportswriters referring to an athlete's foot speed.
Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (eGTCV)

Fungus moves pretty slow, doesn't it?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 26, 2022 02:40 PM (K+OwO)

189 When people say or write "wa la!" or "wah lah!" or whatever they conjure up instead of "voilà!"

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 02:40 PM (5YmYl)

190 this is an interesting observation

https://twitter.com/Ron4California/status/
1541092977409290242

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 26, 2022 02:40 PM (kf6Ak)

191 Hot water heater.

If the water is already hot, why are you bothering to heat it?

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 02:41 PM (bWzdd)

192 re "whilst": millenial female relatives who have begun using " 'tis " out the wazoo.
I have begun responding (when I don't eyeroll) with variants of "I shan't. I simply shannot."

Posted by: barbarausa at June 26, 2022 02:41 PM (RY/x5)

193 Thank you for the less/fewer point. It is my all time pet peeve. It drives me crazy!! And journalists (who supposedly know how to use language...) are the worst culprits.

Posted by: Delilah at June 26, 2022 02:41 PM (PfCku)

194 When the term "democrat" or "progressive" is used when they are obviously reffering to delusional totalitarian commie azzhats.

I always thought that the pejorative "Alt-Right" had to do with discovering the "Alt" key on the keyboard. Looking from the spacebar to the left, I see the Alt, the Tool* and to the far left edge "Control".

So that paradigm works well, the moderate Leftist is "Alt"ered, then becomes a Tool and the far Left is all about "Control".

* Windows or Apple Command, either is for launching tools.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 02:41 PM (AHeqJ)

195 I'm puzzled by sportswriters referring to an athlete's foot speed.
Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:36 PM (eGTCV)

Ah, lemme help you out again there. When sportswriters and broadcasters refer to an athletes "foot speed," what they really mean is they want the athlete's penis in their mouths.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:41 PM (47mFt)

196 Plethora means too many, not a lot or many.
Female or male used as a noun.

Posted by: Glenn John at June 26, 2022 02:41 PM (HKku6)

197 184 you want pet peeves? nothing on TV and when you flip through the channels and get to Fox News, there's Stacey Abrams.
Posted by: mallfly the Peach of Hoboken
_________

Ahem. GOVERNOR Stacey Abrams. Show some respect.

Posted by: Stacey Abrams, Topless at June 26, 2022 02:42 PM (9vQJW)

198 ...but for....

Can't stand hearing that expression.

Posted by: redenzo at June 26, 2022 02:42 PM (E7vND)

199 How will they get around the Hyde amendment?

I could see abortion becoming a growth industry on Indian reservations.
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 02:35 PM (sWM8x)

Put 5 quarters in, pull the lever, you might win a free abortion!!!

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 26, 2022 02:42 PM (r46W7)

200 A pet peeve of mine is people using itch instead of scratch. Like I am itching myself instead of I am scratching an itch.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:42 PM (LyqJg)

201 Who bitch this is

Posted by: dartist at June 26, 2022 02:42 PM (+ya+t)

202 Christopher R. Taylor beat me to it on "begs [or begging] the question."

I'll just add that if I'm going to give up my rear-guard guerrilla action on this one, and accept that it now means "begs for this question to be asked," then we need a new phrase for, Assumes in its premise the very thing it's supposed to be trying to prove. Because people do that kind of a lot.

Posted by: JPS at June 26, 2022 02:42 PM (RhIx4)

203 I guess people noticed the 25% price increase in ravioli and bought everything they could before the price went up even more.
Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at June 26, 2022 02:38 PM (bVYXr)

I didn't buy Boyardee, but I did buy canned chicken and fish. I also bought a lot of beef jerky ( yes you can buy kosher beef jerky). I created a nice big supply of other things too, so we can splurge on other things when the real shortages happen. I did not go crazy with frozen food, as a power outage would destroy that.

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:43 PM (ONvIw)

204 so many Brit things pop up in American usage now it's annoying

There are some Brit imports that just make sense, and are concise and descriptive. "Spot on" has become very popular, and I use it myself. There are alternatives, but there's no reason not to use it.

Likewise, a wanker is self explanatory.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 26, 2022 02:43 PM (/NCI4)

205 Who bitches dis be?

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:43 PM (LyqJg)

206 My mother, who was in her 9th decade of life, and who was from a decidedly working class background, always said that one's upbringing was never an excuse for bad behavior, bad housekeeping or bad grammar and syntax.

Oh, and she had "just" a high school education.

She went to her Lord a year ago today.

Posted by: RS at June 26, 2022 02:43 PM (1XDfN)

207 >>>I'm still trying to find a sentence where the gratuitous inclusion of the word "actually" makes a difference.

>Amber Heard actually shit the bed.

Amber Heard literally shit the bed.

Hmm.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 02:43 PM (0ocXn)

208 You seen the price of arugula lately?

Posted by: B. O. at June 26, 2022 02:44 PM (bWzdd)

209 To those complaining about "grammar Nazis" -

Someone who says you musn't end a sentence with a preposition is a grammar Nazi (and wrong).

Someone who says you shouldn't use an incorrect word in place of the correct one is not. That is a path to idiocracy.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 02:44 PM (5YmYl)

210 When people say or write "wa la!" or "wah lah!" or whatever they conjure up instead of "voilà!"


I pronounce it voyla. Just to annoy the French. It's a hobby of mine to annoy them (or any other language that adds superfluous vowels to words, that even they don't bother pronouncing).

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 02:44 PM (1p+vd)

211 "I got gas today and the line was 2-3 cars deep at every pump. Somehow everyone still has money for summer road trips."


Except for the people who are not sitting at the pumps or driving because it costs too much. Anyway why aren't you driving your electric car instead of using up the gasoline supply and thereby raising the prices?

Posted by: fd at June 26, 2022 02:44 PM (vrz2I)

212 I despise hearing TV news readers say "long-lived" with a long "I" sound. Idiotic. You say a man lived in this house. You don't say a man "lived" (with a long I sound) in this house.

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 26, 2022 02:44 PM (r46W7)

213 I was reading Caesar's Gallic War in English when I came across a desription of a soldier whose sword was entangled such that he could not draw it as being "embarrassed". I thought that was a comical understatement but later found that that was the, or at least an, original definition of the word.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:45 PM (FVME7)

214 When people say or write "wa la!" or "wah lah!" or whatever they conjure up instead of "voilà!"

One frequently sees it as viola!, but that might just be spellchecking.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 26, 2022 02:45 PM (/NCI4)

215 Afternoon'
(sips beer)

Pastor's sermon was on 1 Kings 18. That's Elijah vs. the priests of Baal. You know, the child sacrifice bunch. It was a timely sermon. Basically, God's Will, will not be stopped by false gods, including abortion, which is now some sort of religious sacrament. The US Federal Government vs God will have the same result as the Baal priests did.

Posted by: Puddleglum at June 26, 2022 02:45 PM (sAmhv)

216 I was at a hotel in Yakima and a woman walked into the breakfast buffet wearing a shirt that said, "I'm silently correcting your grammar"

She saw me looking at her and asked what, and I told her, "I am making sure the apostrophes are correctly placed"

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 02:45 PM (xhaym)

217 There's also many words/phrases that are part of SAE, that aren't technically MORE correct than words/phrases that aren't, they're just standard. Because we say so.

One could say usage trumps rules, always has, always will.
Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:15 PM (47mFt)



Plural versus singular.

"There are also many words/phrases that are part of SAE," not "There is also many..."

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at June 26, 2022 02:45 PM (ZSK0i)

218 I could see abortion becoming a growth industry on Indian reservations.
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 02:35 PM (sWM8x

----------

Every abortion. Ones with $100 in free chips!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 02:45 PM (u73oe)

219 internalize

First known use was 1794 (!) but I think it's a lazy word when writing about how people think and learn

Posted by: El Rojo at June 26, 2022 02:46 PM (AMIL/)

220 Likewise, a wanker is self explanatory.
Posted by: Archimedes at June 26, 2022 02:43 PM (/NCI4)

The Brits are also quite liberal with the word "c*nt" as an all-purpose insult.

Whilst I may be reticent to use it in writing, it sure does come out easily it in meatspace.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:46 PM (47mFt)

221 Sometimes in the last couple of decades I've noticed reporters referring to fishers, rather than fishermen. I don't quite know what to make of that.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:46 PM (eGTCV)

222 196 Plethora means too many, not a lot or many.

where i live, we have a plethora of dearth

Posted by: anachrom at June 26, 2022 02:46 PM (4QJOq)

223 >Amber Heard actually shit the bed.

Amber Heard literally shit the bed.

Hmm.
Posted by: Dr. Bone

Ironically, so did her career.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:46 PM (FVME7)

224 stupid touchscreen keyboard

Posted by: anachronda at June 26, 2022 02:46 PM (4QJOq)

225 "I could care less."

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (yQpMk)

226 Speaking of fat generals...

https://tinyurl.com/4t9777js

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (BFigT)

227 Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:15 PM (47mFt)


Plural versus singular.

"There are also many words/phrases that are part of SAE," not "There is also many..."

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at June 26, 2022 02:45 PM (ZSK0i)

Yeah, I know. And also actually, I don't care.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (47mFt)

228 I once saw some kids protesting outside a college admin building a couple of decades ago: they wanted an African-American Studies Dep't. One of the young ladies had a sign that read something like "an education effects a person's whole life."

Posted by: mallfly the Peach of Hoboken at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (Ynyl9)

229 Hindsight is 20/20.

It's not, you just know the outcome of the choice you made, not of the ones you didn't and how they may have played out

Posted by: Bete at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (a0KPx)

230 where i live, we have a plethora of dearth
Posted by: anachrom

I've got plenty of nothing.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (FVME7)

231 Bet you ain't never heard 'tooth dentist', have you, Nevergiveup?

Posted by: Eromero at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (0OP+5)

232 I was reading Caesar's Gallic War in English when I came across a desription of a soldier whose sword was entangled such that he could not draw it as being "embarrassed". I thought that was a comical understatement but later found that that was the, or at least an, original definition of the word.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:45 PM (FVME7)

Could be worse. In Spanish, embarrassed (embarazado) means to be pregnant.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (xhaym)

233 so many Brit things pop up in American usage now it's annoying
---
I'm very fond of bollocks.

Posted by: Peter Bootyjuice at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (sWM8x)

234 Yeah, I know. And also actually, I don't care.

You don't say...

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at June 26, 2022 02:47 PM (ZSK0i)

235 narf

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (xhaym)

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (ZSK0i)

237 When did all "actresses" become "actors?"

Posted by: Stacey Abrams, Topless at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (9vQJW)

238 Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (asXVI)

Wholly concur. Could care less is a great sarcastic phrase that grammar bots try to auto correct without considering context.

As for learning curves, the common usage is to graph knowledge/proficiency required and mastery on the y and x axes. Very few people care about the academic format of proficiency and time.

Posted by: Sjg at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (gDSJf)

239 About five years ago, while my two oldest were soph and junior in HS, all the rage for that age was to use "literally" as an adverb (?) for everything (I blame Rob Lowe's Parks and Rec's character). My son being one of the worst offenders (despite being an honor roll student). When it drives a PE teacher who failed freshman English nuts, you know it's bad.

Posted by: Turn two at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (0D6zF)

240 I'm still trying to find a sentence where the gratuitous inclusion of the word "actually" makes a difference.

Do yourself a favor. Start counting the number of posts here that begin with "actually". A whole bunch of folks want you to know that their definition trumps yours. Back in the day, they would have been really, really concerned about white and Labor Day.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (rXn4d)

241 . . . made with child . . .

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (xhaym)

242 Ironically, so did her career.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:46 PM (FVME7)

And figuratively speaking, she does have an awesome figure, actually.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (47mFt)

243
I didn't buy Boyardee, but I did buy canned chicken and fish. I also bought a lot of beef jerky ( yes you can buy kosher beef jerky). I created a nice big supply of other things too, so we can splurge on other things when the real shortages happen. I did not go crazy with frozen food, as a power outage would destroy that.
Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 02:43 PM (ONvIw

Freeze-dried is okay though. Yeah, stocking the freezer doesn't make sense to me either.

Posted by: Pork Chops & Bacons at June 26, 2022 02:49 PM (Qhnrt)

244 Ok, I got one. "I appreciate you" instead of "Thanks, or thank you." Hate it.

Posted by: runner at June 26, 2022 02:49 PM (V13WU)

245 I'm far more concerned people know what a real "Liberal" vs "Progressive" is. When the father of each ideology had polar opposite views and yet the left (and much of the right) think they are the same thing. Liberalism is the most far right ideology mankind has ever invented. Progressives want to destroy that.

Posted by: Fisht at June 26, 2022 02:49 PM (ZRarh)

246 Kindletot to the Barrel.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at June 26, 2022 02:49 PM (ZSK0i)

247 re 221: it's that kind of New Testament-y? I will make you fishers of men..?

Posted by: mallfly the Peach of Hoboken at June 26, 2022 02:49 PM (Ynyl9)

248 It's like Festivus in June. The airing of the grammar grievances. If I could only point out one:

Using the phrase "was a former". For example, Bob was a former marine. Former means previously or was. Either Bob was a marine or Bob is a former marine. If Bob was a former marine, then Bob has ceased to be. It only makes sense posthumously.

Posted by: Bilwis Devourer of Innocent Souls, I'm starvin' over here at June 26, 2022 02:49 PM (cupoy)

249 214 One frequently sees it as viola!, but that might just be spellchecking.

there's always room for cello

Posted by: anachronda at June 26, 2022 02:49 PM (4QJOq)

250 Wrath


Wrath is a very cromulent word.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (1n+EO)

251 When did all "actresses" become "actors?"
Posted by: Stacey Abrams, Topless at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (9vQJW)


Equity rules.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (xhaym)

252 > Back in the day, they would have been really, really concerned about white and Labor Day.
_________

So... actually racists?

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (BFigT)

253 Can't believe y'all are talking about this during pride month. During. Pride. Month!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (u73oe)

254 Does it count at a Grammar Pet Peeve when the media, politicians, and the left ( especially when they are shouting while protesting) call the USA, "a democracy"? It aggravates me, and as soon as someone starts shouting about, "our democracy!!!" I stop listening. That one word in uttered in reference to our government shows me that they know nothing about our country, its history, our government, and how it was conceived, designed, and works.

Posted by: RondinellaMamma Donald J. Trump is our duly elected president at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (l0Cy4)

255 Dodd beat me to "enormity."

Yes, "The enormity of Stalin's terror" refers to the evil, not the scale.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (5YmYl)

256 re me at 247: and I just remembered, Bizet wrote an opera called "The Pearl Fishers"

Posted by: mallfly the Peach of Hoboken at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (Ynyl9)

257 Look up Oswald Bates skits from In Living Color. Hilarious.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (b9Rih)

258 Yes I do use whilst. I went to British schools and it just sounds better in certain cases than a plain while.
Was it Churchill that said, "Britain and America, two countries separated by a common language."
USA --- British
bangs = fringe (as in the Surrey with a fringe on top)
oil pan = sump
transmission = gearbox
elevator = lift (interesting both denote UP but not DOWN)
Floor one = Ground floor
hall = corridor

Posted by: Ciampino - Unlike other Robin Hoods I speak proper English - "Men in Tights" at June 26, 2022 02:51 PM (qfLjt)

259 so can we use 'enormity' to describe Jerry Nadler in more that one respect?

