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BS: Language Pet Peeves

Steve Shaw 02 Jun 19 - 02:12 AM
Bill D 01 Jun 19 - 09:12 PM
Steve Shaw 01 Jun 19 - 05:45 PM
Nigel Parsons 01 Jun 19 - 04:58 PM
Jos 01 Jun 19 - 01:39 PM
Mr Red 01 Jun 19 - 10:55 AM
Jon Freeman 01 Jun 19 - 09:24 AM
Mrrzy 01 Jun 19 - 09:13 AM
Doug Chadwick 01 Jun 19 - 05:43 AM
DMcG 01 Jun 19 - 03:21 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 01 Jun 19 - 03:04 AM
Neil D 31 May 19 - 10:58 PM
michaelr 31 May 19 - 09:33 PM
Tattie Bogle 31 May 19 - 08:00 PM
Mrrzy 31 May 19 - 07:27 PM
Steve Shaw 31 May 19 - 04:42 PM
Mrrzy 31 May 19 - 02:30 PM
John P 31 May 19 - 12:15 PM
DMcG 31 May 19 - 10:25 AM
beachcomber 31 May 19 - 10:02 AM
leeneia 31 May 19 - 10:00 AM
Mrrzy 31 May 19 - 09:04 AM
Nigel Parsons 31 May 19 - 08:09 AM
michaelr 30 May 19 - 11:24 PM
meself 30 May 19 - 10:37 PM
Mrrzy 30 May 19 - 09:53 PM
Tattie Bogle 30 May 19 - 08:21 PM
meself 30 May 19 - 01:22 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 30 May 19 - 12:22 PM
leeneia 30 May 19 - 11:13 AM
Mrrzy 29 May 19 - 10:00 PM
Mrrzy 29 May 19 - 08:00 PM
Steve Shaw 29 May 19 - 06:09 PM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 29 May 19 - 05:08 PM
Nigel Parsons 29 May 19 - 09:38 AM
Steve Shaw 28 May 19 - 06:07 PM
Mrrzy 28 May 19 - 05:55 PM
leeneia 28 May 19 - 04:36 PM
Steve Shaw 28 May 19 - 04:19 PM
leeneia 28 May 19 - 01:51 PM
Mrrzy 28 May 19 - 10:30 AM
DMcG 28 May 19 - 08:53 AM
Steve Shaw 28 May 19 - 08:46 AM
Bill D 27 May 19 - 08:47 PM
Jos 27 May 19 - 03:22 PM
leeneia 27 May 19 - 01:48 PM
Jos 27 May 19 - 12:01 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 02 Jun 19 - 02:12 AM

Like when an Olympic athlete fails to medal...


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Bill D
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 09:12 PM

I despise the trend of *verbing* nouns... :"Our staff has surfaced some new data."


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 05:45 PM

You're all worrying far too much. What you should be worrying about is the fact that Nigel failed to insert a full stop in his last post.. Cheers! :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 04:58 PM

How can there be more than one one?
In binary notation numbers are represented by a series of ones and zeros


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Jos
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 01:39 PM

I don't usually take any notice of sports results, but I have noticed lately that instead of winning cups and trophies teams 'lift' them. It sounds as if they stole them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mr Red
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 10:55 AM

'The suspect broke into the house and killed two people. Police arrested the suspect, John Smith, yesterday." Kinda defeats the purpose of using the term 'suspect', doesn't it?

Yes and No. Languge is fluid and meanings morph.

Gay has meant, over a period of several hundred years, variously sexually active as in "brisk young widow" to happy about life with no sexual connotations, to the modern appropriation.

As Nigel Rees was won't to say in his books: "bad meanings drive out good"

Hung is ambiguous without context (sexual connotations rear up (sic) again), whereas hanged is more specific. And I am hanged if I know why!
I know which I prefer to be!


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 09:24 AM

As far as I can see from Chambers and the Oxford Dictionary Online, people may be “hung” or “hanged” but the latter is rather more common.

The Oxford one goes on to explain:   
The reason for this distinction is a complex historical one: hanged, the earlier form, was superseded by hung sometime after the 16th century; it is likely that the retention of hanged for the execution sense may have to do with the tendency of archaic forms to remain in the legal language of the courts


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 09:13 AM

English-speakers can't pronounce the French "u" of vu, but nobody I've heard say it [Yogi Bera] pronounces it with a y (vyu). They [English speakers] do not differentiate vous (voo) and vu (voo).

As a native French speaker I have no problem with that. See Paris, above.

Maybe Higgins was singing tongue in cheek?


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 05:43 AM

"People are hanged. Pictures are hung."

It is particularly grating in My Fair Lady, a film specifically about the correct use of English, when Rex Harrison sings (or, rather, says)

By law she should be taken out and hung,
For the cold-blooded murder of the English tongue.


DC


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: DMcG
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 03:21 AM

Steve is right about how language evolves and changes, but it can be confusing. A moment ago I read Pixar has dropped a trailer for a new film. In 'old-think' that means the trailer has been cancelled, removed, has gone. In 'new-think' it means it is now available.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 01 Jun 19 - 03:04 AM

And what about "very unique". How can you have degrees of uniqueness?

