For the love of God, People, Ridiculous has no E: A rant that could not be helped.

Dear people who are going to drive me F-ing nuts,

Everyone has a pet peeve. Some people lose it over someone else grinding their teeth. I've listened to people totally come uncorked over drivers who don't signal before they turn, even if there isn't anyone behind them for five hundred yards. There's lots of pet peeves, millions and millions of them. And I suppose all of them are unreasonable to a degree. Signs of instability.

But, that said, I don't freaking care and here goes:

OMFG, people it's "RIDiculous." RID. R - I - D. Not RED, "rid." There is nothing f-ing RED about ridiculousness. RED is a color; it is the color of blood. It's the color of raw meat and of ketchup which looks a lot like blood. Blood is what's going to happen to someone or some helpless animal if you people don't start spelling this goddamn word right on the Internet.

For the love of God, please spare me the agony of seeing this word endlessly spelled REDiculous six thousand times a day on the Internet. It's like nails on a chalkboard. I scream inside when I see it, and I have it on pretty good authority that every time someone types REDiculous evil tyrants in third world countries pitchfork babies to death. It's some sort of search engine based anti-baby program that these awful monsters have created to fund the purchase of more pitchforks so that they can doom more helpless babies. I don't even know what the point of it is except only to do it to more cute babies. It's terrible and only you can stop the madness from going on.

So, if you like babies, you should seriously never type REDiculous again. Type RIDiculous instead, with an "I." Think of "ridding the world of people who pitchfork babies." And besides "I" is easier to draw; it's just a straight line. You don't need any fancy curves or any branching lines like you do with "e" or "E." An "I" is simple to make and easy to remember. If you have trouble remembering how to spell this word, just tell yourself the following story:

There is NOTHING RED about ridiculous. I need to RID myself of this horrific spelling and I need to understand that it is I who spells it wrong, just as it is an "I" that is in the word every time. There is no "e" only "I." I am the one. "E" is the sound Shadesbreath makes whenever he reads my spelling it with an "e." "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee," he screams as he runs from the room clutching at his burning eyes wishing that lightning would blast him from the Earth.

So yeah, just remember that story, say it to yourself three times every night before you go to bed and you will be able to spell "ridiculous" finally right. Just think, you can save babies and save me from being decimated by a powerful lightning bolt. Imagine how much positive karma that will generate for you.

All I can say is thank you and I'm glad you took the time to care. And remember, for the love of God, it's RIDiculous, not RED.

Thanks.

Love,

Shadesbreath

P.S. I realize this is probably totally unreasonable of me (probably like my fear of crickets) but you know what, I reserve to right to be human, which entitles me to unreasonable emotional states.

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spryte profile image

spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

*tiptoes in and quietly replaces Shade's coffee with the decaf*


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Eric Graudins 8 years ago from Australia

What a rideculous hub. :-)


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Alice Grey 8 years ago from Pasadena, California

*HUGE GRIN*.......I feel your pain....


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

lol.. it just came out.


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Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

Shades, calm down! Those babies are safe. It was just a bad dream!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Eric, that spelling opens whole new possibilities for misery.. but at least that would be different.

And Amanda, no, it's true. Join the crusade to save babies!


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Eric Graudins 8 years ago from Australia

Yes Shades, drink the Decaf. You've had enough Red Cordial today.

(I must admit to having similar ferocious thoughts when I see the residents of hub pages referred to as "Hubers". Although it may well be correct, my brain definitely wants to see "Hubbers".)


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

OMG..Hubers...it sounds like a hybrid between a between a hub and a potato. I think I'll vote for Hubbers. TYVM.


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Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

Me too!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I'm not sure what a huber is but I am certain I don't want to be one.


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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

I've never read anything so ridunculous is all my life.


Ananta65 8 years ago

I totally agrii weth Irec Graudens!


pgrundy 8 years ago

As my ex used to say, that pet peeve "is simply raw-dick-you-less!"

