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The 7 - One Question... - What's the Worst Abuse of the English Language?
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#61 Posted on 20.12.05 2239.59
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Without a doubt, its "Fustrated"
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#62 Posted on 12.2.06 1004.48
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Here in Colorado, people say "you guys" all the time. The plural possesive form of this is the abomination, "your guys's". I hear it all the time. "Hey, is that your guys's truck out there?"

It turns my ears inside out and makes my toes curl.

Another rant, people who substitute "bring" for "take", and anyone who wants to know where someone or something is "at".I always tell them it's right before the at.

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#63 Posted on 16.3.06 0822.32
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Three in one day. (If y'all don't shut up, I'm gon' go out my mind....) The spelling errors are grating enough, but the last one is the worst. It doesn't convey the correct meaning. If the person that put the sign up would just think about the meaning(!) of what they wrote, they wouldn't do it.

1) Fish Sandwitch Combo $3.99

2) ...and she pierced her tonge!

3) Going Out For Business Sale
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#64 Posted on 16.3.06 1016.38
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#65 Posted on 16.3.06 1016.38
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Just an interesting lyric from one of my favorite bands, Midnite:

'Semantic double-speak, only your languages have
You say the pro is good, you say the con is bad
Well, is the prostitution good, and the constitution bad?'

Interesting to think about.....

(edited by FurryHippie on 16.3.06 0817)
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#66 Posted on 16.3.06 1218.58
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Since this thread is back I have a question for the Grammar Gurus regarding the use of 'a' and 'an'.

Why do people put 'an' in front of 'historical'?

ex: "This is a history book"
"This is an historical occasion"

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#67 Posted on 16.3.06 1227.47
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    Originally posted by Bizzle Izzle
    Since this thread is back I have a question for the Grammar Gurus regarding the use of 'a' and 'an'.

    Why do people put 'an' in front of 'historical'?

    ex: "This is a history book"
    "This is an historical occasion"


The 'a' or 'an' is actually related to the noun that history/historical is modifying:

a book--> a history book
an occasion--> an historical occasion

*Edit: over-ruled. See following posts. ;)

(edited by rinberg on 16.3.06 1754)
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#68 Posted on 16.3.06 1418.46
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You don't say "That's an non-historical occasion." Putting "an" instead of "a" in front of something is strictly for ease of pronounciation, and is always related to the sound immediately after it, no matter its grammatical context.

(edited by MoeGates on 16.3.06 1519)
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#69 Posted on 16.3.06 1441.38
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    Originally posted by MoeGates
    You don't say "That's an non-historical occasion." Putting "an" instead of "a" in front of something is strictly for ease of pronunciation, and is always related to the sound immediately after it, no matter its grammatical context.


Moe's right and the proper word in from of history or historical is "a". You might see some folks use "an", but since there is a hard consonant sound in front of it "hisssss", it should be "a". If you were going to be very snobbish and pronounce "hiss-tor-i-cal" "is-tor-i-cal", then you might use an "an", but, pronunciation-wise, you'd be wrong.

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#70 Posted on 16.3.06 2259.24
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Wikipedia's take on a/an before a "h" from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%2C_an#Using_.22An.22_Instead_of_.22A.22_Before_a_Pronounced_.22H.22


    Using "An" Instead of "A" Before a Pronounced "H"

    The form "an" is always prescribed before words beginning with a silent "h," such as "honorable," "heir," "hour," and, in American English, "herb." Some British dialects (e.g., Cockney) silence all initial "h's" and so employ "an" all the time: e.g., "an 'elmet". Many British usage books, therefore, discount a usage which some Americans (amongst others) employ as being a derivative of the Cockney. The reason is that the indefinite article "a" is pronounced either of two ways: as a schwa or as the letter itself is pronounced, "long a." Some words beginning with the letter "h" have the primary stress on the second or later syllable. Pronouncing "a" as a schwa can diminish the sound of the schwa and melt into the vowel. Pronouncing it as a "long a" does not do this, but the pronunciation cannot be prescribed, the word is spelled the same for either. Hence "an" may be seen in such phrases as "an historic," "an heroic," and yes, "an hôtel of excellence" was the by-line in an advertisment in a New York City newspaper. But the word "humongous" is slang, and this particular is of no concern for it.

    Such was also the case for some other words which take the place of the article. "My" and "thy" became "mine" and "thine," as in "mine uncle."

    The appearance of "an" or "a" in front of words beginning with "h" is not only limited to stress. Sometimes there are historical roots as well. Words that may have had a route into English via French (where all "h"s are unpronounced) may have "an" to avoid an unusual pronouciation. Words that derived from German however would use "a" as the "h"s would be pronounced. There is even some suggestion that fashion may have had some influence. When England was ruled by a French aristocracy, the tradition may have been to exclusively use "an", whilst when Britain was governed by a German based monarchy the tide may have changed to "a".
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#71 Posted on 18.3.06 1350.57
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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    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.


You fargin icehole!!!!

I don't know if this constitutes an "abuse" of the english language, but I hate the terms coined by the media for celebrity couples:

TomKat

Bennifer

Brangelina

Vaughniston
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#72 Posted on 18.3.06 1403.10
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Bennifer was ok because it seemed to be mocking two celebs that generally deserve to be mocked (particlulary Affleck). TomKat makes sense but is still stupid. Brangelina sounds stupid and forced, and I'd never heard Vaughniston, but that's almost as bad as Brangelina.
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#73 Posted on 19.3.06 2052.59
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Any time Salma Hayek opens her mouth.
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