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Oceans Edge
885939.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:06 am Reply with quote

The Inigo Montoya Guide to 27 Commonly MisuSed Words

I'm surprised he left out Accept / Except
and from a professional standpoint ... you'd be amazed how many pilots don't know the difference between hanger and hangar

What's your favourite?


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Boris
885944.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:12 am Reply with quote

misued and misused ? :p

But seriously, how about

pecific, instead of specific

 
strukkanurv
885945.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:12 am Reply with quote

One I've noticed that often occurs both spoken & written is 'brought' instead of 'bought'.

 
Spud McLaren
885957.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:26 am Reply with quote

strukkanurv wrote:
One I've noticed that often occurs both spoken & written is 'brought' instead of 'bought'.
Yeah, I'm afraid that I'm guilty of that in speech; it's the way I was bought up.

:-P

One of my many bugbears is comprise of. It's either comprise or consist of. But we had that discussion a few months ago, and it seems I'm a dinosaur (again) about word usage.

 
Bondee
886031.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:29 pm Reply with quote

Boris wrote:
But seriously, how about

pecific, instead of specific


Mitchell & Webb captured that one very well.

It's one of Yammering Netty's favourites. She once asked me if I "could be more pacific". I told her I'd try, but I'd find it much easier to be more Atlantic. You could almost see the parting in her hair appear as it wooshed over her head.

 
Spud McLaren
886040.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:02 pm Reply with quote

Maybe she was trying to tell you to calm down?


Maybe not, though.

 
pdxuser
886067.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:23 pm Reply with quote

Nonplussed. It means confused, but people think it means something like "not pleased."

Led. People think the past tense of lead is also lead, just pronounced like the toxic metal. It's not. It's led.

 
nitwit02
886130.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:24 pm Reply with quote

I hope we are not going to bring back the 'get, got, gotten' slugfest of last year ....

 
Arcane
886137.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:08 pm Reply with quote

There are so many, like your and you're that I could fill a thread alone with them. Worse still is on websites...

 
MinervaMoon
886140.  Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:25 pm Reply with quote

Momentarily.

 
Arcane
886147.  Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:12 am Reply with quote

Should of.

Hate that.

People hear "should of" when they mean "should have - should've".

Where/were

There/their/they're

your/you're

 
filofax
886157.  Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:49 am Reply with quote

It's a big ask.

In my book, ask is a verb, not a noun. That's twice in two days that I've heard it from a newsreader. OK, Sky, not BBC, but still.

 
strukkanurv
886166.  Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:57 am Reply with quote

filofax wrote:
It's a big ask.


Are you sure you heard that correctly? ;-)

 
filofax
886168.  Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:18 am Reply with quote

absolutely - I've been noticing it all the time recently. It's apparently of Australian origin (Arcane...is this YOUR fault???)

 
Arcane
886185.  Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:08 am Reply with quote

Just letting you know that the population of Australia is 22,833,267, so if you'd care to track down the other 22,833,266 and ask them perhaps. ;-D

 

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