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« Reply #420 on: October 20, 2012, 01:23:49 AM »
Something I saw on another forum.  Context suggests that the person meant "prima donna", but what they wrote was "pre-madonna."

I had a flash of "before Christ"  >:D

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« Reply #421 on: October 20, 2012, 04:04:05 AM »
Using the word "addicting" in place of "addictive".

"These chips are so addicting!" No. Just no. Using this makes people sound less intelligent.

"These chips are so addictive!" Or "these chips are addicting me to them". 

It's my biggest grammar pet peeve and it just makes me twitch every time. It drives me crazy whenever I see this, or any other grammar mistake in a business setting. I don't care if it's "only Facebook", your company is still putting itself out there with it's offer of a "beet and feeld green salad", or that they will DEFIANTLY let their customers know. That always makes me giggle.
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« Reply #422 on: October 20, 2012, 11:08:33 AM »
Heck, for me, it's people who use addictive to something that can, at best, be habit forming.
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« Reply #423 on: October 20, 2012, 12:21:47 PM »
Using the word "addicting" in place of "addictive".

"These chips are so addicting!" No. Just no. Using this makes people sound less intelligent.

"These chips are so addictive!" Or "these chips are addicting me to them". 

It's my biggest grammar pet peeve and it just makes me twitch every time. It drives me crazy whenever I see this, or any other grammar mistake in a business setting. I don't care if it's "only Facebook", your company is still putting itself out there with it's offer of a "beet and feeld green salad", or that they will DEFIANTLY let their customers know. That always makes me giggle.

(Cough) *its offer* (cough).

Sorry.  I couldn't resist the temptation.  I'm addicted to protecting apostrophes!
 
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« Reply #424 on: October 20, 2012, 01:24:04 PM »
Argh!! Darn you autocorrect!!!!
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« Reply #425 on: October 21, 2012, 09:36:27 AM »
Now that the US Presidential election is coming up, I've been noticing something a little odd about the Electoral College.  Well, there's always something odd about that institution, but I digress.

I always thought that the pronunciation was 'e-LEC-tor-al'.  However, many newspeople are using 'e-lec-TOR-al'. 

Which pronunciation do you prefer? 

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« Reply #426 on: October 21, 2012, 09:50:29 AM »
I have only ever heard it (news, conversation, school) with the accent on the third syllable.
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« Reply #427 on: October 22, 2012, 09:34:55 AM »
Electoral

I can appreciate both e-LEC-tor-al and e-lec-TOR-al.  However, e-lec-tor-EEE-al makes me quite stabby.
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« Reply #428 on: October 22, 2012, 11:40:53 AM »
Electoral

I can appreciate both e-LEC-tor-al and e-lec-TOR-al.  However, e-lec-tor-EEE-al makes me quite stabby.

I'm thankful I haven't heard that one....yet.  Tat's almost as bad as 'chimbly' for the brick thing on top of a house. 

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« Reply #429 on: October 24, 2012, 10:49:40 PM »
I Heard 2 today that set my teeth on edge:

"Sim-yoo-larities" and "Fedral".
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« Reply #430 on: October 25, 2012, 03:38:50 AM »
Nucular?  >:D

I know this is cultural, but in Australia we used to say someone had two operations, rather than two surgeries. The surgery is the place where you are operated upon. But more and more I hear the American usage creeping in.

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« Reply #431 on: October 25, 2012, 02:39:09 PM »
Nucular?  >:D

I know this is cultural, but in Australia we used to say someone had two operations, rather than two surgeries. The surgery is the place where you are operated upon. But more and more I hear the American usage creeping in.

You can also have surgery in the operating room here (often referred to as the OR).
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« Reply #432 on: October 25, 2012, 05:52:44 PM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

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« Reply #433 on: October 25, 2012, 06:33:13 PM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

No, the theater is where you go to watch movies.  :D
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« Reply #434 on: October 26, 2012, 01:30:33 AM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices
Yes you are quite correct.

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