Bastardization of the English language is everywhere, and no, that's not just another cheap shot at Fifty Shades of Grey. We're talking about commonplace words that people misuse in everyday conversation and have mangled for years, making for verbal STDs that just won't seem to ever go away.
Did you catch both of those? If you didn't, grab a pen and paper and your best Thinking Cap. This post is especially for you.
Sure, we know what the guy above is getting at. "Supposedly" there will be a "nuclear" war. But when someone uses words like those, all I really hear is this...
Remember, folks, there's no supposedly about it - "supposably" is not a word. And "nuclear" is pronounced just as it appears - noo-klee-er.
Another gem is when someone can't properly pronounce the word "library."
All I really hear is this, of course.
Because nothing makes one look illiterate quite like the mispronunciation of the place to find books. Remember - there are two Rs in library, so use 'em both.
Two more great offenses right there. Sorry, but "irregardless" is not a word. The correct term is "regardless." A word like "irregardless" is a double negative and therefore cancels itself out. As for the word "aks", well, that's not a word either. It's "ask."
That's because you probably are. If you talk about something "literally", it means exactly what you're implying in the simplest of senses. Example: you bump shoulders with a friend's sister and then say, "Dude, I literally ran into your sister today." That means that you're taking a figurative expression - ran into her - and saying that you ran into her physically, too.
But when you say something like "I was so angry that my head literally exploded"... that's not possible. Not unless this happened.
And unfortunately, Merriam-Webster isn't helping our case. In August, they officially changed the dictionary definition of "literally" to mean its exact opposite - just to overemphasize something figuratively.
But irregardless, if people keep supposably butchering these words, then some day, at your local lie-berry, you may literally see the dictionary changed into a noo-kyuh-ler holocaust of bastardized words. But don't aks us to explain why they do this. We just write the words; we don't make them up.
What misused words really grind your gears?
Cheers and stay literate, friends,
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