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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!

LittleNoona Fri 30-Aug-13 22:25:14

Not really misusing, but mispronouncing gets me.

My colleague says wed-uns-day instead of wednesday. It pisses me right off - we book appointments and say the days of the week in practically every phone call we take so I hear it often!

Also arks instead of ask.

KirjavaTheCat Fri 30-Aug-13 22:37:25

I have a friend who tells people to stop being facetious when they're being argumentative. Does my head in.

KirjavaTheCat Fri 30-Aug-13 22:41:34

Oh oh and my SIL, when describing her children's particularly energetic moods, will say 'they've been properly hypo this evening'

HYPER. IT'S HYPER. Hypo is short for hypoglycemic. I've told her the difference, she still does it!!

And crutch, referring to the area in the middle of your legs. It's CROTCH.

I accept I get irrationally angry over things that don't ultimately matter, though.

Sollers Fri 30-Aug-13 23:10:47

My forriner DP used to think frisky meant chilly. I found it really cute, so I never corrected him. Until my parents came to visit and he asked my mother if she was feeling frisky. That took some explaining. grin

KellyHopter Fri 30-Aug-13 23:50:03

Modest meaning boastful hmm
Haven't seen/heard that for a while though, used to come across it a lot.

pigsDOfly Sat 31-Aug-13 00:38:31

My son was 'corrected' by his teacher when, aged about 14, he used hanged in an essay; the teacher insisted that the man should be hung by his neck. To compound the offence the stupid teacher seemed to feel it appropriate to inform the whole class of my son's use of this strange word and allow everyone in the class to have a laugh at DS's expense. I've often wondered if the teacher ever learned he was in the wrong and perhaps wasn't the best person to be teaching English.

Oh and people using blatantly when they mean patently really annoys me.

CharityFunDay Sat 31-Aug-13 03:18:50

I was in Boots the other day and saw a sign in the pharmacy that said: "Bored of smoking? Try [product X]"

Someone had crossed out the "Of" in felt tip and written "with" instead.

kickassangel Sat 31-Aug-13 04:47:59

My mum always says infers when she means implies. I have noticed my dniece do the same.

I have pointed out the difference to mum, but she doesn't believe me.

littlemog Sat 31-Aug-13 09:55:29

pigsDOfly that is absolutely dreadful. Not only wrong but to try and humiliate your son too....what a total jobsworth. angry

Catsize Sat 31-Aug-13 10:15:23

'My child is on the 95th percentile'. Aaaagggghhhhhh!!!! Centile!!!! angry

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