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An EPIDEMIC! Improper use of words!

Updated on July 17, 2011

One example of idiocy

Do people think it makes them sound intelligent if they use big words even though they misuse them and it makes them sound idiotic? Do we hand out high school diplomas to people who cannot read, write or articulate a sentence, just to rid them from the system?

Public education and education in general always seem to be the ones that take the blame for the public's lack of panache in speaking and writing. But I believe it has more to do with the student in general, who does not read material throughout his or her education and believes that twelve solid years of education is enough to make them educated.

I am not suggesting everyone has to go to college or seek a higher level of formal education, but I am suggesting people need to stay informed by reading, writing and learning new things so they may increase their knowledge and not remain in a 12th grade "state of mind" for the entirety of their lives.

Today, a reporter asks a mother who is attending the release of Casey Anthony (aka "tot mom") why she is at the scene with her children. This woman tells the reporter that she "can't CONCEPT how a mother could do this to her child". Ah yes, she cannot "concept." How about she cannot "conceive" of how she could do this to her child? Her lack of ability to articulate is an embarrassment, even though she is clueless that she was incorrect. And when it is a politician who does this, ie: George W. Bush, or "Say it ain't so" Sarah Palin, we REALLY lose as a nation.

Palin is quoted as saying: “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real,”.. does she understand what she said? And when asked, she wanted to be in the same category as William Shakespeare in that he also made up new words.....! C' comparison! Oh sorry, perhaps I mis-underestimated her, like George W Bush did. They must have had the same learning curve in school, as I know it was neither their teachers fault, nor the schools they attended. It is lack of "giving a shit". Perhaps we need a new word for people in this category....How about this one? I read a review the other day about something someone ate affecting their "pallet" HELLO????? How can eating something affect a wooden plank designed to hold things up from the ground?

I remember having a conversation with a man and he asked me a question about something of which I was unsure ...I told him : "you would know better than I", He nearly fainted. Turns out he was a high school principal in Texas and had NEVER had anyone correctly say that sentence to him. Most people say "you would know better than ME".which is incorrect! We use words all the time that we take for granted are correct and they are either not correctly used in a sentence or correctly utilized in writing. Typos are one thing, speaking words are another.

Why do I care? Because when "Who wants to be a Millionaire" was brought to the states from England, they had to dumb down the questions! Most people could not get the $100 answer right! Lazy, lazy people! Do you not see this is a reflection on the country at large? I also put this in the same category as those people who do not think for themselves...but that is another Hub entirely! Get some "ed-u-ma-cation"! Or keep your mouths SHUT!


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    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      yes, could be worse I suppose! Thanks for coming by!

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      6 years ago

      That sign is definitely a funny example of misused words. Although I guess that is better than if it said "Trespassers will be violated."

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thank you Jason. And you are right, we are tolerating so much these days, bad manners, in correct use of words and the list goes on and on...sure wish we would all wake up and realize we need to move forward, not backward! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      You have written a fantastic hub. It must be easy pointing out the many typical faults we American’s are tolerating. Unfortunately, social gizmos like Twitter are destined to make matters worse. Cheers.

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      thanks Rebecca...

    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 

      7 years ago from Canada

      an excellent hub, well wirtten and great. I've added it to stumble upon.

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks for commenting everyone....I wish there was more that could be done to get people to care more about continuous education....but it seems as though it is not something embraced by the public in general!

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      Daffy Duck 

      7 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      A big reason why people misspell words today is because of texting. Instead of please, it's plz. Before became b4. Kids in school are doing really bad in this department. Good hub.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      This piece,unfortunately,is not a concept and is a fact.;)

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      Su Swanne 

      7 years ago

      Remember Jay Leno's street 'surveys'? It was hilarious, and it was not funny...

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      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nice hub - and funny too. With English being so eclectic and having strange rules, the best of us make errors. However, some errors can easily be corrected (like their versus their).

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      Howard Schneider 

      7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I totally agree Aley. The level of knowledge in our society is abysmal. There is even a game show that seeks to prove it, 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?". People use horrible grammar, cannot spell, and usually miss most questions on history when people conduct polls. I do not know if this is an indictment of our education system or American laziness. Great Hub.

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      7 years ago from Wales, UK

      Could not agree more, the misuse of "loose" instead of lose really irritates me!


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