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Posted 05 September 2003 - 11:45 AM
I used to live on Mt. Hope Ave near Strong Memorial Hospital. Hi! :wave:
I had a running count going with one of my teachers. He was teaching us for standardized tests (british A-levels) and was trying to get us to use big words for our essays. But, he often misused them. So, we had a little betting pool going, not with money but just for amusement, and were compiling a list of words he misused so that we could use them in our practice essays, tongue-in-cheek.
I've forgotten them all, though. I was also handicapped by being American, so things I thought were incorrect were just Britishisms. I also got laughed at for Americanisms... Sigh.
Somehow, I learned about Labour and Ramsey McDonald anyway, so maybe they weren't so distracting.
But I do also have a pet peeve about people using impressive words, the meaning of which they have not mastered.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 11:57 AM
When I had a job managing a theatre, I once described a person to my district manager as being a "pathological liar." Ok, I'm not a mental health professional, but the guy really was one, and I used the term correctly. Anyway, as much as 12 years later, the story of "Bob and that big word" was still making the rounds. Did they really think I was that snotty, or were they just amazed by my command of the language? I mean, five syllables without a breath!
Posted 05 September 2003 - 12:45 PM
LOL I've been known to be accused of that myself...
That reminds me of a web designer who was reviewing some text for a website and it was so jargon filled she wrote an email to her manager expressing her dismay that her writing was so pedantic that she was afraid the customers may not understand it, and could they review it please?
That afternoon, security met her at her office and escorted her to the HR managers office, where she was met by several of the managers, including the president. Red faced with anger, they fired her on the spot!
When she asked why, they said that there was no place in their company for perverts and that if she didn't leave now they were calling the police and reporting her. Stunned, she asked what they were talking about, and they waved the email at her.
It took her a while to figure out they thought she had admitted to being a ped0phile! Outraged, she pointed out "pedantic" in the dictionary, and they grudgingly allowed that perhaps they were mistaken.
Then they told her that it was inappropriate to use any language that required higher than a grade 7 education in their company. She quit.
I'm sure she probably hoped the HR director would catch Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
Perhaps they should be made to write:
a hundred times on the blackboard. THAT would sure make them appreciate simple words like pedantic.
Edited by mcanerin, 05 September 2003 - 01:05 PM.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 02:07 PM
1. Using "grow" as a transitive verb in a non-agrarian context. Grow your business. Grow your customer list. Usage like that really grows my desire to punch something.
2. "Proactive." Used in contrast to "reactive," I suppose. But isn't that what "active" did all along?
Posted 05 September 2003 - 02:24 PM
Does anyone else feel like screaming when they see this?
"Changes were not made timely."
BLAH!!!! ...Ahem. Okay.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 02:36 PM
I know personal sites are one thing, but I'm talking about a professional site that actually used the word "homey" (as in "home boy"--did I spell that right?) in their sales pitch.
I am going to see if I can dig up the URL for that site (no, I can't post it but when I find it I'll let you know and you can PM me and I'll get it to you---it's a RIOT).
Now, the site in question was selling mens apparell--business suites, ties, etc. It was so weird I read it twice. They also used the word "thang", too.
Hard to believe someone buying a business suit and power tie would be interested in something like that................
Posted 05 September 2003 - 02:39 PM
It's kind of funny that now I write for scientific journals and for pharmaceutical development firms on occasion...the gal left the hills and learned to write real good. Thank goodness for my English teachers.
But I wonder how many of those I grew up with believe that the syntax and rhythms of our native speech are compatible with corporate writing, or business web sites...after all, so many so-called gurus out there say, "Write as if you were talking to the person." Good gravy, if I did that, I'd never be asked to write again! Instead, I have to write as if I were talking using CORRECT English to the person. I wonder why they leave that part out.
Heck, maybe they just don't know no better,
Posted 05 September 2003 - 02:39 PM
Usage Note: Grow has been used since medieval times as an intransitive verb, as in Our business has been growing steadily for 10 years. It has been used with an object since the 18th century, meaning “to produce or cultivate,” as in We grow corn in our garden. But the transitive use applied to business and nonliving things is quite new. It came into full bloom during the 1992 presidential election, when nearly all the candidates were concerned with “growing the economy.” The Usage Panel is decidedly less fond of this development than business leaders and politicans are. Eighty percent of the Panel rejects the phrase grow our business. The Panel is more accepting of, though not enthusiastic about, the phrase grow our way, perhaps because of way's established use in expressions like make our way and find our way: 48 percent accept We've got to grow our way out of this recession. The Panel has no affection for the odd but occasionally heard phrase grow down: 98 percent reject If elected, I shall do my utmost to grow down the deficit.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 03:02 PM
Posted 05 September 2003 - 03:19 PM
Luckily online nobody kin tell!
Posted 05 September 2003 - 03:46 PM
I was so grateful to discover SEO for so many reasons. Not least of which is my b.s.-deflector. "If we load the copy up with meaningless buzzwords, we dilute the search-engine keywords. Do you really love the phrase "maximize the management potential for your business endeavor" well enough to risk never being found in Google?"
Man, what a life saver.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 04:15 PM
I'm getting used to seeing it in ads, but this year I saw it in the Wall St. Journal twice! It's really hard to teach this one to my kids because it is misused all over the place.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 04:27 PM
Usage Note: Lay (“to put, place, or prepare”) and lie (“to recline or be situated”) have been confused for centuries; evidence exists that lay has been used to mean “lie” since the 1300s. Why? First, there are two lays. One is the base form of the verb lay, and the other is the past tense of lie. Second, lay was once used with a reflexive pronoun to mean “lie” and survives in the familiar line from the child's prayer Now I lay me down to sleep; lay me down is easily shortened to lay down. Third, lay down, as in She lay down on the sofa sounds the same as laid down, as in I laid down the law to the kids. ·Lay and lie are most easily distinguished by usage. Lay is a transitive verb and takes a direct object. Lay and its principal parts (laid, laying) are correctly used in the following examples: He laid (not lay) the newspaper on the table. The table was laid for four. Lie is an intransitive verb and cannot take an object. Lie and its principal parts (lay, lain, lying) are correctly used in the following examples: She often lies (not lays) down after lunch. When I lay (not laid) down, I fell asleep. The rubbish had lain (not laid) there a week. I was lying (not laying) in bed when he called. ·There are a few exceptions to these rules. The phrasal verb lay for and the nautical use of lay, as in lay at anchor, though intransitive, are standard.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 04:29 PM
I think I use lay/lie correctly about 50% of the time. And that's no lay.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 04:51 PM
On forum posts I am usually very informal (hence a lot of "ya'll") ...
Pssst, Deb? While no one else is listening, thought I'd remind you that in a contraction, the apostrophe denotes the letters it replaces. My dad's side of the family is from N'Orleans area, and we always spelled it y'all.
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