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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #700 on: October 01, 2018, 10:23:05 AM »
There's a pronounciation one that has always bothered me:

homogenous


Some people insist in using the pronounciation "homo-genius" rather than ho-mo-gen-us".  This has always bothered me.

Like aks/ask, "homo-genius" is legit:

http://grammarist.com/usage/homogenous-homogeneous/

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #701 on: October 01, 2018, 12:11:10 PM »
There's a pronounciation one that has always bothered me:

homogenous


Some people insist in using the pronounciation "homo-genius" rather than ho-mo-gen-us".  This has always bothered me.

When I typed "homogenous" into a search engine it gave me homogeneous, and comments that homogenous are a variant that is not a standard accepted spelling. And then the pronunciation is as you said.  So the pronunciation does seem to follow the most common way of spelling the word.

I've learned homogenous in biology, but that term has been supplanted by homologous, which makes more sense - homologous and analogous.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #702 on: October 01, 2018, 05:29:10 PM »
There's a pronounciation one that has always bothered me:

homogenous


Some people insist in using the pronounciation "homo-genius" rather than ho-mo-gen-us".  This has always bothered me.

But homogenEous is a word!  According to the OED, homogenEous is the correct, older way and "homogenous" is the "erroneous" version.  (Though of course language evolves and so forth -- it does seem homogenEous has precedent.)

Homogenous is also a real word, but it historically it has been used in biology to describe organisms with a common ancestor.

By the way, I had no idea about this before, and I think I always used the two interchangeably! :-)  Just got curious and looked it up.
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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #703 on: October 01, 2018, 06:41:11 PM »
Is ma'am a word that people wish would go away?   I have always thought it was a polite manner to address someone. 

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/parents-outraged-son-punished-referring-163338274.html

Is sir also a problem?

Not here in the South.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #704 on: October 02, 2018, 11:27:39 AM »
There's a pronounciation one that has always bothered me:

homogenous


Some people insist in using the pronunciation "homo-genius" rather than ho-mo-gen-us".  This has always bothered me.

But homogenEous is a word!  According to the OED, homogenEous is the correct, older way and "homogenous" is the "erroneous" version.  (Though of course language evolves and so forth -- it does seem homogenEous has precedent.)

Homogenous is also a real word, but it historically it has been used in biology to describe organisms with a common ancestor.

By the way, I had no idea about this before, and I think I always used the two interchangeably! :-)  Just got curious and looked it up.

Fascinating. I had no idea that homogenous and homogeneous were alternate spellings of the same word, much less that homogenous used to be a word with a different meaning altogether.

Here's one I assume we can all agree on: People should stop saying "nukular" when what they mean is "nuclear".

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #705 on: October 03, 2018, 02:44:46 PM »
If they have to give up "nukular" then they need to give up"realator" as well.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #706 on: October 03, 2018, 06:12:20 PM »
If they have to give up "nukular" then they need to give up"realator" as well.

Nukular I've heard.  Realator?    Spell check certainly does't like it.  Realtor?  Regulator?

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #707 on: October 03, 2018, 06:33:07 PM »
If they have to give up "nukular" then they need to give up"realator" as well.

Nukular I've heard.  Realator?    Spell check certainly does't like it.  Realtor?  Regulator?

Both of these are common in central IL. The weirdest mispronunciation I have heard was intestines, pronounced with a long I for the second i, so it rhymed with vines. This was an actual doctor who pronounced it that way.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #708 on: October 04, 2018, 08:15:52 PM »
If they have to give up "nukular" then they need to give up"realator" as well.

Nukular I've heard.  Realator?    Spell check certainly does't like it.  Realtor?  Regulator?

Yes, for realtor. They add in a syllable. Maybe if I spelled it "ree-la-tor."

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #709 on: October 05, 2018, 07:19:25 AM »
Huh, I've heard "real-a-tor" but not "ree-la-tor".

