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Speech peeves 202

By Oz_Media ·
Well I think I've bitched about this in the past but WHY CAN'T PEOPLE LEARN SAYINGS PROPERLY!?!?!?

I was just chatting on one of my band boards and some guy in the US (NH I think) was giving a guy from Sweden an lesson in English for his broken Swedish/English writing style, which I don't stand for and remove the posts immediately. I ***** here but don't allow people flaming each other on band sites, it gets out of hand, these forums are at least some tactful flaming, not just FU A Hole etc.

The guy is trying to tell the Swedish poster that he speaks terrible English and then starts giving examples. Including a comparisson where he used THEN instead of THAN (GOOOOOOD I hate that!!!!!)

"... with the crowd more then any of them."

"THEN any of them", I HATE it when people do that!

The other BIGGIE that really gets under my skin is when people say "I could care less" instead of; "I COULDN'T care less"

Now I know my grammar isn't that great, especially when thinking while chatting, you end up creating fragmented sentences when editing and my typos are everywhere. But this is just TERRIBLE use of the English language, in this case being used to flame someone else who made some great comments and has an English barrier as it is NOT his country's first language, unlike the knob who flamed him.

People who can't SPEAK proper English can't write it either. They hear words and THAN think it is written how it sounds, in this case due to an accent.

There was a show a while back on degraded English in the US that ends up causing some really important communications to be misinterpreted, there are professional linguists that many schools, and branchs of government call to ensure they are using proper English. Those linguists say it is atrocious just how many people, EDUCATED people can't write the most basic English words as the accent where they grew up has had them thinking it was spelled differently.

They said the ONE group that HASN'T changed it's language over time is also the main brunt of English correction in Schools, black Americans. The rest of Americans have SLID their language over time, now several words will sound exactly the same due to people's accent. This who are said to be speaking poor American English, black Americans, get chastized by teachers, held behind to repeat grades, and even suspended with home/private schooling suggested. Yet they are also the ones who's language DOES date back to America's beginnings, and hasn't wavered and changed the way most other accents in teh USA have over time. They say it will take less than 30 years before the English dictionary would be cut back by nearly 100 words as the words all sound the same and get written the same with US accents, although they are actually different words with completely different meanings.

I don't mind when someone doesn't know a word or simply spells it incorrectly, I don't know all the English words, that's a pretty big task to take on. To see someone correcting another and using 'idiot English' to do so just irritates me to no end though.

So once again, English 202 I suppose, I am SO irritated by the misuse of the world's most widespread language has pissed me off enough to actually post about it.

WHY can't people learn to write in English instead of accents? Oh well, I feel better now anyway.

Mind you , I just posted this to Network Admin and forgot to check the Miscellaneous box. My apologies to those seeking Net Admin threads.

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If Penthouse came in hardcover...

by DMambo In reply to Must be a typo

you wouldn't need to ask.

Oh man, I just used "Penthouse", "came" and "hard" in the same sentence. What would my sainted mother think of her boy now?

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by Oz_Media In reply to Irregardless of Your View ...

That's it one the nose. Illiteracy!

That is the whole problem they say there is with accents, people HEAR words and when they don't hear them correctly they interpret them wrong.

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LOL DMambo you stole my thunder!!

by TomSal In reply to Irregardless of Your View ...

"Irregardless" I absolutely "love to hate" how people say that. Not to be racial, this is merely an observation of the people I work with , but the large majority of offenders of the term "irregardless" are the African American population.

I get tired of sounding off about it in joking form..that now I don't even try to correct them.

Now THAN...the word is regardless! lol

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"So Wasn't I"

by DMambo In reply to LOL DMambo you stole my t ...

That's another that makes me nuts. Perhaps these folks mean "so WAS I".

My wife hates it when I say "a whole 'nother thing" so, of course, I say it all the time.

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I hate

by jmgarvin In reply to "So Wasn't I"

It don't do nothing. Ug!
Warsh the car...blech!
It's is a nice day...ARG!

Why can't people pick up on every day vocabulary and grammer?

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by Oz_Media In reply to I hate


What's with moving the E and adding an extra D on the end?

OR (ick!)


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Prof that used

by jmgarvin In reply to OR

confuse-ed. ARG! is all one word. Not confuse-ed. Who is ed and why are we confusing him?

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y' know

by Jaqui In reply to Prof that used

has to be one of the worst.
y' know?

I know one person that regularly uses it 5 times in a single sentence. drives me to wanting to kill.

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by DMambo In reply to Prof that used

I was talking to my 12 year old daughter and she was like, "Can I borrow $10?" And I was like "Not until you learn to speak properly." So, she was like "What are you talking about?" And I was like "I'll just keep my money."

The other thing that gets to me is the difference on our definitions of "borrow".

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