Please post your least favorite misused/misspelled word or phrase
Motown covered some of this a while back...
http://motown2chitown.hubpages.com/hub/ … er-Written
Intensive porpoises is one of my favorites from that page.
Awww, Mark! Thanks for the plug, my friend. I hyperventilate when someone feels 'badly.' But I think the one that hurts the most is 'conversate.' I hate it spoken and written and it makes me want to jump off a cliff.
Was just about to post that the title was in error
lose/loose is a biggie for me. Even people who seem to be very literate use it and it drives me to distraction
"Reticent" for "reluctant." I even see that in magazine articles from time to time.
"Irregardless" is one of my biggest pet peeves. I also see a lot of people using "logistical" when they really mean "logical."
Someone at my office wanted to "esculate" a matter instead of elevate.
Another co-worker years ago occasionally said certain things should be "nipped in the butt" (instead of bud).
I once had a tenant in some property I managed who called up screaming that the AC was out & she had to take her son to the hospital because he was having 'conversions.' (convulsions).
I also love people who buy their homes through the services of a relator.
And of course, let's not forget the issues our former president George W. raised about nucular weapons.
When I was an x-ray tech, I constantly had to ask women if there was any chance they might be pregnant. One told me "No, I had a tubal litigation." My cohorts and I joked that this is when your lawyer sterilizes you.
I once had a client who pleaded guilty to a shoplifting charge but wanted to put off doing her electronic monitoring until after her daughter's H.S. graduation.
So she asked me if she could get a "stay of execution."
I fixed it so she didn't get executed at all.
Actually, her terminology was technically correct (we stayed the execution of the sentence), but it sounded funny anyway.
Another one that fits in this category is "jewlery."
Oh yeah - a few others: Please, Heavenly Father, protect me from ever again having a blind date with a man who thinks the word 'wash' has an R in it.
Or someone who politely asks me to "pass them potatoes, please.".
And if someone thinks Brie cheese is pronounced Bry, we may not be a good match. I know I'm picky, God, but I also know you don't want me to go to Hell for manslaughter.
You would not go to hell for manslaughter. All you have to do is repent your sin and you're forgiven. So, feel free to kill whomever.
Edit: @OP- there are way too many to list.
The word wash does have an "R" in it in the south. Yankees from up northeast sent all their extra R's down south since they weren't using them in words like "garage" and "car".
These drive me crazy.
breath/breathe come on... She took a breath. I like to breathe fresh air.
quite/quiet come on again... I was up quite late. I like a quiet, rainy night.
someone at my work place says, "you welcome"...
You don't get it, or you don't get quiet, rainy nights?
Quiet, meaning there is no other sound except rain.
A genuine smart a$$. I knew there was a reason I liked you. I don't get quiet rainy nights. Most of the time, I can hear the rain pounding on my windows of my room. It doesn't help my room is in the front of my apartment.
Oh okay. I thought you were talking about it raining without making much sound. Thus, quietly raining.
Mine's not funny but I cannot stand when people use good instead of well. It drives me up the wall. My ex used to say we had the only 2 year old in the world that would answer "I'm well" when asked how he was feeling.
I say I'm well. But, then again I also say I'm good or I'm fine.
Like George Carlin once(or many times) said- I have never been "fine and dandy". I have been fine, but not dandy. I was once dandy, but not fine. But, when he recalled- he was fine and dandy for about 5 minutes, but no one asked how he was at the time.
I usually say I'm great. It bothers me when people say a task was done 'good' rather than well.
Thanks for the tip about repenting, Cags - I feel better now.
My pet peeve is the word definitely, which is frequently misspelled as definately. Drives me crazy.
My other favorites result from stranger's versions of the word cochlear implant. We've heard "cocular implant" and "ocular implant." The first version reminds me of the George W. Bush "nucular" and the second would refer to an eye implant, not an ear implant!
Always hated it when patients told me they had "rotator cup" problems instead of "rotator cuff", or "corporal tunnel" instead of "carpal tunnel", or when a parent said their child was "artistic", meaning "autistic".
Or spelled "defiantly." I've seen that a lot.
Using YOUR as a substitute for YOU'RE is just ridiculous, but I see this one persistently.
Specific. Not pacific. As in "I am pacifically speaking about something".
"This begs the question"
I hate that. "Begging the question" is a specific logical fallacy from the world of college philosophy classes. Until some dummy heard it and passed it around to all his idiot friends in television. Every time I hear that expression I want to smack somebody. And I'm usually against senseless violence.
"Between you and I" or "Ask Sheila or I" or "Take a picture of she and I".
It's ignorance mixed with pretentiousness. Just because something sounds awkward, doesn't mean it's correct.
I cringe when I hear sentences like, "Jane and myself went to the mall."
Another one that gets me is the use of the word "got" for "must" or "have."
"I got to get those shoes!"
@ Chris Hugh - I'm going to adopt your sentence as my Grammar Battle Cry: Just because something sounds awkward doesn't mean it's correct.
I had a lysdexic friend once who had a peach inspediment...
Just saw a FB posting from a guy who is tired of being "taken for granite".
I had a friend that used to have a strange saying.
"Are you writing a book, or do you want a chest to pin it on. "
I had a friend years ago who liked to make sangwiches. I have another acquaintance who likes nice green salats.
People who writer "are" in place of "or". That one drives me nuts. I realize southerners say "are" but please write it correctly.
Careful on the regional stereotyping there! Most of the southerners I know would say "er" for "or." I lived most of my life in the South and did not see that misspelling until I came to the Midwest (where I live now). Here, a lot of uneducated people write are when they mean our. I see it practically all the time, and I dislike it too - intensely (or is that intensively?) - no matter where the writer or speaker is from or where they currently live.
One of my favorite misspellings is a complaint about the "mill due" in a condominium.
I detest people who ask me, "Wasup".
I also don't like those who think this is a correct sentence:
"I don't know where the book is at".
I have many of those plus my accent .
Topic related to this thread - cursing in different languages and culture
I don't like insults and cursing (I curse silently, I usually say father fu**er
Mother is always the target - mother fu**er, how about father fuc**er for a change
Private parts - bollo**s (British), assh**e, you're a dickhe**, those things
Toilet humor and animals -- Bullcr**p, Bullsh**t - just say baloney
Cows can become holy like holy cow!
Sarcasm could be insulting depending on other people's way of living - usually the way they talk, accent, food and preferences
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