Posted by: mallfly the Peach of Hoboken at June 26, 2022 02:51 PM (Ynyl9)

260 I don't get closing an email with "Best," and then the name. Best what, dammit?

Posted by: Furious George at June 26, 2022 02:51 PM (9vQJW)

261 Using of instead of have. "I could of"...."He should of"

Posted by: Mark1971 at June 26, 2022 02:52 PM (xPl2J)

262 Maybe it should be Cold to hot water heater

Posted by: Skip at June 26, 2022 02:52 PM (2JoB8)

263 where i live, we have a plethora of dearth
Posted by: anachrom

I've got plenty of nothing.


Yes, we have no bananas.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 26, 2022 02:52 PM (/NCI4)

264 A Brit asking a girl if he can knock her up means something different than if an American asks the same question.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:52 PM (eGTCV)

265 Do yourself a favor. Start counting the number of posts here that begin with "actually". A whole bunch of folks want you to know that their definition trumps yours. Back in the day, they would have been really, really concerned about white and Labor Day.
Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 02:48 PM (rXn4d)

That's like totally true.

Posted by: Pork Chops & Bacons at June 26, 2022 02:52 PM (Qhnrt)

266 Back in the day, they would have been really, really concerned about white and Labor Day.
_________

So... actually racists?
Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (BFigT)

We're at that inflection point, where people are reticent to say out loud just what a steep learning curve there is to adult about these things, actually.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:53 PM (47mFt)

267 If Bob was a former marine, then Bob has ceased to be.

How's his plumage?

Posted by: Archimedes at June 26, 2022 02:53 PM (/NCI4)

268 254 Does it count at a Grammar Pet Peeve when the media, politicians, and the left ( especially when they are shouting while protesting) call the USA, "a democracy"? It aggravates me, and as soon as someone starts shouting about, "our democracy!!!" I stop listening. That one word in uttered in reference to our government shows me that they know nothing about our country, its history, our government, and how it was conceived, designed, and works.

Posted by: RondinellaMamma Donald J. Trump is our duly elected president at June 26, 2022 02:50 PM (l0Cy4)
----
Also MY pet peeve. Infuriating particularly when uttered by politicians.

Posted by: Ciampino - Unlike other Robin Hoods I speak proper English - at June 26, 2022 02:53 PM (qfLjt)

269 Actually, I'm going to start every comment this way whether it makes sense or not.

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 02:54 PM (yQpMk)

270 I also had to explain the difference between "fixin' to" and "commencin' to."
Posted by: Furious George at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (9vQJW)

One is when you are dusting your palms together, and the other is when you grab hold?

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 02:55 PM (xhaym)

271 I don't get closing an email with "Best," and then the name. Best what, dammit?
Posted by: Furious George at June 26, 2022 02:51 PM (9vQJW)


"All the best" or "Best regards".

Either one works.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at June 26, 2022 02:55 PM (ZSK0i)

272 I think mediocre is at least slightly misused. It means average, but is often taken to mean well below average.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:55 PM (eGTCV)

273 the hell

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 02:55 PM (xhaym)

274 Open Thread Item:

Green Energy and EV Idiocy -

Here are two utube videos (about 15 min. each) that are easily understandable take-downs of renewable energy sources and of near-term massive switch to electric vehicles. If your goals are reducing CO2 emissions and costs and minimizing damage to local environments. Those are not the true goals of Our Betters.

https://tinyurl.com/4y2e4vdk

https://tinyurl.com/43kv3see

Posted by: El Rojo at June 26, 2022 02:55 PM (AMIL/)

275 "Cromulent" needs to become a real word. It's just so perfectly...well, cromulent.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 02:56 PM (5YmYl)

276 Actually, actually is actually the best word to use when you need to actually explain actually.

Posted by: fd at June 26, 2022 02:56 PM (vrz2I)

277 Eggcorns are still my favorite language misinterpretations since they make sense otherwise.

I am in agreeance about grammar pet peeves.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 02:56 PM (b9Rih)

278 Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 02:55 PM (xhaym)

---------

It's just not your day.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 02:56 PM (u73oe)

279 I used a word that I have never used before when giving a lesson. I referred to picking up a rein as addressing the rein. Thinking back on it I have no idea why I said it and it just sounds stupid.

Posted by: Ben Had at June 26, 2022 02:56 PM (ywR9B)

280 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General?


When he was a captain, Mike Flynn used to run marathons, at 5,000feet (Ft Huachuca) When he got his first star, at age 44 (I think) he could still run marathons.

Posted by: Diogenes at June 26, 2022 02:56 PM (anj39)

281 Oh, someone wants to visit The Barrel's Barrel. Godspeed.

Posted by: Bete at June 26, 2022 02:57 PM (a0KPx)

282 Minor, but makes me nuts:

"couple" without "of".
Couple days, couple tomatoes, couple books.
If there are a couple, there are two OF something.

Also, "gift" is not a verb, either.

One I am guilty of, I confess, is "might could". But I like to consider that a charming regionalism.

Posted by: sal at June 26, 2022 02:57 PM (y40tE)

283 "Cromulent" needs to become a real word. It's just so perfectly...well, cromulent.

Be careful how you use it. I've even heard of people on this very site who misused it, to their everlasting shame.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 26, 2022 02:57 PM (/NCI4)

284 >

I explain to my students thus: those "piecewise" functions that cause so much brain trouble are easy to understand: it's a function that changes its behavior in different situations, e.g. (here the high and middle school students all get it) you changing your behavior between lunchtime with friends and my classroom, and when you are home with your parents.

"Inflection points" are just those points at which the function (or person, or whatever) changes its behavior.

That's not math, exclusively. It's just life?

Posted by: Wry Mouth at June 26, 2022 02:57 PM (iDWK4)

285 269 Actually, I'm going to start every comment this way whether it makes sense or not.
Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 02:54 PM (yQpMk)

That's how I'll end my comments, actually.

Posted by: Pork Chops & Bacons at June 26, 2022 02:57 PM (Qhnrt)

286 People are slowly--shockingly slowly, IMO--starting to understand inflation is real, permanent and severe.

For me, hell, I had to give up a job I love for one that pays much better, to keep all the peeps fed and fueled and relatively comfortable.

But for (sorry redenzo) all y'all talking pet peeves and grammar, remember that the purpose of grammatical rules (beyond some very basic ones) is to identify your tribe.

On what basis can you argue for one grammatical rule over another, presuming the message being communicated is clear, except "you are not of my tribe"?

Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 02:57 PM (asXVI)

287 266
We're at that inflection point, where people are reticent to say out loud just what a steep learning curve there is to adult about these things, actually.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 02:53 PM (47mFt)
----
Basically we're at that inflection point, ......

fixed for you

Posted by: Ciampino - it's a sticky wicket at June 26, 2022 02:57 PM (qfLjt)

288 You may ask yourself, where is the library at?
You may ask yourself, could I not care less?
You may ask yourself, am I reticent or reluctant?
You may say to yourself, should I use a reflexive pronoun?

Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 02:33 PM (asXVI)


This is from the Talking Heads album, And Yet Once More In A Lifetime?

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 02:58 PM (xhaym)

289 "Marshall law"

A great way to tell who reads and who doesn't.

Marshall law sounds like something awesome that Berserker would propose, involving stack amps.

Posted by: Taqiyyologist, Rickrolled by Jesus at June 26, 2022 02:58 PM (M9XmQ)

290 oh, geez, it's actually literally almost 3 pm in the afternoon, I got stuff to do.

Posted by: mallfly the Peach of Hoboken at June 26, 2022 02:58 PM (Ynyl9)

291 Some words sound better with a Scottish accent. Pairky breasts sound perkier.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 02:58 PM (eGTCV)

292 > and
>

Always amuse me, but very privately. I don't make a fuss.

Posted by: Wry Mouth at June 26, 2022 02:58 PM (iDWK4)

293 I wish more people understood that an apostrophe is a placeholder ... For example, I often see the 1970s shortened to 70's, when it should be written '70s (here the apostrophe represents numerals one and nine).

What I notice more often, however, is the misuse of an apostrophe when combined with the word "it" ... The meaning of IT'S is "it is" whereas ITS implies possession (belonging to it) ... Easy to be confused, though, when there's a different rule for a person's possession (ex. Jack's scooter or Jill's bicycle).

Posted by: Kathy at June 26, 2022 02:58 PM (h3RRP)

294
"heighth" and "acrosst"

"Measure your heighth and put the board acrossed the frame."

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 02:59 PM (Pc3RZ)

295 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General.

Tommy Franks looked like he could pass a PT Test. Stormin' Norman had that big look where you could tell that he used to be big, and still might jerk your ass through a knot.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 02:59 PM (rXn4d)

296 Whatcha talkin ‘bout, Whilst?!?!

Posted by: Zombie Gary Coleman at June 26, 2022 02:59 PM (8ft+D)

297 Actually, shouldn't it be That '70's Show?

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 02:59 PM (yQpMk)

298 I best start doing something if I wish to achieve my goal of mediocrity today.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 03:00 PM (eGTCV)

299
Speaking of tools, I've seen people write "dykes". Since it's short for "diagonal cutters", I go with the less problematic "dikes." I have no idea if there's an official spelling.
Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 02:35 PM (5YmYl)


Putting your finger is a dike means you might be pulling back a bloody stub.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 03:00 PM (xhaym)

300 Oops! apparently "

for #292, insert "quantum leap" and "state-of-the-art"

Posted by: Wry Mouth at June 26, 2022 03:00 PM (iDWK4)

301
I just say things are easy to learn, or hard.

When I say "steep learning curve" I mean something very specific - and I usually say it in reference to Adobe software. What I mean is that it is easy to become *proficient* at it, and then takes awhile to get *good* at it.

IOW, some task that is deceptively simple to learn the first few weeks/months, and then you find out it gets pretty devilish later on.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:00 PM (IXpV7)

302 Needs fixed. Grr.

Needs to be fixed.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 03:00 PM (0ocXn)

303 In terms of speech and repetition my pet peeve is everything ever said by kamala harris.

Posted by: Florida Peasant at June 26, 2022 03:00 PM (dr4Q1)

304 Oof. Back garden bed weeded. Time to sit down in the shade with a montechristo white, a glass of bullcrap chardonnay, and a hot sweaty pooch at my feet.

Life is good.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:00 PM (6FeV1)

305 If Bob was a former marine, then Bob has ceased to be.

How's his plumage?

Posted by: Archimedes at June 26, 2022 02:53 PM


Is he pining for the fjords?

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at June 26, 2022 03:01 PM (bVYXr)

306 I am done, I have to take a nap, even my most calm comments sound off, awkward and creepy.

Sorry to be clueless and everyting

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 03:01 PM (xhaym)

307 When I moved to NYC from Louisiana as a young man I know I was summarily dismissed at job interviews because of my accent and pronunciation of certain words.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:01 PM (b9Rih)

308 If Bob was a former marine, then Bob has ceased to be.
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How's his plumage?
Posted by: Archimedes at June 26, 2022 02:53 PM (/NCI4)

Actually, if you want to piss off Bob, or any former Marine, ask him what it was like to be a soldier.

Don't ask me about pissing ON Bob, I don't know what he likes, and I'm not here to judge, actually.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:01 PM (47mFt)

309 I have given up on correcting "begs the question" because everyone uses it wrong (I even catch myself doing so) to the point that its become almost standard use of the term despite being a gross misuse.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (llsW/)
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Agreed on that. Of course the proper meaning is a bit obscure to most linguistically-challenged pretentious POS so there is that.

Posted by: Ciampino - it's a sticky wicket at June 26, 2022 03:01 PM (qfLjt)

310 "an education effects a person's whole life."

If they understood the meaning, it could be quite profound! They probably didn't, however.

||This is from the Talking Heads album, And Yet Once More In A Lifetime?

Actually.

Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 03:02 PM (asXVI)

311 Excuse me, where's the library at?

We don't end sentences in prepositions.

Ok, where's the library at, bitch?

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 03:02 PM (u73oe)

312 Pronouncing "supposedly" as "supposably."

"For all intensive purposes."

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 03:02 PM (5YmYl)

313 Try calling someone from Wales English.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 03:02 PM (eGTCV)

314 "you don't diffuse an explosive situation--you defuse it."
Unless you are the Mayor of a Blue city with riots...then you give them 'room to destroy'...diffusing the explosive situation.

Leftists are by DEFINITION Sinister.
sin·​is·​ter | \ ˈsi-nə-stər , archaic sə-ˈni- \
Definition of sinister
1: singularly evil or productive of evil
2: accompanied by or leading to disaster
3: presaging ill fortune or trouble
4a: of, relating to, or situated to the left or on the left side of something.
b: of ill omen by reason of being on the left

Posted by: Birddog at June 26, 2022 03:02 PM (uAI4S)

315 windshield --- screen
faggot ----- cigarette
trunk ------ turtle?
long distance ---- trunk

Posted by: Braenyard at June 26, 2022 03:02 PM (MIkft)

316 In terms of speech and repetition my pet peeve is everything ever said by kamala harris.
Posted by: Florida Peasant at June 26, 2022 03:00 PM (dr4Q1

Hey, kamala Harris has made an entire career out of petting peeves, so....

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:03 PM (6FeV1)

317 "Momentarily" - the worst used word in American English? Discuss.

Posted by: random artsnark at June 26, 2022 03:03 PM (TjMft)

318
First world problem:

I have an old but "like new" Lexus that I hate driving. It's a 2009 with 51K miles and looks like new. The seat is horrible! I can't stand driving it.

My other car gets half the MPG's, but it's very comfortable to drive. It would cost me an extra $17/day to drive, which is like burning money. What to do?

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:03 PM (Pc3RZ)

319 Kamala Harris would benefit from joining Toastmasters.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 03:03 PM (eGTCV)

320 Try calling someone from Wales English.
Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 03:02 PM (eGTCV)

What's the Welsh for "Ah, bless your heart"?

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:04 PM (6FeV1)

321
Incidentally, $17/day is $85/wk, about $360/mo.

Adds up fast.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:04 PM (Pc3RZ)

322 on learning curve, flip the x and y axis? and people use it correctly.

Posted by: Romeo13 at June 26, 2022 03:04 PM (oHd/0)

323 317 "Momentarily" - the worst used word in American English? Discuss.
Posted by: random artsnark at June 26, 2022 03:03 PM (TjMft)

I like to say I'll be with you anon.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 03:04 PM (eGTCV)

324 "But for (sorry redenzo) all y'all talking pet peeves and grammar, remember that the purpose of grammatical rules (beyond some very basic ones) is to identify your tribe."

Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 02:57 PM (asXVI)

Perhaps, but I think that's more a question of dialects, in which, grammar rules play a part. In countries with many more dialects than the US, an where there is a "standard" language, one's grammar and syntax are definitely identifiers, for better or worse.

Fascinating topic.

Posted by: RS at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (1XDfN)

325 "Marshall law"

-
Mr. Dillon! Mr. Dillon!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (FVME7)

326 And smart people pronounce it "asposedly".

This is known.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (6FeV1)

327 Arguably

Posted by: Unclezip at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (CUMtI)

328 When I say "steep learning curve" I mean something very specific - and I usually say it in reference to Adobe software. What I mean is that it is easy to become *proficient* at it, and then takes awhile to get *good* at it.

