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Malapropisms that need stopped

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:20 pm

Keep your "butchery of the English language" complaints out of my abbreviation thread!

This thread is for venting about the things people say that don't actually mean what they want it to mean.

Or,

"It doesn't take a nucular scientist to pronounce foilage."

And yes, my "ball of worms" comment was an intentional bridge to this thread. As with the abbreviation thread, the title to this thread includes an example of what we're here to deride.
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Postby fennel » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:40 pm

But aren't the two the same thing, for all intensive purposes? I mean, we're talking about waxworms, right?
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Postby Frank Booth » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:48 pm

fennel wrote:But aren't the two the same thing, for all intensive purposes? I mean, we're talking about waxworms, right?


Your protest is irregardless.
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Re: Malapropisms that need stopped

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:58 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:As with the abbreviation thread, the title to this thread includes an example of what we're here to deride.

Shouldn't the title read "...that need be stopped?"

Anyone else as annoyed as I by redundancies?
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And can anyone imagine a bigger waste of money than a hot water heater?

Oh, and the phrase "the quick and the dead" doesn't have a damn thing to do with speed!
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Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:09 pm

Damn you, Wagstaff! (shakes fist) DAMN YOUUUUU!!
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Re: Malapropisms that need stopped

Postby white_rabbit » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:13 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
Anyone else as annoyed as I by redundancies?
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add..

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Postby Frank Booth » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:25 pm

I think an exception needs to be made for "Fucking F.I.B.'s".
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Postby Learned » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:48 pm

Prince Fielder currently has 97 R.B.I.'s.
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Re: Malapropisms that need stopped

Postby Peanutbutter » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:50 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Oh, and the phrase "the quick and the dead" doesn't have a damn thing to do with speed!


My friend who was in the Army used that phrase all the time. He said there are two types of hand-to-hand fighters, the quick and the dead. How do you use the phrase?
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Re: Malapropisms that need stopped

Postby mrak » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:52 pm

Peanutbutter wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Oh, and the phrase "the quick and the dead" doesn't have a damn thing to do with speed!


My friend who was in the Army used that phrase all the time. He said there are two types of hand-to-hand fighters, the quick and the dead. How do you use the phrase?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quick_and_the_Dead
The phrase The Quick and the Dead originates in the bible, 1 Peter Chapter 4 (verse 5 in the King James Version), describing Jesus' judgment of all people, both living (quick being an older phrase with that meaning) and dead...


On edit: Bravo to TDPF for implementing the URL-scruncher (aka the de-Flanderseseisisesation device) to keep long URLs from screwing up the page.
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Re: Malapropisms that need stopped

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:58 pm

Peanutbutter wrote:He said there are two types of hand-to-hand fighters, the quick and the dead. How do you use the phrase?
I don't, for the very reason that it's been subverted from its original meaning.

"Quick" originally meant "alive" - the moment when a mother first felt her baby kick was called "the quickening." The phrase "the quick and the dead" stems from Christian writings about who Jesus is gonna judge (i.e. everybody - the living and the dead.)

Damn. Guess I should have previewed before posting.
Way to go, mrak.
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Re: Malapropisms that need stopped

Postby mrak » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:04 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:The moment when a mother first felt her baby kick was called "the quickening."

That phrase didn't originate with the Highlander films?

The things you learn on this forum!
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Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:09 pm

Learned wrote:Prince Fielder currently has 97 R.B.I.'s.


Ooh, now you're picking a stat nerd/word nerd fight.

I say that "RBI" has become a word in its own right, like "OK" or "ASAP" (for better or worse in those cases). Therefore, if a batter has multiple instances of creating an RBI, then he has multiple RBIs. If you want to get verbose all up in that, then you could say that he has multiple runs batted in. But to mix the two, and use the term "RsBI" is akin to using "irregardless." It's a linguistic mashup that sounds like it should be correct for its lack of melifluousness, but in fact is just plain unwieldy.

Take that.
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Postby Learned » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:18 pm

I prefer to go with something like this:

"Pat Listach knocked in 47 runs in 1992."

I also like to throw out an "RsBI" just to make sure someone is listening to me.
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Postby mrak » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:26 pm

Learned wrote:I also like to throw out an "RsBI" just to make sure someone is listening to me.

Sort of like the Onion headline, "William Safire orders two Whoppers Jr. at Burger King."
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