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rageymcrageface · 12/09/2018 19:50


Where in God's name has this all come from? It's so rife on these boards. So many times I've been reading a perfectly reasonable, eloquent post, only to come across one of these "words". I actually fear they will become recognised words and end up in the Oxford Dictionary, just like "selfie". There's probably more that I've forgotten.

I don't claim to be a grammar expert, but these literally aren't even words! I knew I'd be slaughtered if I posted anywhere else about it, so here I am. Does it infuriate anyone also beyond belief? I can't articulate how it makes me feel!

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iklboo · 13/09/2018 10:19

I was apauled Wink

rageymcrageface · 13/09/2018 20:27

"fumming", now that is quite something:

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Ginslinger · 13/09/2018 20:32

would of finishes me off

Iamagreyhoundhearmeroar · 13/09/2018 20:34

Anal seems to be an Irish thing??
What? I’m assuming you mean an’ all which is just “and all” in a regional accent; but not especially an Irish one.

rageymcrageface · 13/09/2018 20:35

Oh God, yes! How could I forget?! That and could of are definitely up there, level pegging with my original list!

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OkPedro · 14/09/2018 01:01

iamgreyhound I meant "and all" written as anal not the phrase "and all"
So yeah what they want to type is "an all" but they type Anal Grin

littlecabbage · 14/09/2018 01:09

There's probably more that I've forgotten

Should be "there ARE" - sorry OP!

3ChangingForNow · 14/09/2018 01:12

Defiantly instead of definitely.. Yes yes defiantly IS a word. Just the WRONG word.

TownHall · 14/09/2018 01:37

'Abit' and 'afew' are typos surely?

Some people really struggle with written English and I think it's unkind to be so scornful of them. What if someone had learning difficulties, dyslexia or didn't speak English as a first language reads this thread. Some people could be really upset and embarrassed by it. Is that your intention?

Iamagreyhoundhearmeroar · 14/09/2018 08:21

Oh I see, Pedro. Why would you actually type in the vernacular at all, though. Nobody needs to “hear” your accent through the written word.

rageymcrageface · 22/09/2018 14:25

"Loose" instead of "lose"!

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AskingForAnEnemy · 22/09/2018 14:30

When people don't know the difference between of and off.

A person on my Facebook keeps posting that she's looking forward to "A week of work"

I have to sit on my hands to not respond with "why would you look forward to a week of work??"

Hanyu · 22/09/2018 14:34

Sometimes the space bar doesn't get hit hard enough on my computer, so words get stuck together.

Abit really should be a word.

I'm going to sleep abit. Like a modern version of awhile.

ferrier · 22/09/2018 14:56

My phone tries very hard to autocorrect me to some of these and many other even more bizarre non-words. Sometimes I don't notice so I apologise in arrears and in advance if I upset anyone.

mumsiedarlingrevolta · 22/09/2018 15:02

It's not a word just because people are trying to make it one.

iklboo · 22/09/2018 15:18

It's not a word just because people are trying to make it one.

Sorry, than one is a proper word, especially in science. It's just being over-used by shiny eyed 'life coaches' these days. Grin

mypoosmellsofroses · 22/09/2018 15:22

delete if not aloud Angry

CanadianJohn · 22/09/2018 15:26

I grew up in a very literate family in an area where dropping the initial 'h' was almost universal. I had a friend who genuinely could not see any difference between 'is' and 'his', as in "I borrowed is book".

This was in pre-internet days, btw, about 60 years ago.

abbey44 · 22/09/2018 15:35

Discrete being used instead of discreet seems to be increasingly common.

Lauren0rder · 22/09/2018 15:37

His and he’s bugs me too.

His not going to school today.

His feeling unwell.


Dontsweathesmallstuff · 22/09/2018 15:45

Butlerswharf yes, Restbite drives me crazy.

Its Respite. I need some of that.
I don't fancy any Restbite though, sounds painful Grin

mumsiedarlingrevolta · 22/09/2018 15:49

It's just being over-used by shiny eyed 'life coaches' these days

Blush I stand corrected. and totally agree with your assessment Grin

wizzywig · 22/09/2018 15:50

Asdas and mataland

Cattenberg · 22/09/2018 18:14


rageymcrageface · 05/11/2018 17:36

Someone selling their house on Right Move...

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