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Neil D
Date: 31 May 19 - 10:58 PM

Mrrzy said: "People are hanged. Pictures are hung."
Reminds me of the scene from "Blazing Saddles" when Bart, who had recently been spared hanging and appointed sheriff, runs into an old acquaintance who says : "Bart, they told me you was hung". Bart responds "and they was right".

My pet peeve is intentionally misspelled word in products or company names. When I used to make meat deliveries in Cleveland, the two big grocery chains on the East Side were Bi-Rite and Sav-Mor. It drove me to distraction.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: michaelr
Date: 31 May 19 - 09:33 PM

Nigel Parsons -- in that case it should be "one of only seven" - "the" is superfluous.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 31 May 19 - 08:00 PM

@mrzzy and meself: it is déjà vu, not déjà vous. Malheureusement, too many people pronounce the "vu" wrongly. The French pronunciation is definitely not "voo" as in "vous". There is not an exact English equivalent, but it is closer to "view" than "voo".
I learned my French at school, yes, but also by staying with a French family for several months; they would not have said "déjà vous"!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 31 May 19 - 07:27 PM

What, birds? Ahahahaha sorry.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 May 19 - 04:42 PM

Well I'm a stickler for the use of good English, but I must say that many of the complaints here remind me of King Canute. Language is wot people speak, not wot professors of language profess. Whether we like it or not, what we often regard as linguistic outrages generally end up as standard English. "Begging the question," for example, which started out as one thing has become entirely another, and, as such, will be regarded even by naysayers as standard English in its new meaning. If we don't accept the changes we become as the dinosaurs did....


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 31 May 19 - 02:30 PM

I am reminded of a friend who had a sign over his sink that said THINK! There was also a sign above the stairs that said THTAIRS!...


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: John P
Date: 31 May 19 - 12:15 PM

I'm tired of being asked for detes.

Light isn't spelled "Lite". I even had a gas stove with "Lite" on the dial.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: DMcG
Date: 31 May 19 - 10:25 AM

Just read on a tour guide leaflet :
"Here they stage traditional dance shows, local handicraft workshops and mythical ceremonies"

I might be interested in seeing a mythological ceremony. I think I would feel conned to pay to see a mythical one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: beachcomber
Date: 31 May 19 - 10:02 AM

Politicians, in particular, but many other people use "grow" incorrectly, eg Some say "We will grow our economy...!"

I would like to ask the opinions of Mudcatters on the use of an "R" sound between a word that ends in a vowel and one that commences with a vowel, such as "Aston Villa (r) are the new Champions. Is this a correct figure of speech ?? I've even heard "I saw (r) him do it" ???


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: leeneia
Date: 31 May 19 - 10:00 AM

It's not a peeve, but I'm amused by the word "ones." Example: He's one of the ones who trampled Mrs. Hardwick's petunias.

How can there be more than one one?


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 31 May 19 - 09:04 AM

One of the 7, I would think. I just am lovin' this thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 31 May 19 - 08:09 AM

One that always gets to me is "one of the only..." No, it's either one of the few, or it is The Only.

It depends on the missing part of the sentence. e.g. "This is one of the only seven known to exist." would appear to be a correct use of the words.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: michaelr
Date: 30 May 19 - 11:24 PM

One that always gets to me is "one of the only..." No, it's either one of the few, or it is The Only.

Another is the misplacement of the word just, as in "You just can't come barging in here" when what's meant is "You can't just come barging in here".


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: meself
Date: 30 May 19 - 10:37 PM

Tattie, you must have learned your French in a different ecole from moi ... !


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 May 19 - 09:53 PM

Voo, not vyu, is how I have always heard it...


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 30 May 19 - 08:21 PM

Mis-placed/unnecessary apostrophes are top of my list, or not using them when they should be there.
Dey-ja voo (already you) instead of dey-ja vyu (already seen) for the other language ones. (phonetic spelling there!)
Complimentary and complementary: so often confused/used incorrectly.
Your and you're.
There, they're and their.
And, of course, could of, would of, should of.

There are a few Scots peculiarities too, such as people saying, and spelling the following word as definATEly. And it's quite commonplace to hear "he has went" instead of "he has gone".


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: meself
Date: 30 May 19 - 01:22 PM

Don't blame the younger generation - AFAIK, that use of "do" emerged from hippy culture in the '60s, when people started to "do" rather than "take" drugs. That's when I first encountered that word-use; I remember the time and place ....


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 30 May 19 - 12:22 PM

Language is about communicating ideas. If someone pays too much attention to how "correctly" a communication is worded, then he/she is probably paying too little attention to the thought being communicated. It's analogous to valuing the packaging more than what's in the box.