Shadesbreath, let's go have some beers and rant about stupid people. Screw all this politcal crap, the country needs our outrage about grammar.

No, seriously dude, I feel your pain.


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Jewels 8 years ago from Australia

Come sit on my couch. Express yourself. Now tell me how was your childhood?


Ananta65 8 years ago

For a more serious comment :)

Errors like this used to irritate me too. On the Dutch forums you see that people don't know their spelling any better than on English/American forums. Their or there, where it should be they're, things like that are common. But since errors like those are crawling all over the place, I stopped get annoyed, stopped paying attention. I mean, the only one who 'suffered' from it was me. So why bother?

Besides, at the end of the day most important is of the message has come accross. I mean, what's more important: that I understand you in spite of errors or that you express yourself flawlessly but without me understanding what you try to say?

In addition, language is a living phenomenon. The English as we write and speak it today differs from the English as it was written a hundred years ago. Who know, rediculous might well be in the Webster Dictionary of 2050.


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talented_ink 8 years ago from USA

I know how you feel. I feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I see somebody misspelling common and easy words too. I'd be careful about pointing out those people who spell horribly thought, because I don't want one of them to stick a cricket in your bed or something. lol


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Ungood Speeling Bawthers mi two. Eye hop ewe feal beter aftur tat runt. By the way, one of my biggest peeves is the non-word "Irregardless". People sure seem to love that one.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Shaedesbreath! Whaet's thies woerld coeming teo? Hoew caen aenyone speell a riediculously eeasy woerd lieke riediculous wieth aen E? I reeally feeel yoeur paein... reegards Zsuezsyeee


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

I so identify with this Hub, and so many things annoy me to that may seem pretty trivial to other people. Usually these things are grammatical or spelling errors, and also I hate it when words are mispronounced. Your way of getting across your point had me laughing out loud as usual.


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

You are correct in stating that the word in question is very often mispelled, but why on such a grand scale? Why do so many people mispell the word in identical fashion? Could it be some evil conspiricy? Have the evil baby killers put something in the water which causes the mispellings, thereby allowing them to kill more innocent babies? It is a bone-chilling thought, but not without merit.

I would propose the abandonment of the word in toto. It's overused anyway, and it wouldn't hurt for people to expand their vocabularies by choosing the correct word uniquely suited to the situation. Here are some suggestions:

absurd, asinine, comical, crazy, devisive, droll, farcical, foolish, funny, glib, idiotic, inane, irrational, ludicrous, nonsense, preposterous, silly, stupid, unbelievable

When someone says to you, "They aren't killing babies with pitchforks," you could respond, "that's absurd!"

If someone dare suggests that the word ridiculous is not commonly mispelled, you could respond with arched brow, "How droll."

Or try the double combo: "Don't be silly, stupid!"

For the truly advanced, there's the multi-combo platter: "Don't be such an asinine, idiotic lout, you irrational, ludicrous, preposterous pop-n-jay!"

As usual, an entertaining, informative, and hilarious piece of work. Around you, we must mind our p's and q's (and e's and i's). A great read!


Ananta65 8 years ago

I'm pretty sure that these baby killing characters are also behind the bathroom consperacy *lol*


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

CJ, BT and Zsuzsy... :P

Ananta, you are lucky, as "consperacy" is not on my pet peeve list.  Furthermore, on your more serious point, you may be right: slang, jargon and illiteracy often transform over time into "normal" usage, so may turn out exactly as you say.  And I do understand the nature of typos and, well, human nature.  For whatever reason though, that particular one, kind of like BT's "irregardless." 

Speaking of which, BT, did you know "IRRegardless" is now actually IN the dictionary (my big one anyway)?  It's listed as "an optional spelling of "regardless."  LOL.  How droll, eh, Cristoph? lol

PGrundy, you would be such a frickin' blast to drink with and discuss what ails this world with its collective missing chromosome.  My god, can you imagine the clouds of sarcasm that would brew and roil above our heads?  Joy and rapture.

