Monday, February 9, 2009

STRANGE WORDS

SOMETIMES I AM HAUNTED BY WORDS. NOT ON AN EXTREMELY DEEP LEVEL LIKE AN EDGAR ALAN POE WRITING, JUST A STRANGE SURFACE LEVEL. SOME WORDS OR PHRASES IRRITATE ME BECAUSE PEOPLE CONSTANTLY MISUSE THEM, OTHERS JUST SOUND GROSS.

1. "I COULD CARE LESS" - OK, THE PHRASE SHOULD BE, "I COULDN'T CARE LESS"...HENCE THE NEED TO TELL SOMEONE. IF YOU COULD CARE LESS, WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE? THE PHRASE ONLY MAKES A POINT IF YOU COULDN'T POSSIBLY CARE LESS ABOUT THE SUBJECT AT HAND. YOU CARE THE SMALLEST AMOUNT POSSIBLE SO THE PHRASE SHOULD BE "I COULDN'T CARE LESS". MY SWEET HUSBAND LOVES TO REV ME UP ON THIS BY CONSTANTLY SAYING HE "COULD CARE LESS" UGGGG!

2. BLOATED - THIS WORD IS GROSS. I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT IT JUST SOUNDS DISGUSTING. IF YOU ARE BLOATED...DON'T TELL ME.

3. MAKING THE NAME OF A SPECIFIC PLACE PLURAL - e.g. "I'VE GOT TO GO TO WAL-MARTS". REALLY, HOW MANY ARE YOU GOING TO? PLEASE, I KNOW INTELLIGENT PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE THAT SAY THIS AND IT MAKES ME NUTS. IF MY KIDS DO THIS, I MAY WASH THEIR MOUTH OUT WITH SOAP! THIS IS ON THE VERGE OF PROFANITY TO ME!

4. IRREGARDLESS - REALLY SHOULD NOT BE A WORD...DOUBLE NEGATIVE. IF YOU WANT TO USE THIS WORD, JUST SAY REGARDLESS. I HEAR PEOPLE USE THIS WORD IN BUSINESS MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS AND I AM EMBARRASSED FOR THEM. I JUST WANT TO WHISPER IN THEIR EAR, "HEY, DON'T SAY THAT. IT MAKES YOU SOUND STUPID WHEN OBVIOUSLY, YOU ARE VERY ACCOMPLISHED OR YOU WOULD NOT BE HERE."

5. "WE WAS" - LIVING IN THE RURAL SOUTH, THIS LITTLE GEM HAS TRIED TO CREEP INTO MASON'S VOCABULARY AND I JUST GET CRAZY. HE WILL SAY "WE WAS AT THE GAME..." I CUT HIM OFF IN MID SENTENCE AND MAKE HIM CORRECT HIS GRAMMAR. I THINK I HAVE FINALLY BROKEN HIM OF WANTING TO USE THIS "COOL SLANG". SINCE WHEN DID SOUNDING LIKE AN IDIOT BECOME COOL?...OR AM I REALLY THAT BIG OF A NERD?

6. PHLEGM - IT SOUNDS LIKE THE SOUND YOU HAVE TO MAKE TO PRODUCE IT...NASTY. USE ANOTHER WORD LIKE SALIVA, MUCUS, OR SPUTUM. THEY STILL SOUND A LITTLE GROSS BUT NOT QUITE AS BAD.

SO THERE IS MY LIST OF GRAMMAR/VOCABULARY OBSESSIONS. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE SOME TOO...ADMIT IT. YOU JUST MAY NOT BE A BIG ENOUGH NERD TO DO A POST ABOUT IT.

8 comments:

Amy said...

These are so good! The grammer thing is an issue for me right now too. I find myself always correcting Savanna, but I know she comes by it honest because Jody is THE worst. He's a great guy, but he has the worst grammer and I hate trying to correct him - he gets frustrated. The one thing he says that really gets to me is "I seen". I am always saying "I SAW".

Kimi said...

WOW...are you in a mood today or what! Maybe we should have walked this morning so you could have unloaded on me and would not feel the urge to unload on your blog....LOL

Although, I have to agree on a few...such as (Wal-Marts) and (we was)...they make me want to scream myself.

Amy anytime you need to get a little something off your chest call me or we can take a little trip to Wal-Marts and talk along the way....hehehe.

Love you!
Kimi

Jennifer said...

You are too funny!

Patti said...

lol! Im afraid I'm guilty of using the work phelm. I dont like it either, but it is what it is! LOL I'll make sure not to say that word in front of you though!

Grannalisa said...

That is so funny but I totally agree!! Some words and the misuse of others crawl under my skin as well!!! The girls and I have talked about this before. Kylie can't stand to hear the word gingham so of course we say it to irritate her. :)

Lori Beaty said...

I laughed so hard reading this. And I really needed to laugh today. :) My favorite is irregardless. My youth minister in high school always said that and it drove me insane. Thanks for the fun post.

Monica said...

Loved reading this and couldn't agree more! I can especially relate to #3.

Your SWEET Husband said...

Iread this really trying to pay attention and you know what...


"I COULD CARE LESS"

Love u

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