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Misuse of the English language
Posted 10/14/07 , edited 10/14/07
Well , i have this pet peeve see. Its people who say words incorrectly , or use the wrong words in an old saying.

For example : Saying the word "can" but instead of saying can , you say "Ken". As far as i`m concerned, that warrants a punch in the dick .

You see "ken" is actually a word itself , and it means : to understand , wich you obviously don`t .

" Pillow" is not pronounced "pellow" , "milk" is not " melk" and "roof" is not "rough".

And another thing , some of our commonly used sayings are being defiled .

It is "FLIPPING the bird " not " FLICKING the bird "

Its " BAND together " Not " BAN together "

Using the wrong word doesn't stop there , There are many who use "there " in place of "their" , or "then" in place of "than".

Did none of you ever have an English class?


Oh, and Ebonics . How I hate Ebonics .
Newsflash , Ebonics is not a dialect , its laziness .

Now , don`t get me wrong , I`m not racist , but , If you want to be taken seriously , then speak correctly . Its your choice , you can either speak in a way that makes you sound intelligent in say , a job interview. Or, you can leave the interviewer thinking you " just another dumb nigger" .

Now, I`m not trying to get you t make sure your typing is flawless , without a single spelling error , or a few missed letters or punctuation marks . I just want you to take the time to think about what you are saying, or typing .

Anyone want to add, or dispute anything?

edit: ~note this is directed at the American users , I am aware that many of you live in different , non-English speaking countries and do not have as good a grasp on the language as many of us would like .
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I agree with a lot of what you said. People should learn to speak properly. What I truly hate is when pE0pLe TYp3 Li3K thI5...
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I have to double check my spell checker.

Having a Word Perfect already installed in my pc by the manufacturer is not really helping at all. So, why it's called Word Perfect at the first place?
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Posted 10/14/07

Gev wrote:

Well , i have this pet peeve see. Its people who say words incorrectly , or use the wrong words in an old saying.

For example : Saying the word "can" but instead of saying can , you say "Ken". As far as i`m concerned, that warrants a punch in the dick .

You see "ken" is actually a word itself , and it means : to understand , wich you obviously don`t .

" Pillow" is not pronounced "pellow" , "milk" is not " melk" and "roof" is not "rough".

And another thing , some of our commonly used sayings are being defiled .

It is "FLIPPING the bird " not " FLICKING the bird "

Its " BAND together " Not " BAN together "

Using the wrong word doesn't stop there , There are many who use "there " in place of "their" , or "then" in place of "than".

Did none of you ever have an English class?


Oh, and Ebonics . How I hate Ebonics .
Newsflash , Ebonics is not a dialect , its laziness .

Now , don`t get me wrong , I`m not racist , but , If you want to be taken seriously , then speak correctly . Its your choice , you can either speak in a way that makes you sound intelligent in say , a job interview. Or, you can leave the interviewer thinking you " just another dumb nigger" .

Now, I`m not trying to get you t make sure your typing is flawless , without a single spelling error , or a few missed letters or punctuation marks . I just want you to take the time to think about what you are saying, or typing .

Anyone want to add, or dispute anything?


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Posted 10/14/07
Well I for one try my best not to use lazy shortcuts like gonna, wanna, etc, I am aware I make some grammatical errors sometimes since English is not my native language.

But yes, when the non American kid who has only lived 6 years here gets an A in a college English class while some others who have been exposed to the language for almost two decades get a D something is just not right.

Oh and Firefox has even a spell check for the love of God. Use it!

*Edit: Oops you edited the last part as I was typing my response Gev.
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My entire life I've pronounced creek just like it's spelled; however, it seems fairly common for people in this part of PA (and in some of the neighboring states?) to pronounce it as crick.

The very first time I heard 'melk' was in my senior year of high school. There was a girl in my grade who pronounced it like that.

And, my god, does it annoy the hell out of me when people says yins/yinz.
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Personally I really don't care how people type or spell things but I do understand were you are coming from. It can be hard to understand some people when they spell words wrong or use things like LOL, idk too much. I know I used simple examples but there are some people I know who can make a full paragraph with just letters like that. If I can understand them it's not bad but it can become way to out of hand and it needs to be tone down a bit. The there and their my not be there fault I know a lot of people that had problems with that growing up and some of them had some mental handy caps but there isn't anything wrong with them. They just have some problems when it comes to spelling and reading. I don't think you should both you that much but I understand what you are saying. For example when it comes to the stupid alphabet soup like lol and idk stuff that can become annoying.

