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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« Reply #713 on: October 06, 2018, 04:57:04 PM »

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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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.

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« Reply #722 on: October 17, 2018, 03:17:20 PM »
Oh, no, this is not a misusage. The terminology is very specific. Lockdown and lockout mean different things and trigger different behaviors on the part of the students and school staff. The staff and the kids are trained on the terminologies and behaviors to follow the specific words. We have videos, posters, drills. It's all rather serious and not talked about flippantly.

(Because god forbid we just have some serious gun control laws and keep our children safe in their schools by keeping guns and murderers out of the schools.)

Here, I just took a picture of the poster on my classroom wall for you.

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« Reply #723 on: October 17, 2018, 05:49:35 PM »
Oh, no, this is not a misusage. The terminology is very specific. Lockdown and lockout mean different things and trigger different behaviors on the part of the students and school staff. The staff and the kids are trained on the terminologies and behaviors to follow the specific words. We have videos, posters, drills. It's all rather serious and not talked about flippantly.

(Because god forbid we just have some serious gun control laws and keep our children safe in their schools by keeping guns and murderers out of the schools.)

Here, I just took a picture of the poster on my classroom wall for you.

I had never heard lockout used this way - holy cow.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #724 on: October 18, 2018, 08:52:15 AM »
Using the word 'conversate' instead of conversation. UGH!


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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #725 on: October 18, 2018, 10:16:53 AM »
Using the word 'conversate' instead of conversation. UGH!

Conversation is a noun.
Converse is a verb.
Conversate is bullshit.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #726 on: October 18, 2018, 10:20:21 AM »
"commentate" makes me go similarly crazy. Commenting is not good enough, you have to commentate. Fancy!

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« Reply #727 on: October 18, 2018, 10:24:53 AM »
When someone starts a sentence with "I mean, " when it is their first time sharing their thought and haven't been asked or prompt for further clarification, I find it toally unnecessary. I'm not sure how prevalent this is, but I have a group of friends who begin sharing thoughts with "I mean" when no clarification was needed. I've been finding it annoying.

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« Reply #728 on: October 18, 2018, 10:26:53 AM »
literally (which is literally used incorrectly most of the time)
Ironic  (also used incorrectly with high frequency)
Irregardless

Annoying phrases
I can't even
It is what it is
Any sentence starting with "honestly"
Just sayin'
Could care less
No offense but

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« Reply #729 on: October 18, 2018, 01:10:11 PM »
"commentate" makes me go similarly crazy. Commenting is not good enough, you have to commentate. Fancy!
Explicate. I have actually seen this in professional literature. I find it pretentious af.

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« Reply #730 on: October 18, 2018, 02:23:58 PM »
I'm too intellectual to refer to something, I reference it instead.

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« Reply #731 on: October 19, 2018, 06:47:37 AM »
I'm too intellectual to refer to something, I reference it instead.

Actually, this brings up an annoying problem with the English language. We are taught as elementary schoolers that it's improper to end a sentence with a preposition, but then we have copious phrasal verbs consisting of a verb+preposition that are functionally inseparable. For example, "put" does not mean the same thing as "put up" which also does not mean the same thing as "put up with". So, we get fun jokes mocking the stupid rules, such as "The rule which forbids ending a sentence in a preposition is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put."

Your comment reminded me of this problem, because using the word "reference" instead of "refer to" is a handy way of avoiding a phrasal verb altogether. To me, it sounds far more conversational to say "Who did you reference?" vs. "To whom did you refer?", and no on can jump on your case for ending a sentence in a preposition, as they might if you said "Who did you refer to?"

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« Reply #732 on: October 19, 2018, 07:30:09 PM »
Actually, this brings up an annoying problem with the English language. We are taught as elementary schoolers that it's improper to end a sentence with a preposition, but then we have copious phrasal verbs consisting of a verb+preposition that are functionally inseparable. For example, "put" does not mean the same thing as "put up" which also does not mean the same thing as "put up with". So, we get fun jokes mocking the stupid rules, such as "The rule which forbids ending a sentence in a preposition is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put."
I see we listen to the same podcasts. Carry on, good Sir.

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« Reply #733 on: October 19, 2018, 07:34:37 PM »
People just need to loose the attitude. You don't know my life!!

:) :) :)

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« Reply #734 on: October 21, 2018, 11:47:08 AM »
Was watching a TV show that sells things. The host of the show took a call from a buyer. The host asks "have you bought this item before?" Person on the phone says "Yes, I have botten them before."

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« Reply #735 on: October 21, 2018, 12:54:02 PM »
Was watching a TV show that sells things. The host of the show took a call from a buyer. The host asks "have you bought this item before?" Person on the phone says "Yes, I have botten them before."

