bjhagerman

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Re: Like a red herring, but unintentional.  •  February 11, 2010, 7:37pm  •  1 vote

Since you're looking for an idiom like "wild goose chase," I'd like to advance this suggestion: "wild goose chase." Also, the Wikipedia version of the origin of red herring is that it's simply bright

Re: Loose = Lose?  •  November 29, 2009, 11:51pm  •  0 vote

That's odd, considering that "I did not want to loose my dog" is exactly as correct as "I did not want to lose my dog; the only question is which meaning you wanted. Would MS Word highlight "lose" if

Re: all _____ sudden  •  November 21, 2009, 6:03pm  •  2 votes

I am a little surprised that it has never occurred to me to question the phrase "all of a sudden" before. What if it was only part of a sudden? I think I'd like an event to happen at half of a sudde

Re: What is the word for intentionally incorrect spelling?  •  November 17, 2009, 12:58pm  •  0 vote

Well, to be fair, I'd never heard of "malapropism" before. I should also allow that Wikipedia, which was my source, isn't necessarily accurate. I also usually look for alternative sources to see if

Re: What is the word for intentionally incorrect spelling?  •  November 16, 2009, 8:04pm  •  0 vote

The only problem with using "malapropism" is that they must sound similar. If all of Ian and his friend's words sound similar to the original, then the puzzle is solved. If, however, the word replac

Re: What is the word for intentionally incorrect spelling?  •  November 10, 2009, 5:31pm  •  0 vote

Ian, I don't think there's a word for that, but I would call it a "misnym."

Re: hanged vs. hung  •  October 30, 2009, 1:02am  •  1 vote

Personally, I think he should be hung.

Re: troops vs soldiers  •  October 29, 2009, 4:46pm  •  0 vote

Bah, correction/clarification: I agree with whomever else said it; “troop” means a group of soldiers, and “troops” means groups of soldiers, for now.

Re: troops vs soldiers  •  October 29, 2009, 1:35am  •  2 votes

Well, JC, you've apparently been well and truly brainwashed. Even bought into the rivalry with the Navy tactic they use to increase solidarity. Anyway, I agree with whoever else has said that, for n

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  October 17, 2009, 2:24am  •  0 vote

No more relevant than "chat" which isn't relevant because it is not preceded by a consonant sound, like, say, "x."

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  October 11, 2009, 3:01pm  •  3 votes

Inquiry, correction, and admonishment to jai: 1. How do you figure "Grammar Girl" has any more right to make claims than say... me? 2. According to a poster who cited the OED on the previous page, t

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  October 6, 2009, 6:00pm  •  0 vote

"That was so fun." Do you mean to suggest that there is something wrong with this phrase, Mark?

Re: Texted  •  September 25, 2009, 9:12pm  •  9 votes

I don't understand the debate. Is the question whether we should pronounce "texted" as two syllables? Has anyone tried pronouncing it as a single syllable? You can't pronounce a "d" sound directly

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 25, 2009, 5:26am  •  0 vote

That's an amusing question. Does the side that he takes automatically become less valid? In all seriousness, why even acknowledge his existence? He's already deemed himself irrelevant by interjecti

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 24, 2009, 12:31pm  •  0 vote

Correction: Douglas, I object to your supposition that simply because people are dead, famous, and considered intelligent, they are somehow wiser than people whose wisdom you have little basis to gau

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 24, 2009, 11:41am  •  1 vote

Herein lies the evolution of "stamina" from it's Latin origin "st?men": http://www.languagehat.com/archives/003141.php It's not entirely clear from the above, but I believe that this usage mutated s

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 10:45am  •  3 votes

"I’ve (and you have) provided several examples of how modifying English can be useless, or even changing it for the worse. I don’t see how the use of ‘forums’ instead of ‘fora’ could possibly benefit

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 9:20am  •  3 votes

Oh, it's fine is it? Well, I'm glad it's fine that you told me to "get the fuck out" over a misunderstanding that you could have prevented by noting the time stamps of the posts. In that case, I thi

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 8:03am  •  2 votes

My second post was in addition to the first. I did not refresh the site in between making the two, so I had no idea you had posted, thus your post between them had no bearing on the second post. I t

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 7:49am  •  2 votes

"I cannot control the environment in which I was brought up; this doesn’t stop me from believing that the way that languages alter (incorrectly imo) is wrong. If I could, I would ensure that everyone

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 7:04am  •  1 vote

Oh, yes, and if you insist on using English, then shouldn't you be using "plurel" from Middle English? No, wait, you should be using the Latin "pl?r?lis." No, that's wrong too, you should be using w

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 23, 2009, 6:46am  •  2 votes

hot4teacher: "... just because people say things one way, doesn’t mean that this way is correct." Actually, that's exactly what it means. What we call the "definition" of a word is, in reality, simp

Re: Loose = Lose?  •  September 23, 2009, 6:23am  •  2 votes

You sure those are mistakes, goofy? Generally, one would be said to be holding on to one's pain and woe. Thus, to be rid of it, it must be loosed, no? As for the first example... I can't even guess

Re: “I’m just saying”  •  September 2, 2009, 5:30pm  •  4 votes

The way I see it, there are two goals to ending your statement with, "I'm just saying." As stated above, it implies something, leading the listener to think a certain way. At the same time, it absol

Re: Why have media changed our words?  •  September 2, 2009, 5:07pm  •  1 vote

If you are so keen to preserve the English language from it's imagined decline, should you not first restore it to it's former glory? Shakespearean English is barely legible today, but that's the fau