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To be annoyed when people misuse words?

(185 Posts)
acsec Sat 24-Aug-13 15:46:30

My DH is a prime example of this. The two which annoy me most are "My thesis is..." and, usually when he is playing a computer game and dies on it "Argh! Death becomes me!"
Unless you have written a dissertation on this subject, then you mean theory and I don't think dying on a computer game makes you look especially fetching.
It winds me up so much and I have given up telling him what he actually means.

Please MN, tell me I am not suffering alone!

Fuzzysnout Sun 25-Aug-13 07:45:53

"Ambalance" is not the correct name for a vehicle taking someone to hospital. BBC news please take note.

PurplePidjin Sun 25-Aug-13 07:54:41

Dp gets less and fewer muddled. I expect better of someone with a degree in English language.

I say "i went up down the high street" which infuriates me angry

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sun 25-Aug-13 07:58:05

Alc-O-ol for alcohol is infuriating.

PasswordProtected Germany Sun 25-Aug-13 08:16:18

People confusing disinterested with uninterested.
People who say ec cetera when it is et cetera.

tethersend Sun 25-Aug-13 08:20:37

People confusing antisocial with unsociable.

If you hate going to parties, you're unsociable.

If you get thrown out of parties for shitting in the plant pots, you're antisocial.

Iamnotminterested Sun 25-Aug-13 08:34:24

Friend uses of instead of have all the time.

Eg. 'I should of bought the other one'.

Cringeworthy.

arf at 'shitting in the plant pots'

what a great definition.

it irks me when dh says 'one of them' instead of 'those'. He does occasionally catch himself though abd is trying to stop after 9 years of being corrected

Tee2072 Sun 25-Aug-13 09:08:49

Language evolves.

If it didn't we'd all still be saying thee and thou.

Also, find a better hobby. Maybe one that actually achieves something. I hear stamp collecting can be very rewarding.

DidoTheDodo Sun 25-Aug-13 09:10:35

Using "weary" instead of "wary" gets right up my nose. Not literally, of course.

DidoTheDodo Sun 25-Aug-13 09:12:29

Oh and Tee , thee/thou are still in common usage in Yorkshire, and I love it.

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 25-Aug-13 09:19:33

I used to be pedantic until I met my lovely dp who hasn't fit the best grasp of language, shall we say........

There are more important things in life!

When on official documents or in the media, I object greatly to language misuse. But just in conversation with people you love.... Why does it matter?

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 25-Aug-13 09:20:08

*got, not fit! Oops grin

Tee2072 Sun 25-Aug-13 09:20:43

Dido I said 'we'd all still be saying...' I didn't say no one was saying it.

LaFataTurchina Italy Sun 25-Aug-13 09:22:04

I got told to not put "my thesis..." in my actual dissertation confused

Lots of my colleagues use "you was" instead of "you were" and "I done" instead of "I did". We work in a pre-school AAARGH!

DidoTheDodo Sun 25-Aug-13 09:29:12

tee How do you know everyone said it in the first place?
Just asking!

CornishYarg Sun 25-Aug-13 09:38:09

DH is convinced these sayings are sheep-based rather than sheet-based:

Three sheep to the wind
As white as a sheep

I now find it quite endearing though!

I've also heard or read several people saying their recently immunised child has just "had their jags".

CollieEye Sun 25-Aug-13 09:40:32

"I'll be working nine while five"

Until, the word is until.

This seems to be a local thing, but I hate it and have to correct people under my breath. I don't care if I'm buying something from you, or interviewing you, I will correct you!!

Lweji Portugal Sun 25-Aug-13 09:43:27

"As white as a sheep"

Well, he's probably right these days.

I only have a couple of white sheets, they were presents and I never put them on my bed.

TheSlug Sun 25-Aug-13 09:51:11

People using 'generally' where they mean 'genuinely' argh!

marriedinwhiteisback Sun 25-Aug-13 09:52:14

All of the above and aks smile

But it only really annoys me when people who think they are better educated do it.

Presently means right now and sanguine means optimistic btw. I have heard oxbridgy types use those incorrectly.

My MIL uses "hard on" for in a deep sleep too. I've always distinguished between DH being "hard on" to having a ........... Iykwim. So in response to the poster above I think it's a regional phrase rather than misuse of language.

Ooh and another one that really bugs me although not seen now as often as in the past: "real leather". If it isn't leather it isn't real. That has annoyed me since I was a child.

And my mother says "oh sugar" is every bit as bad as "oh shit" if used insead of it. Just twee people being precious and who have learnt to control their swearing.

tethersend Sun 25-Aug-13 09:53:55

Blackholes- DP is French and if I were a pedant at home, I'd get nothing else done grin

Instead, his confusion between angry and hungry, experiment and experience, and owed and owned is met with nothing but an interested look. I let it all wash over me. Because, as he points out, my French is fucking shit grin

cornish in Scotland, we call injections jags. I'd never heard of "jabs" till I saw it on here

tethersend Sun 25-Aug-13 09:57:23

While for until and was for were etc. don't bother me as they are regional variations.

VitoCorleone Italy Sun 25-Aug-13 10:14:36

I hate misuse and over use of the words 'literally' and 'ironic'

Really fucking bugs me.

No you did not 'literally die laughing' otherwise you would be dead!!

And no, bunping into your cousin who you were thinking about last week is not ironic!!

People confusing disinterested with uninterested
I'm with Password on this one.

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