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October 08, 2013

Annoying And Bogus Words

Learning a language, especially a language as complex and variable as English, is inherently difficult, but if you factor in words that either aren't real or, at best, are...

...misunderstandings or incorrect (or lazy) pronunciations, you have an entirely new, and indescribably unpredictable experience.

The English language, especially the American version, absorbs words from virtually every culture and language source. But should we?

Here's a website with an exploration of words that, we hope, will not become accepted into standard English - even though we already see them semi-permanently entrenched in our language thanks to films and television.
You can see the list here - http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamellis/17-misused-and-made-up-words-that-make-you-rage.

Please make a point to NEVER use these words. No intelligent native-speaker of English would use a word like 'conversate' (but might use 'converse' or 'conversation') or 'supposably' (but might use 'supposedly') or any of the other words posted on this website.

There are many more, of course, but before you use a word or term like 'summer salt' or 'i-dear' (in place of 'idea') think about where you saw or heard it and think twice before you use it.

And, if you have any doubts or disputes, please send them our way. We'll do our best to sort them out.

All I can say is, tread carefully through this language, and be sure to send me any language usages or historical nuances that interest you, and be sure to let me know what it is about language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

Morf

Posted by mmorf at October 8, 2013 09:48 PM

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