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Re: Misused words in the office - propogating bad word use!
« Reply #75 on: September 20, 2012, 02:17:38 PM »
Just so I'm clear, the "oo"in room would be the same truncated short u sound like in woof, right?  Yeah, I've heard that a lot.

Sorry I'm just now seeing this. Yes, that's correct.

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Re: Misused words in the office - propogating bad word use!
« Reply #76 on: September 20, 2012, 04:17:31 PM »
One former boss used to say "flustrated" instead of "frustrated" and another repeatedly talked about handling touchy situations with "kit" gloves.

Flustered + Frustrated = Flustrated.    I like it.

I like it too. I wonder if the poster's former boss intended that, or if it was just a mistake.

This reminds me of a former boss of mine liked to say "automagically."

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« Reply #77 on: September 20, 2012, 05:09:05 PM »
I have a friend that constantly uses the wrong word, I love her and don't tell her.  One of our mutual friends asked me about it one time and we both agreed that somehow we know what she means...there's no way we are going to embarass her and correct her.

Pitcher for picture, temperatureometer for thermometer (which I actually like and think makes more sense) lethal & legal are interchangeable.

I have a friend that gets tee box and green mixed up on the golf course. 

I used to work with a lady that got similar names mixed up: Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicholson, Jack Black and Jack Daniels  ;)  (no really Jack Daniels)

I have met people that get Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone mixed up, it doesn't do any good to try to figure that one out, just smile and get past it.   The Alamo and the Revolutionary War were so similar... 

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« Reply #78 on: September 20, 2012, 05:18:16 PM »
One former boss used to say "flustrated" instead of "frustrated" and another repeatedly talked about handling touchy situations with "kit" gloves.

Flustered + Frustrated = Flustrated.    I like it.

I like it too. I wonder if the poster's former boss intended that, or if it was just a mistake.

This reminds me of a former boss of mine liked to say "automagically."

Oh, oh, oh... i am so stealing that. Automagically. I can't wait to use it in a sentence.
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Re: Misused words in the office - propogating bad word use!
« Reply #79 on: September 20, 2012, 05:21:06 PM »
One former boss used to say "flustrated" instead of "frustrated" and another repeatedly talked about handling touchy situations with "kit" gloves.

Flustered + Frustrated = Flustrated.    I like it.

I like it too. I wonder if the poster's former boss intended that, or if it was just a mistake.

This reminds me of a former boss of mine liked to say "automagically."

Oh, oh, oh... i am so stealing that. Automagically. I can't wait to use it in a sentence.
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« Reply #80 on: September 20, 2012, 05:26:46 PM »

I am thinking, "I cannot automagically approve this co-op for you." Maybe even, "I cannot automagically approve this co-op for you; i am fresh out of pixie dust and the elves are on strike." 

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« Reply #81 on: September 20, 2012, 05:28:21 PM »

I am thinking, "I cannot automagically approve this co-op for you." Maybe even, "I cannot automagically approve this co-op for you; i am fresh out of pixie dust and the elves are on strike." 

ha, ha that's funny right there

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« Reply #82 on: September 20, 2012, 05:51:24 PM »
This one is becoming a classic in my office.
One of my colleagues, who thinks a lot of herself, gave a presentation.  On one slide, she had a chart showing the percentage of responses given by a set of people on how they felt about a number of ideas.
Let's say it looked like this:
47% said they supported X
36% said they supported Y
24% said they supported Z

The presenter then said "the majority of respondents supported X" blah blah blah.  Er, no, the majority actually didn't support X, it just received the highest level of support.  That's probably an easy semantic mistake to make, but she went on to defend X on the basis that most people wanted it.

Incidentally, her approach to leading her team is very much "I, the people".

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« Reply #83 on: September 20, 2012, 07:34:38 PM »
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I have met people that get Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone mixed up, it doesn't do any good to try to figure that one out, just smile and get past it.   The Alamo and the Revolutionary War were so similar...

It's the coonskin caps. And the fact that both of them were played by Fess Parker on TV.

I've also heard newscasters say "jun-tah" instead of "hoon-tah." It's not really a mispronunciation; it's an Anglicization of a foreign word, like saying Mexico instead of "May-hee-co" or Paris instead of "Pah-rhee."
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« Reply #84 on: September 20, 2012, 07:40:58 PM »
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I have met people that get Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone mixed up, it doesn't do any good to try to figure that one out, just smile and get past it.   The Alamo and the Revolutionary War were so similar...

It's the coonskin caps. And the fact that both of them were played by Fess Parker on TV.

I've also heard newscasters say "jun-tah" instead of "hoon-tah." It's not really a mispronunciation; it's an Anglicization of a foreign word, like saying Mexico instead of "May-hee-co" or Paris instead of "Pah-rhee."

It's really said that way?  ??? Well, I learned something today!
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Re: Misused words in the office - propogating bad word use!
« Reply #85 on: September 20, 2012, 08:04:16 PM »
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I have met people that get Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone mixed up, it doesn't do any good to try to figure that one out, just smile and get past it.   The Alamo and the Revolutionary War were so similar...

It's the coonskin caps. And the fact that both of them were played by Fess Parker on TV.

I've also heard newscasters say "jun-tah" instead of "hoon-tah." It's not really a mispronunciation; it's an Anglicization of a foreign word, like saying Mexico instead of "May-hee-co" or Paris instead of "Pah-rhee."

It's really said that way?  ??? Well, I learned something today!

Funny, isn't it, how things can be different in different languages!  :D
If you want to actually hear "Pah-rhee" pronounced in French, here is a song for you.
"Paris s'Úveille" (means: Paris awakens)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7whXkifG_ms
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Re: Misused words in the office - propogating bad word use!
« Reply #86 on: September 25, 2012, 12:54:19 PM »
Love this thread!  I will usually only correct DH and DS. Others, I would love to correct, but I don't think much good would come of it.

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« Reply #87 on: September 25, 2012, 01:27:24 PM »
DH was grading students' papers (a college course) the other day and came upon a good one. A student used the word "gorillas" to describe the soldiers who were involved in a certain battle. DH wrote a comment stating that it seems she meant "guerrilla" rather than "gorilla." She responded and said that she indeed meant "gorilla." She wanted to emphasize the primitive nature of the attack.

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Re: Misused words in the office - propogating bad word use!
« Reply #88 on: September 25, 2012, 02:01:43 PM »
DH was grading students' papers (a college course) the other day and came upon a good one. A student used the word "gorillas" to describe the soldiers who were involved in a certain battle. DH wrote a comment stating that it seems she meant "guerrilla" rather than "gorilla." She responded and said that she indeed meant "gorilla." She wanted to emphasize the primitive nature of the attack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyG0G96UB6k

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Re: Misused words in the office - propogating bad word use!
« Reply #89 on: September 25, 2012, 02:11:52 PM »
DH was grading students' papers (a college course) the other day and came upon a good one. A student used the word "gorillas" to describe the soldiers who were involved in a certain battle. DH wrote a comment stating that it seems she meant "guerrilla" rather than "gorilla." She responded and said that she indeed meant "gorilla." She wanted to emphasize the primitive nature of the attack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyG0G96UB6k

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Ha! I'm sending that link to DH ...  ;D