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Old 10-26-2009, 12:40 PM
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Question Word usage - Pet peeves

Do you have any pet peeves where words or their incorrect use are used? Even if not incorrect, what about those over-used, trendy words?

I have a few. One is judgmental. Everyone says, "Oh she's so judgmental!" It's said with disdain, assuming there's something very wrong with being judgmental. What is wrong with being judgmental? Of course, coming to a judgment without having any facts or a few view points to look at is jumping to conclusions and skipping over the normal course to come to a logical judgment. But being judgmental in itself, I find nothing whatsoever wrong with it.

judgment - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Main Entry: judg·ment
Variant(s): or judge·ment \***712;j***601;j-m***601;nt\
Function: noun
Date: 13th century
1 a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion b : an opinion so pronounced
2 a : a formal decision given by a court b (1) : an obligation (as a debt) created by the decree of a court (2) : a certificate evidencing such a decree
3 a capitalized : the final judging of humankind by God b : a divine sentence or decision; specifically : a calamity held to be sent by God
4 a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing b : an opinion or estimate so formed
5 a : the capacity for judging : discernment b : the exercise of this capacity
6 : a proposition stating something believed or asserted

synonyms see sense




Another pet peeve of mine is the over-use of the word, absolutely. It is used so much by people when they mean simply, "yes." Someone asks them a question and they say, automatically, without thought as to it's exact meaning, whether it is or isn't, "absolutely." Is everything that one says, "yes" to, absolute? LOL. I guess it could be.

without exception; completely; wholly; entirely: You are absolutely right.
2. positively; certainly.
3. (of a transitive verb) without an object.

–interjection 4. (used emphatically to express complete agreement or unqualified assent): Do you think it will work? Absolutely!


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Origin:
1525–35; absolute + -ly


Synonyms:
1. totally, unqualifiedly. 2. unquestionably, unequivocally, definitely.

Of course, it's all rubbed off on me, so I have found myself using both of those words incorrectly or too much.
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irregardless

that one drives me bonkers
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" At " ---at the end of a sentence !
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Oh and double negatives

I don't got none
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:27 PM
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I hate those two also. Where is it at? At implies a place. So does where. Not only is it redundant, it's ending a sentence in a preposition, a no no.

Yes, and irregardless. Regardless already states that it's regardless. Irregardless...does that mean that it's not regardless? LOL.

I know this is common, but people try to be correct and use "I" because they have heard that John, Mary and I are going to the store." The trouble is that it is incorrect to use I when I is used like, "This matter is between John, Mary and I." It should be, "This matter is between John, Mary and me." If you take out the others' names, would you say, "This matter is between I?" No, it is "between me." Of course, what is between one's self?" LOL. But you get my drift. It depends on who is the object and who is the subject.

Now, sometimes I need help with whom or who....not in every case, but sometimes I get confused. I need help with that one.

Lay and lie I totally get and I don't like to hear, "Go lay down." "Lay the book on the table. Lay your body down" Yes... "Go lie down." "The book is lying on the table"....not "laying on the table."

It's funny how these things deteriorate. That is what happened to the latin language. It deteriorated so badly, that it is hardly used anymore. I think it's a good thing to keep this most expressive language alive and well. So, I'm going to work on those things I don't quite grasp.
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"I could care less" drives me bat **** crazy. So you're telling me that you actually care? If you don't care, you should be saying, "I couldn't care less."

Saying "like" every fourth word (or more frequently).

Beginning a statement with "I mean" when you have not actually said anything yet. Example:

Questioner: "Would you tell us how you feel about the situation?"
Answerer: "I mean, you know, like I don't understand how like a person could um like not feel this way about the um like ah I mean the situation is bad."
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Hmmm.....well technically the judgmental thing people call one another is correct, based on:
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4 a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing b : an opinion or estimate so formed


Irregardless drives me up the wall. It just sounds so wrong. Even the dictionary says it means the same as Regardless, so to use it instead.
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Eddie Dude! It's like...I mean....those same things (could care less) drive me like totally nuts too. I mean, like take, "could care less." It's totally like....I don't care much, but I care some. So I have a little ways to go before I get to less.
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LIfe is too short for me to give a care. As long as I get the gist of what someone is saying I figure that is all that is important. I am sure people get annoyed that I often do not capitalize. If my left hand is aching, especially in the last two digits I don't bother. I figure it is that was for quite a few people. I noticed on our lyme board it is pretty common place.
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Hmmm.....well technically the judgmental thing people call one another is correct, based on:

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4 a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing b : an opinion or estimate so formed
Yes, but why are people who are forming an opinion or evalutation by discerning and comparing called "judgmental" as though its a politically incorrect thing to do? It is used that way a lot....with disdain that someone is "judgmental." How dare they be? LOL.
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