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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #180 on: August 01, 2012, 06:00:55 PM »
Here's a great verbing for ya:

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #181 on: August 02, 2012, 08:11:15 AM »
In my own defense, though, I did use zombie as a verb once.  I work in a place where a lot of people stagger in at very early hours.  There's no other way to describe them but 'you should see the numbers of people who zombie across the parking lot at 5am!'


That is a perfect description. I love it.

I don't mind people converting nouns into verbs or verbs into adjectives as long as it has a purpose. In your case, "zombie" perfectly conveys the idea. Sure, you could say "you should see the numbers of people who cross the parking lot like zombies at 5am" but it is a much clunkier sentence.

Thank you!!  My friend called it 'elegant and descriptive'.   

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #182 on: August 02, 2012, 01:57:32 PM »

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« Reply #183 on: August 02, 2012, 04:04:38 PM »
I've seen most of my particular grammar peeves here, but  the one that makes me go and want to is "I seen."  It shows up waaaaay too often on the evening news, when they interview people. "I seen the guys run outa the bank and start shooting." 
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« Reply #184 on: August 02, 2012, 04:30:19 PM »
I've seen most of my particular grammar peeves here, but  the one that makes me go and want to is "I seen."  It shows up waaaaay too often on the evening news, when they interview people. "I seen the guys run outa the bank and start shooting." 

"I (done) seed" is worse...*shudder*
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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #185 on: August 02, 2012, 04:38:51 PM »

In my own defense, though, I did use zombie as a verb once.  I work in a place where a lot of people stagger in at very early hours.  There's no other way to describe them but 'you should see the numbers of people who zombie across the parking lot at 5am!'



"Zombie across the parking lot" gives me a very clear image of people (dressed like zombies) doing a funky, moonwalk type of dance.   :D

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #186 on: August 02, 2012, 04:42:18 PM »
A pet peeve of mine is "drug" when used as the past tense of drag.

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #187 on: August 02, 2012, 07:12:04 PM »
I hate when people say "I'm going to try and X.". No, you're going to try to X.  Technically, you could try something and do something else, but we all know that's not what you're saying.
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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #188 on: August 02, 2012, 07:23:22 PM »
I mourn the loss of the adjectival past participle.  Now I see "can food" instead of "canned food" regularly in grocery stores, and even in one local library, "unshelf books" instead of "unshelved books".

And please don't get me going on "eksetera" or "ect" instead of "et cetera" and "etc".

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« Reply #189 on: August 02, 2012, 09:40:53 PM »
I mourn the loss of the adjectival past participle.  Now I see "can food" instead of "canned food" regularly in grocery stores, and even in one local library, "unshelf books" instead of "unshelved books".

And please don't get me going on "eksetera" or "ect" instead of "et cetera" and "etc".

Don't forget 'ice tea' instead of 'iced tea'.

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« Reply #190 on: August 02, 2012, 09:55:56 PM »
Hunnert, cousint, and acrosst.

Also, 'chimbly' and 'liberry'.

Also, I have known people who do not have a 'snack'.  They have a 'smack'.

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #191 on: August 03, 2012, 02:16:42 AM »
A pet peeve of mine is "drug" when used as the past tense of drag.

I hate this, but is it legitimate US vs UK practice?   We do handle verbs differently - it's common in the UK to have 'leant', 'learnt', 'spelt', 'dreamt' etc, as the past tense of those verbs, although the 'leaned', 'learned', 'spelled' and 'dreamed' forms are gaining ground.

The one that really has my teeth grinding is the use of 'shined' as the past tense of shine.  In the UK at least, it's 'shone'.
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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #192 on: August 03, 2012, 08:10:08 AM »
A pet peeve of mine is "drug" when used as the past tense of drag.

That one bothers me a lot, too.  >:(

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #193 on: August 03, 2012, 08:13:19 AM »
So many of my language pet peeves have been mentioned already. One has not, so here it is: lightening vs. lightning. That streak of light in the sky during a big storm is lightning, not lightening!

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #194 on: August 03, 2012, 08:26:49 AM »
I've been trying to break myself of the customary phrasing (at least around here) of referring to the weather in terms of 'it's supposed* to...' when I mean 'it's forecasted to...' because it's not really supposed to do anything!

* And I want full credit for not using 'suppose' in this thread despite the temptation to irk others who are as irritated by that error as I am!   >:D