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    Malaprops and mispronunciations that drive you nuts

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    Anyone here a fan of nuc-yu-lar power?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post

    Anyone here a fan of nuc-yu-lar power?
    I am guilty of this one...it drives my wife bonkers. I have no idea how or why I started pronouncing it that way...I'm not from Texas. Sorry Texans

    The one that drives me nuts? When people say "try and" instead of "try to". This one I got from my Dad.
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    "If those guy wires aren't taunt, it's a sure bet that the tower is going to fall down during the next wind storm."

    "If those guide wires aren't taut, it's a sure bet that the tower is going to fall down during the next wind storm."

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    One I am guilty of - "let's go shop at Meijer's" "I saw one of those on sale at Kroger's"
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Not nutso because of it, but 'the data says' and similar incarnations.
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    I can't stand when people use "Highth" instead of "Height", there's width and length, but not highth.
    Or when a man or woman calls a group of ladies "You Guys"

    I had a secretary who always would say "Flustrated" Flustered + Frustrated
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    People who don't know the difference between cojones and kahunas.
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    Quote Originally posted by ColoGI View post
    Not nutso because of it, but 'the data says' and similar incarnations.
    This one, be warned, is changing. The New York Times now officially uses data as a singular noun.

    So do some journals. Sometimes when I submit an article to a journal, it insists that data is plural, sometimes singular. I inediblely get it wrong

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    "should of" instead of "should have"

    As in, "I should of gone to bed instead of watching the Kardashian Christmas special last night."

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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    I can't stand when people use "Highth" instead of "Height", there's width and length, but not highth.
    Or when a man or woman calls a group of ladies "You Guys"

    I had a secretary who always would say "Flustrated" Flustered + Frustrated
    What about those who say "Fusstrated"?
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Heard occasionally from my grandfather's generation - pert 'n ticular

    "You line up them two boards and make sure they're pert 'n ticular before you sink the screws.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    I'm a big fan of zero-scaping on account of the dry climant around here. In fact, I think zero-scaping is one of the best ideals anybody ever had.

    From an actual conversation.

    My admin always says "I know I can't text why I am driving..." I think it must just be a habit from when she was little she can't break. She knows the word is "while" right? I don't dare ask....
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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    I'm a big fan of zero-scaping on account of the dry climant around here. In fact, I think zero-scaping is one of the best ideals anybody ever had.

    From an actual conversation.

    My admin always says "I know I can't text why I am driving..." I think it must just be a habit from when she was little she can't break. She knows the word is "while" right? I don't dare ask....
    Had you axed her before not to say that?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Gotta Speakup View post
    This one, be warned, is changing. The New York Times now officially uses data as a singular noun.

    So do some journals. Sometimes when I submit an article to a journal, it insists that data is plural, sometimes singular. I inediblely get it wrong
    The slow degradation of English chaps my hide.

    I don't watch much TV, but the MIL had on Diane Sawyer yesterday, and Diane was talking to me as if I were a 90 -y.o. grandma in early dementia. I hope that is not indicative of the quality of mass media discourse!
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    Every time I hear someone say "a whole nother," I get an eye tic.

    Also, I can't stand it when people spell "February" as "Febuary," or "a lot" as "alot" (cf: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.co...verything.html).

    But, as an accented person myself, I find no qualms with "all y'all" (which in Texas means something totally different from "y'all"). "Might could" and "fixin' to" are also others I use frequently. Sorry, English, my twang takes some precedence.

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    I don't understand why people get all up and bothered by peopel mispronounciating them words and all. That's what it means to talk American.

    Okat, so the one that gets me is "orientating" or "orientate". I heard this all the time in the military. It is not the sort of thing you want to say when I am carrying a rifle.
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    Quote Originally posted by saverte View post
    Every time I hear someone say "a whole nother," I get an eye tic.
    Wow, you better avoid meeting me! OK, most of this is just colloquial phrases and not mis-pronounced stuff.

    Let's see some malaprops like Norm Crosby!!

    BTW, read a review today of a book I might just buy: "The Story of Ain't" by David Skinner. From the review: "Tolerance was in short supply 51 years ago when Websters Third New International Dictionary caused the intellectual, journalistic and academic worlds to go nuts over one little word - and a change in the dictionary's philosophy".

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    "Thattaway" - what is this, 1930's Oklahoma dust bowl? Do we live in the sticks?

    People dropping the "to be" from statements, such as "My car needs washed." or "This needs fixed."

    When people say "I could care less" when what they meant was "I COULDN'T care less". So you're saying you actually DO care?
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