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Sayings that irk me

So, there are common sayings that have two ways of wording them that rub me the wrong way when I hear the expression worded a particular way. Two cases:

 

1. Standing "online" instead of "inline". Most everywhere I've been there is no line painted on the floor to stand "on" and I'm certainly not standing on top of anyone. Instead, I am standing "in" a line of people.

 

2. A "bald" faced lie instead of "bold" faced. How does someone have a bald face when it comes to their intention, shave it? Instead I was taught bold face, as a person is being pretty bold to lie to your face.

 

Yea, I'm being a bit grammar eccentric but makes me cringe a bit when I hear them. Anyone have others?

 

And happy voting day! Sure glad the political ads will be over although they'll probably start up with the 2020 ones before we get a real rest from it.

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Re: Sayings that irk me

The only thing I can think of that bugs me at all is "I could care less" instead of "I couldn't care less".

 

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Distinguished Professor II

Re: Sayings that irk me

Like Jay, "I could care less" is one that bugs me.  If you could care less that means you care, as you still have room to care less.    

 

I hate the mispronunciation of commonly used words even more.  

 

It's height, not heighth.

It's especially, not expecially.

It's escape, not excape

It's asterisk, not asterix.

It's ask, not aks.

It's jewelry, not jewlery.

It's realtor, not realitor.  Actually, it's Realtor, but I can deal with people treating it as a common noun instead of a proper noun.  

And for God's sake, it's nuclear, not nukuler, or however the heck you would spell that word.  I thought pronouncing it as nukuler died out with the Reagan Administration.  Smiley Tongue 

 

That's just the tip of the iceberg.  

 

Yeah, I'm kind of picky when it comes to pronunciation.  


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Senior Instructor

Re: Sayings that irk me


@Jay wrote:

The only thing I can think of that bugs me at all is "I could care less" instead of "I couldn't care less".

 

This post makes me think of Weird Al's Word Crimes. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc


Lol, unless it is opposite day.

Senior Instructor

Re: Sayings that irk me

@GabeU wrote:

 

"I hate the mispronunciation of commonly used words even more."

 

Agree, although the Brits and Aussies can be just as bad. 

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---Standing "online" instead of "inline".

Never heard this one!  (And it should be "in line")

 

Both bald-faced lie and bold-faced lie are correct -- they mean slightly different things.  Bald-faced lie is the same as barefaced lie (which is used in the UK), which means the person is lying openly (and the bare in it refers to being uncovered, not to being hairless).  Bold-faced lie is more of a lie that's more disguised and more impudent. Bold-faced is used in the sense of shamelessness and impudence.

 

 


@BirdDog wrote:

So, there are common sayings that have two ways of wording them that rub me the wrong way when I hear the expression worded a particular way. Two cases:

 

1. Standing "online" instead of "inline". Most everywhere I've been there is no line painted on the floor to stand "on" and I'm certainly not standing on top of anyone. Instead, I am standing "in" a line of people.

 

2. A "bald" faced lie instead of "bold" faced. How does someone have a bald face when it comes to their intention, shave it? Instead I was taught bold face, as a person is being pretty bold to lie to your face.

 

Yea, I'm being a bit grammar eccentric but makes me cringe a bit when I hear them. Anyone have others?

 

And happy voting day! Sure glad the political ads will be over although they'll probably start up with the 2020 ones before we get a real rest from it.


 

Advanced Tutor

Re: Sayings that irk me

Sometimes words have many meanings or overtime they change thier meaning.

An example of this is the word "Bald". The Bald Eagle is not bald.  Is anyone willing to explain this.

 

Reggie

Distinguished Professor II

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@Reggie wrote:

Sometimes words have many meanings or overtime they change thier meaning.

An example of this is the word "Bald". The Bald Eagle is not bald.  Is anyone willing to explain this.

 

Reggie


It's not really that the word bald has an alternate meaning, it's that the word bald, in this context, is from the word piebald, denoting the white head.  

 

Edited.


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Re: Sayings that irk me

Do you mean piebald? If you do that make sense to me. Thank you for the response.

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@Reggie wrote:

Do you mean piebald? If you do that make sense to me. Thank you for the response. 

Ugh.  Yes, I meant piebald.  LOL.  


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