IOW, some task that is deceptively simple to learn the first few weeks/months, and then you find out it gets pretty devilish later on.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:00 PM (IXpV7)

Actually, I think of "steep learning curve" as the one where the person getting on the graph expects it to be easy, and then finds the path upward to be much harder than expected.

So I guess I don't exactly agree with Buck on this one, actually.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (47mFt)

329 Ok, where's the library at, bitch?
Posted by: Duke Lowell
------------------

Now, we are getting somewhere.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (MIkft)

330 I notice in my own writing, like say here, that I tend to use the construct noun-adjective with the hyphen a lot more than I see it used in other people's writing. For example, I would write, say, "ass-kissing politician" instead of "ass kissing politician." It strikes me as an older convention but it just looks more correct to me.

Posted by: Oddbob at June 26, 2022 03:06 PM (nfrXX)

331 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General?

-------
Major General James M. Gavin

Brigadier General William O. Darby (KIA in Italy by artillery on April 30, 1945 while a full colonel; posthumously promoted Brigadier General on May 2, 1945)

Posted by: El Rojo at June 26, 2022 03:06 PM (AMIL/)

332 In fairness...

Posted by: That guy who always says... at June 26, 2022 03:06 PM (Xrfse)

333 Or I guess that really noun-gerund used as an adjective.

Posted by: Oddbob at June 26, 2022 03:06 PM (nfrXX)

334
Since it's short for "diagonal cutters", I go with the less problematic "dikes." I have no idea if there's an official spelling.

-----

Dike = Giant retaining wall - "The Dutch boy put his finger in the dike.

Dyke = Butch lesbo - "No boy has ever put his finger Elena Kagan... she's a turbo-powered diesel dyke."

Either spelling = flush-set diagonal wire cutter - "Dikes/dykes are an indispensable tool for fine wire work."

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:06 PM (IXpV7)

335 Justice:

Try putting some kind of seat pad in the Lexus. Even a towel that you can fold up in different thicknesses.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 03:07 PM (5YmYl)

336 19 My peeve is the word incredible being incorrectly used. It literally means not to be believed, having no credibility. People constantly use this word to describe something that is merely fascinating.
It is an insult revived as praise.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (jTmQV)
----
incredibly is a favorite of the Left usually when they are trying to prop someone up and they use the word wrongly as a superlative. Child fails class - he's incredibly bright, just doesn't do well in exams. Also when one of their own has been fired then it will be used to describe the work and uplift that person supposedly brought to the job.

Posted by: Ciampino - it's an incredible sticky wicket at June 26, 2022 03:07 PM (qfLjt)

337 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General--------


General MacArthur was 62 when we got into WW2. We'll almost. Birthday is in January.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:07 PM (b9Rih)

338 What's the Welsh for "Ah, bless your heart"?
Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:04 PM (6FeV1

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Don't know, but I'll bet it has a lot of consonants.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 03:07 PM (u73oe)

339 Well = We'll

That was autocorrect

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:08 PM (b9Rih)

340 "Begs the question" used wrongly, as it often is, almost makes a little bit of sense. By saying XYZ or whatever, you're figuratively "begging" your interlocutor to ask an obvious follow-up question.

Still wrong. But not nonsensical.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:08 PM (6FeV1)

341 I also think "begs the question" used to be "beggars the question", but I'm not 100% on that....

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:09 PM (6FeV1)

342 337 I cannot remember the last time I saw a General that was in shape and young. Has there ever been a ripped, young General--------

General MacArthur was 62 when we got into WW2. We'll almost. Birthday is in January.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:07 PM (b9Rih)

Patton was supposed to be in pretty good shape.

Posted by: Romeo13 at June 26, 2022 03:09 PM (oHd/0)

343 "The plane will be taking off momentarily."

But I paid for a 4-hour flight, dammit!

Posted by: random artsnark at June 26, 2022 03:09 PM (TjMft)

344
Try putting some kind of seat pad in the Lexus. Even a towel that you can fold up in different thicknesses.
Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto


Good idea.
I'll "form" the damn seat with something until it feels okay.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:09 PM (Pc3RZ)

345 Incidentally, $17/day is $85/wk, about $360/mo.

Adds up fast.
Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:04 PM (Pc3RZ)



Actually, at some point it would pay to install an aftermarket seat.

https://bityl.co/CudL

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 03:09 PM (yQpMk)

346 Actually, I think of "steep learning curve" as the one where the person getting on the graph expects it to be easy, and then finds the path upward to be much harder than expected.

So I guess I don't exactly agree with Buck on this one, actually.
Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (47mFt)

If "learning" is the Y-axis and "time" is the X-axis, then a steep learning curve means that you have to learn a lot of stuff rapidly - which is how just about everyone uses the term.

Posted by: Interesting Times at June 26, 2022 03:10 PM (ieN7O)

347 Posted by: moviegique at June 26, 2022 02:57 PM (asXVI)

Perhaps, but I think that's more a question of dialects, in which, grammar rules play a part. In countries with many more dialects than the US, an where there is a "standard" language, one's grammar and syntax are definitely identifiers, for better or worse.

Fascinating topic.
Posted by: RS at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (1XDfN)

It has been said that an American, especially black folks, who were born into less successful segments of society, who can go into the shiny success world, and communicate with effective SAE, then turn around and communicate just as clearly with the folks with whom they lived and were raised, is essentially bilingual.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:10 PM (47mFt)

348 re 312: for all in tents and porpoises.

Posted by: mallfly the Peach of Hoboken at June 26, 2022 03:10 PM (Ynyl9)

349 211 "I got gas today and the line was 2-3 cars deep at every pump. Somehow everyone still has money for summer road trips."


Except for the people who are not sitting at the pumps or driving because it costs too much. Anyway why aren't you driving your electric car instead of using up the gasoline supply and thereby raising the prices?
Posted by: fd at June 26, 2022 02:44 PM (vrz2I)

People love to bitch about gas but very few people
Change their driving over it. But sure attack me personally cuz reasons, lol.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 03:10 PM (LyqJg)

350 "Dikes" it is, then.

And having written it today for the first time in my 56 years on this Earth, I shall doubtless die before ever needing to write it again.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at June 26, 2022 03:11 PM (5YmYl)

351 I need to put some air in a tire. I have a mini compressor hopefully it will reach the rear tire from the dashboard.
I know, I know.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 03:11 PM (eGTCV)

352

The limeys like to say "let's not play silly beggars."

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:11 PM (Pc3RZ)

353 So I guess I don't exactly agree with Buck on this one, actually.

Yet, Buck is so sure about this that he felt the need - and justification - to lecture about it.

This is a learning opportunity. Not about grammar. Grammar is just the collective will of how to use sounds and symbols to convey meaning. This is a learning opportunity about human nature.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 03:11 PM (rXn4d)

354 If "learning" is the Y-axis and "time" is the X-axis, then a steep learning curve means that you have to learn a lot of stuff rapidly - which is how just about everyone uses the term.
Posted by: Interesting Times at June 26, 2022 03:10 PM (ieN7O)

We imagine a steep Effort Curve, not a Learning Curve. I guess.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:11 PM (6FeV1)

355 re: learning curve
A steep learning curve means one has to learn a lot of info in a short period of time. So a steep learning curve is a more serious issue, one doesn’t have all the time in the world to learn. At least that’s how I’ve always heard it used.

Posted by: matty at June 26, 2022 03:11 PM (J4+yC)

356 >>> So I guess I don't exactly agree with Buck on this one, actually.
Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (47mFt)
---------------

It was explained by the aeronautical fellow upstream.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 26, 2022 03:11 PM (MIkft)

357 Patton was supposed to be in pretty good shape.
Posted by: Romeo13 at June 26, 2022 03:09 PM (oHd/0)

He was a former hard headed Olympian. ( used a .38 in the Pentathlon)

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:11 PM (b9Rih)

358 I have an old but "like new" Lexus that I hate driving. It's a 2009 with 51K miles and looks like new. The seat is horrible! I can't stand driving it.

My other car gets half the MPG's, but it's very comfortable to drive. It would cost me an extra $17/day to drive, which is like burning money. What to do?
Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:03 PM (Pc3RZ)

Put the seat from the other car into the Lexus?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 26, 2022 03:12 PM (/5pKn)

359 You didn't answer my question Joe. Why aren't you driving your electric car?

Posted by: fd at June 26, 2022 03:12 PM (vrz2I)

360 Actually, I am one of those abusing "steep learning curve". I use it to mean 'it's a lot to learn at the start'.

"Like drinking from a firehose."

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 03:12 PM (yQpMk)

361 25 I hate when people pronounce the "t" in "often". I was specifically taught to pronounce it "OFF-in" and not "OFF-tin" when I was a child. It just sounds weird to me.

Posted by: JimLennon at June 26, 2022 02:10 PM (mR5GH)
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In 'English' English it is OFT. Incidently, oft is archaic or literary and OFTEN come from that.
You would hate speaking to me then.

Posted by: Ciampino - it's an incredible sticky wicket at June 26, 2022 03:13 PM (qfLjt)

362 >>>Ok, where's the library at, bitch?

>Here, here! Sometimes we're just splitting hares.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 03:13 PM (0ocXn)

363 I assumed "dikes" was just an abbreviation of "diagonals".

But i grew up calling them "side cutters"....

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:13 PM (6FeV1)

364 Kamala impression.

https://notthebee.com/article/uncanny-kamala-impression

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 03:13 PM (FVME7)

365 I try to be careful in my use of language but I'm pretty tolerant of the way other people speak--as long as I understand them.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 03:13 PM (eGTCV)

366
Actually, at some point it would pay to install an aftermarket seat.

https://bityl.co/CudL
Posted by: G'rump928(c)


The problem is that I'd possibly have to try several of them before I found one I like, which could take months.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:14 PM (Pc3RZ)

367 Calling the US a Democracy implicitly says the Democrat party is the true party of our country. It is subtle but it is not accidental.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 03:14 PM (LyqJg)

368 Dike = Giant retaining wall - "The Dutch boy put his finger in the dike.

Dyke = Butch lesbo - "No boy has ever put his finger Elena Kagan... she's a turbo-powered diesel dyke."

Either spelling = flush-set diagonal wire cutter - "Dikes/dykes are an indispensable tool for fine wire work."
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:06 PM (IXpV7)

I really don't think I want to put my finger in any of them.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:15 PM (47mFt)

369 People love to bitch about gas but very few people
Change their driving over it. But sure attack me personally cuz reasons, lol.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 03:10 PM (LyqJg)


WSJ had an article about Americans' driving habits changing due to gas prices. We're not buying as much gas these days.

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:15 PM (c8EA0)

370 Actually, at some point it would pay to install an aftermarket seat.

https://bityl.co/CudL
Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 03:09 PM (yQpMk)

Speaking of bad grammar. LOL.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 26, 2022 03:15 PM (/5pKn)

371 It has been said that an American, especially black folks, who were born into less successful segments of society, who can go into the shiny success world, and communicate with effective SAE, then turn around and communicate just as clearly with the folks with whom they lived and were raised, is essentially bilingual.
Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:10 PM (47mFt)

Not just black folks. My dad did it and he grew up in the Ozarks in the 1920s. I asked him once why he spoke differently depending on the circumstances. He said, certain circles of people hear certain dialects and believe (wrongly) that the speaker is stupid.

Posted by: RS at June 26, 2022 03:15 PM (1XDfN)

372 A ring dike prevents your basement from getting wet.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (eGTCV)

373 worsest and bestest

Jerry-rigged, or is it Jury-rigged?

ya know?

Posted by: Lola at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (NIYa7)

374 I code switch like a sonovabitch. Anywhere from George Plimpton to Darrel Waltrip.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (6FeV1)

375 The way Brits pronounce "figure."

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (bWzdd)

376 After living in NY for 7 years I picked up their bad grammar and used you guys a lot. Sometimes I even slipped into a youse guys.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (b9Rih)

377 When people use foot instead of feet. Like that man is 6 foot tall. Nah bruh he is 6 FEET tall.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (LyqJg)

378
Put the seat from the other car into the Lexus?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon


That's not a bad idea. But I wouldn't want to take the seat out of my own Navigator.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (Pc3RZ)

379 Porpoises in tents?!!! Does PETA know about this?!!!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (FVME7)

380 Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:10 PM (47mFt)

Not just black folks. My dad did it and he grew up in the Ozarks in the 1920s. I asked him once why he spoke differently depending on the circumstances. He said, certain circles of people hear certain dialects and believe (wrongly) that the speaker is stupid.
Posted by: RS at June 26, 2022 03:15 PM (1XDfN)

Yup, exactly.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:17 PM (47mFt)

381 Having a full air compressor is nice

Posted by: Skip at June 26, 2022 03:17 PM (2JoB8)

382 That's not a bad idea. But I wouldn't want to take the seat out of my own Navigator.
Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (Pc3RZ)



Actually, you could get one from a junkyard.

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 03:18 PM (yQpMk)

383 This is a learning opportunity about human nature.

WHat have we learned from Buck's invitation to correct him should we see something wrong in his piece?

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:18 PM (c8EA0)

384 I see the Pentagon has just announced that it will REFUSE to follow any state laws restricting abortion access.

I would like to thank the Pentagon for giving us ALL the blessing of only following laws with which we personally agree.

Posted by: Sam Adams at June 26, 2022 03:18 PM (VDbGO)

385
"T" can be pronounced or silent in "often." I'm a silent-t guy.

Autumn is a made up word - fall is the correct one. Maybe six or seven centuries back, wordy college types thought corrupting a Latinate sounded more sophisticated than the trusty old Germanic "fall." It's just an artsy-fartsy $10 """word.""" But I say autumn anyway, because it's a pretty word.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:18 PM (IXpV7)

386 Court Martials vs Courts Martial. Or Sergeant Majors vs Sergeants Major.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:18 PM (1p+vd)

387 Pentagon Announces It Will Refuse to Follow Any State Laws Restricting Abortion Access
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:12 PM (FVME7)


Well, last time I checked, the Pentagon was a five-sided building near D.C.

Last time I checked, buildings don't talk, and I'm pretty sure they can't get pregnant.

But it's nice to know that the powers that be who work in that building are too dumb to realize that they really don't have a dog in this fight - it's between a woman and her state legislature now; the Pentagon people aren't part of the equation.

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, Texas - AoS Ladies' Brigade, Plucky Comic Relief at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM (SRRAx)

388 Autumn is a made up word - fall is the correct one. Maybe six or seven centuries back, wordy college types thought corrupting a Latinate sounded more sophisticated than the trusty old Germanic "fall." It's just an artsy-fartsy $10 """word.""" But I say autumn anyway, because it's a pretty word.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:18 PM (IXpV7)

Sometimes I fall into an autumnal state of mind.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, there are chickens in my trench at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM (eGTCV)

389 This is the result of a public that does not read, because there is little need for it in everyday life.

Posted by: sal at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM (y40tE)

390 Proper English = Take me seriously

Agrammatical vernacular = Don't take me seriously

Hyper-corrected Ivory Tower word salad = REALLY don't take me seriously.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM (6FeV1)

391 I see the Pentagon has just announced that it will REFUSE to follow any state laws restricting abortion access.


Actually, what does that mean? Does the Army do a lot of abortions?

