Language Peeves

Discussion in 'Evolution of Language' started by Sheldon Scott, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. Julie Stewart

    Julie Stewart Well-Known Member
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    You could use the impersonal pronoun "one" and sound like Princess Anne
     
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    This thread has been so much fun to read. I've a couple of peeves to add :
    • when people say or write "could of" and "would of" for "could have" and "would have"
    • when people begin a sentence (most often a response to a question) with "So" - it does serve to orientate the listener, but that in itself is patronizing. This use of "so" seems to be a relatively recent (within the last 5 years or so) linguistic tic.
     
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    Agree with both choices :)
     
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    This reminds me of a story. Yeah, everything does.:) Long ago, before I learned better, I used to watch the Today show. Al Roker was on and he couldn't get through three sentences without an "unbelievable".
    I had no computer back then, so I wrote a letter to The Today show pointing out that Al sounded like he was calling everyone a liar.
    Some days later, as I was watching the show, I heard Al start to say "unbelievable", several times but catch himself in time. I couldn't help but laugh it up.:)
     
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    Love that ! Well done Ike :p
     
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    Oh, guess, what- "like" is back! Whenever I happen to be riding the city bus, if high schoolers are there talking to each other it's like a flashback to early 1980's Vals- not a sentence comes out of their mouths without 'like' inserted someplace. A little behind the times, wouldn't you say? lol :p
     
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    It's a good thing that there is no law about bad grammar.
     
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    Or how about LOLCats? I almost get a little concerned when I have no difficulty reading these things... lolcats.jpg
     
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    @Janice Martin Beautiful! The look of intent concentration on the kitty's face is precious! How often I am reminded of our dear little cats, and their individual ways and habits, no two alike! We have none now, but have often questioned why.
    Frank
     
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    I know what you mean. "Cats are the nicest people!" :)
     
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    @Janice Martin A few hours ago, having finished my half-hour watching Wheel of Fortune with my wife (the only TV show I watch regularly), she switched over to a "relocation show", a couple moving overseas. During the intro, a large cat was seen squatted on a toilet seat ring, peeing into the stool! No mention was made of it in the dialogue, we both got a tremendous "kick" out of it!

    We then commiserated over how would one teach a cat to use a stool? Obviously, no cat would do this without prompting, I think.
    Frank
     
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    Oh, it's possible. We had a cat for many years- a huge Maine Coon- and he somehow taught himself to use the toilet. I thought the kids were making it up til I happened to see him sitting there.
     
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    @Janice Martin

    Well, now, if I could see a cat calmly pushing the lever to flush after completing the business at hand, I would be absolutely convinced of cats' intelligence abilities overshadowing that of dogs. Failing in that, I am still in belief of cats being able to out-do dogs in most ways.
    Frank
     
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    Well, he "did his business," but he never learned how to flush!!!

    I loved that cat... he was with us for 13 years... and still miss him :(
     
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    @Frank Sanoica and @Janice Martin
    Take a look at this - it can be done, seen a few cats master this :D

     
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    It's easy to teach a cat to do tricks,
    but only if the cat thinks of it first.
     
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    My language peeve has more to do with how words are pronounced. In the south, I seem to frequently hear the word "ask" spoken as "axe". It is an easy word that needs to be pronounced correctly.
     
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    Wah you be say?
     
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    Can you translate that into English?
     
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    Probably not, directly, it's "Ebonics". Frequently heard amongst the street folks in Chicago.

    They use the phrase often while holding barbecue parties in drained swimming pools. I'm serious. My co-worker at Sears, Karl Deffenbaugh, witnessed the feat next door to him.
     
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    Excuse me, what? o_O
     
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    Accents are just fine - as long as I can understand them :p
     
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    Soon after I moved from Manchester UK to Birmingham UK as a student I went to the outdoor market and decided to buy some cheese. I asked for some Cheddar and what I heard in reply was "Strong or boiled?" It made no sense to me. This is more or less how the conversation progressed :

    Me : Pardon
    Cheese seller : Strong or boiled?
    Me: Strong or boiled?
    CS : Yes.
    Silence
    Silence
    CS : Do you want strong or boiled?
    Me: I'm not sure, I've never had boiled cheese.
    CS: Strong then?
    Me: Do you have mild?
    CS: Yes! Boiled!

    Brummies with a strong local accent really do sound like they're saying "boiled" when they're saying"mild". Similarly, they say "lung" for "long", "loik" for "like", "sumthink" for "something" , "poi" for "pie", "cluck" for "clock", "toylit" for "toilet", "I ent got nun" for "I haven't got any" ....... think Ozzy Osborne.....
     
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