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #710 on: October 05, 2018, 07:49:03 AM »
There's a pronounciation one that has always bothered me:

homogenous


Some people insist in using the pronounciation "homo-genius" rather than ho-mo-gen-us".  This has always bothered me.

But homogenEous is a word!  According to the OED, homogenEous is the correct, older way and "homogenous" is the "erroneous" version.  (Though of course language evolves and so forth -- it does seem homogenEous has precedent.)

Homogenous is also a real word, but it historically it has been used in biology to describe organisms with a common ancestor.

By the way, I had no idea about this before, and I think I always used the two interchangeably! :-)  Just got curious and looked it up.

My world has been rocked to it's core.  :P

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #711 on: October 05, 2018, 10:20:41 AM »
Its*

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #712 on: October 06, 2018, 12:36:45 PM »
More instances of "literally" being used improperly.

"I literally can't do anything."

"I'm so single it literally hurts."

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #713 on: October 06, 2018, 04:57:04 PM »

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #714 on: October 06, 2018, 07:38:01 PM »
Its*

Well, that's embarrassing.

Just blame auto-correct, no one has to admit to there mistakes anymore.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #715 on: October 07, 2018, 08:45:29 AM »
Its*

Well, that's embarrassing.

Just blame auto-correct, no one has to admit to there mistakes anymore.

I saw what you did their.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #716 on: October 07, 2018, 09:31:25 AM »
Its*

Well, that's embarrassing.

Just blame auto-correct, no one has to admit to there mistakes anymore.

I saw what you did their.
They're is no there their anymore.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #717 on: October 08, 2018, 05:09:36 AM »
People don't seem to know how to use the word to and too.

I went to the store and spent too much money.

NOT

I went to the store and spent to much money.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #718 on: October 08, 2018, 08:35:27 AM »
People don't seem to know how to use the word to and too.

I went to the store and spent too much money.

NOT

I went to the store and spent to much money.
My phone auto corrects all "to"s to "too" nowadays, which is super annoying and I don't catch half the time.  It also auto corrects all "but"s to "butt"s so my phone is basically making me seem like a 12 year old boy with poor grammar skills whenever I text anyone.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #719 on: October 08, 2018, 08:44:17 AM »
People don't seem to know how to use the word to and too.

I went to the store and spent too much money.

NOT

I went to the store and spent to much money.
My phone auto corrects all "to"s to "too" nowadays, which is super annoying and I don't catch half the time.  It also auto corrects all "but"s to "butt"s so my phone is basically making me seem like a 12 year old boy with poor grammar skills whenever I text anyone.
That's ducking annoying.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #720 on: October 11, 2018, 06:50:20 PM »
Lockout, as in "the schools are on lockout due to an armed gunman in the vicinity."  That's the way the news was phrasing the story yesterday.

I could see "lockdown", or "lock-in" (the kids are locked in until everything is clear, but "lockout"?  That reads to me as if the kids are locked out of the buildings.


Maybe it's just counterintuitive to me.  But I'd also like the word to go away because it's beyond ridiculous that the concept is even something I should have to worry about as a parent of students, a parent of a teacher's aide and of a school staff member, and a wife of a teacher/sometimes volunteer first responder.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #721 on: October 11, 2018, 07:01:00 PM »
Lockout, as in "the schools are on lockout due to an armed gunman in the vicinity."  That's the way the news was phrasing the story yesterday.

I could see "lockdown", or "lock-in" (the kids are locked in until everything is clear, but "lockout"?  That reads to me as if the kids are locked out of the buildings.


Maybe it's just counterintuitive to me.  But I'd also like the word to go away because it's beyond ridiculous that the concept is even something I should have to worry about as a parent of students, a parent of a teacher's aide and of a school staff member, and a wife of a teacher/sometimes volunteer first responder.

I think they used the wrong word.  Lockout is a labour term - unions go on strike, management does lockouts and brings in scab labour.
 
The schools were on lock-down.