Having said that, it still grates when my step-son tells a waiter he's going to "do" whatever dish he's ordering. I'm not sure if he's going to eat it, shoot it dead, or fuck it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: leeneia
Date: 30 May 19 - 11:13 AM

Hello, Mrrzy. I'm glad to hear that someone else gives thought to the bullying power of psych terms used carelessly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 29 May 19 - 10:00 PM

And if your spouse is dead you're the widow(er), not the wife/husband.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 29 May 19 - 08:00 PM

Strangled means dead, also.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 29 May 19 - 06:09 PM

You really do have a problem, don't you, Nigel? :-) :-) :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 29 May 19 - 05:08 PM

"Would of" and "Could of" and of course "Off of" were the common usage in Somerset schools in the 1960s despite constant corrections from the teachers.

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 29 May 19 - 09:38 AM

Tommy Cooper:
The phone rang so I picked it up and said "Who's speaking, please?"
A voice said "You are."


So, in effect they were both wrong.
At the time Tommy asked "Who's speaking", he was speaking.
At the time the caller said "you are" the caller was also incorrect.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 May 19 - 06:07 PM

Psychiatrist to neurotic patient "You have acute paranoia"

Neurotic Patient "I came here to be treated, not admired"


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 May 19 - 05:55 PM

Yeah, as a psychologist I find the misuse of my jargon annoying.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: leeneia
Date: 28 May 19 - 04:36 PM

Here's another language peeve of mine: people who put others down using the lingo of psychiatry or psychology when the situation doesn't merit it and they lack the qualifications to assess others.

In a thread about chords, somebody started a post with "The fixation on chord names..." Now a fixation is a serious problem in a damaged mind. Telling the world that So-And-So has a fixation is arrogant and uncalled for. Naturally the post was not well-received.

We hear other examples often. Calling somebody paranoid because they're more fearful than most. Calling somebody a nympho when she's sexier than most. It's dishonest, and I dislike it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 May 19 - 04:19 PM

Tommy Cooper:

The phone rang so I picked it up and said "Who's speaking, please?"

A voice said "You are."


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: leeneia
Date: 28 May 19 - 01:51 PM

That's a good observation about the shooting, Jos.
===========
There's a pompous habit that gets on my nerves. Example:

phone rings

Leeneia: Hello
Pompous twit: Leeneia? Arthur Fotheringay.

Not "This is Arthur Fotheringay." or "My name is Arthur Fotheringay, and I'm calling about..."

Apparently I am supposed to be so focused on the incredible Arthur Fotheringay that all he has to do is utter the two words, and I'm completely absorbed in his personality. Also, I am so unimportant that he cannot waste a few polite syllables on me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 May 19 - 10:30 AM

New UVa grad students in psych had a whole orientation on pronunciation and language... Rio Rd is Rye-oh, not Ree-oh. Monticello is chello, not sello. Grounds, not campus; first second etc -years, not freshmen sophomores. The Corner is a neighborhood. I got used to the pronunciation, but still thought of my students as juniors. There was more...


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: DMcG
Date: 28 May 19 - 08:53 AM

The comedian Dave Gorman in one of his shows says there is a sign on his station for "Loughborough University." He claims he is often asked how is is pronounced and says "Low-brow University" which he finds pleasing because "it is true and false are the same time.'


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 May 19 - 08:46 AM

Well near me there's a village called Wolfardisworthy. It's pronounced "Wolsery." The ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston, is "Lanson" unless you're an emmet. Half a mile from my house there's Widemouth Bay. Say "Wide Mouth" if you want to provoke a splutter. It's "Widmuth."


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Bill D
Date: 27 May 19 - 08:47 PM

I lived in St. Louis for 6 months. There were several streets I was familiar with that had interesting names I'd never have encountered in Kansas: It took awhile for me to connect the spelling on maps & signs with how the locals referred to them.

Cabanne Place where I lived was 'Cabbany'

DeBaliviere was 'De Boliver'

Gravois was 'Gra-voys' (as near as I could tell)

There were others, all sounding as if they were being pronounced by someone from The Bronx. I...umm.. adapted


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Jos
Date: 27 May 19 - 03:22 PM

Not really a peeve, but interesting regarding guns, was an occasion some years ago when I heard a news report of the same incident on three BBC radio stations. On Radio 3 (mainly classical music), listeners were told that a man had been 'shot and killed'. On Radio 4 (news, documentaries, plays), the man had been 'shot dead'. On Radio 1 (pop music aimed at younger listeners), he had been 'gunned down'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: leeneia
Date: 27 May 19 - 01:48 PM

"Gunman." Just because some brute shoots somebody doesn't make him a gunman.

If I use a pair of scissors, do I become a scissorwoman? No, I'm still just a woman.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Jos
Date: 27 May 19 - 12:01 PM

'bonn zhaw'

'merci bokew'


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Mrrzy
Date: 27 May 19 - 11:19 AM

Coo de gras, ew. Also bon appetiT.


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Jos
Date: 27 May 19 - 10:18 AM

People who say "If I would have ..." when they mean "If I had ...".


And in describing amounts:

"the most number of" instead of "most of"

and, for example:

"half of all the people in the country ..." instead of "half the people in the country ..."


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Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
From: Jos
Date: 27 May 19 - 10:09 AM

Three annoying/confusing ways in which people begin the answer to a question:

So ...

Yes no ...

The point is is ... (heard on Radio 4 only this morning)


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