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM (yQpMk)

392 email "from" Biden:

"The Supreme Court expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people. They didn't limit it, they simply took it away."

[Dems are really almost hysterical about this.]

Posted by: mallfly the Peach of Hoboken at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM (Ynyl9)

393
Actually, you could get one from a junkyard.
Posted by: G'rump928(c)


Actually, that's a feasible solution.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM (Pc3RZ)

394
WSJ had an article about Americans' driving habits changing due to gas prices. We're not buying as much gas these days.
Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:15 PM (c8EA0)

First off since when is the MSM trustworthy all of a sudden?

Second, more likely due to inflation in general. Everything costs more so there is less money for activities that require driving. Take inflation away and just have gas on its own at $6 (which I know is not feasible but for a point) and not much driving changes from that aline.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM (LyqJg)

395 For all intensive porpoises I have no grammar peeves.

Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 03:20 PM (iizIR)

396 The plural of Attorney General?

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 03:20 PM (bWzdd)

397 Not just black folks. My dad did it and he grew up in the Ozarks in the 1920s. I asked him once why he spoke differently depending on the circumstances. He said, certain circles of people hear certain dialects and believe (wrongly) that the speaker is stupid.

In my line of work, I do it just the opposite. Tradesmen and line workers that know my hourly rate, and don't mind knowing I make it, feel better about it when I sound like they do.

And, spoiler alert, in the real world, nobody gives two shits about high minded grammar. When the shit hits the fan, they care if you can do something with it.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 03:20 PM (rXn4d)

398 When people use foot instead of feet. Like that man is 6 foot tall. Nah bruh he is 6 FEET tall.

You're both wrong, its eighteen hands.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 03:20 PM (AHeqJ)

399 386 Court Martials vs Courts Martial. Or Sergeant Majors vs Sergeants Major.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:18 PM (1p+vd)


Idiot Bidens or Biden Idiots?

Posted by: El Rojo at June 26, 2022 03:20 PM (AMIL/)

400 I guess they are losing too many of their Navy crew to pregnancies .

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:21 PM (b9Rih)

401 I see the Pentagon has just announced that it will REFUSE to follow any state laws restricting abortion access.

I guess a lot of military docs will just have to 'serve' in prison, then.

Posted by: Methos at June 26, 2022 03:21 PM (kOpft)

402 Porpoises in tents?!!! Does PETA know about this?!!!
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (FVME7)

Brokeback Blowhole....

Next pixar film maybe?

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:21 PM (6FeV1)

403 >>>I hate, despise, loathe, etc the term 'adultin'.

(Same with "parenting".)

And I detest the term "waiting on" something. If you work in a restaurant, you might wait on tables. Otherwise, you wait FOR something to happen. (First time I ever heard that "waiting on" expression, it was uttered by an NFL play-by-play guy on TV, and we know what illiterate simians they can be.)

Posted by: Lord of the Fleas at June 26, 2022 03:21 PM (NKKu+)

404 I plead guilty to appropriating the Brit or Aussie whinging for whining when typing. And I usually just type out it is when I'm nervous that getting the apostrophe wrong will make me look ignorant.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at June 26, 2022 03:21 PM (3cGpq)

405 "Trans" is by nature Monstrous, Monstrosities. Medical surgical interventions are Frankenstein/Dr. Moreau manufacture of Monsters.
Definition of monstrous
1: having extraordinary often overwhelming size : GIGANTIC
2a: extraordinarily ugly or vicious : HORRIBLE
b: shockingly wrong or ridiculous
3: deviating greatly from the natural form or character : ABNORMAL
4: very great —used as an intensive
a monstrous hangover
5a: having the qualities or appearance of a monster
: teeming with monsters
: STRANGE, UNNATURAL

not spam

Posted by: Birddog at June 26, 2022 03:21 PM (uAI4S)

406 Porpoises in tents?!!! Does PETA know about this?!!!
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (FVME7)

Prolly just wanted to get away from all the rapey dolphins.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:21 PM (47mFt)

407 I see the Pentagon has just announced that it will REFUSE to follow any state laws restricting abortion access.

I would like to thank the Pentagon for giving us ALL the blessing of only following laws with which we personally agree.



I may be totally mistaken but I thought Dobbs was a strikedown of Federally allowed abortion, thus reverting it to the various states. Isn't the Pentagon federal and thus mandated to follow this SC ruling? I may be wrong...I'm not a lawyer.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:21 PM (1p+vd)

408 I wonder if the Mister Softee jingle helps create serial killers?

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:21 PM (c8EA0)

409 Autumn is a made up word

-
They all are.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 03:22 PM (FVME7)

410 That's not a bad idea. But I wouldn't want to take the seat out of my own Navigator.
Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:16 PM (Pc3RZ)

Well, find a seat you like at the Pick and Pull. Should run you under a C-note. Don't skimp on the engineering to securely mount it to the floor.

Volvos used to be famous for supremely comfortable seats.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 26, 2022 03:22 PM (/5pKn)

411 Learning curve misapprehension.

A learning curve represents acquired skills compared against time. The curve would be determined by their combined results. Such a curve's shape, steep or flat, would be the result of which axis time represented.

A short number of skills on x axis compared to a long time on y axis would be a steep curve.

The struggle implied by a steep learning curve justifies the colloquialism.

Posted by: setsoru at June 26, 2022 03:22 PM (EQ18D)

412 Attorneys General.

Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 03:22 PM (iizIR)

413 Autumn is when the leaves change...Fall is when they Fall Off.
I prefer a long Autumn, and a shortfall.

Posted by: Birddog at June 26, 2022 03:22 PM (uAI4S)

414 For all intensive porpoises I have no grammar peeves.
Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 03:20 PM (iizIR)


Careful, it's a doggy dog world out there.

Posted by: Napoleon XIV at June 26, 2022 03:22 PM (AiZBA)

415 'leverage' as in 'We can leverage our expertise ...' where it simply means 'We can use our expertise ...'

'interdict' instead of either 'intercept' or 'prevent' or 'destroy' so I never know what happened to that convoy that the DoD interdicted.

'Fascism' somehow is no longer a form of Socialism as is Communism, but has become a Far Right form of repression They never want to discuss Hitler/Stalin pact either.

Posted by: Ciampino - basically a good guy at June 26, 2022 03:23 PM (qfLjt)

416 All tolled, this has been a very enlightning thread.

Posted by: Rex B at June 26, 2022 03:23 PM (9zXwu)

417 Attorneys General is the correct way to say more than one AG. But it feels wrong to say it. Attorney Generals sounds so much better.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 03:23 PM (LyqJg)

418 Court Martials vs Courts Martial. Or Sergeant Majors vs Sergeants Major.

Pretty much everyone knows that the plural of Attorney General is Attorneys General. But what is the correct possessive form? "That is the Attorney's General chair?" That seems awkward.

Posted by: Oddbob at June 26, 2022 03:23 PM (nfrXX)

419 Buildings don't think. Next question?

Posted by: Donald Rumsfeld at June 26, 2022 03:24 PM (bWzdd)

420 Gagoots

Posted by: dartist at June 26, 2022 03:24 PM (+ya+t)

421
I say "Attorneys General," because general is a weirdly placed modifier for the noun, rather than the actual noun.

This may be incorrect. But it's the way I figure it.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:24 PM (IXpV7)

422 Attorneys General.
Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 03:22 PM (iizIR)

This is another one of those things I'll intentionally get wrong. Because, if you haven't gone to law screwal, who gives a shite.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:24 PM (47mFt)

423 I watched a video of AOC this morning and she pronounced "important" as "import-ant." I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.

Does it have a name?

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 03:24 PM (sWM8x)

424 "The Supreme Court expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people. They didn't limit it, they simply took it away."

* Abortion was never in the Constitution
* Killing innocent lives is not and never was a God Given Right
* The Supreme Court restored an expression of the 10th Amendment
* The court is not a legislative branch, they cannot create licenses, entitlements and privileges (what is meant by the Left's use of the word "right")

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 03:25 PM (AHeqJ)

425 388 Autumn is a made up word - fall is the correct one. Maybe six or seven centuries back, wordy college types thought corrupting a Latinate sounded more sophisticated than the trusty old Germanic "fall." It's just an artsy-fartsy $10 """word.""" But I say autumn anyway, because it's a pretty word.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:18 PM (IXpV7)
========

You and G.Orwell would have an enjoyable conversation.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 26, 2022 03:25 PM (MIkft)

426 The brain is the only thing that named itself.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 03:25 PM (u73oe)

427 I think that's more a question of dialects, in which, grammar rules play a part. In countries with many more dialects than the US, an where there is a "standard" language, one's grammar and syntax are definitely identifiers, for better or worse.

Fascinating topic.
Posted by: RS at June 26, 2022 03:05 PM (1XDfN)


Your name wouldn't happen to be 'enry 'iggins, would it?

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, Texas - AoS Ladies' Brigade, Plucky Comic Relief at June 26, 2022 03:25 PM (SRRAx)

428 I watched a video of AOC this morning and she pronounced "important" as "import-ant." I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.

Does it have a name?


"Illiteracy"

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (AHeqJ)

429 391 I see the Pentagon has just announced that it will REFUSE to follow any state laws restricting abortion access.


Actually, what does that mean? Does the Army do a lot of abortions?

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM (yQpMk)


Maybe DoD will establish abortion clinics in major military hospitals, and send personnel to them on TDY if a clinic is not within 50 miles of their duty station? Your DoD budget in action, yuck.

Posted by: El Rojo at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (AMIL/)

430 Attorneys General is the correct way to say more than one AG.

I'll stick with "Lawyer Bastards".

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (rXn4d)

431
You-Tube, Speaker Pelosi Swears-In Rep. Mayra Flores (4 days ago)

Pelosi appeared to purposely nudge Flores' oldest daughter during the ceremony. The child also appeared to hold her ground.

Posted by: Lola at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (NIYa7)

432 The brain is the only thing that named itself.
Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 03:25 PM (u73oe)



What about me?

Posted by: The Mouth at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (yQpMk)

433 This may be incorrect. But it's the way I figure it.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:24 PM (IXpV7)

That's exactly correct as far as I'm aware. Attorney is the noun, General is the modifier/ adjective.

Not just an attorney. Everyone's attorney. The Attorney who serves Generally.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (6FeV1)

434 423 I watched a video of AOC this morning and she pronounced "important" as "import-ant." I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.

Does it have a name?
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist
------------------

Did-dint see it.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (MIkft)

435 >>>it was uttered by an NFL play-by-play guy on TV, and we know what illiterate simians they can be.

>This is tremendously racist.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (0ocXn)

436 He said, certain circles of people hear certain dialects and believe (wrongly) that the speaker is stupid.

I sometimes tell on-line acquaintances, with whom I've had lively and intelligent discussions, that if they heard me speak in real-life they would never take me seriously again.

Posted by: sal at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (y40tE)

437 First off since when is the MSM trustworthy all of a sudden?

It's at least as trustworthy as some rando mentioning that cars were lined up 2-3 deep at the pump in his neighborhood.

that means nothing.

there were gas bays empty at my local Wawa this morning, which was never the case.

So now we have three sources of information, two of them anecdata. The third is the WSJ, who hasn't gone totally off the rails in its reporting of business issues.

So the people here are smart enough to assess the info, even though designated morons.

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (c8EA0)

438 In the Army we were told to "walk with a purpose". I always snarked that in the Navy they must be told to "walk with a porpoise". Heh.


Not very original, I know, but I was always very much impressed with myself. My wife, not so much. Heh again.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (1p+vd)

439 I see the Pentagon has just announced that it will REFUSE to follow any state laws restricting abortion access.


Actually, what does that mean? Does the Army do a lot of abortions?

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 26, 2022 03:19 PM


Department of Defense is prohibited by law from performing or funding abortions by the Hyde amendment. They have never done abortions and will only pay for military members to have an abortion in a civilian facility if they are a rape victim.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at June 26, 2022 03:27 PM (bVYXr)

440 I watched a video of AOC this morning and she pronounced "important" as "import-ant." I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.

Does it have a name?
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 03:24 PM (sWM8x)

C*nty Barmaid Speak

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:27 PM (47mFt)

441 This is another one of those things I'll intentionally get wrong.

It’s awkward. Thankfully I rarely use the term.

Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 03:27 PM (iizIR)

442 I watched a video of AOC this morning and she pronounced "important" as "import-ant." I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.

Does it have a name?


Stupidity.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:28 PM (Bd6X8)

443 Pelosi appeared to purposely nudge Flores' oldest daughter during the ceremony. The child also appeared to hold her ground.
Posted by: Lola at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (NIYa7)

But did she sniff her hair?

Posted by: sal at June 26, 2022 03:29 PM (y40tE)

444 " I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.
Does it have a name?"

The ghettoization of the language.

Posted by: fd at June 26, 2022 03:29 PM (vrz2I)

445 I am probably as bad as most on word policing
Posted by: Skip

But, you haven't shot anyone yet, have you ?

Posted by: JT at June 26, 2022 03:29 PM (arJlL)

446 This is another one of those things I'll intentionally get wrong.
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It’s awkward. Thankfully I rarely use the term.
Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 03:27 PM (iizIR)

True, unless you're traveling in certain circles, it doesn't often come up in casual conversation. Having lawyer family members though, I'll force it.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 03:30 PM (47mFt)

447 In my line of work, I do it just the opposite. Tradesmen and line workers that know my hourly rate, and don't mind knowing I make it, feel better about it when I sound like they do.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 03:20 PM (rXn4d)

I did, as well. I was a lawyer with a rural practice. I had to linguistically navigate among many camps.

Posted by: RS at June 26, 2022 03:30 PM (1XDfN)

448 "It's pretty ugly and also a little big".

'Hopefully' is a dreadfully misused word in this society.

Posted by: WTM at June 26, 2022 03:30 PM (MJ9C3)

449 Hate the grammar scolds. They need to go get bent.
Posted by: Martini Farmer

Not bended ?

Posted by: JT at June 26, 2022 03:30 PM (arJlL)

450 I say “attorney generals.” In my mind it is simply a two word noun so the s goes at the end. Kind of like Field Marshalls.

Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at June 26, 2022 03:30 PM (d9Cw3)

451 I am probably as bad as most on word policing
Posted by: Skip

But, you haven't shot anyone yet, have you ?
Posted by: JT at June 26, 2022 03:29 PM (arJlL)


A dangling participle is what George Floyd died of.

Posted by: Napoleon XIV at June 26, 2022 03:30 PM (AiZBA)

452 Import-ant is a ant stowing away in illegals food bag when the person crosses the border

Posted by: Skip at June 26, 2022 03:31 PM (2JoB8)

453 >>>Jerry-rigged, or is it Jury-rigged?

ya know?

Jury-rig is a nautical thing.

