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« on: December 01, 2009, 10:56:54 AM »

When people say:

* "I could care less," when they really mean "I COULDN'T care less"

* "Irregardless," when they mean "regardless"

* "Nucular" instead of "nuclear"

* "Bob wire" instead of "barbed wire"

* "Klu Klux Klan" instead of "Ku Klux Klan"

* "verbage" instead of "verbiage"

I never make any of these mistakes, for I am the Burgomaster, and I am infallible.   TeddyR

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2009, 11:09:10 AM »

Thank you Burgomaster! Great topic ... I hate when people say ...

* Wooder instead of water

* Nucular instead of nuclear

* Idear instead of idea
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2009, 11:18:07 AM »

I noticed on the internet over the years that lots of people say (type):

* peice instead of piece

* Speilberg instead of Spielberg

* weiner instead of wiener (most common)

* wrongfully "they're" instead of their
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2009, 11:46:56 AM »

* Idear instead of idea

Having lived in the Greater Boston area for my entire life, I hear "idear" quite a bit.  I also hear:

* Watah (instead of water)

* Fawty (instead of forty)

* Yee-ahs (instead of years)

I am very conscious of my accent and try to disguise it when I travel out of state, but it often sneaks through.

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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2009, 12:16:44 PM »

I don't mind accents so much. What I hate is people who opt for a fancier word to sound smarter and end up misusing it.

"Surgery" in place of "operation" or "procedure" is the one that bugs me the most because it has become so common that even the surgeons themselves are doing it. I just cringe when I hear about somebody who's had "three surgeries." Surgery is the type of medicine being practiced, while a surgical procedure is more properly called....a surgical procedure. Or better still, if you don't actually work in a hospital, just call it an operation. That's what laymen called it for years until somebody thought "surgery" sounded smarter, then proceeded to misuse it in the dopiest way imaginable. To get some idea how ridiculous it sounds, imagine a porn movie that features three buggeries. It's bad English.

In written language, I get annoyed with people who can't keep there, their and they're straight. Or its and it's. I've edited work by professional writers who consistently mess that up.

I get annoyed at people who say "butt naked" when they mean "buck naked."

And people, including my own wife, who call a certain spotted jungle cat a "jagwire." How does one get that from J-A-G-U-A-R? I don't even mind when some Britons call it a "jag-you-are" because it at least fits the spelling. "Jagwire" most likely just comes from mishearing it as a kid and never figuring it out.

Which brings me to perhaps the most offensive misuse. And what makes it so offensive is that it's such a little thing. Two words, three letters each, spelled nothing alike and technically pronounced differently. Both are completely unrelated by definition, and both are among the most commonly used words in the English language. I'm talking about people who write "are" when they mean "our." Good lord, did these people teach themselves to read and write? Did they manage to do it without ever looking at a book? There's just no excuse for that.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2009, 12:23:10 PM »

Following the NE accents already posted, I hate having the name Mark in my area which is pronounced  "Mahk".
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2009, 01:08:46 PM »

I was watching a review of a video game the other day and the reviewer was saying "debut", but pronouncing it "day-boo".  I got a good chuckle out of it  TeddyR
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2009, 01:19:32 PM »

One I'm noticing more and more in written form is using "women" as a singular instead of "woman." I've even been seeing this one on reputable websites, so it's not just in informal settings. This one baffles me. I've never seen "men" used as a singular, and the rule is exactly the same.

Another that annoys me more and more is using "everyday" as anything but an adjective, which is what the word is. "Lower Prices Everyday!" "Toyota Everyday." Urgh. Advertisers get paid enough to be able to afford a competent proofreader.

In spoken usage, I usually don't get too peeved, and then never because of accents. I love different dialects and generally try to play Professor Henry Higgins and guess where someone is from based on their dialect. That said, I do dislike the "I could care less" nonsense that Burgo started with. I also dislike using profanity, mostly because it leads to very lazy thought patterns, like turning "F**k" into every part of speech and using it both positively and negatively, often in the same sentence. It can be funny, and I'm not offended by it, but more often than not it's just lazy and stupid.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2009, 01:21:36 PM »

"Addicting" instead of Addictive
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2009, 01:38:46 PM »

My lovely wife says "Wheel Barrel" rather than "wheelbarrow".  THats makes me cringe.

A thing that I heard the first time since I moved here is the past tense of "to buy" is "Boughten" that drives me nuts.

"I needed to buy milk, but Charlie had already boughten it."
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2009, 03:13:39 PM »

Following the NE accents already posted, I hate having the name Mark in my area which is pronounced  "Mahk".

That's when you need to start singing "My Name is Mahk, and Thanks a Lot." TeddyR
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2009, 03:16:55 PM »

I love it when people get "massage" and "message" mixed up!  I live very close to a "Message Therapy" place, and a girl at work often sends us e-mails about "error massages".
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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2009, 03:21:35 PM »

My Mom was about as country as you can get

thang = thing

winders = windows

Get a drank of water   ..... well you get the point
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2009, 03:30:12 PM »

I also dislike using profanity, mostly because it leads to very lazy thought patterns, like turning "F**k" into every part of speech and using it both positively and negatively, often in the same sentence. It can be funny, and I'm not offended by it, but more often than not it's just lazy and stupid.

That reminds me of one that is not so much annoying as it is amusing in a dopey sort of way. People who extend their use of "f**k" into all of their other profanity. This could just be out of habit; some people tend to use it endlessly. But I suspect that on some level, they think it adds emphasis. The best example of this, and it's one I'm sometimes guilty of, is "For f**k's sake!"

What does that even mean? I have no idea, but I've been hearing it, and sometimes saying it, since I was a kid. Maybe that's where it starts, when we're kids and the dreaded "F-word" is the strongest bad word out there. Or at least it was when most of us were kids. Takes the cursing up a notch, but makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

I just about fell out of my chair laughing when Trailer Park Boys took this to the ultimate. Every once in a while, Ricky, the stereotypical dumbass who overuses the F-word, will stumble upon a shocking situation and declare "Oh...my...f**k!"

Cracks me up. It's so true.
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« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2009, 03:35:41 PM »

Some friends and I are doing of cover of Science Fiction Double Feature (from Rocky Horror), when we were trying to decide who sings it I noticed when my friend sang the line "Dana Andrews said prunes, gave him the runes" he said Daner Andrews.  It p**sed my other friend off.

Turns out I sang it the same way, so we just flipped a coin. Lookingup
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