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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!

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

NoGoatsToe Fri 30-Aug-13 20:27:03

My Aunt says my DS was 'memorised' by something... drives me mad. I presume she means mesmerised.

Hissy Fri 30-Aug-13 18:57:10


I CAN spell. smile

Hissy Fri 30-Aug-13 18:56:35

My boss was talking about his holidays and how he's not familiar with the place he's going.

"It's not often I go icognito.."

He's an avid yourselfer too. hmm

elsie07 Fri 30-Aug-13 17:45:11

Loose instead of LOSE. It's all over the fucking internet like a contagion. I should stop visiting weight lo(o)se sites where no-one call spell to add to their other issues.

And it is you've got another think coming, thing doesn't make any sense.

ShellyBoobs Fri 30-Aug-13 17:21:23

no thank you, I must recline

I love that one.

I shall use that one at some point over the weekend.


Catsize Fri 30-Aug-13 17:14:11

I have found my dream thread...

'Those ones' and 'these ones'. No. It is 'those' or 'these'. One cannot pluralise 'one', can one?

'Could of' etc.

I could go on, but shall resist.

newforest, I think we were separated at birth.

Bumblequeen Fri 30-Aug-13 17:08:05

We was instead of we were.
I done instead of I did.
Pacific instead of specific
I should of instead of I should have

I dislike people dropping their T's:
Mee-ing instead of meeting
Hospi-all instead of hospital
Whaa- instead of what

badtime Fri 30-Aug-13 16:51:36

justmatureenough2bdad, I also get very irked by the infer/imply mix-up.

When people say 'What are you inferring?' I usually reply 'I'm inferring that you don't know the difference between infer and imply'.

imply = suggest
infer = deduce

resipsa Fri 30-Aug-13 15:51:22

But I have no problem when non-native speakers make mistakes. In their case, it's endearing. I remember never quite getting my head around "depuis" in French so if someone from France mixes up since and the-other-word-I-can't-recall-from-the-earlier-post, it's easy to tolerate.

resipsa Fri 30-Aug-13 15:47:44

I must be old and sad. I love these threads. Have added to my list:

"Hence why"/hence

ArtexMonkey Fri 30-Aug-13 15:17:18

sashh, are tha from tahn then? wink

My dh will say he squoze a spot, wtf? Mil says ds has 'a mis-cheev-ee-ous face'.

My mum has a friend who is awesome, the absolute queen of these though. If she turns down a cup of tea she'll say "no thank you, I must recline". She described someone's mucky house as 'an absolute grovel' once. But best of all was when she asked the decorators to put her a dildo in the front room. grin

littlemog Fri 30-Aug-13 15:09:22

Yes to 'ying' and yang. Bloody irritating and makes people sound really stupid.

Lweji Fri 30-Aug-13 15:08:16

Being a forriner too, I have made very rarely, of course silly mistakes.
Once, whisker for whisk. blush

musicwithrocksinit Fri 30-Aug-13 14:45:21

Oh and people who say ying and yang grrrrrrrr

musicwithrocksinit Fri 30-Aug-13 14:44:13

People who say Vic -ah versa boil my piss. It's vice people.

Oh and people who think their being smart when they say reeeaally?

And when someone counters "two negatives don't make a positive" with "it does in maths". Only when multiplied you prat, when you add them it gets "MORE" negative

Froths in a corner

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