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What are your pet peeves re English usage?

 
 
Clary
 
  2  
Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 05:07 am
@spendius,
Perhaps it's a peeve about genteelisms.
spendius
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 07:17 am
@Clary,
Glowing ladies are not genteel. They are the cause of men perspiring.
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McTag
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 07:37 am

There is a place for genteelisms, but oftentimes it's taken too far.

Like the American lady who, a few years back, said "War is heck".
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Wy
 
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Reply Fri 29 Aug, 2008 04:14 pm
@spendius,
A reply to your assertion that women perspire. They do not, at least according to my grandmother!
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Walter Hinteler
 
  1  
Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 03:23 pm
Quote:
The top ten most irritating phrases:

1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science


Source: Oxford compiles list of top ten most irritating phrases
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Reyn
 
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Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 03:37 pm
I lathe those that use "texting / messaging slang" in their posts here.

For example: "u", instead of "you", etc.
McTag
 
  1  
Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 04:18 pm
@Reyn,

Me too.
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Reyn
 
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Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 04:19 pm
@Reyn,
Reyn wrote:
I lathe

"loathe", I mean. Embarrassed
spendius
 
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Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 05:21 pm
@Reyn,
They just want to show that they are at the cutting edge of modern communications. If that's where they are it's understandable that they would seek to strut it before the gawping eyes of us old fashioned fuddies. One can hardly "loathe" it. That's much too strong a word.

"Loathe" is for things like treading in dogshit or the custard being too thick for the Bakewell Tart (genuine).
Reyn
 
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Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 06:16 pm
@spendius,
spendius wrote:

They just want to show that they are at the cutting edge of modern communications.

I would hardly call using "u" instead of "you", on the cutting edge of communicating anything other than someone being a lazy turd.
spendius
 
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Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 06:20 pm
@Reyn,
Do they not do irony in your neck of the woods Reyn?
Reyn
 
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Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 06:28 pm
@spendius,
No, they chop down the trees with an axe.

http://www.stalkingtiger.com/mestuff/images/quiz_monty_python.jpg
spendius
 
  1  
Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 06:32 pm
@Reyn,
I've done that although I'm pretty confident your trees are bigger than mine.

It's good fun.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 06:40 am
@Reyn,
Reyn wrote:

I lathe those that use "texting / messaging slang" in their posts here.

For example: "u", instead of "you", etc.
me 2
Walter Hinteler
 
  1  
Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 06:44 am
@Steve 41oo,
Steve 41oo wrote:

Reyn wrote:

I lathe those that use "texting / messaging slang" in their posts here.

For example: "u", instead of "you", etc.
me 2


Oyou2
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Reyn
 
  1  
Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 08:50 am
Haha, youse guys! Mad
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McTag
 
  1  
Reply Thu 27 Nov, 2008 03:26 am

Most folks don't seem to know the difference between envy and jealousy, nowadays.

They'll say "Aren't you jealous?" when the meaning they intend is "envious".
Steve 41oo
 
  1  
Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2008 05:45 am
@McTag,
me included

please explain Uncle Mac
spendius
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2008 06:04 am
@Steve 41oo,
I think "jealous" refers to one's own sense of self-esteem as in devoted to one's reputation. Taking care to protect it. A lady may be jealous of her reputation for purity of mind.

Envy is when you bear a grudge or malice towards what others have.



Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Fri 28 Nov, 2008 06:45 am
@Steve 41oo,
You feel jealousy when your girlfriend seems to be responding favorably to another man. But you are envious of that man. As Spendius has correctly said, jealousy implies a sense of protecting something, e.g. one's reputation or perceived property. But you can't be "jealous" that someone has something you don't. You can only be envious.
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