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What word is used incorrectly the most?

By DanQverymuch

3 months ago


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    #151 3 months ago

    'Electrocuted' when what is meant is an electric shock (electrocuted means you DIED).

    'off of' should be 'from' in most cases - "he moved off of the couch" - NO, he moved FROM the couch!

    'I bought it from eBay' - no you didn't, you bought it from a SELLER ON eBay. Which reminds me:

    brought and bought - "I BOUGHT the pinball machine and I BROUGHT it home"

    'could care less' - OK, so you actually still do care a little bit then! Correct is "COULDN'T care less" meaning you absolutely don't care even a tiny bit - COULD NOT.

    #152 3 months ago

    A buck 52 post in 24 ours. This topic blue up!

    #153 3 months ago

    Shoot the 'centre' target.....no, it's 'center'....ah to hell with it...shoot the middle target.

    #154 3 months ago

    How about "I", "me", and "myself"? I hear them misused all the time.

    - Pinball is really fun for you and I. (WRONG!)
    - Micah, Eric, and me all went to TPF last year. (WRONG!)
    - John and myself like setting high scores. (WRONG!)

    BTW, as far as grammar goes I'm old school where you use a comma before the "and" in a list of 3 or more items. I also still use double spaces between sentences (even though html strips the second space in these posts).

    #155 3 months ago

    "Penultimate" to describe something as the absolute best.

    Also peak or peek instead of pique.

    The number of adults with such poor written skills used to surprise me. But a lot of the population doesn't comprehend science either so it actually makes sense.

    Maybe they're good at math. But I doubt it.

    #156 3 months ago
    Quoted from ZooDude:

    Heard one today that always gets my goat
    Hot water heater
    If your water is already hot why are you heating it?
    B

    Kind of like the redundancy of “ATM machine” or a car’s “VIN number.”

    #157 3 months ago
    Quoted from pins4u:

    'Electrocuted' when what is meant is an electric shock (electrocuted means you DIED).
    'off of' should be 'from' in most cases - "he moved off of the couch" - NO, he moved FROM the couch!
    'I bought it from eBay' - no you didn't, you bought it from a SELLER ON eBay. Which reminds me:
    brought and bought - "I BOUGHT the pinball machine and I BROUGHT it home"
    'could care less' - OK, so you actually still do care a little bit then! Correct is "COULDN'T care less" meaning you absolutely don't care even a tiny bit - COULD NOT.

    This reminds me of how people say “different than” more often than the correct “different from.” The only way former actually works is if describing how one thing varies from a standard more than another thing does, and it would likely be an awkward way of saying that.

    #158 3 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    "use to" instead of the correct "used to" always gets my goat!

    I use to deal with the idiots that think the past tense of "use" is "use."

    #159 3 months ago

    This is all very entertaining, but I have yet to see another word identified that is used incorrectly 100x more than it is used correctly, the way "defiantly" is!

    #160 3 months ago

    I’m always amazed at how many people are willing to insure things when all they really need to do is ensure them.

    #161 3 months ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    This is all very entertaining, but I have yet to see another word identified that is used incorrectly 100x more than it is used correctly, the way "defiantly" is!

    I have yet to see another word that is pronounced incorrectly more than “expecially” is.

    #162 3 months ago

    I believe if you look close you will realize that payed instead of paid is the winner.

    #163 3 months ago

    It's a Philly thing, instead of "did you eat", "Jeet"

    #164 3 months ago
    Quoted from RustyLizard:

    I believe if you look close you will realize that payed instead of paid is the winner.

    Except "payed" isn't a valid word.

    I defiantly insist that "defiantly" takes the cake, for the narrow distinction I have invoked. Sorry, the thread title was too general. "... almost always used incorrectly" is what I was after.

    Although it does occur to me that using it where you meant to use "definitely" isn't really using the word, it's attempting to use "definitely" and blundering.

    I just thought it was interesting how almost every time it appears, the writer means "definitely."