Jewels: (after lying on the couch) You see, it all started when my mother wouldn't let me have a puppy...

Talented Ink... all I can say is, please help me if they do.  That would just be wrong.  Crickets are the spawn of Satan and no ammount of grammatical pedantry deserves such an isidious act as that. 

Misty, some things are just like that arne't they.  I mean, it's not like you don't tell yourself they're trivial too, right?    BUt seriously, I am NOT A GRAMMAR NAZI, I swear.  Just something about this one that has been working hairs on the back of my neck, like Talented Ink said, for years.  Most of the time I just laugh, like when people say "Pacific" instead of "specific" and stuff like that.  I just roll my eyes a little and wish that they would ax someone how to say it or something.  And typo stuff "to" for "too" or "their for they're" (like Ananta pointed out) I write off as normal typo stuff.  Rediculous kills me though because the word doesn't even sound like that.  Anyway, need to stop or I'll go off again.  lol.

And Christoph, you are absolutely correct.  I believe an expanded vocabulary is an excellent tool behind which to hide illiteracy.   Frankly, I try to collect new words or useful phrases all the time to mask my illiterate side.  I frequently find myself doing the textual version of Porky Pig as I run up against a word I don't remember how to spell; too lazy to look it up; take a few stabs at it...  "Occassionally... Ocassio... Ocasio..." and just go ... "from time to time" before moving on.  It can't be helped.  I'm not too proud to cheat and learn stuff that will hide my ignorance. 


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

You aren't serious about IRregardless being in your dictionary, are you??  How can a word that's not a word be in the dictionary?

Your/you're, there/their/they're, it's/its....all those types of obvious language, spelling and grammar abuses drive me a little nuts.

I think it comes down to phonics - people spell it like they hear it.  Ergo, considering the complex structure of the English language, there's no hope in hell of ever seeing it remedied.

Sorry, but I think you're going to have to take a deep breath and let it go.  Good luck.


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

Say it ain't so! It is plainly NOT an alternative spelling. Doesn't adding the "IR" negate the "LESS"? It's right up there with "hot water heater".


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

Yes, yes. My fingertips bleed from flipping the pages of my dictionary while trying to write something, and it's the same words over and over. I DO like the influence that classic Warner Brothers cartoons have had on you, as I am only now beginning to see. Foghorn Leghorn (sharper than the corners of a marshmellow) and the above referenced Porky Pig, of whom I do a more than passable impersonation. The trick with Porky is to offer a couple of wrong words in the mix, as in "Occaisio....ebida ebida...Occult...ebida...Ocaisio...Oxidize....ubida...Occais...eh...sometimes.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Those types of words are irredundant. :)


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

I do hate irredundantlessness.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Shirley, it's true.  Here, just for you and RMR:

ir-re-gard-less (ir'i gärd'lis), adv. Nonstandard. re-gardless. [1910-1915]; IR-² (prob. after irrespective) + REGARDLESS]

--Usage.  IRREGARDLESS is considered nonstandard because of the two negative elements ir- and -less.  It was probably formed on the analogy of such words as irrespective, irrelevant, and irreparable.  those who use it, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis.  IRREGARDLESS first appeared in the early 20th century and was perhaps popularized by  its use in a comic radio program of the 1930's.

... so there you go.  Right out of my big fat Websters.  I used to hate that one too, but, I had to "let it go"  lol.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

How about Larry Charles's and Bill Maher's "religulous"?


