posted on Jan, 18 2013 @ 03:56 PM
reply to post by dogstar23
Sigh...just read through the first page of replies, and it seems people entirely missed the point. I made it clear I'm not looking for perfection.
There are simply certain brutally mis-used terms which seem to be gaining steam to the point of overriding proper usage. These are the things I'm
talking about. Those linguistic screw-ups where people aren't even thinking of the meaning (or lack thereof) in what they're saying.
One reply criticizing another who agreed because of not spelling out the acronym "OP" before using it is an example of where we do not have to
nitpick - we all know here what OP means - it is perfectly sensible to go ahead and use the acronym right off the bat.
My hope was that a few commonly used (especially recently) "wrong" words/phrases could be brought to light, and maybe we can turn the tide and stop
these enemies of clear communication.
As far as why this is worth being in the "rant" section...have you seen the posts in the rant section? This is the perfect place for this post. The
wrong place is in the midst of a poorly-written thread, or in response to someone's on-topic post.
To add another I didn't include earlier, the recent trend of using "anymore" the opposite of how it should be used.
"Everybody uses Twitter anymore."
This is wrong. The statement should be "Everybody uses Twitter NOWADAYS." the word "anymore" would only be properly used in the negative. For
example: "Nobody uses MySpace anymore."
How and why such an awkward-sounding phrase suddenly came into common use across a generation is baffling to me. It is almost as though some of these
mos-uses take root online, and with many children's social interactions existing almost solely online, the mis-usage spreads like a viral video.
Lacking person-to-person social interaction, and lacking parents and other adults who actually communicate with them, these viral linguistic miscues
take root from keyboard to monitor and on into day-to-day life.