Jerry-rig is a NAZI thing.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 03:31 PM (0ocXn)

454 For Military and/or VA facilities located where state laws restrict abortion access?

Posted by: Lola at June 26, 2022 03:31 PM (NIYa7)

455 I see the Pentagon has just announced that it will REFUSE to follow any state laws restricting abortion access.

Clearly the Pentagram is a hostile occupying enemy force. Has absolutely no place in this country.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 03:31 PM (AHeqJ)

456 I know I'm conscious of taking unnecessary car trips because of gas prices. I'll try to combine my errands on one day. I assume I'm driving less.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:31 PM (b9Rih)

457 432 The brain is the only thing that named itself.
Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 03:25 PM (u73oe)

What about me?
Posted by: The Mouth at June 26, 2022 03:26 PM (yQpMk)

Or me?

Posted by: The asshole at June 26, 2022 03:32 PM (W8bfc)

458 I watched a video of AOC this morning and she pronounced "important" as "import-ant." I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.
Does it have a name?


"aggressive self-impor-TANCE"

Posted by: Kindltot at June 26, 2022 03:32 PM (xhaym)

459 I like it when some land whale be talking about getting her hair and nails did...

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at June 26, 2022 03:33 PM (R/m4+)

460 Hate the grammar scolds. They need to go get bent.
Posted by: Martini Farmer

Not bended ?
Posted by: JT at June 26, 2022 03:30 PM (arJlL)
______________

Let's not loose our minds.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:33 PM (YqDXo)

461 All the people who say Trump is guilty are willing to testify under oath
None of the people who say Trump is innocent are willing to testify under oath
Hillary testified for 11 hours under oath

Posted by: Steve at June 26, 2022 03:34 PM (/Y48i)

462 My daughter always says underlining rather than underlying. She's college educated and smart and I feel bad correcting her when she does it and I've stopped doing it because...I feel bad correcting her. Sometimes I just have to tell the grammar nazi in me to shut up and take it.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:34 PM (1p+vd)

463 Is it Corn Hole or Cornhole?
Posted by: Hairyback Guy

We should consult CornPop.

Posted by: JT at June 26, 2022 03:34 PM (arJlL)

464 46 so many Brit things pop up in American usage now it's annoying

I think it's b/c on Twitter or wherever you don't always know if the poster is American or Canadian or Brit/Oz/Indian whatever and the US peeps get confused and start talking like the people they follow on Twitter or TikTok or whatever. and often the lefty-est ones are in fact Brits or Canadians.

Posted by: BlackOrchidOfDerp at June 26, 2022 02:14 PM (w0NJk)
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Don't feel bad as a lot of American expressions and words enter into use in other languages to the chagrin of the French who even have a committee or something to keep French pure. They hate 'La weekend'. Remember English is a bastard language made up from many other languages - Celtic, Latin, Greek, German, Norse, French, ..... beef is from boef, mutton from mouton.

Posted by: Ciampino - salami is more than one salame at June 26, 2022 03:34 PM (qfLjt)

465 I find it hilarious (emphasis 2nd syllable) that AOC is the face of the modern left.

Posted by: Indignacio Vindacatorem at June 26, 2022 03:34 PM (oWBc3)

466 An abortion mill in ND has raised $500k to fund its move to MN.

So who believes that money is actually going to be used for relocation?

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:35 PM (c8EA0)

467 Pet Peeve: Utilize vs Use

Posted by: Count de Monet at June 26, 2022 03:35 PM (4I/2K)

468 442 I watched a video of AOC this morning and she pronounced "important" as "import-ant." I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.

Does it have a name?

Stupidity.

**********************************
Blanco Basura,

"Oh, no you DI-ENT!"

Posted by: Sam Adams at June 26, 2022 03:35 PM (VDbGO)

469 " I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.
Does it have a name?"

The ghettoization of the language.
Posted by: fd at June 26, 2022 03:29 PM (vrz2I)
_____________

A part of the ghettoization of the society as a whole. Starting with the illiterate ghetto speak, "woke."

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:35 PM (YqDXo)

470 I can fit 6 fingers in my butt.

Posted by: Steve at June 26, 2022 03:36 PM (vrz2I)

471 I asked you once, don't make me axe you twice!

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 03:36 PM (0ocXn)

472 I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.
Does it have a name?"

The ghettoization of the language.
Posted by: fd at June 26, 2022 03:29 PM (vrz2I

My favorite is the origin of Def as in the Def comedy jam.

Bad means good so Death has to mean even better since it's the worst that can happen to you.

It's pronounced Def just like the streets pronounce Beth as Bef.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:36 PM (b9Rih)

473 Hillary under oath means so much Steve.

Posted by: Indignacio Vindacatorem at June 26, 2022 03:36 PM (oWBc3)

474 Posted by: Steve at June 26, 2022 03:34 PM (/Y48i)
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Sorry to go all technical here, but we linguists usually call this "making shit up."

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 03:36 PM (sWM8x)

475 Hate the grammar scolds. They need to go get bent.
Posted by: Martini Farmer

Not bended ?
Posted by: JT at June 26, 2022 03:30 PM (arJlL)
______________

Let's not loose our minds.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:33 PM (YqDXo)

Ahem. Loose our mines.

Posted by: Comrade flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur at June 26, 2022 03:36 PM (nByzo)

476 Hey, everybody,

Before this thread moves on, I want to say how much I enjoyed the Book Thread this am. Glancing over it, I was reminded of a number of other short stories that I would have recommended as well. "Child of All Ages" by P.J. Plauger is one.

I'd also recommend a number of short stories by Dorothy Parker, esp. "Glory in the Daytime" and "Mrs. Hofstadter on Josephine Street."

Now I shall look back up the thread and enjoy the grammar pet peeves.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 26, 2022 03:37 PM (c6xtn)

477 Not one person in my world has even mentioned the Roe v Wade zitzing.

I tried to draw my boss into that convo but she didn't bite.

I guess I'm surrounded by normies

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:37 PM (c8EA0)

478 A while back I used the word “judgement” in an argument with a pretentious left-wing jackass who tried to score a cheap point (since he couldn’t actually make a coherent argument he resorted to attacking my spelling) by telling me it should be spelled “judgment.” I argued that both were correct, linked to wiktionary as an example, and he and his left-wing circle-jerk of friends ridiculed me for it. Years later I found out I could access the Oxford English Dictionary online through my local municipal library account (OED isn’t free), and it turns out that the OED backs me up as well.

Those guys are the same types who use English spellings of words to make themselves seem more cultured, like saying “arse” instead of “ass.” Drives me nuts. So pretentious.

Posted by: Caiwyn at June 26, 2022 03:37 PM (+dHQK)

479 I watched a video of AOC this morning and she pronounced "important" as "import-ant." I know this is a common affectation, especially among younger people.

Does it have a name?
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 03:24 PM (sWM8x)
_______________

Retardese.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:37 PM (YqDXo)

480 Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:34 PM (1p+vd

That's a good eggcorn.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:38 PM (b9Rih)

481 An abortion mill in ND has raised $500k to fund its move to MN.

So who believes that money is actually going to be used for relocation?

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:35 PM (c8EA0)

I should start a GFM for transportation across state lines for "women's health care*."

* Prenatal and pregnancy wellness.

Posted by: Comrade flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur at June 26, 2022 03:39 PM (nByzo)

482 Pet Peeve: Utilize vs Use

how about "simplistic" instead of "simple"?

For a while there everything was simplistic when it really should have been simple.

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:39 PM (c8EA0)

483 461 All the people who say Trump is guilty are willing to testify under oath
None of the people who say Trump is innocent are willing to testify under oath
Hillary testified for 11 hours under oath

@Steve,

For some odd reason "I can't recall" any of Hillary's testimony under oath....

Posted by: Sam Adams at June 26, 2022 03:39 PM (VDbGO)

484 A part of the ghettoization of the society as a whole. Starting with the illiterate ghetto speak, "woke."


Also the term 'people of color'. WTF is with this Yoda like affectation of backwards talking?


Also I think it's more fitting to call them 'people of choler' as it more accurately describes their demeanor. Like in when they hear things like this da' meaner they get. Heh.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:39 PM (1p+vd)

485 While I think "resilience" and resiliency" are both technically correct, the unnecessary syllable has always grated on me. We don't say "he has the patiency of Job" or "she was fired for insolency". Why? Because two syllables are enough.

Posted by: Stout at June 26, 2022 03:40 PM (EHSFD)

486 Posted by: Steve at June 26, 2022 03:34 PM (/Y48i)
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Sorry to go all technical here, but we linguists usually call this "making shit up."
Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 03:36 PM (sWM8x)
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Another one (given) name troll. Why don't we ever get the top drawer nitwits?

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:40 PM (YqDXo)

487 Hillary was never President.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:40 PM (b9Rih)

488 An abortion mill in ND has raised $500k to fund its move to MN. So who believes that money is actually going to be used for relocation?

ACTUALLY - who believes the residents of ND give a damn, as long as PP leaves ?

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 03:41 PM (rXn4d)

489 I witnessed a hard charging Anderson Consulting team lead nuke her career by using the word 'supposibly' with her Project Directors. She also wore patterned tights with her short skirts. I shared an office as the client's Project Accountant with the AC Directors.

When she left after giving her status report, they lambasted her 8 ways to Sunday. FINIS.

Posted by: Count de Monet at June 26, 2022 03:41 PM (4I/2K)

490 An abortion mill in ND has raised $500k to fund its move to MN.

So who believes that money is actually going to be used for relocation?


Small price to pay to boost your ESG rating.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 03:41 PM (AHeqJ)

491 Another one (given) name troll. Why don't we ever get the top drawer nitwits?
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:40 PM (YqDXo)


Newsflash: He *is* a top drawer nitwit.

Posted by: Napoleon XIV at June 26, 2022 03:41 PM (AiZBA)

492 Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.

OK, bye.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:41 PM (Bd6X8)

493 Not one person in my world has even mentioned the Roe v Wade zitzing.

I tried to draw my boss into that convo but she didn't bite.

I guess I'm surrounded by normies

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:37 PM (c8EA0)

Wife got drawn in by a clearly lefty client. After deftly navigating that mine field by mentioning the horrors of partial birth abortion, the lefty was in full agreement about the unnecessary brutality of the extreme left's penchant for baby murder.

Posted by: Comrade flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur at June 26, 2022 03:42 PM (nByzo)

494 A part of the ghettoization of the society as a whole. Starting with the illiterate ghetto speak, "woke."

Also the term 'people of color'. WTF is with this Yoda like affectation of backwards talking?

Also I think it's more fitting to call them 'people of choler' as it more accurately describes their demeanor. Like in when they hear things like this da' meaner they get. Heh.
Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:39 PM (1p+vd)
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It's an affectation of the people of stupid.

Just for fun, I adopt different prepositions, e.g., "people with color," "people about color," "people under color." It drives leftists crazy.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:42 PM (YqDXo)

495 Better if Steve had used Bill Clinton as an example. He had some great testimony under oath. So great they took his law license.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:42 PM (b9Rih)

496 Utilize vs Use

You use a kitchen knife to slice tomatoes.

You utilize one to tighten a screw.

Intended versus improvised.

Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 03:42 PM (iizIR)

497 Hey, I'm hanging right here...

Posted by: Mr. Johnson at June 26, 2022 03:42 PM (bWzdd)

498 487 Hillary was never President.
Posted by: Anti doesn't matter
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Won't never be president neither.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 26, 2022 03:42 PM (MIkft)

499 Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.

OK, bye.
Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:41 PM (Bd6X
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I've got some boxes he can use.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:43 PM (YqDXo)

500 500

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 26, 2022 03:43 PM (u73oe)

501 Another one (given) name troll. Why don't we ever get the top drawer nitwits?

I have all kinds of quality SmackDown that I don't want to waste on such low-grade knuckleheads.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 03:43 PM (AHeqJ)

502 >>>Is it Corn Hole or Cornhole?
Posted by: Hairyback Guy

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A little trivia: To no one's surprise, at the 2018 American Legion World Series, Iowa took first place in the Corn Hole (or baggo, for the illiterate) tournament.

Posted by: Turn two at June 26, 2022 03:44 PM (0D6zF)

503
Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.

Take Off to the great white north.
Take Off it's a beauty way to go.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 26, 2022 03:44 PM (63Dwl)

504 But did she sniff her hair?
Posted by: sal at June 26, 2022 03:29 PM (y40tE)

Nah. The child put her bent elbow toward Pelosi's position to fend her off.

I don't think the child, or her family, was Nan's "cup of tea."

Posted by: Lola at June 26, 2022 03:44 PM (NIYa7)

505 57 Possessive "its"...I see "it's" (as in "it's purpose") frequently, even in formal documents that have been edited

I am bad about this, I have a hard time getting its and it's straight. Drives my editors crazy. For some reason I just cannot seem to work it out in my head.

And I confess that I very much prefer some of the British spellings. Grey just looks better than Gray to me.
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Its and It's is easy. If you can replace it with 'it is' then it's with an apostrophe, otherwise it's the other one.
In Oxford English (the Queen's English) grey is a colour and Gray is a proper name like Churchill. Colour comes from Old French 'colour'.
BTW we are not consistent: we use 'ter instead of 'tre (as in meter) but then we have words where we don't do that. An example escapes me at the moment.

Posted by: Ciampino - salami is more than one salame at June 26, 2022 03:44 PM (qfLjt)

506 Its more like impor-tant not import-ant.
Retarded either way.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 03:45 PM (Q43RC)

507 Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.

News Flash: The IRS will still continue to collect personal income taxes for the next decade.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 03:45 PM (AHeqJ)

508 Someone please explain to me the "new" way that people have started to begin each sentence with the word-

so.

So, I went to the store
So, the car is red
So, I'm an asshole

Posted by: weirdflunky at June 26, 2022 03:45 PM (cknjq)

509 Oddbob--Things like "ass-kissing politician" are technically called phrasal adjectives and you are correct in hyphenating them. Most people don't bother, but it can add a great deal of clarity to hyphenate depending on the context.

I am definitely in your camp.

And, oh, people who misspell it "definately" drive me insane.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at June 26, 2022 03:45 PM (fTtFy)

510 Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.

OK, bye.
Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:41 PM (Bd6X

More of this please.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:45 PM (b9Rih)

511 Hillary makes stuff up out of ho-cloth.

Posted by: Rex B at June 26, 2022 03:45 PM (rt3zx)

512 487 Hillary was never President.
Posted by: Anti doesn't matter
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Won't never be president neither.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 26, 2022 03:42 PM (MIkft)
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Some HOA will just have to do without her, then.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:45 PM (YqDXo)

513 Nah. The child put her bent elbow toward Pelosi's position to fend her off.


Sweep the leg !

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (AHeqJ)

514 Posted by: Comrade flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur at June 26, 2022 03:42 PM (nByzo)

I just remembered the BF did ask me what I thought about it. I told him I was kind of stunned because I never thought I'd see the day.

Then he proceeded to give me some factoids he'd heard on War Room, about fetal development. So I guess he's pro-life. We never discussed it in all the time we've known each other.

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (c8EA0)

515 When I'm speaking to an audience I try to use correct grammar but in as unaffected manner as possible. I honestly believe people understand English spoken correctly better than when spoken incorrectly, even if they don't know why. Correct grammar is the bones of communication.
I also prefer the shortest, simplest words that accurately pass on the information.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (VdGjU)

516 Damped vs. dampened.

The only way to dampen something is with a garden hose.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (bWzdd)

517 >Do you have any grammar pet peeves?


Yes. Yes I do.

