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Thread: phrases that puzzle me

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    why do we say "don't forget to" when we really mean "remember to"

    I read somewhere that our little brains remember "NOT" and tune out the rest - is this so?


    a question that I think should be banned: "Did you or did you not . . . . ?"

    seems to me that "Did you . . . .?" would be adequate

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    When someone adds "right?" to the end of a sentence.

    i may or may not know if it's "right" - could be "left" for all I know

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    I think its funny....all areas seem to have specific sayings...it adds to our character I think... :-D

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    I read somewhere that our little brains remember "NOT" and tune out the rest - is this so?
    I think it's the other way around. The brain drops the negative part and remembers the rest.

    So if you are repeating an affirmation "don't screw up", your brain will actually feel as if you are instructing it to "screw up".

    The same thing happens with anything like "not, don't, never", etc.

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    I agree - you said it the way I WANTED it to be - thank you

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    Here is Central Pa a lot of people say "So they did" after sentences. It drives me CRAY and they mix up Let and Leave all of the time. "John went to the store, so he did." "I am not here to answer the phone so let me a message." GRRRRRRR!

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    Instead of "already" my neighbor says "although" at the end of sentences. Such as, "I'm going to town although." It drives me nuts!! I'm always waiting for him to finish the sentence. Although what?????

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    "Please leave me a message ..."

    Instead of "Please leave a message . . ."

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    "Already" at the end of the sentence is from the Midwest? I hadn't heard it before, and I have been in the Midwest most of my life. I would agree, though, that areas have peculiarities in the speech used. That alone makes travel fun for me, as I get to listen to different speech patterns.
    I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Mom
    "Already" at the end of the sentence is from the Midwest? I hadn't heard it before, and I have been in the Midwest most of my life. I would agree, though, that areas have peculiarities in the speech used. That alone makes travel fun for me, as I get to listen to different speech patterns.
    I love it!
    I don't recall hearing it, either.

    Some families have their own phrases that are unique.

    Gallivanting - going out and about on unnecessary errands or visits

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