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Chasing The American Dream

June 02, 2005


I was sitting in the libary yesterday drinking an expresso. A TV was on, and after I saw a jewlery commercial, I heard our President talk about nucular weapons? That ‘n’ word bothers me expecially when you consider it comes from our President. I wonder what the other countries think of our leader when they hear this? I mean for all intensive purposes, he’s projecting a pretty unintelligent persona for our country irregardless of the fact that, amongst us bloggers, this is simply not true. Anyways, I had to get this conversation off my chest. Maybe we really *are* a bunch of dummies? I’m no English major, believe me, but I guess my dummy theory could be a mute point if we just learned how to talk. I agree with Bugs Bunny. “We’re moidering [murdering] the King’s English.” Does anyone else have some good ones they’d like to share?


  • The french benefits of such a prospective are a parent. Still, I am an English major, borne and bread, so it ways on me when people talk this weigh. They supposably are smarter than us? Not as a hole.

    (There were others, but I can only keep this up for so long, you understand...)

    By Anonymous Esther, at 4:00 PM, June 02, 2005  

  • They're, their, and there...grrr. Also, any misuse of apostrophes drives me around the bend, too.

    By Blogger Denise, at 5:59 PM, June 02, 2005  

  • :( I have problems saying marshmallow and sandwich, but only in pronunciation not in context.

    I've been working at a community college for several years now and I'm still shocked at the way recent high school graduates write and speak. But then again with so much abuse of the English language on the internet, it's really no surprise.

    By Anonymous Cat, at 6:00 PM, June 02, 2005  

  • I work for a man that makes a six-figure salary, and uses "irregardless" and "mute point" on a regular basis. Makes my skin crawl.

    By Blogger M, at 10:23 PM, June 02, 2005  

  • Warsh instead of wash.
    Pitcher instead of picture.
    Doggy dog world.
    Rinch instead of rinse.

    Please don't get me started on grammar, homonyms and the misuse of the apostrophe.

    Thanks for the funny rant!

    By Anonymous ~Kabe, at 11:19 PM, June 02, 2005  

  • You guys are coming up with some good ones. Agree with 'supposably.' Hate that one. How bout 'Fustrated?'

    By Blogger Plantation, at 12:10 AM, June 03, 2005  

  • I can feel my blood pressure rising when I hear Curious George say "nukular" and "Amerka." I live in a blue state and will never refer to Curious George as President.

    "Irregardless," on the other hand is a redundancy, comprised of a double negative prefix and suffix. It is a word because it exists in the same way that the "F" word... is a word. People use it and it's incorrect. "Irregardless" is a non word and anyone who cares about the English language shouldn't use it as it displays a lack of knowledge.

    Class over for today, now don't forget to do your homework...

    By Blogger Mari, at 12:13 AM, June 03, 2005  

  • Before I forget, the word "lose," as in "Did you lose your keys," is often spelled "loose" way too many times.


    Input is NOT "Imput."

    I'm done.

    By Blogger Mari, at 12:16 AM, June 03, 2005  

  • "Nother." As in "a whole nother thing."

    By Anonymous Anne Arkham, at 12:35 AM, June 03, 2005  

  • When I was a kid I used to have a pencil case with graffiti-style writing on it. Once such phrase ended with 'Fairy Nuff'. Didn't think of it until a few years later I actually went to write 'fair enough' and spelt it completely wrong! Luckily I noticed my mistake before I handed it in to be marked...

    The *Shame*.

    By Blogger Sarah, at 6:24 AM, June 03, 2005  

  • 'To' and 'too' get me also. How hard is it to understand when they should be used?

    I sometimes play a little fast and loose on my blog with language but not when it comes to using the wrong word or when it comes to misspelling. For example, I did use 'Anyways' to start a sentence on a post I made last night. LOL

    By Anonymous ESSFingers, at 7:39 AM, June 03, 2005  

  • hey. are precedent is vary arrowdite cumpared to a gint fum arkansas (n electrode oafishal) who really did say 'so we had to decide was we or was we gonna not do this.' hooray!

    By Blogger ropedncr, at 9:41 AM, June 03, 2005  

  • he is a prat.

    You would not believe the amount of students at the school I teach that ask what I think of the president...


    By Blogger Amanda, at 4:45 PM, June 03, 2005  

  • It has reached the point at which I can't tell who is joking after the fashion of the post and who is not. Mind you, my pet peeve list has reached thirty entries (yes, "thirty" should be spelled out, as should "two hundred"). In order to save space, I will list only the one that has most recently driven me batty:

    "of" instead of "'ve"

    Example: He should of told me he was going to be late.

    One note for ~kabe: r-insertion and r-deletion rules (see "warsh" as an example of the former) are learned. Linguists have yet to discover, however, any geographical correspondence. While they are, to many, annoying, they may, for all we know, come from a relative of aphasia.

    By Blogger Andrew Purvis, at 10:45 AM, June 04, 2005  

  • Welcome, Professor Purvis. When I was in journalism school many eons ago, I always thought the rule for numbers was to only spell out numbers below 10?

    By Blogger Plantation, at 10:01 AM, June 05, 2005  

  • 1) confusing fewer and lesser
    (e.g I'd have less money if I'd worked fewer jobs.) Number and amount are similarly confused.

    2) close proximity: It's a redundancy that's found all over the place.

    I don't honestly believe Europeans are any more or less intelligent than we are though, nor do I believe that British English is better than American English. Both languages have positively influenced and enriched one another. I'm glad both are around

    By Blogger Gatsby, at 2:19 PM, June 05, 2005  

  • Here's some Vermont-isms...
    I thought about your blog while I was *downstreet* on my way to the bank to visit the *Notar Republic*. I've got to sign this *dern* paper. Let's see, *where's my pen at?* I had some *wicked good* *idears* to share. *Geezum crow*, I left the paper I had to sign in my *gararge*. Oh well, it'll just *havtah* wait, but *so doesn't everything" from time to time.

    By Anonymous Rallison, at 5:29 PM, July 11, 2005  

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