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Most Abused Words

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by dexterhaven, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Demars

    Demars New Member

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    I hate the word "deceptively" as an adjective. "The pool was deceptively shallow." What does that even mean? It can be either that the pool looked deep, but was actually shallow, or it could be that the pool is deep but looks shallow. It's fine if they specify more, but using it like that isn't getting a clear meaning through.

    And when people say "irregardless" it's kind of bothersome too. That's not even an actual word(because of the ir- and the -less, it's nonstandard). If you're going to try and sound intelligent, you should at least use the language properly.
     
  2. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Well-Known Member

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    And when people say "irregardless" it's kind of bothersome too. That's not even an actual word(because of the ir- and the -less, it's nonstandard). If you're going to try and sound intelligent, you should at least use the language properly.

    I'm sorry, but that's just irridiculous.
     
  3. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan Well-Known Member

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    A co-worker says "electronical"
     
  4. Britalian

    Britalian Well-Known Member

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    literally.

    'I literally turned blue'

    No. You. Didn't.
     
  5. lbcgav

    lbcgav Well-Known Member

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    Sure. How else are you going to get money out of the ATM machine?

    [​IMG]
     
  6. binge

    binge Well-Known Member

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    I am the refudiator.
     
  7. MyOtherLife

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    A friend of mine is taking an accounting course.
    The teacher speaks piss-poor english and taught them a new word:
    Remuneration.
    Not the proper renumeration, but remuneration; the root word 'muneral' and not 'numeral'.
    What the f@#k is a 'muneral'?

    English is dying a horrible death.
     
  8. sjmin209

    sjmin209 Well-Known Member

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    Expresso.

    Also liberal, fascist, socialist.
     
  9. sjmin209

    sjmin209 Well-Known Member

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    Oh, and "bias" in place of "biased."
     
  10. Dakota rube

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    A friend of mine is taking an accounting course.
    The teacher speaks piss-poor english and taught them a new word:
    Remuneration.
    Not the proper renumeration, but remuneration; the root word 'muneral' and not 'numeral'.
    What the f@#k is a 'muneral'?

    English is dying a horrible death.


    Main Entry: re·mu·ner·a·tion
    Pronunciation: \i-ˌmyü-nə-ˈrā-shən\\
    Function: noun
    Date: 15th century

    1 : something that remunerates : recompense, pay
    2 : an act or fact of remunerating
     
  11. sjmin209

    sjmin209 Well-Known Member

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  12. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Well-Known Member

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    Main Entry: re·mu·ner·a·tion
    Pronunciation: \i-ˌmyü-nə-ˈrā-shən\\
    Function: noun
    Date: 15th century

    1 : something that remunerates : recompense, pay
    2 : an act or fact of remunerating


    Interesting. I'm going to tell my bank teller tomorrow 'I'd like to remunerate my phone bill'
    I ammend; My English is dying a horrible death.
    Thank you.
     
  13. dcg

    dcg Well-Known Member

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    Oh, and "bias" in place of "biased."

    +1000
     
  14. thecentennial

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    Theres a notice in our shop windows which says "Want to learn how to read English?"
     
  15. bigbris1

    bigbris1 Well-Known Member

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    skrimps. And skrippers.
     
  16. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Well-Known Member

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    Expresso.

    Plus effing one.

    skrimps. And skrippers.

    My fiancÃ[​IMG]e and I say this all the time as a joke. Do people actually call them skrimps?
     
  17. sjmin209

    sjmin209 Well-Known Member

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    Also, people who confuse "everyday" and "every day"
     
  18. chenc

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    "Thanks"
     
  19. Andrew V.

    Andrew V. Well-Known Member

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  20. foodguy

    foodguy Well-Known Member

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    utilize
    impact (verb) and it's various spin-offs. i got a press release the other day where somebody wrote "impactful".
     

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