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The 7 - One Question... - What's the Worst Abuse of the English Language?
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#41 Posted on 9.11.05 2128.14
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"Intelligent Design" as an occluded euphemism for creationism.
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#42 Posted on 9.11.05 2138.22
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    Originally posted by AWArulz
      Originally posted by KJames199
      L3375p34K 4n|} H4X0R 8ULL5H17.


    I believe I speak for the elderly folks on this board when I say we need a translation.


I understood enough to know that I agree with him. The IM talk also drives me nuts. I'm fine with the odd "lol", but some people can't type 5 sentences without using lol 7 times.

I'd also have to throw in any of the trailer park sentences that get strung together during talk shows like Maury. Nothing says "ignorant" like saying it yourself.


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#43 Posted on 9.11.05 2316.54
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    Originally posted by emma
      Originally posted by RYDER FAKIN
      The overuse of the word “fuck”

      Telling me the time of day should not take, at the most, more than 1 f-bomb..."It’s fucking four-fucking thirty, motherfucker". No need at all for that. Especially from the females

      FLEA
    Ahem. You know what I'm going to say here, right?

Whatever could that be? ;)
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#44 Posted on 10.11.05 0253.59
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I probably don't want to know this and it's not like the whole "owned" thing isn't lame enough but, where do they get the damned "p" in "pwned" anyway?
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#45 Posted on 10.11.05 0313.57
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That's that hacker l33tsp33k coming into play again.
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#46 Posted on 10.11.05 1703.15
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"They just got totally decimated! There was nothing left!"

To decimate is to reduce by one-tenth. Meaning 9 of 10 are still there.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know Dictionary.com now defines decimate as meaning "to destroy a large part," but the only reason why that's the case is because dictionary editors are throwing their arms in the air in surrender and realizing that they can't roll back the tide of people getting it fucking wrong for decades. Generally I'm not a presciptivist when it comes to grammar: I know that language evolves and that grammar often should evolve to fit the common usage. But come on, there's that latin root there: deci. It's a word whose meaning you might be able to suss out by its structure alone. Why must it be so perverted?
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#47 Posted on 11.11.05 1700.16
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I have a couple. Our and are. My boss is famous for misusing those two.

Number one on my list has to be the improper use of less and fewer. No, Mr. Sports Announcer, he didn't play in less games this year, he played in fewer games.
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#48 Posted on 15.11.05 0007.02
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New tonight. News stations using present, active tense in every script. Proper grammar being ignored. Speaking in six word spurts. Annoying the hell out of me. Making late night news completely unwatchable. Leading me to write this post.
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#49 Posted on 15.11.05 0747.44
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The entire message by Test (andrewtestmartin.com) about Eddy's death. He just KILLED the english language there while using it as a way of putting himself over.

That's my new vote.
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#50 Posted on 15.11.05 2205.32
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Weird. Not wierd. Dumbasses. :)
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#51 Posted on 16.11.05 1937.28
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From JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY:

Roman Moroni: "You fargin sneaky bastage. I'm gonna take your dwork, I'm gonna nail it to the wall. I'm gonna crush your boils in a meat grinder. I'm gonna cut off your arms. I'm gonna shove 'em up your icehole. Dirty son-a-ma-batches. My own club!"


-----

...now THAT, my friends, is the worst abuse of the english language.
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#52 Posted on 16.11.05 2020.46
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    Originally posted by spf
    I found the Christmas gift for everyone who posted in this thread.

    Merry Christmas! (foostew.com)
Please accept THIS as a token of appreciation for that gesture.
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#53 Posted on 16.11.05 2030.15
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    Originally posted by Stilton
    "Intelligent Design" as an occluded euphemism for creationism.


Umm? That's pretty ignorant. Intelligent Design is a modern version of the argument of design. Something that many deists of the Enlightenment believed in and they sure as hell weren't creationists.

I must say that the horrible use of pronouns in English (see my 'they' example earlier in the thread) is most prevalent.

For example, how many of you say.
"That's him!"
"Is that her?"
"I am taller than him"

ALL WRONG. America stopped teaching its kids grammar some time ago and it really hurts when kids try to learn foreign languages.

