Awkward words

Old 07-11-2016, 04:42 AM
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Originally Posted by DebbieJJ View Post
Is there such a word as "clost"? (as in "close to me") My DH swears the word is valid, I say it isn't. I've heard it on TV by national news anchors, and I just cringe. I hate that word!
Never heard of 'clost'. Don't use "bough ten," either. I used it in a paper for an English class as a senior in HS. The paper was red-lined and scribbled with a rant about that word. Guess it struck a nerve with the instructor, but I don't use that word. Ever.
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:04 AM
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I hate the expression "I seen"
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:07 AM
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Interesting question. I don't think I ever use the word unless it is the say " to whom it may concern".
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:13 AM
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Thanks, zozee that clears up a lot. I don't have too much trouble with most but "whom" always was a bit of a stumper. One I see often and that is the difference between "have and of" I could of is seen often when should be could have. Easier to break down when have is hyphenated like "could've". And clincher is I see many journalists using "could of" instead of could've or could have".
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:21 AM
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I have a relative and love her dearly, who uses the word "tooken" spell check wants to keep changing it. Anyway I keep telling her it's taken but she can say some one "took" it instead. I gave up on it. Then her boyfriend told her what I said was correct. Also "boughten" nope just say bought or purchased and no "buyed" isn't correct either.
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:47 AM
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Dunster probably diagrammed sentences as a kid. The clause, "whoever won't waste it," is the object of the preposition, but, within the clause, "who" is the doer of the action/subject of the verb, so you use "who [subject form]" rather than "whom [object form of pronoun]." When you see the diagram of the sentence, it's easier to see the purpose that the pronoun is performing and to choose the correct version of the pronoun.
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:59 AM
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Yep same here and I hated diagramming.
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Dunster probably diagrammed sentences as a kid. The clause, "whoever won't waste it," is the object of the preposition, but, within the clause, "who" is the doer of the action/subject of the verb, so you use "who [subject form]" rather than "whom [object form of pronoun]." When you see the diagram of the sentence, it's easier to see the purpose that the pronoun is performing and to choose the correct version of the pronoun.
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Old 07-11-2016, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by tapper View Post
Not an awkward word in terms of where to use it but one that is awkward for me.
I like the sound of the word 'specific' but have trouble pronouncing it. It tangles my tongue and comes out 'pacific'.
We must be related!!!! It's the only word I have issued with except medical terms.
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When I have to use lay or lie (as in down) I can't remember which to use. Growing up in the south you learn to mangle the English language so if I use the wrong word or mispronounce a word I don't even worry about it.
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
Farther relates to actual distance - I walked farther than you.
Further is for everything else. I am further along in the quilt making process.

That is my understanding anyway.

I always want to mis-spell occasion as occassion. Have to watch myself.

I also hate the word panties, as well as many of the modern "words" that have popped up, like vacay, sammie, etc.
I too hate the word panties. My grandmother called panties "step ins" which comes from the 1920's when short Flapper dresses where in style. I loved that term and have always used it. My mom spent my childhood years saying, "it's underwear, it's underwear."
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