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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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    I worked with a woman from Michigan who used "them" in place of any pronoun, and any tense.

    Them is nice bananas,
    Them are coming to dinner tomorrow.

    I used to cringe every time she opened her mouth. But then again, she probably is still working, and I'm not.

    :roll:

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    Heh, most of those would drive me up the wall!
    I've heard people say 'already' at the end of whatever they're saying, but I think I probably heard it more on TV than anywhere else, because I don't think people around here actually say that.

    What drives me really crazy, is when people say 'yous guys' or something similar. ARRRGH!!!! It doesn't happen often and it's mostly people who are uneducated who say that around here. Maybe it's common elsewhere, I don't know.
    Or what about 'don't' instead of doesn't. "She don't know what time to go pick him up"
    Or what about double negatives like "I don't know nothing"
    I never understood how that made sense...
    They used to call me the 'grammar b!tch' in high school, I can understand why, lol!

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    Oh yea, my EX used to say TY-NE-LOL instead of Tylenol. ARGH!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray

    Gallivanting - going out and about on unnecessary errands or visits
    I've heard that one pretty often.



    What about 'your neck of the woods' How did that saying ever even start?

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    I hate it when I hear a newscaster say 'he went missing' or 'he turned up missing'. I just don't get it.

    Renee

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    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
    I used these with my kids when they were younger :oops: all of the time!!
    I also read that children and some adults only hear the first 5 words and then the rest becomes gibberish...so if you add in words like "not" in the first 5, no wonder they tuned us out lol

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    Oh another thing said here pretty regularly is instead of Chiropractor they say Choir-practor. And for Alzheimer's it is Old-timers disease.

    And my husband regularly worshes (washes) his kellers (colors) in cold werter (water)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Oh another thing said here pretty regularly is instead of Chiropractor they say Choir-practor. And for Alzheimer's it is Old-timers disease.

    And my husband regularly worshes (washes) his kellers (colors) in cold werter (water)

    Good God, how do you get used to that?! I would be so confused, where is he from?

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    In rural south the phrase 'fixing to' is used in place of going to and 'carry' in place of taking.
    I'm fixing to carry my aunt to the store.

    I can't stand to hear the word day pronounced as 'dee' like in Mondee, Tuesdee, Wednesdee.... Say MonDAY, TuesDAY..... it will at least give the impression you do have some learnin! LOL

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    My niece is a transplant to Texas from Minnesota - and she's picked up a lot of the expressions - you-all and fixing come to mind.

    Actually, you-all makes some sense. You is singular and you-all is plural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    My niece is a transplant to Texas from Minnesota - and she's picked up a lot of the expressions - you-all and fixing come to mind.

    Actually, you-all makes some sense. You is singular and you-all is plural.
    No, bear, "Y'all" is singular and "All Y'all" is plural. You-all is something that people who moved from North to South use in place of Y'all. Or maybe it came from somewhere else, but not from the South.

    And here in the South, "Coke" is generic. "Does anyone want a coke? What kind?" I do still use "Pop" when I go back to Ohio, though.

    I absolutely cannot stand when someone says "Awnry" for Ornery. For some reason that drives me nuts.

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    It took me a while to realize that "pop" and "soda" were the same thing.

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    Well...mine is "throwed"...I just go crazy when I hear this.." that bull throwed him like a yard dart!"

    People around here say that all the time...UGGHHHH!

    And..."done gone"...as in...."he done gone and done it"....

    :roll: :roll: :roll:

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    I have been sitting here and laughing like crazy at some of these...and how many I still use LMBO
    It is funny though, I may use them while talking, but never think of using them while typing/writing :lol: :roll: :lol:

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    Well, I am going to confess and say that I do use a certain phrase. Almost always in regards to a patient:

    "She looks like she was rode hard and put up wet" :shock: :mrgreen:

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