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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #330 on: September 10, 2012, 08:01:42 PM »
Here's one I see all the time: ok.

NO SIR. Wrong wrong WRONG.

The word is "okay." If you wish to shorten it, you capitalize it: OK. There is no such word as "ok."
Words mean things.

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #331 on: September 10, 2012, 08:06:21 PM »
Here's one I see all the time: ok.

NO SIR. Wrong wrong WRONG.

The word is "okay." If you wish to shorten it, you capitalize it: OK. There is no such word as "ok."

Hilarious! I hate "okay"!
It's only OK to use "OK," according to the Associated Press Stylebook.

It's an acronym or abbreviation for "oll korrect" (which is no longer OK to use, IMO). See Straight Dope for details: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/503/what-does-ok-stand-for

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« Reply #332 on: September 10, 2012, 08:13:27 PM »
Most of the word-origin stories like that, sadly, are untrue. "To insure promptness,"* why the port side is called port, all those - nope.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/29/a-spitzer-tale-is-not-oll-korrect/

*This one should have been easy to call BS on. If you want something to happen, you take steps to ENSURE its happening. You INSURE your belongings with Allstate or Geico or whoever.
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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #333 on: September 10, 2012, 08:33:21 PM »
Regardless, in this case, it was OK before it was okay.
The T.I.P.S. myth cracks me up each time, though.
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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #334 on: September 12, 2012, 04:40:46 PM »
Well this is why I post on this board...you learn something new everyday

I did not know ok was not OK!   So in the future if something is OK with me I will say so OK?

Here's the text version I hate: k           it just looks sarcastic and lonely


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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #335 on: October 03, 2012, 08:46:09 PM »
Here's what my current one boils down to:

WORDS MEAN THINGS.

I cannot stand it when people arbitrarily decide that a word means something everyone in the world knows it does not mean.

Bonus points for insisting that the rest of us adhere to the bizarre redefinition.
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« Reply #336 on: October 03, 2012, 11:33:58 PM »
It makes me twitchy when people say "my Facebook," "her Facebook," "a Facebook," etc. Your Facebook what? Add "account," "page," "feed" - something.
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« Reply #337 on: October 05, 2012, 10:22:38 AM »
Saw another one.

The short slangy form of "yes is "yeah." "Yeah" rhymes with "meh."

It is *not* "ya." "Ya" rhymes with "ha."
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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #338 on: October 06, 2012, 08:52:04 AM »
Kind of odd that the slangy form of 'yes' actually has one more letter, isn't it?

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« Reply #339 on: October 06, 2012, 09:47:36 AM »
Decimate. It's misused all the time. Ie the town was decimated in the bushfire. Means it was reduced by 1/10th. What they really mean was that the town was razed. Decimate does not mean destroyed.

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #340 on: October 06, 2012, 10:33:11 AM »
Decimate. It's misused all the time. Ie the town was decimated in the bushfire. Means it was reduced by 1/10th. What they really mean was that the town was razed. Decimate does not mean destroyed.

Decimated means, according to Merriam Webster:
   
1- Kill, destroy, or remove a large percentage of.
2- Drastically reduce the strength or effectiveness of (something): "plant viruses that can decimate yields".

Its origins is, as you said, to reduce by 10%. Or, better yet, to punish an army by killing 1 out of 10 men, drawn by lot. However, over the centuries, it has developed new meanings. Insisting that it can only have the original meaning is a little pedantic, in my view. Or else we need to admit that forging should only be used to describe something shaped by hammering or compression (so no deal can be forged), that glass can only refer to the material and not to items made of it (drinking glass, eye glasses), that a snowflake is only something that falls from the sky and not a very special person, etc.

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #341 on: October 06, 2012, 11:07:43 AM »
The short slangy form of "yes is "yeah." "Yeah" rhymes with "meh."

It is *not* "ya." "Ya" rhymes with "ha."

Unless you are a Sloane Ranger, and affecting an exaggerated accent.


P.S. Why does no one seem to use the word "Might" any more.? All I ever here is the word "May". I know it is a fine point about it's usage, but it does seem to be disappearing from the language.

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #342 on: October 06, 2012, 08:42:23 PM »
The short slangy form of "yes is "yeah." "Yeah" rhymes with "meh."

It is *not* "ya." "Ya" rhymes with "ha."

See, now, I pronounce "yeah" with a short "a" sound as in "apple."  I pronounce "meh" with a short "e" sound as in "let."  (I don't use the spelling "ya" at all, except in something like, "see ya," and in that case, it's a short "u" sound, like in "duh.")

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #343 on: October 06, 2012, 08:45:20 PM »
Saw another one.

The short slangy form of "yes is "yeah." "Yeah" rhymes with "meh."

It is *not* "ya." "Ya" rhymes with "ha."

Yeah doesn't rhyme with meh.  Yeah has a short "a" sound and meh has a short "e" sound.  That's how I've always heard those words pronounced, anyway.

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #344 on: October 07, 2012, 01:15:12 AM »
The short slangy form of "yes is "yeah." "Yeah" rhymes with "meh."

It is *not* "ya." "Ya" rhymes with "ha."

See, now, I pronounce "yeah" with a short "a" sound as in "apple."  I pronounce "meh" with a short "e" sound as in "let."  (I don't use the spelling "ya" at all, except in something like, "see ya," and in that case, it's a short "u" sound, like in "duh.")

This is also how I pronounce them.  scotcat60, is this maybe a regional difference?
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