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

And Christophy, I have to be careful what I say about WB cartoons because, frankly, I can go off for eons on the unbelievable comedic genius that came together when Chuck Jones, Fritz Freleng, Mel Blanc and Robert McKimson did they're thing.  I LOVE those cartoons.  Bugs Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn are my idols.  We should wish to be such people in real life, confident, funny, intelligent yet flawed, brave yet humble.  Yeah, so... see, I did it anyway.  LOL.   (Plus Daffy Duck and the Road Runner still make me laugh no matter how many times I see that stupid stuff ... the old ones, nothing since 1985 or so was funny.  When Mel Blanc stopped doing the voices, it was over.... Hmm, mabye I should write an Old Warner Brothers Cartoon hub... review some funny episodes.  lol.  I bet there's some awesome youtube clips of the great moments.  hmm... ..

BT, see, that just amuses me.

So does religulous... except, wtf is it? lol


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

I'm all for making up new words...remember Sniglets? However, if you can't manage basic English, you shouldn't have the right to mangle it for humor's sake.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Exactly. You have to know the rules before you break them.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

I used to love sniglets! I was also a fan of Norm Crosby. He was irregarded as the the king of mangled english.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

You guys ever read http://www.word-detective.com/ ?


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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

{{save me from being decimated by a powerful lightning bolt. }}

Don't worry - you are safe from being decimated unless there are ten of you. And even then, you are 90% safe. My pet peeve is as valid as yours ;)


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, but what is it?


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Nice link Shade..I loved the "cat's pajamas" article.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, that's good stuff. I used to read Dave Barry but he vanished, so, that's as close as I've found.


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Thanks for writing this. That is one of my pet peeves too. I do tend to get upset about bad spelling and grammar...


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

reil man, reilly reil -- can anyone count how many times the word ridiculous was used? anyway you spell it...it's ridiculous. I vote for pgrundy's spelling, tho....that was ahhhhsum.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Uninvited, I actually mostly don't. Just for whatever reason that one sticks in my craw. THere's probably a couple of others, but, I see that everywhere. I'm actually kind of infamous amongst my Internet friends for barbs on that one to the point where, much like people here, they go out of their way to use it wrong just to spite me (and to get another baby pitchforked because they are evil like that).

Hi Marisue, yeah, Pgrundy's was a good one if you got time to type it all out. I'd hold off on it for submissions though lol.


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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

I was being pedantic, for fun. To decimate is to kill one in ten. It was a punishment meted out against Roman legions. If you decimate a population, 90% are left standing. So you can't decimate an individual. Not important ;)


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t.keeley 8 years ago from Seattle, WA

hey thanks for setting everyone straight. That spelling error has bothered me much in the past few years, but honestly misspellings in general really tick me off.

Cheers!


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Squimpleton 8 years ago from New York

Just wait until the day when "rediculous" will be offered as an optional spelling in the dictionary....*sigh*


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Hah, Para, that's awesome.  I read that and was like, "Um, maybe there's something about lightning I don't know."  See, you learn something new every day.  Hah, and there I missed an awesome piece of humor there.  Sorry for tipping off your pet peeve  LOL.  I've really decimated the language haven't I?  What get's pitchforked when people blow that one?

T.Keeley, especially the really easy stuff.

Squimpleton, yes, ignorance and slang do work their way in over time.


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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Roman discipline. A Legion had 5,120 fighting men. If they seriously under-performed in battle, they were made to stand in formation while 512 of them were brough forward and executed by the sword. Not the weakest or cowardliest. They drew lots to pick a number between 1 and 10, then they just counted. 7, 17, 27, 37 ..... 5,117.

Quite fair, really :)


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Well, depending on how you define fair, but yeah there's a system. Can you imagine the sounds of rattling armor and clenching sphincters as that process took place? I think I'd be the soldier that was like, "Oh, hey, wow, I gotta hit the bathroom real quick, brb" when that thing started.


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Squimpleton 8 years ago from New York

What if you cut off 1/10th of a person's body? Isn't that kind of like killing 1/10th of them? So in that case, couldn't you say you decimated that person?