Posted by: DB at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (geLO8)

518 Regarding the "Drive Slow(ly)" yellow diamond sign with the running child icon: a neighborhood I used to live in back in SoCal had many signs like that, except they said "Slow Children" -- which always cracked me up, making me imagine the neighborhood being full of mentally-handicapped kids.

Posted by: ShainS -- Welcome to the boneyard, we got fun & games & Starveflation aims at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (pzI/F)

519 Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.

OK, bye.
Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:41 PM (Bd6X

Take your shitty catalog with you.

Posted by: Comrade flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (nByzo)

520 oil pan = sump
transmission = gearbox
Posted by: Ciampino


But they also do windshield = windscreen. A shield stops things, a screen stops some things and lets other things through.

The glass in front of my steering wheel doesn't let any "wind" through.

Posted by: mikeski at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (P1f+c)

521 Who and that.

Wrong: He's the guy that won the lottery.
Correct: He's the guy who won the lottery.

"That" is for inanimate objects.

Posted by: IrishEi at June 26, 2022 03:47 PM (VhE0u)

522
He said, certain circles of people hear certain dialects and believe (wrongly) that the speaker is stupid.

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I used to have a boss I HATED. Recently. Couple of years back. In fact, I was days from tendering my resignation, against the strongly stated objections of my wife, when she was replaced with extreme prejudice by her own boss.

But one trait I specifically hated about her, a lot, was that one. We have a national presence, with a heavy presence in the South. Most of our best offices are in the South.

This was a Jewish woman from New York with a very, very high opinion of herself (picture a tubby, clapped-out, middle aged Elaine Benes). She talked about anyone with a drawl as if they were gap-toothed inbreed sheepfuckers. I mean she didn't even bother hiding her contempt. She would crack jokes about them being dumb farmers and shit, because she thought since I was an East Coast Jew like her, that I felt the same.

And these were all much smarter, savvier businessmen than her, and she would just talk down to them, straight to their faces. There were times I just wanted to choke her from my own embarrassment.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:47 PM (IXpV7)

523 When did all "actresses" become "actors?"
Posted by: Stacey Abrams, Topless

It should be actors sans penii, right ?

Posted by: JT at June 26, 2022 03:47 PM (arJlL)

524 I also prefer the shortest, simplest words that accurately pass on the information.


I laud your penchant for brevity.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:48 PM (1p+vd)

525 It really is wild to check out pretty much any "MSM" news website, they're all straight up Democrat message boards and booster clubs right now.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at June 26, 2022 03:48 PM (pUOrS)

526 Apostrophes to indicate a plural are an abomination in the eyes of God.

Posted by: NR Pax at June 26, 2022 03:48 PM (GByS5)

527 News Flash: The IRS will still continue to collect personal income taxes for the next decade.

And the little boy throwing the tantrum wants to move to the UK. Where he'll pay a 45% tax rate on top of that.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:48 PM (Bd6X8)

528 “Begs the question”. Used as originally used, very valuable reference to a key, rampant logical fallacy.

Assume widespread misuse, as equivalent to “raises the question”, caused it to be added as an acceptable meaning. A shame.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 26, 2022 03:49 PM (KMICP)

529 Regarding the "Drive Slow(ly)" yellow diamond sign with the running child icon: a neighborhood I used to live in back in SoCal had many signs like that, except they said "Slow Children" -- which always cracked me up, making me imagine the neighborhood being full of mentally-handicapped kids.
Posted by: ShainS -- Welcome to the boneyard, we got fun & games & Starveflation aims at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (pzI/F)

I've laughed about the same thing.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 26, 2022 03:49 PM (VdGjU)

530 English is important but math is importanter.

Posted by: Engineers everywhere at June 26, 2022 03:49 PM (bWzdd)

531 Someone please explain to me the "new" way that people have started to begin each sentence with the word-

so.

So, I went to the store
So, the car is red
So, I'm an asshole
Posted by: weirdflunky at June 26, 2022


***
I've discovered a regrettable tendency of mine to type this word far more than I need in my fiction. Part of my self-editing process is to do a search for that, whether followed by a space or a comma. Most of the time, unless it's in dialog, it needs to go.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 26, 2022 03:50 PM (c6xtn)

532 Mama, where all all the clowns you said you were going to be working with?

Posted by: The Little Girl at June 26, 2022 03:50 PM (4I/2K)

533 Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.

OK, bye.
Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:41 PM (Bd6X)


He was born here.

Gonna be hard to go on those World Tours without a passport, cupcake.

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, Texas - AoS Ladies' Brigade, Plucky Comic Relief at June 26, 2022 03:50 PM (SRRAx)

534 Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:47 PM (IXpV7)

I've experienced it first hand with NY attorneys and just used it to my advantage. The flip side of My Cousin Vinny.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:50 PM (b9Rih)

535 Regarding the "Drive Slow(ly)" yellow diamond sign with the running child icon: a neighborhood I used to live in back in SoCal had many signs like that, except they said "Slow Children" -- which always cracked me up, making me imagine the neighborhood being full of mentally-handicapped kids.


Heh. I always have a mental picture of children moving in slow motion.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:50 PM (1p+vd)

536 (this will start a cascade of memes)

confusion over homophones

Posted by: DB at June 26, 2022 03:50 PM (geLO8)

537 In Toastmasters, you have to say something positive about their speech. Would be hard with Kamala.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 26, 2022 03:51 PM (YynYJ)

538 Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:47 PM (IXpV7)

when my aunt pulled that sheet I had to remind her that urban Italians had the same contempt for the hillbilly way that our people spoke dialect, so why was she dissing American Southerners?

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 03:51 PM (c8EA0)

539 Wrong: He's the guy that won the lottery.
Correct: He's the guy who won the lottery.

"That" is for inanimate objects


Have you seen those who purchase lottery tickets?

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 03:51 PM (AHeqJ)

540 "That" is for inanimate objects.

Joe’s the guy that’s president.

Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 03:51 PM (iizIR)

541 90 The worst grammatical peeve I hear?

I seen.......

Strikes the grammar nerve every time.

Posted by: Pork Chops & Bacons at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (Qhnrt)
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How about using 'went' instead of 'gone'?

Posted by: Ciampino - salami is more than one salame at June 26, 2022 03:51 PM (qfLjt)

542 I laud your penchant for brevity.
Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 03:48 PM (1p+vd)

Noice.
I dislike overly long speeches and sermons. I often find myself saying you had me at 20 but lost me by 25.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (VdGjU)

543 96...Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks Set to Resume, Say Tehran and EU
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (FVME

They're going to discuss how much money we're going to send them this time.

Posted by: Flyover, now commenting occasionally, but lurking often at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (Rbu5d)

544 Falling off of my bicycle didn't cause any permanent, visible damage. So, I picked myself up off of the ground and rubbed my genitals on a little girl in the gallery.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (0ocXn)

545 I do Serbian to English language translation and editing, and the bane of my existence is the Slavic use of the word 'among'. Any time any Serbian writes in English they use the word 'among' to describe any person or thing part of, in, around, or adjacent to anything else!
"Among the countries that..."
"Among the many people who..."
Etc. I spend a ridiculous amount of time working around that word.
Also, I overuse the word 'basically' horribly, and have to watch myself very carefully.

Posted by: LenNeal at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (U11/V)

546
Then the murders started, or then the murders began?


Posted by: Lola at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (NIYa7)

547 And these were all much smarter, savvier businessmen than her, and she would just talk down to them, straight to their faces. There were times I just wanted to choke her from my own embarrassment.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:47 PM (IXpV7)

Those attitudes are ubiquitous among the coastal elites, alas. It's not a racial thing; it's a class thing.

Until the people with the "rube" accents stop sending food to NYC.

Posted by: RS at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (1XDfN)

548 I'm fixin' to get went.

Posted by: The Texan at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (4I/2K)

549 We call it the ship's hull, but they call it the casing.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 03:53 PM (bWzdd)

550 508 Someone please explain to me the "new" way that people have started to begin each sentence with the word-

so.

So, I went to the store
So, the car is red
So, I'm an asshole

Posted by: weirdflunky at June 26, 2022 03:45 PM (cknjq)

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Good question (don't know), but doing "So" is far less annoying & insufferable to the Valley Girl "Like" beginning every sentence -- and now idea where that started (presumably the San Fernando Valley?)

Posted by: ShainS -- Welcome to the boneyard, we got fun & games & Starveflation aims at June 26, 2022 03:53 PM (pzI/F)

551 Regarding the "Drive Slow(ly)" yellow diamond sign with the running child icon: a neighborhood I used to live in back in SoCal had many signs like that, except they said "Slow Children" -- which always cracked me up, making me imagine the neighborhood being full of mentally-handicapped kids.
Posted by: ShainS -- Welcome to the boneyard, we got fun & games & Starveflation aims at June 26, 2022 03:46 PM (pzI/F)
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LOL. I think exactly the same thing.

"They shouldn't say that. Maybe the kids are just bright enough to realize that they're characterized as being "slow.""

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:53 PM (YqDXo)

552 And these were all much smarter, savvier businessmen than her, and she would just talk down to them, straight to their faces.

The man driving a truck that pays for everything with hundred dollar bills exists, as you saw. Actually.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 03:53 PM (rXn4d)

553 How about the mis-use of "importantly" ?

As in, "More importantly, we know that Global Warming {blah-blah whatever}."

Naah; "Importantly" is how a Congress-critter walks up to a podium, knowing all the cameras are rolling.

"Important" is an adjective; it modifies/ refers to a thing - a noun.

"Importantly" is an adverb and modifies/ refers to an action - a verb.

Thank you for letting me vent.

Posted by: Doo-dah, Doo-dah at June 26, 2022 03:53 PM (H3+WJ)

554 537 In Toastmasters, you have to say something positive about their speech. Would be hard with Kamala.
Posted by: Notsothoreau at June

True. I suspect she's too arrogant to learn.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 26, 2022 03:53 PM (VdGjU)

555 As long as we're at it-

wtf is a free gift?


And why do we have a new ocean? Indian, Atlantic and Pacific don't go far enough south?

The Southern Ocean can fk right off

Posted by: weirdflunky at June 26, 2022 03:53 PM (cknjq)

556 And these were all much smarter, savvier businessmen than her, and she would just talk down to them, straight to their faces. There were times I just wanted to choke her from my own embarrassment.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 03:47 PM (IXpV7)

Some people are just ignorant bigots.

I had a NE girlfriend who thought it was endearing. In another instance, there was a southern gentleman who made the courts' uterii quiver when he calmly presented argument sprinkled with "ma'ams" in response to the firebreathing NE attorneys' vitriol. I am pretty sure that played in our favor in the outcome of the case.

Posted by: Comrade flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur at June 26, 2022 03:53 PM (nByzo)

557 Fewer/Less is one of mine too.
Fewer is for interegers, less is for non-integers.

I would of commented earlier but I was looking for where my computer was at.

Posted by: Veeshir at June 26, 2022 03:54 PM (mpmL+)

558 You can get other passports in exchange for cash.
Belize, for instance will make you a Belizan with a Belize passport. Used to be $150 grand, probably more now.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 26, 2022 03:54 PM (jTmQV)

559 News Flash: The IRS will still continue to collect personal income taxes for the next decade.

And the little boy throwing the tantrum wants to move to the UK. Where he'll pay a 45% tax rate on top of that.
Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:48 PM (Bd6X

He was always an Anglophile. He tried to sing with a British accent. Too bad because my favorite music genre is pop punk. That said I quit listening to Green Day more than a decade ago.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:54 PM (b9Rih)

560 The Southern Ocean can fk right off

Hew, now, that's Antarctica's moat.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:54 PM (Bd6X8)

561 Then the murders started, or then the murders began?

Posted by: Lola at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (NIYa7)
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Now do "fast" versus "quickly."

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:54 PM (YqDXo)

562 Thee have been allot of ad homonym attacks on grammar nazis here today.

Posted by: Rex B at June 26, 2022 03:55 PM (rt3zx)

563 He said, certain circles of people hear certain dialects and believe (wrongly) that the speaker is stupid.

***
The once-dominant dialect in the Noo Awlins area, known as "Yat" (for the speakers' preference to ask you "Where y'at?" for "How are you?"), makes a speaker sound like a Brooklyn cab driver from a '40s movie. I grew up around it, learned to speak it as protective coloration, and smile to this day when I hear it. But for many years I concluded unfairly that the speaker was at least 10 IQ points below average.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 26, 2022 03:55 PM (c6xtn)

564 Inexperienced speakers should never apologize for their speaking. The audience will be the judge of that.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 26, 2022 03:55 PM (VdGjU)

565
Guess what?

The fake "experts" on twitter are now fake "experts" on stare decis, fresh off their new-found fake expertise on the Second Amendment and Catholic theology.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 26, 2022 03:55 PM (yxhHK)

566 There are six sentences that are an abomination to God; seven if you count this one.

Posted by: Corona at June 26, 2022 03:55 PM (nakGR)

567 I dislike overly long speeches and sermons. I often find myself saying you had me at 20 but lost me by 25.
Posted by: N.L. Urker


You are in good company.

"A good speech should be like a woman's skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest." - W. Churchill

Posted by: mikeski at June 26, 2022 03:55 PM (P1f+c)

568 Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.
----------------------
Oh no.
(Sips beer, continues watching NHRA.)

Posted by: Puddleglum at June 26, 2022 03:56 PM (sAmhv)

569
The Southern Ocean can fk right off
Posted by: weirdflunky


It seceded.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 26, 2022 03:56 PM (63Dwl)

570 As long as we're at it-

wtf is a free gift?
___________

And when did "gift" become a verb?

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:56 PM (YqDXo)

571 Gambit. My pet peeve is the misuse of this word and I hear it ALL the time. People will say “it ran the gambit” when they really mean GAMUT. It kills me.

Posted by: SHCon at June 26, 2022 03:56 PM (qOuuc)

572 Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.
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Right, lets see it happen. Little prick isn't going anywhere, too much money here. Probably just came out with a new album.

Posted by: dartist at June 26, 2022 03:56 PM (+ya+t)

573 He was always an Anglophile. He tried to sing with a British accent. Too bad because my favorite music genre is pop punk. That said I quit listening to Green Day more than a decade ago.

Anglophile, you say? From the product he's put out I could have sworn he was a coprophile. Learn something new every day around here.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 26, 2022 03:57 PM (Bd6X8)

574 I'm fixin' to get went.
Posted by: The Texan at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (4I/2K)

I'll tell you what. That's not far off.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:57 PM (b9Rih)

575 I now become almost angry when I see the word 'craft' used, which seems ubiquitous now. 'Congress is crafting legislation.' 'So and so has crafted a piece'. As if everything is the work of a skilled artisan.

Posted by: Landru at June 26, 2022 03:58 PM (mEYVq)

576 Thee have been allot of ad homonym attacks on grammar nazis here today.
Posted by: Rex B at June 26, 2022 03:55 PM (rt3zx)
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Time to loose the polo bears.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 03:58 PM (YqDXo)

577 84 What do you do with a pregnant sailor?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 26, 2022 02:21 PM (a3Q+t)
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In the morning?

