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1 Nervous Norvous  Tue, Oct 19, 2010 10:13:55am

Being a great fan of original and creative language, I love this! Language is a kind of music that few seem to know how to play.

2 Fenris  Tue, Oct 19, 2010 10:59:08am

I admit, I'm still trying to get over the gag reflex whenever someone misuses the word "irony." According to The Oatmeal, there's a chimichanga and a jetski with my name on it.

Perchance, has Stephen Fry weighed in on "refudiate?"

3 riggbeck  Tue, Oct 19, 2010 3:20:13pm

Brilliant stuff. I notice he said nothing about the misuse of 'like,' perhaps because it's an annoying linguistic tic rather than a pathway to expanded expressiveness. Like having a socially acceptable form of Tourette's syndrome. Catching, too. It sneaks up on me if spend too much time talking to my granddaughter.

The other thing that still drives me crazy is the Antipodean Interrogative, where each sentence ends on a rising inflection as if the speaker is asking a question, or at least eliciting approval for even the most incontrovertible statement. Don't hear too much of it now, but there was a time when it was quite common.

4 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Tue, Oct 19, 2010 6:57:00pm

On swearing:


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