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Excellent point, Squimpleton. I'm certain that's what I meant... that 1/10 of me would be destroyed by the lightning bolt, which, assuming there was a critical tenth of my brain included in said decimation, I would therefore be destroyed or at least so smitten as to make the wishing for ways to prevent this become once more postive karma generating for people who decide to spell ridiculous right. Clearly that is what I meant to say. Thanks for helping me find the correct, erm, spin on this.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Well...I guess it's better to be decimated than demimated in that case.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Well, if we're talking Demi Moore demimated I would have to say that I'd take that ... uh... misery over the lightning bolt given a choice. So, we can add that to the things people wish for me.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

I'd have to say that you show impeccable taste...

I'm not into women, but even I have to admit she's hawt.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Indeed.


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trish1048 8 years ago

I'd like to put my two cents in. AFFECT and EFFECT. I can't believe how often those are spelled incorrectly, eeeeekkkkk!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, those get butchered a lot, but I think it's because a lot of people don't understand what they mean. I thought about writing one of my boring language hubs on those. Still might.


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

I hate when I am looking through the personal ads and transvestite is spelled transvistite..it takes the romance away from the start!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Bet everyone who commented checked their spelling before hitting the 'Post Comment' button.


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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

Well, we had a guy here who always was wandering why this is aloud, and this is not :D


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

You guys are all illetterut.

And, Funnebone.. just ROFL is all I can say. And yes, that does just suck the romance right off doesn't it?


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Shadesbreath, have you considered writing a spelling course and marketing it? I gotta tell you, I will never, never misspell that "r" word again! Be responsible for pitchforking babies? No way, not me! Because of you, I'm thinking that if I even think "red", I might be responsible for another dead baby. You really scared me. There's got to be a market for your approach. It's very affective.


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FlyingPanther 8 years ago from here today gone tomorrow!!

hey im french will he jump on me for making mistakes LOLOLOL, OH MY!!

Flying


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Heh, scare the world into literacy, eh Sally? You might be on to something.

FlyingPanther, I'll cut you some slack being as English isn't your first language, but watch it; I'm keeping my eye on you. lol


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Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

Dear Shadisbriath,

I can't rimimbir thi last timi I riad somithing this funny.

rigards,


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Benson, you aren't one of those baby haters are you?

(lol. Thanks for the comment)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Fun hub. My pet peeve is when people people spell weird is wierd. Always wondered why so many people make this mistake, especially since it is an easy word to spell.


Qwijebo 7 years ago

Why do they call it a pet peeve? Why not human peeve? Or perhaps, pissed off at the world for creating such nonsense that makes me want to poke out my eyeballs with a rusty kebab skewer peeve.


Qwijebo 7 years ago

Now I have to peeve


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

You are right Qwijebo, why do they call it a pet peeve. Anyway, leave it to Shades to write a fun hub about this topic. Maybe he will :).


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Grate hubb Shaedes. One wanders why with spell checkers these errors don't occur even more often! (correctly spelled, contextually incorrect words, that is my pet peeve).


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

OH, oh, you almost got me to write that hub too, that was close, Qwijebo and Sweetie. But I saw what you're up to. And they're "pet" because we, the humans, favor them with our attention as we might a dog or a cat. And a "peeve" is a source of annoyance, the term extracted from "pevish" which dates back to the 1400's as something vexing etc. (I know you knew, but that is your punishment for asking, lol).

And Sixty, I was wandering what you're pet peeve's where over their in SA.


zimbra 7 years ago

Stuff like that drives me nuts too!


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Yes, but nothing a nice rant can't solve. :)


zimbra 7 years ago

Very true. I have a stand-up gig tonight - so much to rant about, I will feel great tomorrow! ;)


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Shoot me an email if you're ever in Sacramento; we'll come see your show.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

I salute you. I will be emailing you all individually with the corrections for all your misspellings and punctuation errors. I also do believe that some of you were typing without both feet planted firmly on the floor, a straight back, good posture, and splendid cup of tea on the table beside you. Shocking.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I'm shocked.


