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Ignorance of the English language

Discussion in 'Rants and Raves' started by SloppyShooter, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. Kingarthur777

    Kingarthur777 Active Member

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    I have a friend/former coworker who has a stutter and always says, "To be honest-" I would like to tease him and say, "So, you are lying the rest of the time?" LOL
     


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  2. Bozz10mm

    Bozz10mm TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    It's not just Cajun kids, I see it a lot on TV. I don't know why it bugs me so much, but it does.
    "I just cut my finger off, can you bring me to the hospital?" Arrrg!
     
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  3. ScS

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    Ain't no English speaking people around here, we all speak American
     
  4. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    I did not read the whole thread but I think everyone has pet peeves about language. I can remember being a preteen and hearing people at school say "Close off the light." You don't "close" a light. You can turn it off. You can open the switch leading to it if you need to interrupt the power. I suppose there are other ways to express the same thought.

    I cannot, however, understand how anyone conceived of "Close off the light" as the way to say "Turn off the lights."

    To my personal knowledge, that one has been around for at least 50 years.

    In other news, around my sister never mix up "was" and "were" when making a statement contrary to fact. You'll get an earful. :)
     
  5. Mowingmaniac 24/7

    Mowingmaniac 24/7 Well-Known

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    I myself.

    ok, what's wrong with 'I' all by it's lonesome?

    Or this particular preamble when starting out a statement: 'I mean...'

    Double negatives make me cringe.

    Or 'oncst' - not simply 'once' - when I hear that particular "bon mot", I place the speaker in the category of backward...

    Those who can't differentiate between lose and loose.

    I'll stop as my list is long and painful regarding almost every written or verbal error.

    Why?

    Because I'm perfect in every way, well not every way, but close..
     
  6. karlac

    karlac Gone fishin' ... TGT Supporter Lifetime Member

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    Historical ethnicity of the area?

    Paternal grandmother, a French speaker, would tell you to "save the lawnmower" in English, when telling you to put it back where you found it.
     
  7. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    Probably.
     
  8. Noggin

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    Oh Yes! It is great fun explaining to someone when they say "I didn't do nothing" that therefore they must have done something. Of course it is inadvisable to try this on someone who has a sensitive ego and is also bigger than you, unless of course you have adequate protection.
     
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  9. SloppyShooter

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    Meh, same difference.
     
  10. Nietzsche

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    Once upon a time in 1776...
     


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