    #165 3 months ago

    There’s a special place in hell for people that use the word ‘whilst’

    #166 3 months ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    Except "payed" isn't a valid word.
    I defiantly insist that "defiantly" takes the cake, for the narrow distinction I have invoked. Sorry, the thread title was too general. "... almost always used incorrectly" is what I was after.
    Although it does occur to me that using it where you meant to use "definitely" isn't really using the word, it's attempting to use "definitely" and blundering.
    I just thought it was interesting how almost every time it appears, the writer means "definitely."

    vous devez faire erreur

    pay2

    /pā/

    verb

    NAUTICAL

    past tense: payed; past participle: payed

    seal (the deck or hull seams of a wooden ship) with pitch or tar to prevent leakage.

    "an open groove between the planks had to be payed by running in hot pitch from a special ladle"

    #167 3 months ago

    Here is the true answer

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    #168 3 months ago
    Quoted from RustyLizard:

    past tense: payed; past participle: payed

    seal (the deck or hull seams of a wooden ship) with pitch or tar to prevent leakage.

    An obscure nautical term that practically no one knows? Well, okay. I don't recall ever hearing of it, and I'm relatively well read. But I guess you're technically right in that "payed" shows up more often, about twice as much.

    Still, at least "defiantly" is in common parlance. When someone writes "payed," no one thinks "I wonder if they mean they gave money or if they were sealing a hull?"

    Also, "paid" and "payed" are homophones, unlike "defiantly" and "definitely."

    I'm sure we agree there is no excuse for either error. But in virtually all cases, "payed" is simply a misspelling of "paid," not really a use or misuse of the nautical term. But thanks, I love to learn stuff!

    #169 3 months ago

    Blow…

    #170 3 months ago

    "Lighted Flipper Kits"

    OMG - how about 'LIT Flipper Kits' or better 'Illuminated Flipper Kits'

    #171 3 months ago

    Good catch.

    #172 3 months ago

    i guess the point being is that i enjoyed reading this thread

    #173 3 months ago
    Quoted from ImNotNorm:

    Irregardless. It's....regardless.

    This one has always bugged me for some reason.

    iterate and reiterate, seemed to get confused a lot.

    #176 3 months ago

    I agree. IRRE-MOTHER FUCKING-GARDLESS.

    And now they’re adding it to the Thesaurus? Let’s keep submitting to the lowest common denominators of humanity.

    I hear that and whatever you say after is Charlie Browns teacher.

    #178 3 months ago

    Double Negatives really irritate me

    #179 3 months ago
    Quoted from BMore-Pinball:

    Double Negatives really irritate me

    In the IT world, I have a similar issue with certain software configuration settings. The other day I was configuring some plugin and you hand to flip a switch to the on position to disable the feature. Why would "on" disable something and "off" enable it?

    #180 3 months ago

    People saying Monsters Bash instead of Monster Bash. Easy mistake though...

    #181 3 months ago
    Quoted from RCA1:

    "Literally" is literally the word most misused.

    Or abused…

    #182 3 months ago

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    #183 3 months ago

    Literally

    #184 3 months ago

    How about words that don’t exist?

    IRREGARDLESS

    #185 3 months ago
    Quoted from Guidotorpedo:

    How about words that don’t exist?
    IRREGARDLESS

    Oh, it exists, irregardless of your ire.

    It's nonstandard, but people have been saying it for over 200 years.

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irregardless

    ImNotNorm already brought it up in this thread.

    I agree it's dumb.

    Speaking of "dumb," that's another word we can argue about. Officially it means "unable to speak." Informal North American usage adds a meaning of "stupid." Looking it up, I was surprised that calling a mute person "dumb" is considered offensive. I wonder if that was always the case, or if the conflation with "stupid" has caused this, since simply being unable to speak is not necessarily an indication of low intelligence.

    I didn't think the "deaf, dumb and blind boy" from Tommy sounded offensive, and "deaf, mute and blind" doesn't sound right...

    #186 3 months ago
    Quoted from king-pin:

    The word what!
    Your title should have read-
    Which word is used incorrectly the most.

    Bzzzt! Wrong. "Which" is used when choosing among a limited number of predetermined choices.

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    #187 3 months ago
    Quoted from vicjw66:

    The lose and loose thing is everywhere on this sight. I always hear people throw out the word dichotomy way too much to describe things that clearly are not. In sports especially.

    Forgot to mention dynamic. That one always is used to describe something that isn’t dynamic. Sports announcers use it when they just mean really good or hard to stop.

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