To quote Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes fame): “Verbing weirds language”.
- Impact is not a verb, no matter how often people say “the plane impacted into the mountainside”.
- Irregardless is
nota word. Regardless of what youI might think. (However, I still think it’s a pointless wordmeaningless verbal bastard. (Thanks, Doug!))
- Unthawed means to freeze, not to make not frozen.
- You borrow things from someone, not to someone.*
- Alot is two words: “a lot”.
- …looks on has reached its saturation point in newspaper photo captions.
- I find it irritating to be mocked by Americans for pronouncing “about” as aboot**—especially when I continue to hear the word roof pronounced as ruff by some of our neighbours south of the border.
- Even though it’s a real word, orientate gets my goat. There’s a perfectly good word already, and it’s orient.
- Unnecessary non-standard words, used in an effort to sound eloquent, such as utilized where used would suffice, or…
- …at a high rate of speed for fast. These always strike me as terms used by people trying to sound intelligent; unfortunately they usually make them sound pompous.
- Comprised of annoys me. It should be “composed of”. Both of the following are correct: “The band trip was composed of thirty-five high school students.” “Nineteen wolves comprised the whole of the zoo. What a boring zoo trip that was.”
- My high-school gym teacher once told us, before a ski trip, that we should dress warm, but not “like the abdominal snowman”. I was the only one in the gym that laughed.
- Thursday is not a verb, but I feel like I’ve been Thursdayed.
* This is a French thing, and I hear it in my hometown, but not in the town where I now live. It’s because en français, the verb prêter means both “to borrow” and “to lend”. It’s a vectored verb, in that it has a direction. (If “vectored verb” isn’t a grammatical term already, I hereby coin it.)
** Which is a pronunciation I’ve never heard in Canada, by the by.
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