But remember this isn’t a business interview it is a friendly discussion board so you shouldn’t worry about how people think here. It’s more impotent to make sure you know when and where it is important to talk that way and when it isn’t.

I probable even screwed up a few when, were, there, their my self in this post, but o well i don't really care to much about it.
Posted 10/14/07

lokita wrote:

My entire life I've pronounced creek just like it's spelled; however, it seems fairly common for people in this part of PA (and in some of the neighboring states?) to pronounce it as crick.

The very first time I heard 'melk' was in my senior year of high school. There was a girl in my grade who pronounced it like that.

And, my god, does it annoy the hell out of me when people says yins/yinz.


Lol, I`m from Pa originally, Born in Tyrone . Yeah , they crick a lot around there.
Posted 10/14/07
The fake hair that people called "weave," I thought at first, when I was in highschool, it was "weed." Well, they almost sound the same, and "weed" means unwanted plant. So, naturally to me, a "weed" is a fake hair.
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hahaha iagree to ,coz people type like this " i hAv3 S0M3 Fr1EnD" makes me wanna throw up
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Posted 10/14/07
even though i know better, i always get they're, there and their mixed up when i type fast (as well as you're and your). if i stop and think about it it's never a problem though. if you see me do it, it's not that i don't know any better, it means i'm just not paying attention.

overall, i agree with your rant. but personally, i just lump it in with the rest of the decline of western civilization that we're seeing.

i'll toss in cell phone grammar/spelling. any time i see it, it drives me nuts. i don't mind a little l33t speak here and there... but christ people, i'm beginning to believe you actually naturally think like that now.
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First of all, I am one who is against posting rant threads, as I believe that it is bad forum etiquette, but since I am not a mod there is nothing I can do about it, so...

I for one try to use as correct grammar and spelling as possible when typing, but Gev I can't support all of your argument...

Note before you continue: I agree with your assessment of "Ebonics"...It is laziness and some people wanting to be "special"...

There are things called "regional accents"...Believe me when I say that they are different; I have lived in four different regions, each with a different accent...That being said, there is no right or wrong accent for any language when used in colloquial speech. People native to Massachusetts drop their r's and some accents in the South don't even sound like they are speaking English. Hell, the way most Americans pronounce things is "wrong" to most British, and they were the ones who came up with the fracking (can't use the word I want and have mods happy with me) language! When it comes to things like "milk" vs "melk" I say get the frack over it!

Being a stickler on typed grammar and spelling, but in speech, give me a break...If you believe that there is a such thing as a cookie cutter pronunciation of the language then you got a lot of learning to do...

EDIT: And people, typing like "1 h4xxor! 1 h4x u!" is referred to as "leet / l33t / 1337 / |_337." People who use this are really one of three things...1) Real life hackers who used to use it back in the 1990's on hacker boards and websites, 2) Some asshat gamers who think they are being cool, and 3) Morons...Then again you do also have some people like me who occasionally use it just to be funny or a complete asshole; amusement, be it personal or other...
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I have heard people say 'lol' in an actual conversation. It makes me want to punch them in the face. Just laugh you idiot Grrrr! >_>
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Posted 10/14/07
If it's written, I just skim through what I don't want to read. You can choose what you want to read or not.

PLEASE. Stop using things like

You think your so great. Its there own choice.

Lately, one disgusting thing I saw was 'misrable'. GOOD GOD! DON'T SPELL LIKE HOW YOU PRONOUNCE IT!

But since Gev was talking about pronunciation matters, I think it's hilarious how some people insist on pronouncing it the wrong way and insist that they are correct 'all along', which they are not getting anywhere near 'along'.. 'off the track', 'far away' maybe.

I hate it when people say in Singapore call film - flerm. FLERM?! WTF? FLERM YOUR HEAD!
Posted 10/14/07
^^ wow. dude, you'll punch a person saying lol on actual conversion? Are you a bit aggressive? What happened to the guy that edsamac was talking about being philosophical and stuff?
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