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To be annoyed when people misuse words?

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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!

nickelbabe Sat 24-Aug-13 15:47:26


your DH is a twat! grin


MrsTerryPratchett Sat 24-Aug-13 15:48:05

He's right. Sorry.

Nancy66 Sat 24-Aug-13 15:48:49

Can you be more pacific...

DropYourSword Sat 24-Aug-13 15:50:41

Supposably it's annoying wink

CaptainCapybara Sat 24-Aug-13 15:52:24

"Literally" annoys me, "I literally died laughing" no you didn't, shut the fuck up.

IslaValargeone Sat 24-Aug-13 15:54:22

I've got news for you captainCaybara The OED have accepted the shonky use of literally in its new form and added it to their defintion.

CaptainCapybara Sat 24-Aug-13 15:55:33

Really? FFS.

FunnyLittleFrog Sat 24-Aug-13 15:57:02

I don't get annoyed, just find it amusing usually. I have a very clever colleague who always writes 'I was wandering...' when she means wondering.

MoreThanWords Sat 24-Aug-13 16:21:17

My EXH uses 'miffed' as a synonym for puzzled.

And don't get me started on him pronouncing accurate as accriate

FunnyLittleFrog Sat 24-Aug-13 16:23:40

MIL uses the phrase 'hard on' inappropriately. Last week she was 'hard on asleep' apparently!

sashh Sat 24-Aug-13 16:44:35

Don't get me started on 'very unique'. It is or it isn't.

And even on radio 4 'secetery' seems to be taking over from secretary.

FastWindow Sat 24-Aug-13 16:47:33

Nuke-u-ler for nuclear. On the BBC news. Argh!!!

Freudianslap Sat 24-Aug-13 17:01:21

Prostrate instead of prostate makes me cross...

Thankfully it is not a word that is used too often otherwise I would explode.

RoastedCouchPotatoes Sat 24-Aug-13 17:02:29

My DS1 goes 'basically, blah blah blah' ALL THE TIME. angry When it adds NOTHING to the sentence whatsoever.

cushtie335 Sat 24-Aug-13 17:03:17

My DH gets dearth and plethora confused. It doesn't matter how many times I tell him, he still does it.

Binkyridesagain Sat 24-Aug-13 17:05:29

DD suggested to a friend of ours that he rode pavilion to a motorbike rally.

madmomma Sat 24-Aug-13 17:24:10

my friend thinks she is being extremely posh in saying wander in place of wonder. She says it's how the queen speaks.

FastWindow Sat 24-Aug-13 17:56:47

Reminds of a post that made me chortle. The absurd:

'' 'so she turned around and said, and so I turned around and said to her, etc. etc. '

As if they had started the conversation back to back. ''

Roared, I did.

blanketyblank1 Sat 24-Aug-13 18:16:25

Using the word "Yourself" instead of "you" , or "myself" instead of me. prime example on a phone call when the person says " I was speaking to yourself earlier" .
Drives me mad.

DodgyKnees Sat 24-Aug-13 18:56:15

Until very recently, my mother believed the phrase was "I can't be asked"...

Lweji Sat 24-Aug-13 19:30:49

Also when people ask if someone else has RSVP.
Apart from not reading updates, and even though I have recently used to be understood are people really asking if the other (or saying they did) "reply, please"?

Why not just type reply?

RSVP is French, even.

PrunellaDeVille Sat 24-Aug-13 21:41:57

fastwindow - yours reminds me of.... folks using 'round' in place of 'around' especially in writing.
eg 'she came round'

Jolleigh Sat 24-Aug-13 22:04:45

Really gets to me too...

My DP is is foreign though people would swear he's English and does this all the time.

I blame Boston Legal mostly. He hears impressive words on there and uses them in whichever context he's decided they fit.

The other day, my jokes were erroneous apparently confused

Funny when he does it during a row though wink

Whatdoiknowanyway Sun 25-Aug-13 07:27:01

'One of the only' really gets to me. 'One of the only what'???
'One of the few' maybe, 'one of only 3/4/stated number' I can understand but just 'one of the only' is deeply irritating, especially when it's used in a broadsheet newspaper which should know better (Times last week).

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