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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #600 on: July 28, 2018, 10:36:51 AM »
“Can I ask you a quick question?”

Well you can yes, you just have by the way. Presumably they are phrasing it like this as to suggest they’re not going to be taking much of my time. However surely it’s the length of the answer that will determine how much of my time is taken? If they don’t know the answer to the question, which surely the don’t because they are asking it, how on earth do they know if the answer will be long or short?

 “What’s the meaning of life?” That’s a good example of a quick question, it is only five words, however the answer may take a very long time indeed.
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« Reply #601 on: July 28, 2018, 10:41:12 AM »
And everyone is talking about the origin of enbiggen, but where the hell did biggify come from?

I hate TLAs And FLAs.  Now that they have proliferated, I spend way too much time on the urban slang dictionary. WTH?

IKR?

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« Reply #602 on: July 28, 2018, 12:02:07 PM »
And everyone is talking about the origin of enbiggen, but where the hell did biggify come from?

I hate TLAs And FLAs.  Now that they have proliferated, I spend way too much time on the urban slang dictionary. WTH?

IKR?

That sent me back to the online dictionary.  But, yes.

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« Reply #603 on: July 28, 2018, 12:25:26 PM »
"I could care less"

NO. THINK ABOUT IT.

Also, don't put apostrophes for the plural form on acronyms. Tell me about your IRAs, not your IRA's.

Exactly... "Could care less" is an oxymoron..

"Oxymoron"... Thats not even "English"...:)

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #604 on: July 28, 2018, 01:53:57 PM »
"loosing"

there is ONE fucking "o" in "losing"

forgot that one earlier

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« Reply #605 on: July 28, 2018, 02:50:22 PM »
"loosing"

there is ONE fucking "o" in "losing"

forgot that one earlier

Well, "loosing" is fine once you remember to add the "en".

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« Reply #606 on: July 28, 2018, 03:57:03 PM »
"loosing"

there is ONE fucking "o" in "losing"

forgot that one earlier

Well, "loosing" is fine once you remember to add the "en".

There seem to be a lot of "dinning" tables on Craigslist as well.

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« Reply #607 on: July 28, 2018, 09:47:52 PM »
"loosing"

there is ONE fucking "o" in "losing"

forgot that one earlier

Well, "loosing" is fine once you remember to add the "en".

There seem to be a lot of "dinning" tables on Craigslist as well.
Mostly at places that sell pizza's. Argh!

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #608 on: July 28, 2018, 10:57:09 PM »
Pizza’s what?

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« Reply #609 on: July 29, 2018, 12:49:45 AM »
Exactly.

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« Reply #610 on: July 30, 2018, 07:55:01 PM »
The two biggies for me:

1) bucket list — blech
2) “peaked” my interest instead of “piqued” my interest.

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« Reply #611 on: July 30, 2018, 08:09:48 PM »
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« Reply #612 on: July 30, 2018, 08:40:49 PM »
Acclimate. A perfectly good word exists already: acclimatise.

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« Reply #613 on: July 31, 2018, 08:30:35 AM »
Acclimate. A perfectly good word exists already: acclimatise.
This may be a "two peoples separated by a common language" issue. In the US, acclimate is the standard, long-standing word for, well... acclimate. Acclimatise sounds stilted to my ear, though I've heard both used.

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« Reply #614 on: July 31, 2018, 08:40:58 AM »
Acclimate. A perfectly good word exists already: acclimatise.

Never previously heard the word acclimatise in my life that I'm aware of.

I'll add one along these lines, though. Don't say "conversate" when what you mean is "converse".

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« Reply #615 on: July 31, 2018, 08:56:42 AM »
Acclimate. A perfectly good word exists already: acclimatise.

Never previously heard the word acclimatise in my life that I'm aware of.

I'll add one along these lines, though. Don't say "conversate" when what you mean is "converse".

Or "dialogue", another example of a good noun turned bad verb. I'm also getting tired of "drill down"

I think acclimate/acclimatize is just a British/American difference, like aluminum/aluminium. Now my nephew is driving me crazy by adding an extra syllable to the word "tastes".

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #616 on: July 31, 2018, 01:49:46 PM »
Acclimate. A perfectly good word exists already: acclimatise.
This may be a "two peoples separated by a common language" issue. In the US, acclimate is the standard, long-standing word for, well... acclimate. Acclimatise sounds stilted to my ear, though I've heard both used.


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« Reply #617 on: July 31, 2018, 05:56:38 PM »
Acclimate. A perfectly good word exists already: acclimatise.

Never previously heard the word acclimatise in my life that I'm aware of.

I'll add one along these lines, though. Don't say "conversate" when what you mean is "converse".

Or "dialogue", another example of a good noun turned bad verb. I'm also getting tired of "drill down"

I think acclimate/acclimatize is just a British/American difference, like aluminum/aluminium. Now my nephew is driving me crazy by adding an extra syllable to the word "tastes".

I'm American and I only ever say acclimatize (but you will notice I spell it with a "z"!).  When I'm using that word for something other than hiking (or whatever) to high elevations, like maybe in reference to just getting used to a new home, or a new set of circumstances, I feel a little like I should use acclimate instead...in my gut.  And it's always bothered me, and I've never stopped to look into it.  But, I think acclimatize/acclimatise is used much more with respect to altitude, regardless of your nationality.

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« Reply #618 on: August 07, 2018, 06:20:17 AM »
"loosing"

there is ONE fucking "o" in "losing"

forgot that one earlier

Well, "loosing" is fine once you remember to add the "en".
"Loosing" is also fine if you are referring to the act of releasing a bow string to launch an arrow. We often use the word 'fire' in modern speaking, but there's no fire in a bow.

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« Reply #619 on: August 18, 2018, 07:44:45 PM »
The two biggies for me:

1) bucket list — blech
2) “peaked” my interest instead of “piqued” my interest.

Will you be my new best friend?

Regarding "bucket lists": If you want to zip line over the Grand Canyon, learn Swahili or attend the ball drop in New York on New Years, just do those things joyfully. Just don't make them seem like grim boxes you must check off before you die.

And "peaked" or "peeked" my interest. Perhaps while "pouring" over documents before you loose interest.

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« Reply #620 on: August 18, 2018, 11:04:44 PM »
The two biggies for me:

1) bucket list — blech
2) “peaked” my interest instead of “piqued” my interest.

Will you be my new best friend?

Regarding "bucket lists": If you want to zip line over the Grand Canyon, learn Swahili or attend the ball drop in New York on New Years, just do those things joyfully. Just don't make them seem like grim boxes you must check off before you die.

And "peaked" or "peeked" my interest. Perhaps while "pouring" over documents before you loose interest
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And @calimom, will you be mine ♡♡♡?

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« Reply #621 on: August 19, 2018, 12:13:18 PM »
Of course @Dicey !