Geesh.  I hope someone corrected his spelling of "boughten".

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« Reply #736 on: November 02, 2018, 05:44:13 PM »
FTFY

I find it insulting when someone modifies what I write, and then implies that I was wrong, instead of that they have a different take on the situation or that they want to be funny.  It's not funny to tell someone that their opinion is wrong. 

cue someone "fixing" something in this statement.  Thanks.

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« Reply #737 on: November 12, 2018, 02:29:19 PM »

Many mispronounce "Realtor."

They say "Realator."

I wish their mispronunciation would go away.

What can't they pronounce the word correctly?

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« Reply #738 on: November 12, 2018, 02:34:37 PM »


Many mispronounce "realtor."

They say "realator."

I wish their mispronunciation would go away.

What can't they pronounce the word correctly?

It's a lost cause when those within the industry pronounce it that way! Is it correct to capitalize Realtor? I've seen it that way. We don't really say Lawyer or Crane Operator in written communication.

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« Reply #739 on: November 12, 2018, 02:36:10 PM »


 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.

I have heard this mispronunciation more than once.

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« Reply #740 on: November 12, 2018, 02:40:22 PM »
"Needs done" or any variant of that pattern.  "These dogs need walked."  "The grass needs mowed."

Awful.

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« Reply #741 on: November 12, 2018, 02:45:45 PM »


Many mispronounce "realtor."

They say "realator."

I wish their mispronunciation would go away.

What can't they pronounce the word correctly?

It's a lost cause when those within the industry pronounce it that way! Is it correct to capitalize Realtor?I've seen it that way. We don't really say Lawyer or Crane Operator in written communication.

Yes.
 I misspelled it.


The stylebook says Realtor is supposed to be capitalized. ... "Realtor: The term real estate agent is preferred. Use Realtor only if there is a reason to indicate that the individual is a member of the National Association of Realtors."

Realtor is a trademark — that's why it's capitalized - Mail Tribune
mailtribune/news/since.../realtor-is-a-trademark-amp-8212-that-s-why-it-s-capitalize...

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« Reply #742 on: November 12, 2018, 02:50:40 PM »
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.

I've read too many misuses of "lose" and "loose" and  "effect" and "affect."

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« Reply #743 on: November 12, 2018, 03:14:20 PM »


Many mispronounce "realtor."

They say "realator."

I wish their mispronunciation would go away.

What can't they pronounce the word correctly?

It's a lost cause when those within the industry pronounce it that way! Is it correct to capitalize Realtor?I've seen it that way. We don't really say Lawyer or Crane Operator in written communication.

Yes.
 I misspelled it.


The stylebook says Realtor is supposed to be capitalized. ... "Realtor: The term real estate agent is preferred. Use Realtor only if there is a reason to indicate that the individual is a member of the National Association of Realtors."

Realtor is a trademark — that's why it's capitalized - Mail Tribune
mailtribune/news/since.../realtor-is-a-trademark-amp-8212-that-s-why-it-s-capitalize...

Thanks, @John Galt for the clarification. I'd always wondered why it was sometimes capitalized and sometimes not.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #744 on: November 12, 2018, 04:02:31 PM »


 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.

I have heard this mispronunciation more than once.


That's how we pronounce it in Australia (or at least, how I pronounce it).

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« Reply #745 on: November 12, 2018, 07:40:05 PM »


 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.

I have heard this mispronunciation more than once.

Lots of people say it that way.  It may be a regional variation.  All the biologists I know use the hard I at the end.

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« Reply #746 on: November 13, 2018, 01:59:52 AM »
My guess is that the Realtor/real-a-tor pronunciation is a result of the same linguistic quirk that brings us nuclear/nu-cue-lar.

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« Reply #747 on: November 13, 2018, 06:56:17 PM »
The word "tireless" gets to me because I take it too literally. I saw a communication using the word "relentless" today and  I much preferred. Most "tireless" pursuits are not literally tireless -- people get tired but keep at it anyway. Relentlessly.

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« Reply #748 on: November 14, 2018, 05:52:38 PM »
The word "tireless" gets to me because I take it too literally. I saw a communication using the word "relentless" today and  I much preferred. Most "tireless" pursuits are not literally tireless -- people get tired but keep at it anyway. Relentlessly.

Such word precision.  Love it!

And it reminded me - I hate the "give 110%" thing.  You can't give more than 100%.  100 % is everything.
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« Reply #749 on: November 14, 2018, 08:33:15 PM »
Totally agreed, RetiredAt63. Especially with a number like 110%, unlike, say, 1000% which is clearly hyperbole. The expression giving a 110% is one of my pet peeves.