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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".

usageaster [yoo-sij-as-ter]

-n

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.]


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1 posted on 07/31/2012 5:14:06 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; ...

None of them around here.


2 posted on 07/31/2012 5:19:15 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

self aware you are ; )


3 posted on 07/31/2012 5:24:59 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

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.


4 posted on 07/31/2012 5:28:47 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: SoothingDave
at the risk of sounding SOOTHERESQUE aka pedantic, i am going to post here the proper spelling and identification of one of the potential Veep picks, Bob McDonnell, governor of VA. because FR peeps are driving me nuts with referring to him as McDONALD.
5 posted on 07/31/2012 5:43:39 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

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


6 posted on 07/31/2012 5:51:57 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

so desperate he’s calling on the bubbaloon to introduce him at the convention? THAT’s desperate!


7 posted on 07/31/2012 5:53:48 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
FR peeps are driving me nuts with referring to him as McDONALD.

My dear, every five year-old knows that the correct spelling of McDONALD is E-I-E-I-O.

8 posted on 07/31/2012 5:53:48 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: SoothingDave

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.


9 posted on 07/31/2012 6:26:14 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: SoothingDave
usageaster [yoo-sij-as-ter]
-n
a self-styled authority on language usage.

A Stage User
Sagest Urea
Argue Asset
Rage Sauté
(Use Teargas)

10 posted on 07/31/2012 6:30:05 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Truthy been spending WAYYY too much time with the grandbabies... ; )


11 posted on 07/31/2012 6:37:15 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

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.


12 posted on 07/31/2012 6:56:26 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: SoothingDave

Usageaster was last Spring… next holiday is Usaglaborday*, then Usaghalloween*


13 posted on 07/31/2012 6:59:04 AM PDT by mikrofon (* Usageasterisk)
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To: xsmommy
Truthy been spending WAYYY too much time with the grandbabies... ; )

What makes you say that?

14 posted on 07/31/2012 7:20:26 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
OMG that is the best description of bammys slam: "you may have won the gold medal but someone else filled up the pool"..... perfect!
15 posted on 07/31/2012 7:23:59 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.)


16 posted on 07/31/2012 7:27:48 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Oh my gosh you could open your own preschool! lol Adorable kiddos and lovely deck and yard. I miss the trees of the northeast


17 posted on 07/31/2012 7:29:47 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

OMGosh an entire team of truthy progeny!! was that pic taken by any chance up in the Greensburg area? what a beautiful family!


18 posted on 07/31/2012 7:31:24 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

It’s not just Texas. It’s people that only hear and never read.


19 posted on 07/31/2012 7:36:19 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

usageaster
Imageaster
Wouldn’t you like to be a geaster too?


20 posted on 07/31/2012 7:47:10 AM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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To: SoothingDave

It just irks me to see that written but I’m glad to know it isn’t just a Texas error.


21 posted on 07/31/2012 7:52:12 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: xsmommy

My back yard, northern NJ. It was just before the July 4th trip to Greensburg.


22 posted on 07/31/2012 7:59:49 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

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.


23 posted on 07/31/2012 8:02:50 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Perhaps of/have is a Texas thing, but it drives me nutty.

No--it's a poor education thing. The contraction "should've" sounds like "should of" and that leads to the confusion.

24 posted on 07/31/2012 8:05:56 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

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.


25 posted on 07/31/2012 8:18:18 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; xsmommy

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.

26 posted on 07/31/2012 8:19:39 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree; SoothingDave

beautiful yard, nice enough to look like southwestern PA ; )


27 posted on 07/31/2012 8:20:46 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

she’s adorbs! sometimes candid pix are the way to go when they don’t quite know what to do with their face!


28 posted on 07/31/2012 8:23:13 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Good point - thanks


29 posted on 07/31/2012 8:24:18 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Texas bashing again? Perhaps his name was Jone


30 posted on 07/31/2012 8:25:53 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

She is a very pretty little girl


31 posted on 07/31/2012 8:27:00 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

thanks


32 posted on 07/31/2012 9:04:56 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: martin_fierro

How did you do that, HTML master?


33 posted on 07/31/2012 9:18:51 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

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.


34 posted on 07/31/2012 9:26:28 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

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”.


35 posted on 07/31/2012 9:29:16 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: secret garden
Just put the whole kit 'n' kaboodle of text between "HTML BLINK" tags. But be careful. 1) not all browsers (Internet Exploder) support this HTML command; and 2) it can be annoying as hell if overused.
36 posted on 07/31/2012 9:30:57 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
Thanks Marty! I learned something new today.
37 posted on 07/31/2012 9:43:47 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

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!


38 posted on 07/31/2012 10:23:49 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: secret garden

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.


39 posted on 07/31/2012 10:38:40 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: Texan5

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.


40 posted on 07/31/2012 10:46:10 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

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...


41 posted on 07/31/2012 11:05:28 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: secret garden

Now, that is funny!


42 posted on 07/31/2012 11:09:05 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree; xsmommy; tioga; RikaStrom; Texan5

Nobody told me it was "Pix of the Grandkids Day".
This is Grandson of Grim (as of about 16 months ago).

43 posted on 07/31/2012 11:49:53 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper (Obamacare must die.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree; xsmommy; tioga; RikaStrom; Texan5

And, the other half of the set, Granddaughter of Grim, who is almost 4 now...pic is from about a yr ago.

44 posted on 07/31/2012 11:54:45 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper (Obamacare must die.)
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They are adorable! Is their mom the cap collector?


45 posted on 07/31/2012 12:04:18 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
the cap collector?

You lost me....but that's easier to do that you might think.

46 posted on 07/31/2012 12:16:38 PM PDT by TheGrimReaper (Obamacare must die.)
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To: TheGrimReaper

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.


47 posted on 07/31/2012 12:28:36 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
Your memory is excellent. No, these 2 are my son's kids. The daughter would apparently prefer to help other folks' children than deal with any of her own. (:-|

But, yes...their mom is a blonde.

48 posted on 07/31/2012 12:39:33 PM PDT by TheGrimReaper (Obamacare must die.)
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To: TheGrimReaper

Beautiful grand babies, grimmy! I’m unforch wayyy too young to have grandchildren! ; )


49 posted on 07/31/2012 1:25:06 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
Bwaaaaaaaahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!
That's a good one!
50 posted on 07/31/2012 3:20:58 PM PDT by TheGrimReaper (Obamacare must die.)
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