You can feel that?!?
Submitted by Somnophobe on Tue, 05/31/2005 - 7:41pm. Tragic
"...or anything that has a white texture..."

One of the several examples of misused words used today by a professional lecturer.
I would have caught more examples, but I was too busy trying to decipher what she was trying to say from what she actually said. It didn't help at all that she kept giving us 'Pacific' examples.
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"White texture"
Posted by Mike on Tue, 06/07/2005 - 2:51pm.
Still haven't figured that one out, and the fact that she's getting paid for a job she doesn't sound too good at makes me jealous/sad. :^(
That pisses me off too...
Posted by NeKo on Thu, 06/02/2005 - 1:20pm.
people pronouncing things wrong annoys me more than it should. "libary," "esplain," "aks" (instead of 'ask'), and other things. i say "sammitch" just to be annoying.
In defense of jerks
Posted by Mike on Fri, 06/03/2005 - 9:00am.
Yeah, it bothers me too, but it used to bother me a lot more before I realized that people just have different ways of learning things. A lot of people learn new words through oral repetition: they hear some new vocabulary and decide to try it out themselves. It's like some huge game of "Telephone" and you can't really be sure that the term wasn't mangled before it ever got to them.

Then there's the flip side of the coin: book nerds who eviscerate a word they've read repeatedly but have no idea how to pronounce. Not that I've ever, uhm... (*ahem*)

Still, if I hear "for all intensive purposes" too many more times I swear I'll snap.
A pocket full of eggcorns...
Posted by Somnophobe on Tue, 05/16/2006 - 1:43am.
Here's an interesting site... I read a few examples and felt smug and superior... then, after a few more, not so much...
Posted by Mia on Mon, 06/06/2005 - 4:46pm.
For the longest time, I thought volition was violation. As in, "he did it of his own violation." In a screwy way, it still makes sense—you are choosing to do something which may in turn violate a rule or personal code. I used it incorrectly all the way through my senior year of English. I was rather embarrassed when I finally figured it out, because my classmates, parents and teachers were always praising me for my good vocabulary. My good vocabulary has gone downhill since I stopped having word definition tests... and I no longer read the "classics". It took the spelling bee in fourth grade to convince me that vacuum wasn't spelled "vacume". I didn't learn how porcelain was spelled until sixth grade, though I pronounced it correctly. I was right about colonel, though—there's also a kernel of corn in addition to the Col. of military rank. I admit to being a fraud when it comes to people thinking you're smart. I am smart... but I have an awful memory, and I'm too much of a generalist to get references sometimes. I dismiss a lot more than I should.
Open the floodgates! Ruhlease th' dawgs of Hell!
Posted by Somnophobe on Thu, 06/02/2005 - 4:12pm.
oll (as in crude oll, not Grand ol' Opry)
Posted by lalaith on Fri, 06/03/2005 - 7:07am.
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