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What are your pet peeves re English usage?

 
 
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 25 Nov, 2020 01:18 am
@glitterbag,
I use alot, alot. I also do Lotta and 'cause. It was one of my little jokes that started with Omsig (I dont know if you recall him). He kept asking m(because of my frequent typos and misspells) to spell "phonetically" and I said "rather n that, Ill spell it HILLBILLY"
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 25 Nov, 2020 01:23 am
@glitterbag,
many of these "Pop terms" hve origins within specific Presidential terms. As a kid of 11 I was going around making "judgements" because JFK would use that phrase,
I also knew how to pronounce KUBER (the little island off Miami where the Russians tried to store missiles)
cherrie
 
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Reply Wed 25 Nov, 2020 01:55 am
'Invite' instead of 'invitation'

As in 'I'll send you an invite'.

This annoys me so much.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 25 Nov, 2020 02:11 am
@cherrie,
Me too, and that almost reminds me of another one.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 25 Nov, 2020 04:12 am
@roger,
IN'-vite is a slang form, not incorrect, just hillbilly.
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nacredambition
 
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Reply Wed 25 Nov, 2020 05:50 am
I hate it when some wanker raises the topic of prescriptivism vs descriptivism in language.

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/wisdom
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 25 Nov, 2020 10:33 am
@farmerman,
I do remember Omsig, he could frustrate me, but he was an interesting man. The phonetic stuff drove me nuts, but only because I had to either write or edit or synthesize intelligence into something all branches of the military would understand. (there is very little room for creativity) but it still has to be the best that you have at that moment and in an agreed upon form that everyone would understand. All of the other non-military 'customers' would also be able to understand. It was an all-consuming passion that we kept everyone informed, if you constantly provided bullshit because you were lazy or careless...you didn't get to write reports anymore.

I know that the alt-right loves to talk about the Deep State, but there are thousands and thousands of DOD people keeping our military safe, warning them of changes or suspicions of unfriendly action......that's why we serve.


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roger
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2020 02:42 am
Wheelhouse, as in 'not in my wheelhouse'. I'm seeing that often in recent popular fiction. It means 'outside my area of knowledge'. They used to say 'above my paygrade', which also gets tiresome.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2020 03:42 am
@roger,
As someone who's spent quite some time in a wheelhouse during my navy time, I had to look up what else the term could mean.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2020 03:52 am
@Walter Hinteler,
From context, I just assume the speaker is out of his depth on that particular subject. In other words, incompetent.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2020 07:11 am
Two things annoying me a lot lately are:

The use of the word "So" to start the answer to almost every question.

Where the hell did that come from? It seems to have popped up maybe a year or two back...and now is used so damned much I have trouble listening to a response after hearing it.

Second: The use of the word "single" after "every" in sentences like, "I woke every single one in the house with my shouts." The "single" is not necessary...and seems to make such comments sound trite. Inserting the "single" has gotten way out of hand.

Both of these "peeves" apply mostly to comments from news shows. I hear them in everyday conversations without reacting, but when listening to a news program...especially opinion based...it sounds to me like fingernails on a blackboard.

Okay, okay...after proofing this, I sound like a cranky old man. But they do bother me.

Anyone else?
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2020 07:13 am
@roger,
roger wrote:

Wheelhouse, as in 'not in my wheelhouse'. I'm seeing that often in recent popular fiction. It means 'outside my area of knowledge'. They used to say 'above my paygrade', which also gets tiresome.


Yeah.

A term sorta on the same lines that I have grown to like a lot is: Hey, stay in your own lane.

Not the same thing...but related.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2020 07:14 am
@Frank Apisa,
Never heard wheelhouse used in that context, actually I can’t remember hearing it in any other context.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2020 03:07 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Joefromchicago noticed this trend way back in 2012.
It was an immediate peeve of mine, as well.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 24 Dec, 2020 07:15 am
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:

Joefromchicago noticed this trend way back in 2012.
It was an immediate peeve of mine, as well.


WOW!

I never read the thread before posting. I just happened across it. And one of my pet peeves happens to be the motivation for it being started.

Great.

I honestly did not think it went back that far.

It is annoying as hell.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 26 Dec, 2020 11:14 am
If I hear the word "awesome" one more time, I think that I am going to throw up. Then again, in my day, the word of the hour was, "fabulous", which is just as trite.
hightor
 
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Reply Sat 26 Dec, 2020 12:02 pm
@Phoenix32890,
I'm tiring of "resilience" as well.
oristarA
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2020 06:56 am
Please post a poem (of English) that is beautiful in your mind.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Mon 28 Dec, 2020 01:36 am
@hightor,
hightor wrote:

I'm tiring of "resilience" as well.


I am curious what word you would use instead.
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knaivete
 
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Reply Mon 28 Dec, 2020 06:52 am
This is going to come as a bit of a shock: brace yourselves.

I've just thought of a word that isn't used enough.

It's gone, nm.
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