Vocabulary rant

Discussion in 'The Barber Shop' started by Macfrommichigan, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. emwolf

    emwolf Contributor

    I was actually listening to a webinar where the presenter was going off on a tangent and then apologized and actually said, "sorry, I digest."
  2. TexLaw

    TexLaw Contributor

    That's when you should exercise style to avoid the problem and be more clear. Use the word, not the numeral. Frankly, with regard to your example, that shouldn't even be possessive.
  3. Maybe his stomach rumbled.
  4. oc_in_fw

    oc_in_fw Contributor

    It seems to be a trend these day that, instead of saying “4 or 5” people are saying “5 or 4”. It jars me, for some reason.
  5. Never encountered this. Who? Politicians? Hipsters? Economists? Actuaries?
  6. oc_in_fw

    oc_in_fw Contributor

    Maybe it’s a Texas thing. I haven’t heard it a lot, but enough times to be annoying. If it were one person I would write it off, but it’s not.
  7. "I drank five or four beers."

    Is that it?
  8. rockviper

    rockviper Moderator Emeritus

  9. emwolf

    emwolf Contributor

    Well heck, there's an album I'll have to buy now
  10. The seemingly irrevocable course you've outlined is quite distressing.

    It's bad. Like totes my goats bad.
  11. DEPenguin

    DEPenguin Contributor

    I almost regret finding this thread, not because it isn't absolutely on the f'n mark but because now when I go back and actually read the whole thing I'm sure to raise my blood pressure more than my doctor would appreciate.

    I'm all but foaming at the mouth as I consider where to begin . . .
    • How about when people non-chalantly use "There's nothing worse than . . ."
    • One of my huge pet peeves is when people say "Can I get . . ." and then order something that's on the menu
    To the OP, drives me nuts when people say something 'peeked' their interest. Yeah, I can tell, even as I type this, more than one person's hair will stand on end. To be fair, I did read a post today in another B&B forum where the gentleman used 'piqued'. I was giddy with delight.

    OMG . . the 5 or 4 thing is going to haunt me now, I know it! Who the F says "I think I had 5 or 4"? How is that even remotely okay?

    I'm not entirely certain vocabularies are shrinking as much as people just don't give a rats you-know-what about how they communicate now. Sure, I'll use LOL, LMAO, and OMG, mostly because they are so widely accepted as proper usage it isn't worth the energy to try to combat it. But I refuse to use multiple exclamation points to show excitement--but I do love me a well used interrobang. For those who don't know what it is, an interrobang is actually an exclamation mark and question mark laid one atop the other . . .
    It expresses incredulity, as in "Can you believe that?!"

    Apparently the HTML code thing didn't work the way I hoped, so this is a graphic representation . . .
    Screen Shot 2019-03-27 at 6.17.36 PM.png

    Now that I think about it, Interrobang might make a nifty name for a shave soap.
  12. Here you go, ‽ ?. Looked small but it is the same height as the question mark.
  13. DEPenguin

    DEPenguin Contributor

    You are a God.
  14. When all else fails, copy and paste.
  15. DEPenguin

    DEPenguin Contributor

  16. DEPenguin

    DEPenguin Contributor

    Should be legal to ***** slap someone when you hear them say that. "No, idiot. Listen carefully. One converses or has a conversation."
  17. DEPenguin

    DEPenguin Contributor

    You're killin' me emwolf!

    I hear nails on a chalkboard when I see someone write per say. Sadly, I've seen it in mainstream new media, not that it should surprise me I suppose.
  18. Shame on them.
    It sounds all sciencey when they say that, but...
    "In physics, a quantum (plural: quanta) is the minimum amount of any physical entity (physical property) involved in an interaction. The fundamental notion that a physical property may be "quantized" is referred to as "the hypothesis of quantization".[1] This means that the magnitude of the physical property can take on only discrete values consisting of integer multiples of one quantum."
    - wikipedia​
    Emphasis on the "minimum amount", so a "quantum leap" is the smallest step up possible, such as when an electron is bumped up to the next higher energy state.
    Not a dramatic improvement at all.

    That first definition is bogus, and the quantum unit of bogosity is the bogon.

    My late brother-in-law used to say "five or twenty", but only for the purposes of hilarity.
    School shootings are more common now too.
    That still doesn't make them right.
  19. Chan Eil Whiskers

    Chan Eil Whiskers Contributor


    Can someone explain how to make an interrobang without copy and paste‽

    These are great, gentlemen.

    Interesting what bothers us. The learned professor's notion that decimate can mean a 90% reduction rubs me wrong yet I love a good neologism.

    I also enjoy some of the regional misuses.

    Happy shaves,

  20. It's an exclamation point followed by a question mark combined into one punctuation. Some people say it's overdoing the emotion.

    It's also something done in the back seat of an old Dodge Interro.

    It's also when the bad cop slams his fist on the table and starts to shout during an interrogation. It's followed by a question like, "Do you really expect me to believe that!?"

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