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Old 01-31-2010, 04:53 PM
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"Orientate" - I don't care if this is accepted in the UK, 'orient' is already a verb. You're just trying to cheat at Scrabble.

"Bling" - This word stopped being cool thirty-five seconds before the first time someone said it to you.

"Whopping" - I don't blame people for getting carried away with this one; it's a fun word to say. You can play around with it, emphasizing either syllable or choosing to pronounce the 'H' and it remains a source of amusement. But at some point it became acceptable for journalists to use the word and it always grates to see it in print. On the spectrum of professional vs. unprofessional words 'whopping' comes in just above 'ginormous.' This aggravation has led me to strike 'whopping' from my vocabulary.

"My Bad" - The first time someone said 'my bad' to me, I responded with something to the effect of "I hope you have some kind of explanation for what you just said because I refuse to accept that it would be accepted as valid under any syntax employed by human beings over the age of six months." Though probably less eloquent. Anyway, my opinion has not changed.
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:54 PM
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"Orientate" - I don't care if this is accepted in the UK, 'orient' is already a verb. You're just trying to cheat at Scrabble.
This acceptable as a portmanteau if you're talking about turning your TV long side up to play arcade games. Otherwise, I agree.
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:56 PM
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"I could care less" - Good job completely saying the opposite of what you intend!
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:59 PM
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"Literally," when the people saying it mean "figuratively."

"Like," as a spacefiller.


"It's, like, literally raining cats and dogs!"
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:01 PM
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Utilize is a crappy word used by crappy people.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:06 PM
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"nuff said" - Something about the tone just grates me more than any other phrase I can think of. Say "enough said" and I'm hunkey-dorey. Something about that missing e and the IN-YOUR-FACE spelling.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:14 PM
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Utilize is a crappy word used by crappy people.
Maybe you're crappy.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:16 PM
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"nuff said" - Something about the tone just grates me more than any other phrase I can think of. Say "enough said" and I'm hunkey-dorey. Something about that missing e and the IN-YOUR-FACE spelling.
Do the roots of this saying go back to Stan Lee comic books? That is the first place I can recall seeing it. If that is indeed the case, then I have no qualms with it.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:26 PM
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"Chrismahanukwanzakah" is the worst word.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:26 PM
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"I could care less" - Good job completely saying the opposite of what you intend!
That one gets me too. I hate it when people say "Obvi" for obviously, although I've grown to accept "Ridic". People saying "true" when it doesn't make sense also bugs me (I can't think of a good example right now). Saying "slash" when you just mean "and" or "but" is also irritating.

Also, "guesstimate" is the dumbest word to ever pretend to be in the English language. Anytime there's a word that's made up to fill a non-existent gap between two similar words it's dumb. My sister's school calls an examination that's between a quiz and a test in importance a "quest" and I that's just ridiculous. "Quiz" and "test" already mean pretty much the same thing. Why do you need to make another distinction?

I also don't like "murse" as an abbreviation for "man-purse". I just don't think it works very well.

Wow, I have way more of these things than I thought.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:40 PM
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"Fursona" is dumb as hell, and so are all the other furry terminology words.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:41 PM
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Also, "guesstimate" is the dumbest word to ever pretend to be in the English language. Anytime there's a word that's made up to fill a non-existent gap between two similar words it's dumb.
I use "guesstimate" as a synonym of "informed guess".
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:42 PM
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"Fursona" is dumb as hell, and so are all the other furry terminology words.
*throws rocks at Shinji*
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:51 PM
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"Quiz" and "test" already mean pretty much the same thing. Why do you need to make another distinction?
Tests are the main exams which cover entire units/chapters/semesters while quizzes are the intermediary exams which take place between tests. In any case, quizzes are shorter than tests.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:02 PM
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"FAIL." Being in high school means I hear this uttered every five minutes, and it gets obnoxious very quickly. Especially since it's always paired with "lol."

Another one is "random." I always hear people having a conversation and then someone says something off topic, to which another person responds "Lol, that was random!" That wasn't random, it was unexpected! (This may have been caused by that time I learned computers can only generate pseudo-random numbers, which got me wondering if anything could be truly random.)

At least people don't screw up "learn" and "teach" anymore, right?
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:02 PM
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"A myriad of" drives me mad in myriad ways.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:10 PM
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It was a noun first.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:11 PM
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Wow, you guys must be bubbling kettles of pure rage.
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Tests are the main exams which cover entire units/chapters/semesters while quizzes are the intermediary exams which take place between tests. In any case, quizzes are shorter than tests.
I say it depends on the teacher. Some of them think a multiple choice exam, no matter how long, is a quiz while essay exams are tests. All I know is a 50 question m/c exam is no quiz, but apparently it is.

"Intellectually dishonest."

"My favorite..."

"I like how..."

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Wow, you guys must be bubbling kettles of pure rage.
ARRRRRGH!

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I also don't like "murse" as an abbreviation for "man-purse". I just don't think it works very well.
"Manscaping," "manbag," etc. I hate them all. Passionately despise them!
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:21 PM
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It's 2010, I think it's time for "late to the party (LTTP)" and "...better than it has any right to be" to die in a fire.

Also, ending a sentence in "actually" when it's not appropriate.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:25 PM
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"It is what it is."
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:25 PM
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"In my opinion" and all its variants (IMO, IMHO).

If you're saying something to me, I'm going to assume it's colored by your opinion. If that "H" stands for "honest" then you can just fuck off. Who tells people their false opinions?
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Who tells people their false opinions?
The Devil's advocates.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:30 PM
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But they usually forewarn you that they're playing Devil's Advocates. I've done it from time to time, to see people's responses and to see if they're thinking critically about a subject.
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I use "guesstimate" as a synonym of "informed guess".
But isn't that what "estimate" means?
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"That's just the ways things are" aka "That's how the world/nation/company/etc. works" - Yes, because you keep spouting that and not trying to change.
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"That's just the ways things are" aka "That's how the world/nation/company/etc. works" - Yes, because you keep spouting that and not trying to change.
That's why I don't like "Life's not fair."
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:23 PM
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I use "guesstimate" as a synonym of "informed guess".
"Guesstimate" has been a favorite of mine since college. I had this math teacher who would use the phrases "guesstimate" and "make believe" like once a class. He also wore nothing but sweater vests, short sleeve button up shirts and unpressed khaki pants. He was my favorite teacher ever.


"Adam, let's just make believe that this 2 is a 4. Gimme a guesstimate on what that 4 is going to do to that curve there."
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Tests are the main exams which cover entire units/chapters/semesters while quizzes are the intermediary exams which take place between tests. In any case, quizzes are shorter than tests.
My science teacher in middle school created "quests" as an in-between. We hated her.

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Another one is "random." I always hear people having a conversation and then someone says something off topic, to which another person responds "Lol, that was random!" That wasn't random, it was unexpected! (This may have been caused by that time I learned computers can only generate pseudo-random numbers, which got me wondering if anything could be truly random.)


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"It's, like, literally raining cats and dogs!"
Sarah Palin's publicist once said the "world is literally (Palin's) oyster."
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:32 PM
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My science teacher in middle school created "quests" as an in-between. We hated her.
Shit, I got that too.

I really disliked "blog" for a long time. Now that I'm over that, I don't care about anything. Dumb words aren't worth the effort to hate.
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