Posted by: Ciampino - panini is more than one panino at June 26, 2022 03:58 PM (qfLjt)

578 I just received my super XXL, Amish made clothes drying rack. It is a wonderment. And I can use it, since the dryer is either clogged or dying. I'd just as soon not use it.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 26, 2022 03:58 PM (YynYJ)

579 [ii]I’m not a grammar snob.

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My Granddad would bring down the hammer
When we made too much noise with our clamor
When we acted like fools
And broke the house rules
He'd yell "You'd best mind your Grammar!"

Posted by: Muldoon at June 26, 2022 03:59 PM (kXYt5)

580 This thread doesn't effect me at all.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at June 26, 2022 03:59 PM (PiwSw)

581 Unique cannot be modified. It can only be unique.

Posted by: ejb at June 26, 2022 03:59 PM (RAk75)

582 Does it only work for Amish made clothes?

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 03:59 PM (bWzdd)

583 My co-workers would put a note on my desk if I wasn't there around lunch that said WANT GOWEAT ?

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 03:59 PM (b9Rih)

584 Unique cannot be modified. It can only be unique.
Posted by: ejb at June 26, 2022 03:59 PM (RAk75)



Almost exactly right

Posted by: weirdflunky at June 26, 2022 04:00 PM (cknjq)

585 Speaking through an interpreter is a good way of learning to focus on clarity.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 26, 2022 04:00 PM (VdGjU)

586 Just saw where the Green Day guitarist has publicly stated he intends to renounce his US citizenship over RvW.
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Right, lets see it happen. Little prick isn't going anywhere, too much money here. Probably just came out with a new album.
Posted by: dartist at June 26, 2022 03:56 PM (+ya+t)
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I'd never heard of him or his poxy band. I guess my luck was bound to run out sometime.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 04:00 PM (YqDXo)

587 I hate it when people say "homogenous" when they really mean "homogeneous." These two words have dramatically different meanings!

Posted by: Golfboy at June 26, 2022 04:00 PM (bibE+)

588 NY coworkers

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 26, 2022 04:00 PM (b9Rih)

589 101 I have an aunt that calls vanilla/strawberry/chocolate ice cream "Napoleon".
Posted by: Mark1971 at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (xPl2J)

That's so cute!

Posted by: Flyover, now commenting occasionally, but lurking often at June 26, 2022 04:00 PM (Rbu5d)

590 Unique cannot be modified. It can only be unique.
Posted by: ejb at June 26, 2022 03:59 PM (RAk75)
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Me, on innumerable occasions: "There are no degrees of uniqueness."

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 04:01 PM (YqDXo)

591 @572

>>Right, lets see it happen. Little prick isn't going anywhere, too much money here. Probably just came out with a new album.

He's allegedly moving to the UK, wait until he see his first tax bill, he'll sh*t a kitten and beat it back to the US toot sweet.

And you notice how none of these tw*ts never ditches the US for a country like Suriname, Chad or Togo, it's always an Anglosphere country or 1st world country.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at June 26, 2022 04:01 PM (pUOrS)

592 You are in good company.

"A good speech should be like a woman's skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest." - W. Churchill
Posted by: mikeski at June 26, 2022 03:55 PM (P1f+c)

Was in a professional writing class (week long) for our Audit team and the class was being taught by a very attractive 30-something in a very short tight skirt, tight blouse, and curvaceous body. One of the jokers in the group used that quote in reference to writing effective audit points. This happened on the first day. For the remaining 4 days, she dressed very conservatively and modestly. We gave the joker no end of shit for spoiling the viewing party.

Posted by: Count de Monet at June 26, 2022 04:01 PM (4I/2K)

593 When we go back to West Virginia (abbreviated WV, not W Va if we're being anal today) I have to get used to all the Appalachian slang and twang.

It's like going to another planet.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 26, 2022 04:01 PM (BFigT)

594 Not a grammatical error, but golfers (and especially golf instructors) us the non-word heigTH for HeigHT. As in "that shot had some heigTH". They also tend to lisp the TH. Drives me bonkers

Posted by: Dan Hayes at June 26, 2022 04:02 PM (G4MOW)

595 Me, on innumerable occasions: "There are no degrees of uniqueness."
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 04:01 PM (YqDXo)

Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes!

Posted by: Count de Monet at June 26, 2022 04:02 PM (4I/2K)

596 Some people are just ignorant bigots.

Draw an egg shape, starting at DC and go along the coast and up. Don't miss Philly. Make sure and get all of Jersey. Make the top of the egg around Boston.

They're not ignorant. They'll tell you all about what they know.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 04:02 PM (rXn4d)

597 I think speakers and writers need to learn to be more impressed with their message than with themselves.
Tis enough pontification.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at June 26, 2022 04:02 PM (VdGjU)

598 Food Nood!

Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 26, 2022 04:02 PM (jTmQV)

599 I've experienced it first hand with NY attorneys and just used it to my advantage. The flip side of My Cousin Vinny.
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The father of an Army friend owned a large lumber yard in the Chicago area. When he heard my accent he regaled us all with stories of how those Southern hillbillies took him to the cleaners before he caught on to their schtick.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 04:02 PM (sWM8x)

600 Shouldn't we literally be talking about pet peeves in the Pet Thread?

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at June 26, 2022 04:02 PM (PiwSw)

601 101 I have an aunt that calls vanilla/strawberry/chocolate ice cream "Napoleon".

Posted by: Mark1971 at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM (xPl2J)
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I seem to remember that in Italy a Napoletano is a multi-colored ice-cream.

Posted by: Ciampino - panini is more than one panino at June 26, 2022 04:03 PM (qfLjt)

602 I know someone who mispronounces "insidious" as "insiduous" but he's 80 years old and a former B-52 pilot badass, so I bite my tongue.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 04:03 PM (bWzdd)

603 None of the people who say Trump is innocent are willing to testify under oath
Hillary testified for 11 hours under oath
Posted by: Steve
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I don't recollect that,

Posted by: Hillary, not recollecting at June 26, 2022 04:03 PM (JpGvw)

604 there's a pretty fishy new thread up...

Posted by: kallisto at June 26, 2022 04:03 PM (c8EA0)

605 Also, I overuse the word 'basically' horribly, and have to watch myself very carefully.
Posted by: LenNeal at June 26, 2022 03:52 PM (U11/V)
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I sometimes count the number of times a speaker uses the word "actually," with double bonus points for when he uses it twice in the same sentence.

"Actually, I believe that that's actually not true."

Bingo!

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 04:03 PM (YqDXo)

606
Quickly is an adverb.

Fast is an adjective.

But in the case of fast, I think it's one that's in the process of melting through parts of speech, so I don't even notice in it certain cases... "Bill was driving way too fast, and got a ticket."

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 04:03 PM (IXpV7)

607 OK
my peeve (one of many) is when people mix up words

reign vs rein
shear as opposed to sheer

also: its is a plural pronoun. It's means 'it is'.

it's 'should have', not 'should of'.

If you want to make something plural, just add 's' (in nearly all cases.) No apostrophe needed.

Posted by: DB at June 26, 2022 04:04 PM (geLO8)

608 I just read the "American Thinker" piece on Nancy Pelosi supposedly shoving Mayra Flores" daughter . Some internet chatter suggested that Pelosi shoved the daughter for calling Pelosi's the "c" word. I find it difficult to believe a little girl would call Pelosi that. I think Nancy is a control freak who has to be the center of attention who had medical issues and needs to be out of the Congress.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 26, 2022 04:05 PM (LwsYA)

609 522 Been there, too. The arrogance is unbreakable, though. Some of my husband's friends and family are like that. It is embarrassing.

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 04:05 PM (ONvIw)

610 Small price to pay to boost your ESG rating.

I have been seeing this term a lot lately. What is "ESG?"

Posted by: Oddbob at June 26, 2022 04:06 PM (nfrXX)

611 135 Guessing decimate has something to do with the number 10 originally?
Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (LyqJg)

Roman captives put in groups of ten. Each group had to decide who in their group was to die. Then they had to carry out the deed.

Posted by: Flyover, now commenting occasionally, but lurking often at June 26, 2022 04:06 PM (Rbu5d)

612 Appal-A-chian or Appal-AT-chian?

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at June 26, 2022 04:06 PM (bWzdd)

613 here's one I'm not sure of:

do you golf, or play golf?

Posted by: DB at June 26, 2022 04:06 PM (geLO8)

614 The Biden Gambit is to travel to the local grade school, and to sniff as many children as he can corral within his decrepit reach.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 26, 2022 04:08 PM (0ocXn)

615 You play golf.

Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 04:09 PM (iizIR)

616 And when did "gift" become a verb?
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara


Literal answer: January 1995.

The recent common usage is a back-formation from "re-gift," made popular in a Seinfeld episode in January 1995. But Merriam-Webster says "gift" has been used as a verb for 400 years.

Grammar non-pet-peeve, since I do it all the time as well: using "when did this occur" in place of "why did this occur".

Posted by: mikeski at June 26, 2022 04:09 PM (P1f+c)

617
do you golf, or play golf?
Posted by: DB at June 26, 2022 04:06 PM (geLO

In American English? It's a weird one. We say "football player" instead of "footballer" like they do in Europe. We do that for most sports - except golf. Golfers are not golf players. So I think "I golf" would be right?

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 26, 2022 04:10 PM (IXpV7)

618 "Tenants" for "tenets."

The increasingly common use of the word "loose" when they really mean "lose" is also driving me batshit.

Posted by: Sam Adams at June 26, 2022 04:11 PM (VDbGO)

619 613 Golf is a noun. In my experience, most serious golfers play golf.

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 04:11 PM (ONvIw)

620 Roman captives put in groups of ten. Each group had to decide who in their group was to die. Then they had to carry out the deed.
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[ACTUALLY], decimation was a method of enforcing discipline in the Roman Army. If a unit broke and ran during battle, one in ten of the soldiers were selected by lot, then the remaining soldiers in the unit were required to kill them.

[SO] to "decimate" originally meant destroying one tenth of yourselves.

Posted by: Meade Lux Lewis, Domestic Terrorist at June 26, 2022 04:12 PM (sWM8x)

621 Golfing is like footballing, or tennising

Posted by: CN at June 26, 2022 04:13 PM (ONvIw)

622 He was born here.

Gonna be hard to go on those World Tours without a passport, cupcake.
Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, Texas - AoS Ladies' Brigade, Plucky Comic Relief at June 26, 2022 03:50 PM (SRRAx)

Is Greed Day still a thing? Do they still do "world tours?"

I thought by now they'd be a band that consists of, maybe the original bass player, and a bunch of other unknowns, playing state fairs and casinos.

Posted by: BurtTC at June 26, 2022 04:13 PM (47mFt)

623 Golfing is like footballing, or tennising
Posted by: CN


That's a pretty baller take.

Posted by: mikeski at June 26, 2022 04:14 PM (P1f+c)

624 135 Guessing decimate has something to do with the number 10 originally?
Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 26, 2022 02:29 PM (LyqJg)

Roman captives put in groups of ten. Each group had to decide who in their group was to die. Then they had to carry out the deed.
Posted by: Flyover, now commenting occasionally, but lurking often at June 26, 2022 04:06 PM (Rbu5d)
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My (late) pet peeve: use of "cohorts" for "associates."

A cohort was essentially a company in the Roman infantry, comprising ~ 600 men. It didn't just mean a buddy or two.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 04:17 PM (YqDXo)

625 127 You didn't include "very unique ". If it is one of a kind, it can't be made more so with 'very'.
Posted by: Sassy at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM

So uniquer and uniquest are right out?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 26, 2022 02:28 PM (a3Q+t)
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whispers ... how about ultra unique?

Posted by: Ciampino - catapults are fun at June 26, 2022 04:17 PM (qfLjt)

626 "That" is for inanimate objects.
Joe’s the guy that’s president.
Posted by: Squid at June 26, 2022 03:51 PM (iizIR)
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Exactly!

Posted by: IrishEi at June 26, 2022 04:18 PM (VhE0u)

627
Giving depositions, I have, a couple of times, deliberately suckered plaintiff attorneys into phrasing their questions in such a form that my response left them red-faced with embarrassment.

On one occasion, it caused the defendant team to howl with laughter, and execute high-fives.

There is a significant advantage in possessing specific, absolute knowledge, and sitting in the catbird seat.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 26, 2022 04:18 PM (JpGvw)

628 But the one that really makes me twitch is forte. When you play an instrument loudly, you are playing "fortay," when you describe someone's great skill, you are discussing their "fort."
Posted by: Texas99 at June 26, 2022 02:23 PM (VRg+C)
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My man.

ForTAY is an Italian musical direction, "fort" is the French word for "strong."

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 04:19 PM (YqDXo)

629 Apple-at-cha, as Patera would say.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 26, 2022 04:19 PM (YynYJ)

630 127 You didn't include "very unique ". If it is one of a kind, it can't be made more so with 'very'.
Posted by: Sassy at June 26, 2022 02:22 PM

So uniquer and uniquest are right out?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 26, 2022 02:28 PM (a3Q+t)
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"Somewhat unique." Grrrr.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 04:20 PM (YqDXo)

631 Me, on innumerable occasions: "There are no degrees of uniqueness."
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara


Do not shop at Uniqlo, then.

Posted by: mikeski at June 26, 2022 04:20 PM (P1f+c)

632 I received a note from an insurance company, offering insurance to cover drainage problems. One of the exclusions was 'leech fields'.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 26, 2022 04:21 PM (JpGvw)

633 Some internet chatter suggested that Pelosi shoved the daughter for calling Pelosi's the "c" word.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 26, 2022 04:05 PM (LwsYA)
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Yeah, that's a load of crap. I saw the video and the little girl never said a word or even looked at Pelosi. However, Pelosi's shove (more like a push with her elbow) was clearly deliberate.

Posted by: IrishEi at June 26, 2022 04:21 PM (VhE0u)

634 My (late) pet peeve: use of "cohorts" for "associates."

A cohort was essentially a company in the Roman infantry, comprising ~ 600 men. It didn't just mean a buddy or two.
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara


And they get the singular/plural wrong.

A cohort is a group of people.

Cohorts, then, are multiple groups of people.

Your two buddies might, by stretching the definition, be your cohort, but they are not your cohorts.

Posted by: mikeski at June 26, 2022 04:23 PM (P1f+c)

635 My (late) pet peeve: use of "cohorts" for "associates."

A cohort was essentially a company in the Roman infantry, comprising ~ 600 men. It didn't just mean a buddy or two.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 26, 2022 04:17 PM (YqDXo)



Respectfully, I would say that a cohort - 600 men as you correctly stated - is more equivalent to a battalion. The company equivalent would be a century. Not nitpicking - although I'm sure it seems like it. Which I don't mean.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 04:26 PM (1p+vd)

636 Meal Team Six: Obese Russian general, 67, called up to fight in Ukraine as Putin 'scrapes the barrel'. "Now said to be in charge of Russian special forces operating in the region after the unit's former commander was seriously injured in an artillery strike."

Do not want to bother the Food Thread with OT stuff, but when I read this in the side bar, I thought... are US Generals any better? Do we even have any generals anymore in US military who are not "scraping the barrel" description? Most are woke idiots or left-wing incompetents, right?

There are no more General Norman Schwarzkopf types who led the Gulf War. General David Petraeus ended up a philanderer and left-wing idiot, right?

