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AIBU?

Adverbs

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WorldEndingFire · 22/12/2019 18:15

Waaaaah language whinge

AIBU to think people are forgetting how to use adverbs? I know language develops and changes and I embrace that but it sounds so wrong! I keep seeing people write things such as "doing it deliberate" and "going direct" - is it really that much trouble to add the -ly ending?

... also there's a recent thing of using "either" instead of "neither", e.g. "me either" instead of "me neither" - why?

... or "myself/yourself/yourselves" when "me/you" is perfectly fine. It's not fancy or formal to refer use a ...self ending, I'm sorry but if you do this you just sound really silly!

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FesteredFairy · 22/12/2019 18:49

Try the dreadful habit of adding "pre"to everything?

VoleClock · 22/12/2019 18:55

Yes, the bloody 'pre -ordering' thing that i argued with my DP about. Before ordering you are just looking. If they don't have the thing in stock you are still just ordering it.

WorldEndingFire · 22/12/2019 19:17

Argh! Yes! "Pre-warning" and "pre-booking" are my greatest peeves on that front...

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YouTheCat · 22/12/2019 19:18

Bigly Grin

UncleHerbie · 22/12/2019 19:20

Agree re adverbs. My husband used rarely to use them. Now he uses then or corrects himself before getting the look 🤪

Weedinosaurus · 22/12/2019 19:22

We are kindred spirits! Everything. Have said drives me potty!
It also irks me when people say ‘done good’ instead of ‘done well’

JoJoSM2 · 22/12/2019 19:25

Well, people speak the best they can. DS’s babysitter says things like ‘he done’ and ‘you is’. I just hope he doesn’t pick it up.

Witchend · 22/12/2019 19:25

This is a pre-reply while I consider what to put. Wink

StrawberrySquash · 22/12/2019 20:28

Pre-order makes sense in the context of a restaurant. Ordering is what you do on arrival. Pre-ordering is when you order before you go so that they know what food to buy in.

ViaSacra · 22/12/2019 20:30

Maybe it's just the circles you move in? I've never heard anyone say any of the things in your OP (bar the me/myself thing - I think that's ubiquitous).

WorldEndingFire · 22/12/2019 20:53

No, not my circles, thanks, it's something I see here on MN regularly.

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JoJoSM2 · 22/12/2019 23:12

When it comes to using adjectives rather than adverbs, isn’t that quite American?

ThunderboltandLightning · 22/12/2019 23:19

Not an adverb one, but people who say 'that's a bit cringe' when they mean cringeworthy. It makes me...cringe when I read it.

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