Skip to comments.Word for the Day, Tuesday July 31, 2012
Posted on 07/31/2012 5:14:03 AM PDT by SoothingDave
Word For The Day, July 31, 2012
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
a self-styled authority on language usage.
[Usageaster is derived from the word usage and the suffix -aster which refers to something that imperfectly resembles or mimics the true thing.]
None of them around here.
self aware you are ; )
I always watch my Grammar on FR.
The Usageasters lurk not very far.
Syntax and Spelling
Are very telling
To describe the type of person that you are.
Obama’s numbers are sinking faster
After the “You didn’t build that!” disaster
All of his lackeys and all of his toads
Claim “that’s” antecedent is “bridges and roads”
He should have said “those,” says this usageaster
Or is English a language he cannot master?
Obama thinks that all our swimmers are cool
But reminds them that someone else filled up the pool
so desperate he’s calling on the bubbaloon to introduce him at the convention? THAT’s desperate!
My dear, every five year-old knows that the correct spelling of McDONALD is E-I-E-I-O.
Milo says usageaster just means them flatlanders back east where the women have more hair on their faces then the pouting boys don’t like the way us hill folk talk.
A Stage User
Truthy been spending WAYYY too much time with the grandbabies... ; )
I must confess that I’m a usageaster because the improper use of the apostrophe that I observe all the time really grates on me. The misplaced apostrophe is rampant on FreeRepublic, but neither of my highly educated sons seem to get it, either. I’ve learned not to correct them, however, or they’ll stop writing to me.
Usageaster was last Spring next holiday is Usaglaborday*, then Usaghalloween*
What makes you say that?
The two errors I see constantly are the misuse of your/you’re and of/have. Perhaps of/have is a Texas thing, but it drives me nutty. (Example: Bammy should of kept his opinion to himself instead of blurting out his hatred of small business owners in the U.S.)
Oh my gosh you could open your own preschool! lol Adorable kiddos and lovely deck and yard. I miss the trees of the northeast
OMGosh an entire team of truthy progeny!! was that pic taken by any chance up in the Greensburg area? what a beautiful family!
It’s not just Texas. It’s people that only hear and never read.
Wouldn’t you like to be a geaster too?
It just irks me to see that written but I’m glad to know it isn’t just a Texas error.
My back yard, northern NJ. It was just before the July 4th trip to Greensburg.
That deck was built in 1975 by the original owner. I bought the house 5 years later. It is cedar and I have power washed it a couple of times, and put sealant on it once. It will probably outlast me.
No--it's a poor education thing. The contraction "should've" sounds like "should of" and that leads to the confusion.
Yes, those are blatant, as well. But, considering your TX connection I have to tell the story of a business that sat at the main crossroads of Stafford, TX for years. It was named proudly: “Jone’s Dirt Yard” and drove me nuts. Maybe that’s why my sons can’t seem to get the apostrophe right — they were educated, largely, in TX! Private school, no less.
Grandchild #6, who is 4th from the left in the other picture, has a tendency to make a ridiculous face when she says "Cheese!" She's actually fairly cute. I was trying to take a picture of her the other day, but she had her face in that silly "cheese" position. I told her not to say "cheese," but to say, "I love you, grampa." She replied, succinctly, "No!" Nice kid.
beautiful yard, nice enough to look like southwestern PA ; )
she’s adorbs! sometimes candid pix are the way to go when they don’t quite know what to do with their face!
Good point - thanks
Texas bashing again? Perhaps his name was Jone
She is a very pretty little girl
How did you do that, HTML master?
How sweet, to have them all together! I think we’ve seen all of their baby pics here too. They are growing way too fast.
No. His name was Jones. People just really choke when they try to use an apostrophe with their name — especially if their name already ends in S.
I’m not TX bashing. I find it rather endearing. Besides, bad sign painting crops up all over the country. I remember an Antique shop in Snohomish, Washington (where I lived after TX) that listed its wares on a handpainted sign in their window. Amongst other offerings, they proudly announced their collection of “Jewry”.
The new ads are ridiculous
As the silly season goes on-
If O’s guys had an usageaster
To work from dusk to dawn
It would not be helpful for
All the grammar to be correct
When the content is so idiotic
That it just fails to connect
Some of us don’t want food stamps
Or other stuff on the dole, and
It’s not “a scary time to be a woman”
Without free abortion and birth control
Every time I see that commercial I cringe-talk about turning all women into objects and second class citizens (again)-is this what women-myself included-get for busting ass to bring up kids, work and pay our own way for the last 35+ years? Thanks a lot, Obama!
Thanks. That was the first time all 8 have been together. My oldest lives in Texas, and the rest are in the NY/NJ area. We are all going to Texas for Thanksgiving.
Your post reminded me of a funny moment on our trip to DC last week. I was telling the family that the Matisse work int he National Gallery of Art was so delicate that it could only been shown for a few hours a day and my youngest piped up “Thanks a lot, Obama!” We cracked up.
I worked at the polls his morning, and I was unpleasantly surprised at how many people who live outside this county and even this state think that owning a summer/vacation place here entitles them to vote here. I got tired of telling those people they can’t vote anywhere except in the precinct where their primary residence is-where they get their mail, etc.
A couple of them wanted to argue with me and I asked the election official there to explain it to them yet again-some of them actually said they had always voted in both places, and were pissed when we told them they were not going to do it again, not here, no way. Good God, no wonder states made laws requiring photo ID for voting-it lists the permanent/full time address as well...
Now, that is funny!
Nobody told me it was "Pix of the Grandkids Day".
This is Grandson of Grim (as of about 16 months ago).
And, the other half of the set, Granddaughter of Grim, who is almost 4 now...pic is from about a yr ago.
They are adorable! Is their mom the cap collector?
You lost me....but that's easier to do that you might think.
I remember you had a daughter who worked to help kids with cancer and sought pro athlete caps for donations at one time. She was a blonde too.
But, yes...their mom is a blonde.
Beautiful grand babies, grimmy! I’m unforch wayyy too young to have grandchildren! ; )