So yeah, mock the obese general, but I would bet that at least he's not a woke, left-wing idiot when it comes to military strategy.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at June 26, 2022 04:28 PM (Do5/p)

637 "Tenants" for "tenets."

The increasingly common use of the word "loose" when they really mean "lose" is also driving me batshit.
Posted by: Sam Adams


Chose vs. choose, as well.

I blame Siri. No red underline means it must be correct, so all words with similar spellings are now interchangeable.

Though I suppose I could blame Minx, too, since she red-underlines "Siri".

Posted by: mikeski at June 26, 2022 04:29 PM (P1f+c)

638 I saw the video and the little girl never said a word or even looked at Pelosi.

Nope. And Pelosi didn't "shove" the little girl. Pelosi insisted on "her space". Same as any other Modern Boomer of her ilk. Same as what happens every damn day in any common facility.

Spoiler Alert - old people ain't all nice anymore. Life is not a Norman Rockwell.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 04:30 PM (rXn4d)

639 Posted by: Clyde Shelton at June 26, 2022 04:28 PM (Do5/p)


I concur. Georgy Zhukov wasn't svelte either but he sure could General.

Posted by: Guidons, Guidons...Lariat Advance at June 26, 2022 04:30 PM (1p+vd)

640 >>> 19 My peeve is the word incredible being incorrectly used. It literally means not to be believed, having no credibility. People constantly use this word to describe something that is merely fascinating.
It is an insult revived as praise.
Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 26, 2022 02:08 PM (jTmQV)

The 1970s would like a word.

Posted by: That's Incredible! at June 26, 2022 04:30 PM (llON8)

641 It's a clothes rack that likes diversity. Seems to hold two loads of clothes. It's as tall as I am.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 26, 2022 04:32 PM (YynYJ)

642 "do you golf, or play golf?"
Do you Golf or 'pretend' to Golf?
(As a teen/tween we used to drive, and chip with frisbees on the neighborhood links...then drop a ball and shoot our putts with a pool cue, carried in a quiver...the Duffers HATED us)
Putt putt IS Playing Golf.

Posted by: Birddog at June 26, 2022 04:38 PM (uAI4S)

643 so can we use 'enormity' to describe Jerry Nadler in more that one respect?

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I had thought of using Rosie O'Donnell as a similarly ambiguous example. So, yeah, go right ahead.

Posted by: Dodd at June 26, 2022 04:43 PM (nveO3)

644 Herb: "Dinero. Muy dinero."
Jennifer: "Herb, you just said 'very money.' "

Posted by: RNB at June 26, 2022 04:44 PM (DjjZJ)

645 It depends on who the Boomers are S to whether they're nice or not

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 26, 2022 04:48 PM (IZ1VF)

646 Nancy needs to be the center of attention. That is not because she's a Boomer. It's because she's Nancy Pelosi,


Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 26, 2022 04:50 PM (IZ1VF)

647 Might have been said, but annual instead of inaugural for the first one.

Posted by: Inogame at June 26, 2022 04:51 PM (ftVvF)

648 Irregardless

Posted by: Holy Crap at June 26, 2022 04:54 PM (glGDV)

649 The wild overuse of the non-word word "iconic" scrapes my nerves raw.

Posted by: Ordinary American at June 26, 2022 04:54 PM (H8QX8)

650 Oh, are you in my wheelhouse! Sorry that I got here only now. I see I have more reading to do.

For correct word usage, let me recommend "Words on Words" by the late Prof. John Bremner, known as the pope of copy editing at the University of Kansas. He died more than 30 years ago. If he were still around to see what journalists and officials have done to the English language. ... He probably would have suffered a fatal aneurysm. (Is that only a brain condition? Brenner would have known.)

My ultimate peeve is the misuse of "margin." A MARGIN IS NOT A RATIO. "A 3-1 margin" is incorrect. The margin is the difference -- in this example, two.

Reporters often quote cops saying, "The suspect fled on foot." No! If he got away, he isn't a suspect. You need to have someone named as the suspect. And as for "fled on foot" -- that's a convoluted way to say "ran away." If the guy didn't run, there's the peg for your report.

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 26, 2022 04:55 PM (Om/di)

651 Extraordinary.

Posted by: Sam Adams at June 26, 2022 04:55 PM (VDbGO)

652 4 Proper grammar is racist.
Posted by: nurse ratched, just call me Pollyanna

Hahaaaa. My first thought as I began reading the fine content. Thank you for the out loud guffaw Nurse. Coincidentally I have been in a loving relationship for 17 years with a brilliant, lovely and sexy woman named...Pollyanna.

Posted by: Admiral Spinebender at June 26, 2022 05:05 PM (duT0u)

653
Cool! We have an in-house 'Grammar Nazi' at AofSHQ.

That means Ace has made it to be one of the 'beautiful people'.

GAINZ baby.

Posted by: Sapwolf at June 26, 2022 05:06 PM (etPhZ)

654 Nope. And Pelosi didn't "shove" the little girl. Pelosi insisted on "her space". Same as any other Modern Boomer of her ilk. Same as what happens every damn day in any common facility.
Spoiler Alert - old people ain't all nice anymore. Life is not a Norman Rockwell.
Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 26, 2022 04:30 PM (rXn4d)
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You're a real piece of work.

Posted by: IrishEi at June 26, 2022 05:14 PM (VhE0u)

655 The constant misuse of "tragedy" to describe murder really angers me.
Journalists and politicians like to refer to intentional murder (and mass murder) as a "tragedy" so as not to call it what it was, especially if the killer is a minority.
It is a tragedy when a natural disaster floods a school and students drown. When a shooter goes into the school and kills the children, their deaths are TRAGIC, but they were the victims of a killer, not a "tragedy."

Posted by: Darwin Akbar at June 26, 2022 05:18 PM (ELoG1)

656 You're a real piece of work.
Posted by: IrishEi at June 26, 2022 05:14 PM (VhE0u)

Scogg...oops, "Here We Go Again" was obviously shoved by a Boomer who-except for being politicians are all like Nancy Pelosi.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 26, 2022 05:23 PM (FZ2cV)

657 "proffer" makes my skin break out. It's just a ploofy word for "offer" and its use only proves that people would rather sound smart than be smart.

"High Court" is another one. That's for ploofy European people who have used such courts to uphold all manner of nonsense. In my country we have Supreme Courts, or Courts of Appeal (thinking of West Virginia). That's it. No High Courts attended by lawyers dressed up as transvestites at a California day school with wigs and colored flowy robes. Dammit, I hate that term!

Posted by: Joe at June 26, 2022 05:24 PM (JjkYH)

658 The constant misuse of "tragedy" to describe murder really angers me.
Posted by: Darwin Akbar


Or calling the victims "casualties." A casualty is the result of an accident. An intentional killing is only a "casualty" if it is military-on-military.

Murders have victims, not casualties. Natural disasters and wars have casualties.

Posted by: mikeski at June 26, 2022 05:26 PM (P1f+c)

659 The constant misuse of "tragedy" to describe murder really angers me.
Posted by: Darwin Akbar at June 26, 2022 05:18 PM (ELoG1)
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That reminds me of the word "terrific." At one time, it meant something not good, as in, "The damage from the hurricane was terrific." And remember the song , No Place Like Home for the Holidays? There's a line in there that says, "The traffic was terrific," meaning bad. That's the way my Dad always used the word, but nowadays it connotes something great.

Posted by: IrishEi at June 26, 2022 05:27 PM (VhE0u)

660 Scogg...oops, "Here We Go Again" was obviously shoved by a Boomer who-except for being politicians are all like Nancy Pelosi.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 26, 2022 05:23 PM (FZ2cV)
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Hahahaha!

Posted by: IrishEi at June 26, 2022 05:29 PM (VhE0u)

661 I will limit myself to three peeves, all of them docile pets:

1. Using the noun "gift" as a verb. I don't gift my wife flowers, I give them to her.

2. "Lags behind". This drives me crazy. Can you ever lag ahead?

3. Lately I have noticed the word "curate" being horribly abused, as in "I curated some eggs from the henhouse." Curate means to select, organize and interpret exhibition pieces, as for an art museum. It doesn't mean simply to pick.

Posted by: ProfessorDave at June 26, 2022 05:33 PM (30dV1)

662 Can we stop with the bullshit that Justices lied in meetings or confirmations? I hate leftists with the heat of the Sun. Assholes.

Posted by: Indignatio Vindacatorem at June 26, 2022 05:37 PM (WNCBR)

663 I'm tired of "insurrection" being repeatedly used improperly. Didn't read all the comments, so it might have already been mentioned, but it is a bit sickening how the left abuses the language and tries to redefine words to their political advantage. Orwellian. It's a grammar thread all on it's own: Words and phrases warped by the left, created by the left, or "banned" by the left...down the memory hole if they could.

Posted by: Admiral Spinebender at June 26, 2022 05:39 PM (duT0u)

664 Two:

1) Irregardless. You mean regardless regardless? Because that's what you are saying. It's a real word due ubiquitous usage. But means "regardless," so ...

2) Sports casters who use velocity when they mean speed.
The latter is how fast something goes. Jocks think the four-syllable alternative makes them sound smart. But velocity includes the specific direction in which a moving object speeds.

Posted by: DaveS at June 26, 2022 05:40 PM (gy+Hj)

665 If you say "I feel" before expressing a THOUGHT, you are wrong. You THINK THOUGHTS, and FEEL FEELINGS.

I don't give a shit what any dictionary says about this, ever.

Posted by: Unknownsailor at June 26, 2022 05:48 PM (1tFbW)

666 Those Marine Corps generals usually stay in good shape.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at June 26, 2022 05:54 PM (QgEsX)

667 May have been mentioned up thread, but those that use "I" when "me" is correct drive me nuts, in a pet peeve sort of way.

Posted by: steve walsh at June 26, 2022 05:59 PM (PBCuZ)

668 667 May have been mentioned up thread, but those that use "I" when "me" is correct drive me nuts, in a pet peeve sort of way.
Posted by: steve walsh at June 26, 2022 05:59 PM (PBCuZ)
~~~~~

I too.

Posted by: IrishEi at June 26, 2022 06:07 PM (VhE0u)

669 Can we stop with the bullshit that Justices lied in meetings or confirmations? I hate leftists with the heat of the Sun. Assholes.

I think it is hysterical that pathological liars would get wrapped around the axle over statements that they feel are lies from SC candidates.

Considering the source for these claims, "lied during meetings" to me is irrelevant and not worth looking up to confirm or debunk. The Left is not worthy of being treated as fellow human beings. Taqiyya is perfectly fine way of dealing with these reprobated homunculus.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at June 26, 2022 06:14 PM (AHeqJ)

670 All I know is the oil company fat cats are enjoying expodentially misbegotten gains.

FJB

Posted by: jbspry at June 26, 2022 06:27 PM (ATe9j)

671 "High court" came about because "Supreme" takes too much space in headlines.

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 26, 2022 06:32 PM (Om/di)

672 "The thing is, is that..."
Most people who use the phrase "the thing is" apparently employ it merely as a meaningless noise tool, an audible crowbar, to horn into a discussion by announcing that they are about to say something. An intellectual clearing of the throat, if you like.
(You hear it a lot on panel discussions on TV news.)

FJB

Posted by: jbspry at June 26, 2022 06:35 PM (ATe9j)

673 "Badly" used for "bad."

Paraphrasing Bremner: "I smell bad" means I should wash myself. "I smell badly" means my nose is malfunctioning.

Too many people think the longer word makes them sound educated.

Posted by: Weak Geek at June 26, 2022 06:38 PM (Om/di)

674 Why is myself used so often instead of me? It certainly isn't easier.

Posted by: Stw at June 26, 2022 06:43 PM (BAtz7)

675 I'm driven scarlet mad by Additionally.

Posted by: grayishpanther at June 26, 2022 06:57 PM (4gr6V)

676 My biggest pet peeves are improperly pronounced words. Not the usual wrong word ( ideal vs. idea is very common here in OH) but words that are now routinely mispronounced

Best example is “immediately” that sounds like “uhmediately”

Posted by: PMRich at June 26, 2022 08:11 PM (eh5ud)

677 Using disinterested when they mean uninterested.

Posted by: Ed Soderstrom at June 26, 2022 09:10 PM (tH8Ji)

678 ‘Very unique’ is my pet peeve…there are no degrees of uniqueness..something either is unique or it is not unique.

Posted by: Not Famous Fred at June 26, 2022 09:24 PM (UebBV)

679 Lose and loose mix-ups get me.

Posted by: Mary at June 26, 2022 10:01 PM (cyRVk)

680 "The IRS will still continue to collect personal income taxes for the next decade.

And the little boy throwing the tantrum wants to move to the UK. Where he'll pay a 45% tax rate on top of that. "

Fine, he can go there. We'll keep Johnny Rotten Lyman. I think we got the better deal.

Posted by: cheshirecat at June 26, 2022 11:38 PM (TwA+r)

681 As a former copyeditor, I have more grammar peeves than you can shake a stick at. But my peeviest is the substitution of "that" for "who".
This is becoming universal, and I hate it - not just because it's ungrammatical, but because it demeans human beings - and God knows, we're being dissed enough as it is nowadays.

Posted by: Nemo at June 26, 2022 11:39 PM (S6ArX)

682 Whine vs whinge. The ascension of the brit use over the american is technically corrrect. Whine refers to the noise, only, and is misused when referring to an annoying complainer, where whinge is the correct term.
All pronounced the same as the alcoholic beverage made from grapes.
I know this, but that weird brit spelling causes me a hitch in reading, because I mentally read it as "winj", which throws me off. I have to pause to make it whine. Which I am doing now.

Posted by: buddhaha at June 27, 2022 12:13 AM (RMshs)

683 A "steep learning curve" means your organization has little time to learn the tasks - be they easy or hard, the pace is going to be hard.
A "flat learning curve" means your organization has a long time to learn the tasks - be they easy or hard. It can also mean they are not learning the tasks - for reasons such as turnover or changes to the tasks or inadequate training materials. "The learning curve has gone flat."

29,000 Engineers and Techs took my classes. While there was talk of lynching me, it never happened.

Posted by: Igotnothing at June 27, 2022 12:42 AM (xf2hT)

684 I like looking in old dictionaries to see how the left has inserted new words into our language. White Nationalist is one. And who started calling the Democrat Party, "Democratic Party"?
"Went Missing" is a pet peeve of mine. Journalists started using this years ago and it seems to have stuck. It's attribution has been lost but before it became popular I seem to remember it was an Eskimo term that was used when a villager did not return from a trip.

Posted by: Ken James at June 27, 2022 09:29 AM (Knzre)

685 "Because two networks are one too many."

Had a knock-down, drag-out brawl over this one with me being on one side, and my entire marketing team on the other. I insisted it was like the saying: "Two heads is better than one." That you're not counting the heads, you're saying that the state of having two heads engaged in a solving a problem is preferable to the state of having only one. Likewise, we're not counting how many networks your'e sending data on; that would be obvious. We're saying that our technology that doubles capacity with two networks is better than one that only has the ability to use one stream.

I lost. The ad campaign went ahead, and was only memorable to me. Alas, 3Com no longer exists. Probably owing to poor grammar in their ads.

Posted by: red speck at June 27, 2022 09:39 AM (gS3OW)

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