The decimated example has always bothered me as well. I've rarely heard it used correctly(on the history channel when they used 'decimated' and then gave numbers). But I don't know how useful of a term it is. I mean, how often are things actually decimated??
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#54 Posted on 16.11.05 2129.11
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    Originally posted by ShotGunShep
      Originally posted by Stilton
      "Intelligent Design" as an occluded euphemism for creationism.


    Umm? That's pretty ignorant.
Actually I believe her point was that ID is being misused as Creationism and that's an abuse. So she/he/sweeps/she agrees with you and you just insulted her.

Regardless of what ID actually is, it's being used to sneak Creationism back into schools.

No politics in this thread please.
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#55 Posted on 16.11.05 2202.10
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    Originally posted by ShotGunShep
    The decimated example has always bothered me as well. I've rarely heard it used correctly(on the history channel when they used 'decimated' and then gave numbers). But I don't know how useful of a term it is. I mean, how often are things actually decimated??

Probably more than we think. Consider: if "decimated" were used properly and if people were familiar with its proper use, we'd probably hear it far more often. It might then seem more useful, and we may become more likely to notice reductions close to 10%. Even just close usages would be fine with me. When I think of the New England Patriots starters, I think of them as having been decimated by injuries. Then again, I don't know how many starters they've lost relative to the number of men on the roster.

Ahhh, I should just give up.
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#56 Posted on 17.11.05 0837.23
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    Originally posted by ShotGunShep
    For example, how many of you say.
    "That's him!"
    "Is that her?"
    "I am taller than him"

    ALL WRONG.

Um, excuse me for showing my ignorance, but how would I make similar statements that are grammatically correct?

*edit: Much clearer, thanks.

(edited by rinberg on 17.11.05 1559)
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#57 Posted on 17.11.05 1143.06
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'Me', 'him', 'her' and 'them' are direct object pronouns (the accusative case). They are not nominative like 'I', 'he', 'she', and 'they'.
'You' and 'it' work as both.

The nominative pronoun usually acts as the subject of a sentence.
Example
"HE reads."

Your accusative pronouns represent an object that is receiving an action.
Example
"Tom shot ME"

Now to my examples. When the verb 'to be' is used in a sentence, the pronoun affected is in the nominative case. It is called the predicate nominative. 'To be' essentially acts as an equal sign(if that makes sense).
Examples
"I am HE"
"Is that SHE"
The subject is 'equaled' to your pronoun.

"I am taller than him" is incorrect. It should read, "I am taller than he." You can check yourself by tagging on the verb after the pronoun. "I am taller than he IS"

Make sense?




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#58 Posted on 17.11.05 1146.51
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    Originally posted by rinberg
      Originally posted by ShotGunShep
      For example, how many of you say.
      "That's him!"
      "Is that her?"
      "I am taller than him"

      ALL WRONG.

    Um, excuse me for showing my ignorance, but how would I make similar statements that are grammatically correct?


I believe that the pronouns in those sentences are supposed to be subject pronouns rather than object pronouns. "That's he!" rather than "that's him!"

Personally, I would be more annoyed by people who went against the "convential" way of saying those phrases and instead said them "properly." It would sound way too pretentious. However, I can appreciate people who know the difference.

edit: Yeah, whay SGS said.

(edited by BigSteve on 17.11.05 1247)
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#59 Posted on 30.11.05 0455.19
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I agree with pretty much everything said here. The only thing I can add is how kids today are throwing "gay" or "ghay" around like it's going out of style. I don't know know why, but it bugs me.

Six years ago when I was still collecting comics, I was hanging out at the store with all the other regulars (thing Cheers, but with comics) and there was this 18 year old kid, Matt.

Everything was "gay" to him. He eventually started pronouncing it as "ghay."

He did that because when he would say "That is SO gay!" I would reply with "In what way is it homosexual?"

He would look so puzzled evertime until eventually someone clued him in that gay meant homosexual. So he then switched to "ghay."
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#60 Posted on 1.12.05 1021.53
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    The complete ignorance of the definition "literally."


My wife does this ALL THE TIME.

Last week I nearly laughed her off the phone when she said,
"I need to come home and organize all my shit --literally"

"Don't you think that's going to be messy?" I think I said. I wanted to ask if that was taking being anal retentive a little too far. She uses it in place of "seriously" or "really" -despite my attempts to correct her.
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