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I've been North, South, East & West, and here in Appalachia is the only place where I have heard the word "ideal" used, both in speaking and writing, where the meaning would call for the word "idea." It is interesting and amusing, but I have not taken pains to correct my co-workers or associates.

Furthermore, I think it is judgemental to call someone "dumb" or "uneducated" because of this usage. I work with intelligent and educated people who make this usage. It is quite conceivable to me that a person can go through his educational experience and miss this correct usage due to the heavy colloquial usage around him.

What is more interesing around these (here) parts is the use of the word "queer," pronounced "quare" to mean strange, yet pronounced "queer" to mean homosexual. Trying to get them to spell "quare," or get them to acknowledge that it is spelled "queer" is hopeless. 8-D

richard.helm February 15, 2008, 7:05am

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