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Joined: November 3, 2011
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"Blurring of meaning"??
A nice way of saying it's wrong?

If one hands someone a package that one wishes to be transported to the post office then one would say "take that to the post office", no "bring that to the post office".
On the other hand one could say "Meet me at the post office later and bring that with you".
Quite simple really.

Interesting to see MWDEU and Shakespeare mentioned in the same sentence.
Shakespeare's works are not noted for accuracy, but are oft quoted as being so.
Perhaps a few examples showing the play, act, and scene would enable such assertions to be examined.
It is unfortunate in language that common usage of an erroneous meaning, spelling, or pronunciation, all too often becomes the norm.

Mediator October 7, 2012, 11:35am

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You guys are really amusing.
It all comes down to the poor working class being browbeaten by the aristocrats and scholars?


Mediator July 25, 2012, 11:25am

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I think it is time to explode the myth that the hotchpotch of perverse pronunciation, suspect spelling, and garbled grammar that Americans so arrogantly proclaim to be correct English is anything but a corruption of the language.
Call it what you will; Amerish, Americanish, Amish; it is not English.

Mediator July 23, 2012, 1:31pm

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An acronym is a pronounceable word which may be formed by initials or parts of other words.

It is sometimes wrongly applied to any set of initials.

Mediator July 17, 2012, 11:22am

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@D. A. Wood

"many such people think that they should do things according to their whims, rather than bothering to find out the real way"

Well said!
You have crystallised just what is wrong with our language today and why we have so many disagreements over spelling, grammar, pronunciation, etc etc.
Too many people are more interested in expounding their own narrow views than they are about correctness or "the real way".

Mediator July 12, 2012, 11:27am

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Is there in fact a hard and fast rule about when "a" is hard (AH) or soft (AE)?

We have saga and sago, tomato and potato,

Mediator July 12, 2012, 11:17am

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Do pet peeves have to be justified or explained?

Mediator July 12, 2012, 11:12am

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I find it somewhat ironic that one who holds strongly to the Germanic roots of the English language and normally vehemently objects to any Mediterranean influences should favour the "SK" pronunciation of "SCH" when the normal Germanic pronunciation is "SH".

Mediator July 12, 2012, 10:32am

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Check on

The French pronunciation is definitely closer to 'daybew' than 'dayboo', as is the normal English pronunciation.

Mediator July 6, 2012, 6:14pm

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Does having a pet peeve about how certain words are used (or misused) qualify one for membership in the "grammar police"?
So far in this thread I have seen no evidence of anyone claiming that the use of "their" in the given context is wrong, only that it sounded strange.
Based on what I have seen in this forum "descriptivists" can be just as dogmatic and pedantic as "prescriptivists".
Does that mean that they are "the anti-grammar police"?

Mediator June 22, 2012, 11:41pm

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I just found a number of references to this in the "Pled versus Pleaded" thread.

Apparently it is a pet peeve for a number of people.

Mediator June 22, 2012, 5:11pm

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WRT DAW's dissertations:-

If spoken they would certainly be classified as verbal diarrhoea.

Is there a term for the written equivalent?

Mediator June 22, 2012, 5:08pm

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If one applies the logic:-
signage = Signs collectively, esp. commercial signs or those on public display; the design and arrangement of these
to some other -age words then would the following be true:-
dotage = arrangement of dots
garbage = design of garb
pillage = collection of pills

Mediator March 15, 2012, 1:41pm

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Advantage Hairy.
JJMB to serve.

Mediator March 15, 2012, 1:33pm

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The antipodeans do seem to come with some rather idiosyncratic word usage.
Perhaps a result of being so far removed from civilised influences.

Mediator March 15, 2012, 1:32pm

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It is more like downgrading than evolution and there is nothing neat about it.
Just another sorry example of how acceptance of erroneous usage is leading to debasement and dumbing down of the language.

Mediator December 28, 2011, 8:15am

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