Rei 7 years ago

try growing up with someone that spells 'would, could and should' with an 'e' on the end of it.. talk about drive ya mental


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

What, do they thinke they live in, like, 9th century Englande or something?


Opinion Duck 7 years ago

If the subject of your hub was your only irritant, then you have it made in your life.

I personally haven't seen the use of the big E.

So is it, git or get out of here?

Is it, him or hem?

Is it, hill or he'll?

Is it, hir or her?

......


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Git or Get is dialectical and entirely subject to the writerly "voice" you are trying to create. I would call the difference a matter of diction.

Him and Hem are entirely different words with different definitions, there is no overlap unless you are trying to force a dialectical thing as mentioned above, although I don't think it would carry off in most reader's minds.

"hill" or "he'll" same as above, different words. I don't think it would work dialectically at all. Same for "hir" and "her" and "hir" is not a word at all that I am familiar with.

Thanks for playing


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abcd1111 6 years ago from Glen Ellyn, IL (Chicago suburb)

I love peevish things like this. Your riDICKulous rant was too funny.

My pet peeve is "I felt badly." Unless you mean you have dexterity problems, you felt "bad." Does anyone ever feel goodly?


chris 6 years ago

Don't be rediculous, it's not even close to the, Rush Limbaugh coined, "irregardless"! But (starting a sentance with, but, is another rant) because he created the word his followers use it on a daily bases. I believe there is a lobby on Capital Hill right now for putting "irregardless" in the dictionary simply because Rush and the "right" just can't be wrong, right?


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Actually, that's already made it into the dictionary. That's the nature of misuse though. Language is an evolving thing, and, eventually, chronic misuse will become "proper" use in time. I think one of the tricks to staying young must be letting go of old rules. ... Uh, I'm still working on that.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Exactly what hearing 'there/their/they're' and 'to, too, two' misused does to me. Grading chalk across a blackboard is mild by comparison. eeeeeeeeeeeek!

Misusing "then" and "than" is another pet peeve. They so completely change the meaning of a sentence when misused. Always requires stopping and analyzing the meaning to know whether a point in time or a comparison is intended!

And yes, rediculous and all its kin are just as irritating. Good to know you are human too, Shades! I keep reminding myself that language is an evolving thing and that differences in "this side of the pond" and "that side" are examples. If I try to get uppity & write "colour" or "behaviour" here and spell checker is on, it highlights it as an error! So - sigh - it's part of life - that changing, respirating, thingy that won't stay where it's put! Let's hope rediculous stays out of either Dictionary version, though!

Chris - this is of interest. I just had to look up irregardless in my Websters New 20th Century Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged, 2nd Edition. (printed in 1983)

Here is what I found:

irregardless. adj. and adv. - regardless: a substandard or humorous redundancy. -

Sounds about right for a description of Mr Limbaugh.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

That's funny about the European spellings. I run into that at work, people getting into arguments about whether the period goes on the outside or inside of a quote like, he was "godlike". Or he was "godlike." And the s or z thing in "criticize" and stuff like that. But, your pointing out irregardless just shows how misuse becomes accepted grammar after a while. The OED is full of evidence for that. However, the "then" and "than" thing is just not knowing the language. Doubt that will ever come around.


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I agree with you about the misspelling. It drives me mad.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

I've recovered some from the mood that prompted this hub, lol. It still annoys me, but I have to admit it is rather shocking that I was irritated enough to concoct a pitchforked babies scenarios. Sheesh. I scare myself.


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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

This is as good today as it was 2 years ago. I do love it when you get angry. It's a bit of a literary turn on!


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Heh heh. I confess I was wearing my best smoking jacket when I wrote this, so I know what you're saying. :D


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Great post..Thanks


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks. :)


Caleb 4 years ago

nah, it's spelt "rediculous". It's only "ridiculous" in America, in proper British English it's spelt "rediculous".

Obnoxious Americans...


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

We try. :D

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