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It might be easier if you just stopped talking

I have a nerve ending somewhere, probably in my brain, that is hypersensitive to certain spellings and sayings. There's always a few on my hit-list. "Irregardless" is an evergreen, but several others are less clearly wrong and more a matter of taste. I am going to list a few in the hope that you might never subject me to them again.

  • begrudgingly: yes, it's a word according to some authorities. But just say "grudgingly", please.
  • quite the: as in, "I had quite the weekend". You know you sound like a dickhead.
  • I beg of you: no, just beg me. And get down on your goddamn knees.
  • dependant: (see also, independance, etc). Again, it's a word. But it's a noun, and only in British-English anyway. The noun you might be thinking of is "dependency". But usually you're looking for the adjective anyway.

I think that will do for now. We'll see how we go with those four.

(And though you might contend that I'm falling off the crest of the wave of change, I would counterpose that this is simply a proper crusade against a sub-trend of unintentional linguistic recidivism. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just telling you to stop.)

Joseph | 2 Feb 2008

Thu 21 Aug 2008, 10:23AM Peach

"Dependant" - it's a legitimate word. I can appreciate the others, but honestly, don't start attacking words that have a use, please. It makes the others seem like crap, when really, I agree with them.

Thu 21 Aug 2008, 10:27AM Joseph

Wait - so you're happy if something is said to be 'dependant' on something else?

I find it egregious, and bizarrely common in my industry at least.

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