You know what annoys me? Being told I shouldn't be bothered by something! And really, it is our LANGUAGE; I don't think that is insignificant. Nor do I think that the peeved people on this thread rank grammatical indiscretions above chronic illnesses or animal losses. It doesn't always have to be black and white -- "this problem is not as significant as <insert here> so it has no merit at all and you're shallow for bringing it up."
By the way, just as longe and lunge are both considered correct, so is worming a proper word for removing/eliminating worms.
verb Definition of WORM
intransitive verb : to move or proceed sinuously or insidiously
1 a: to proceed or make (one's way) insidiously or deviously <worm their way into positions of power — Bill Franzen> b: to insinuate or introduce (oneself) by devious or subtle means c: to cause to move or proceed in or as if in the manner of a worm
2 : to wind rope or yarn spirally round and between the strands of (a cable or rope) before serving
3 : to obtain or extract by artful or insidious questioning or by pleading, asking, or persuading —usually used with out of <finally wormed the truth out of him>
4 : to treat (an animal) with a drug to destroy or expel parasitic worms
Arrange whatever pieces come your way. - Virginia Woolf
Did you know that if you say the word "GULLIBLE" really softly, it sounds like "ORANGES"?
I love this thread! I am with the OP and am bothered by the use of words that should have been learned in grade school. However, my husband and I have these conversations regularly, since he can't spell, and I am not good at math. Neither of us can understand why the other one has a problem! : )
I hate "wala." It's not "wala," it's "voila." (OK, yes, technically there should be an accent over the a, but since that's not a standard English keyboard character, I think just the "voila" is close enough.)
Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?
Norwegians learn Norwegian, the Greeks are taught their Greek
In France every Frenchman knows his language from 'A' to 'Zed' -
....well, the French don't care what they do, actually, as long as they pronounce it properly.
Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning.
The Hebrews learn it backwards which is absolutely frightening.
Use proper English, you're regarded as a freak.
Oh, why can't the English -
Why can't the English learn to speak?!
A great movie to watch, by the way, when you're simply lounging about!
My British Literature professor in college insisted that language was fluid and changed by the people that used it. Sure, there are grammar and spelling rules that are being broken every day but for me any more it is a question of degrees. This board is casual conversation; this isn't formal writing.
By and large, the people on COTH are freaking Shakespeare compared to some of what you'll find on craigslist. Go read craigslist ads for a while and then come back; it'll be better.
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."
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!"
"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 [sic] that need a conjunction: I tried to go TO help them.
Originally Posted by Alagirl
of instead of have really kills me...
could of done this, when you should HAVE done that...
All of these are huge peeves of mine, along with the rampant misuse of "then" for "than." It is other THAN that, not other thEn that, etc. Much more esoteric is that the correct usage is "different from" rather than "different than" in most cases, but I can live with that one.
Oh, and Misty, there is "a rat" in "separate."
If thou hast a sorrow, tell it not to the arrow, tell it to thy saddlebow, and ride on, singing. -- King Alfred the Great
Well, this thread seems to have turned into a grammar-slam, but I found this in Wikipedia regarding the OPs topic:
The word is believed to be derived from either the French word allonge, meaning "to lengthen", or the Latinlonga ("long"). In both cases, the root word featured spelling with an "o" and emphasize lengthening and extension, so although always pronounced "lungeing", the traditional spelling of the word in English is "longeing", and this spelling has been used by the majority of past dressage masters, and remains in use by traditional horsemanship organizations in the United States such as the United States Pony Clubs.
The more phonetic "lungeing" spelling dates back to the 1800s, but has only become popular since the late 20th century. It is now used by an increasing number of books and magazine articles on the subject and in theUnited Kingdom, is the spelling both the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools(ABRS) use in their material. It is also the usual spelling in both New Zealand and Australia, and, since 2009, by the FEI in their equestrian vaulting rules. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longeing
I have to say I would take any spelling error over the 'so' trend, it's not just tweenage girls anymore either.
People don't seem to get that you do NOT start a sentence with so, it is an adverb that modifies an adjective, you don't just throw it into a sentence to take up space!
You know, in the grand scheme of things, there are people on this board who have terminal illnesses, who have dead or dying horses; who have chronic illnesses which cause them great pain; who have families who are abusive, etc.
Slaughtering the english language is way down on the list of things that should irritate everyone.
I hope you feel better. And that you realize how lucky you are to be irritated by little things. You will recover from the flu. Others would love to have your problems.
Was just sitting here reading and thought the same thing. Must be wonderful to have so few problems that spelling and grammar seem a big deal to you.
You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.