Skip to comments.IT'S "LOSE" NOT "LOOSE" (I am SO tired of illiteracy...yes, I know, hugh, etc.) VANITY
Posted on 07/28/2008 5:38:09 PM PDT by paulat
I am SO FREAKING TIRED of people who don't know the difference between "lose" and "loose."
Y'all are ILLITERATES!!
That, and those who insist on using the non-word "alot".
You’re about 10 years late.
1. "Noone" for None.
2. "Caucasian." An outdated term rooted in 19th century junk science, that is not used in any other country. The only true caucasians live in places like Tblisi or Yerevan. "White" or "European American" should be sufficient.
Shoot, I already had the hammer cocked.
To effect meaningful change, one must affect the lives of many people.
Emotional affect?, never saw such a usage before.
There are many neologistic messes within the nutspeak community.
You think the hall belongs to you today or you just have nothing else better to do? :)
Its used in psychological literature. Try Googling "emotional affect." Tons of references pop out.
and if you lose them it could well be because they were to loose....
Which is exactly why spelling matters.
Thank you for this instructive thread. My grammar and punctuation aren’t always the greatest, especially my punctuation. Sometimes my sentence construction looks like there was a fire sale on commas. :-) But, I confess, the “loser” versus “looser” phenomena annoys me when I see it misused.
Here’s another that bugs me: “utmost” versus “upmost”. I see it often on FR and elsewhere (much like “mute” versus “moot”). It bugs.
Sorry, but your Alabama relatives are wrong. Y'all is a plural. Anyone who uses it as a singular is usually a sheltered New York or Hollywood writer trying lamely to imitate the Southern vernacular.
Y'all provides the English language with a second person pronoun, like "vous" in French, something formal English lacks. It's an extremely useful word, and I use it freely in all but the most formal settings.
Y'all's is a possessive.
loosing losing ANY sleep over it.)
Emotional affect (sometimes just "affect," pronounced AF-fekt) is one's overall demeanor. An inappropriate affect -- an unusual emotional response to stress-- can be an indicator of mental illness or criminal guilt. A flat affect, absent stress or empathy in situations where they would be expected, can be an indicator of a psychopath.
Sorry. On reflection, I came off as far more pedantic than I meant to. Y’all is kind of a pet cause of mine, because I think it’s such an amazingly useful word.
This thread should be a fairly compleat source of FRisms.
No problem. The really funny thing is that in all of my 62 years I have NEVER uttered the phrase “y’all” and my Mom never did either. Apparently she left her Alabama stuff behind when she moved west.
One of my favorite “grandma-isms” was when she would announce that she was “T I R D tired.” I loved that one.
Bingo! It took 126 posts before someone got to then and than. it drives me crazy every time I see a sentence with, "other then that..."
Only within the nutcase lexicon; not established in normal speak.
Not really. Technical lingo, perhaps out of place on a common forum.
I think I may have reached critical mass when I came across someone "poo pooing" a matter -- I was figuratively (not literally, another constant misuse) tearing my hair out while typing that one does his "poo pooing" in the *necessary*, when he wishes to demonstrate derision, he is "pooh poohing." He tried to cover embarrassment by pointing out as how I'd misspelled some word in my post which I not only had not misspelled, but he spelled misspell, "mispell." Go figure.
It constantly amazes me how many journalists/reporters make simple grammatical errors -- listen to how many times you will hear "reason is because" from them, even though they purportedly went to college. They didn't learn back the 5th grade that this is redundant?
Don’t loose your temper so easily.
Umm, that should have been a clue to the humor.
I'd love to be invited to that popular Independance my own self ... is it anything like a cotillion, do you know?
Spell-check is great, but not all that helpful when you've spelled a word correctly, simply used it improperly, a real drag for me when my poor eyesight didn't catch my boo boo before I had hit "post" -- I only then notice it when I'm back to the thread and can't modify, correct myself.
I'll never forget the article I was reading in a Science magazine while waiting to see a doctor, no kidding, it used "orgasm" instead of "organism."
You loss me at hello.
My folk must have welcomed your folk. One family was in Maryland in 1720 and then moved to VA before 1723. (Maryland is south of Mason-Dixon line.) They ended up in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Another was in VA in 1656. They also ended up in AL.
Here is a fun write up of “y’all”.
