Thursday, February 26, 2009

four examples of english misuse and abuse

recently, i saw some examples of the misuse and abuse of english. here they are.

i saw 1th for 1st, or firth for first.

whoever typed this must've gotten it mixed up with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and so on.

a sentence started with the words "this being ... "

i do NOT like this because it is awkward.

the word conversate. it must be a back formation from converse and conversation.

goddamm it -- that's WRONG! and there's a better, simpler word to use -- talk.

a story in usa today noted that people are buying fewer name-brand items at the grocery store and buying more private-stock items.

please -- private stock is a pretentious way of saying store brand. i buy many store-brand items such as bread, coffee, and orange juice. those items are just as good as the name-brand items,

i also save money, and i've done that long before the recession started last fall.

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