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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #285 on: March 29, 2010, 07:31:29 AM »

concretize.. NOT A WORD  if i see it in one more fucking social work report i will go bananas

ie.  we gave him an opportunity to concretize his thoughts and feelings  or .. let's concretize those ideas.. what?? make them into concrete??
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #286 on: March 29, 2010, 05:24:36 PM »

youse

i.e "are youse guys coming out tonight?"

I hate it. You're a native english speaker, learn the fucking language
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #287 on: March 29, 2010, 05:40:09 PM »

youse

i.e "are youse guys coming out tonight?"

I hate it. You're a native english speaker, learn the fucking language
To be fair to those who use the term "youse" and similar contrivances, the English language actually
suffers from a very bothersome deficiency, specifically the lack of a context-independent identifiable
second-person plural pronoun.
 
You do something...  You did something...  Would you like to do something?...

There's no way, in proper standard English, to determine if those phrases refer to a single individual,
or to a group.  Youse, y'all, you'ns, you guys...  These are all essential improvisations to minimize the
inconvenience brought about by a flaw in the language itself.  I may not accept their use in formal
situations, but in casual conversation, they're nigh indispensable.
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #288 on: March 29, 2010, 11:53:53 PM »

"would of", "could of", "should of", "irregardless", "a whole nother" and "all of the sudden" make me want to choke someone non-erotically.
After a lengthy argument with my brother, I've conceded that "a whole 'nother" can have proper usage, insomuch as its usage to create a colorful depiction of the unwashed masses, but not under the circumstances under which "nother" is assumed to be a word.
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #289 on: April 06, 2010, 08:28:42 PM »

Why make the word cannot if you have can not or do you have to put them together when you use them?

To avoid confusion I use can't.
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #290 on: April 06, 2010, 08:30:51 PM »

Also, I know all these words are real but this is the only thread I could find to ask the question.
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #291 on: April 09, 2010, 04:29:44 PM »

When they're next to one another, can and not are properly combined into cannot. Unless it's a case where you're emphasizing the "can" as in: Well, you CAN not do it, but why wouldn't you want to?


I realize this next complaint is a dialect/accent/pronunciation thing. It bugs me when someone drops the "r" out of "through/threw" and pronounces it as "thoo". That is not a word.
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #292 on: May 10, 2010, 10:57:58 PM »

Dialogue used as a verb – don't care if it's accepted I HATE it.

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Actionable used by marketing wunderkinder to mean leading to action rather than what it really means: leading to lawsuits. The irony is lost on these fuckwits.
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #293 on: May 10, 2010, 11:29:38 PM »

Dialogue used as a verb – don't care if it's accepted I HATE it.
related: the verb "to fellowship"....    :violent1:
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #294 on: May 11, 2010, 06:10:45 PM »

I cringe every time someone pronounces “nyoo-kyuh-ler” when trying to say “nuclear”
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #295 on: July 05, 2010, 07:52:39 AM »

People writing "brought" when they mean "bought". No, you do not BRING CDs/books/sex toys, you BUY them. Gahhh.

Also, I can't stand "youse". And I don't know if people ever do it in English, but some Dutch people tend to use "paranoia" when they mean "paranoïde" (paranoid) and it drives me up the wall. "Don't be so paranoia"? Don't be so retarded, please.
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #296 on: July 05, 2010, 08:52:01 AM »

Lately I've heard a lot of people shortening "legitimate" to "legit," which I don't mind, but when they need it in an adverbial form they say, "legitly."
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #297 on: July 05, 2010, 11:12:12 AM »

Gotten.

Pull yourself together, America - "got" is not a naughty word.
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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #298 on: July 05, 2010, 11:51:48 AM »

Gotten.

Pull yourself together, America - "got" is not a naughty word.

Wha.....tf?   Of course "gotten" is a word.  I've not gotten used to it being used improperly, and never will, although, as an American, I have generally got it together regarding its use as a naughty word.


Here's an excerpt from one of your own authorities:


The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (p.311):

"Gotten is probably the most distinctive of all the AmE/BrE grammatical
 differences, but British people who try to use it often get it wrong.
 It is not simply an alternative for have got.  Gotten is used in such
 contexts as
    They've gotten a new boat.   (= obtain)
    They've gotten interested.   (= become)
    He's gotten off the chair.   (= moved)
 But it is not used in the sense of possession (= have).  AmE does not
 allow
   *I've gotten the answer.
or *I've gotten plenty.
 but uses I've got as in informal BrE.  The availability of gotten
 does however mean that AmE can make such distinctions as the following:
    They've got to leave  (they must leave) vs
    They've gotten to leave  (they've managed to leave)."



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Re: Things that ARE NOT WORDS
« Reply #299 on: July 05, 2010, 01:53:18 PM »

No, it's not!! It's not a word!! IT'S JUST WRONG! Any sentence it's used in is better with "got" instead. It's not a thing. NOT!! -2 Indja Points for pretending otherwise.
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