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  1. #1
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    Angry It's LONGE people, NOT lunge, and FAZE, not phase! GAK!!!

    Disclaimer alert: I am suffering the worst flu ever right now, never been more miserable in my life, and am easily irritated by just about everything, but my pet peeve on these horse forums is ((SEE ABOVE!!))

    Isn't it bad enough the slaughter of the english language in general by the clue, and careless, but the folks on here are generally fairly bright, and obviously well educated.

    So, why would any horse person want to teach their horses to LUNGE around them????? Lunging is bad, lunging is out of control horsey madness. Dangerous. To longe a horse is to have him travel around his trainer while on a longe line, in a well controlled manner. This is good.

    A horse who does not spook at flapping things on the trail or elsewhere is un-FAZED. He may be going through a spooky PHASE while young, but when he's over all that silliness later, nothing should faze him at all, hopefully.

    Please indulge me here, and join the crusade to save the language we old timers had drilled into us since we were wee tots, as best we can. If I manage to survive this flu, maybe my head won't pound so much if there are noted the occasional slip up here and there, later. C'mon, we can do our part to save this ship! (My temperature is above 101.....) Thank you for your indulgence in my ravings.


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    Hope you feel "alot" better soon
    RIP Kelly 1977-2007 "Wither thou goest, so shall I"

    "To tilt when you should withdraw is Knightly too."


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    to lose a horse vs a loose horse ? (feel better!)
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    Confirmation really bugs me. It's conformation. *head desk*



    I've seen even big name barns use that spelling, but I'm thinking it may be the auto correct feature on their phones.
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    My saddle fits perfectly well. It might be a little tight around the waist, but I take care of that with those spandex things.


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    Lunge is fine to use. Lounge however, is not. They don't mean the same things.
    The plural of anecdote is not data.


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    Lunge and longe are both correct:
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    longe [luhnj, lonj] Show IPA noun, verb, longed, longeĀ·ing.
    noun
    1.
    a long rope used to guide a horse during training or exercise.
    verb (used with object)
    2.
    to train or exercise (a horse) by use of a longe.
    Also, lunge.
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    I hate the look of the word "longe" and only use lunge. And as far as past tense goes I hate the look of "longed" which reads as longed (rhyming with wronged) to me.
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    What go me started on this rant is the SmartPak supplement winter 2013 flyer that came this month. On page 21 under the 6 stressors article, they write in # 5 where travel can take a silent toll: "Even if he seems unphased on the outside..." grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
    So I come onto COTH, my favorite most forums on horses ever, and over and over I see the carelessness, the abuse of these two terms. Don't even get me started on "flatting", "lessoning", oh, my poor head.

    Thanks for the well wishes! I'm on the fourth day of the flu, and almost hope it kills me - anything to be out of this misery!!!


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    Buttercups - I too am suffering the flu...the worst, most intolerable flu ever. Feel better soon!



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    Hmm I've always said lunge, because I hate reading "I was longing my horse earlier..."

    It just looks wrong to me. We were taught 'lunge' in 4-h
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eventer55 View Post
    Hope you feel "alot" better soon




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    Ok, since someone else opened the can of worms:

    Lightning: A massive bolt of electricity from the sky.

    Lightening: The act of something becoming lighter.

    I've wanted to say that for a long time. Back to the regularly scheduled programming...

    P.S.: I saw that in the Smart Pak ad, too!
    Failure is always an option*
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    *As long as you figure out what you f'ed up and fix it! -Me


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    Lunge is fine. Longeing looks friggin' weird.

    You're not the only grumpy one. Save the ship? Let 'er sink.
    "No, not anything goes, I said no rules!"


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    I use longe ever since reading an article in a horse magazine many years ago that had three cartoons illustrating lungeing (horse bolting with person trailing at the end of the longe line), loungeing (horse lying on a beach chair with sunglasses on and drink in hoof), and longeing (horse politely working in a circle around the person holding the longe line). It made an impression!


    The one that has me scratching my head is "me" - somewhere along the line "me" seems to have become a word that only idjits use ("me like hockey"). People are using "I" where they should be using "me" and I have to wonder why. "This is a picture of my horse and I" is incorrect use of "I". There's an easy way to check which to use - remove the other party and repeat the sentence. Would you say "This is a picture of I"? Of course not, you'd say "This is a picture of me" so when you put your horse back in it becomes "This is a picture of my horse and me." It works both ways - "My horse and I went on a hack today" is correct because you would also say "I went on a hack today."


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    http://imglol.com/media/a/a2/a2t/a2t2k-no-lunging.jpg

    When did "and" become interchangeable with "to?"

    I hear it on the news, in print, etc. Is it actually considered okay now?

    In this context:

    "I tried to go and help them!"

    instead of:
    "I tried to go to help them!"

    The first sentence doesn't make any sense. I tried to go. I tried to help them. They're not seperates that need a conjunction: I tried to go TO help them.
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    Well, after our ride yesterday, one of my horses is now lounging around.


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    And the past tense of drag is DRAGGED. You do not say "I drug the arena."

    You use reins on the bridle, not reigns.

    Stable owners with people who pay to keep their horse there have boarders, not borders.

    And to chime in with WNT, she is absolutely right. So the stuff you use to kill seedy toe is White Lightning. Not "lightening."
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    Some horses *do* lunge at the beginning of a longeing session...


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    OMG, RedHorses! That's exactly how I figure out when to use "me" or "I", too! I think that people think "I" sounds more formal somehow, so default to that when in doubt. I also hate when people say "myself" when they mean "me."

    As for lunge vs. longe, I wonder if that's a regional thing. I'm from the Midwest and we always said "lunge." I wondered if "longe" was like line-driving or something.

    I try not to have too many grammatical/speaking pet peeves since I'm sure I use a number of things incorrectly, but I still have some!


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    Worming is my pet peeve...you are not putting worms in your horse, you are DE-worming him :-)


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    I've been looking at a lot of farm ads lately and the barns have aisles not isles.
    Even barn builders have incorrect spelling. sheesh.


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