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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13 thoughts on “Thirteen irregular word uses”
I love this list! #5 is my biggest pet peeve; I’m trying to figure out a way to launch a crusade against the use of alot. It really drives me nuts, and I don’t know how it’s been perpetuated! Happy TT!
a lot… that’s a good one that i often forget about! good TT list… my TT this week is all about things not to feed my dog (based on unfortunate previous experiences)!
thank you! I don’t think i’ve ever said Aboot or ‘eh’.
and the borrow/lend thing is something my husband and i argue over all the time. nice to see i’m right! 😉
oh, and my TT is up.
Ruff? I’ve never heard that down here, except from my dog. Must be a Yankee thing.
I love Canadian pronunciations. And I love Canadians.
yeah, no coke and no coffee makes Laura something something.….
Oh, I’ve said ‘eh’ many a time. I probably said it a dozen times today and didn’t even notice.
Also: “Go crazy?”
I agree with you on all of them. Except for #2.
It is a word and is in the Webster’s dictionary.
How ’bout that. I stand corrected.
However, I also note the following, in the Merriam-Webster online definition for irregardless:
“Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.”
My pet peeve has always been people who pronounce “harass” as if it were someone’s last name. And it really cheesed me when I discovered that that was an allowable pronunciation.
My high school English text called irregardless “a meaningless verbal bastard.” I love that.
I assume you also hate “at this time” and “at this moment in time” when “now” will always suffice.
That would be correct.
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