Y’all is also used in the phrase “all y’all”, which is a more inclusive form comparable to “all of you”. This can cause some amusement as “all y’all” can be interpreted as “all of you all”. Note that we can be used as the first-person analog of y’all for the first three properties listed above.
My spell checker’s subsitute for “Obama” is . . . “Ovum”.
‘Golf’ is not a verb.
I gnu you would eventually loose you’re mind!
How about when read or hear in one of the media..."500 people were evacuated..."?
Can you imagine the fire department giving 500 people enemas at one time?
Thanks for the write up.
In the military, particularly for land navigation, you set the orientation of your map by aligning it so that north on the map matches the north on your compass.
In other words, in basic militarese ... you ORIENTATE the map ....
AAARRGGHHH! It's ORIENT, you dimwits ...
Thank you ... I feel better now.
And I would imagine it's also common usage to say your AO administrates the platoon, or regiment, or whatever the Army unit is.
It's probably good that most Americans who join up do so at a young age, before they've had any real-world job experience which might lead to some confusion when they're first exposed to military jargon.
It's the Two-Step, Side-step Bawl, didn't you know? ;)
My pet peeve is William Safire's---the pet peeve.
One of these days, ongana buy a dog and name him Peeve, so I can introduce him to my friends, in the thrill of indignation, "This is my pet, Peeve."---William Safire, On Language.
Two cheerful dogs grace our household, but in my imagination we also have a dog named Peeve. He is perpetually grumpy; complains about his dog food, collar is too tight, bed lumpy, not getting enough exercise, all that. What especially gets his hackles to rise is human language he doesnt understand.---William Safire, "And Now This," The New York Times, 28 October 2008.
After lamenting the disuse of "the fine old airline verb" deplane, in favour of debark, Safire ended with this jewel: Have to go now; my pet, Peeve, is debarking.
Forgive him, Father. (Sorry. I saw "critical mass" and mistook you for a priest.) He must have had it up to there from the pupu platter.
Double barreled hit...There have been several posers taking on affectations on this thread but it does not always imply sham.
You’re back to nutspeak words; nowhere else is this sort of construction generalized.
Look, we started out here with a simple plea disguised as a rant just to make the point that too many posters have gotten sloppy in their editing and now we have people coming in trying to hi-jack the thread and turn it into an exercise in neologistic gymnastics.
Let’s just concentrate on taking one last glance before its two layt!!!
It's in general enough usage to appear in my computer's dictionary, which is hardly the OED. Affect is a noun describing people's apparent emotional reaction. As such, it is most often used by people who discuss people's apparent emotional reactions.
The bottom line is that someone mentioned a usage you did not know. You could have said, "Hm. I didn't know that. You learn something new every day." But instead you decided to dismiss the usage as part of the "nutcase lexicon," insulting others for the simple act of knowing something you did not.
and now we have people coming in trying to hi-jack the thread and turn it into an exercise in neologistic gymnastics.
After refusing to let go of your bizarre hobby horse, you're now accusing others of hijacking the thread -- as if thread drift weren't a normal part of any online discussion, especially one whose chief appeal is wiseassery.
Affect as a noun referring to emotional state is hardly a neologism; the Latin affectusrefers to emotional state, and the word was in use in Middle English by 1400.
Lets just concentrate on taking one last glance before its two layt!!!
Yes, by all means, those of us who love language should discuss it and have fun with it, but always remember to stop short of introducing any information Old Professer didn't already know.
I’m glad you got that off your chest and I’m appropiately castigated; with that I leave this discussion with this link:
The enema of my enema is my friend. ;)
Speaking of malaprop, here's a selection from the Mother Malapropper herself . . . the incomparable Jane Ace:
Be it ever so hovel, there's no place like home.
Congress is back in season. (Hmmmm . . . no bag limit?)
Time wounds all heels.
You could have knocked me over with a fender. (Husband Goodman: Mmmmmmm, there's an idea!)
Oh, I never drink, I'm a totalitarian.
Now, there's no use crying over spoiled milk.
Now, relapse, dear---remember your blood pleasure.
He's my own flesh and bones.
He's a big clog in the machinery.
After all, I am his awfully-wedded wife.
I'll have it ready in a jitney.
I look like the wrath of grapes.
I always say you have to take the bitter with the better.
May I introduce your pet, Cause, to my pet, Peeve? ;)
Hey! That's BS! My parents were married when I was born!
Hey! That's BS! My parents were married when I was born!
LOLOL!! That's the funniest thing I've read in a LONG time....
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