Commonly Used Words That Don't Exist

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  1. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    and the other 10%?
  2. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Why do flammable and inflammable mean the same thing?
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  3. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    uh, would you kindly answer my question please? :cool:As for yours, the best sample I can come up with is the INfield and OUTfield as parts of a basseball field. Course there's a difference in location between INfield and Outfield, but they are part of ths same "field".
  4. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    So why is someone "shot dead", and another is "burned alive".
    Both are in the grave.
  5. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    Goshwow, Primo. I hope you are doing well, my verbose friend.
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  6. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    someone "shot dead" is shot with the final result of dying FROM the shot. As for "burned alive", that just makes no sense, as how many people walk around with flames all over their skin?
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  7. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

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    Livin' the life, Charlie. Miss kibitzing with you. Best regards to you and Kathy.
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  8. jaro

    jaro the dread and the fear

    Akxs.. IE. When used as I gotta Akxs you a question..
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  9. jaro

    jaro the dread and the fear

    Aight ..IE. I'm not mad its Aight....
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  10. jaro

    jaro the dread and the fear

    It's not quite on topic , but , I dislike it when people mis-use the words to and too !!
  11. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    You mean in spelling or speaking?
  12. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    If it is spoken, how can you tell if it was used incorrectly? :confused:
  13. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Could lead to an interesting debate here.
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  14. jaro

    jaro the dread and the fear

    Written. It is harder to tell when spoken other than the O is shorter / quicker when used as to than when used as too .....
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  15. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Eccentric Razor Collector Staff Member

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    Because one was either burned alive; i.e. still living, or burned dead (strangled first). Executions and punishments in the Middle Ages and beyond got 'interesting.'

    'Near miss' is an interesting one for me. It is, in fact, a hit. As in, "it nearly missed, but didn't." It's just such a odd turn of phrase, and often gets misused.

    And then there's this gem...
  16. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Same here especially hangry.

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  17. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    How about "fugly"?
  18. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Yes I am lowbrow and I have use that that highly technical term. Usually restoring someone poor attempt at construction or remodeling that tends to self-destruct. When people are trying to repair their house with coat hangers and rolls of duck tape or gaffer tape the situation is going to be fugly.
  19. Redrock

    Redrock Well-Known Member

    While a word, I find this to be interesting.

    Frequently Asked Questions About irregardless.

    Is irregardless a word?

    Yes. It may not be a word that you like, or a word that you would use in a term paper, but irregardless certainly is a word. It has been in use for well over 200 years, employed by a large number of people across a wide geographic range and with a consistent meaning. That is why we, and well-nigh every other dictionary of modern English, define this word. Remember that a definition is not an endorsement of a word’s use.

    Does irregardless mean the same thing as regardless?

    Yes. We define irregardless as "regardless." Many people find irregardless to be a nonsensical word, as the ir- prefix usually functions to indicate negation; however, in this case it appears to function as an intensifier. Similar ir- words, while rare, do exist in English, including irremediless ("remediless"), irresistless ("resistless") and irrelentlessly ("relentlessly).

    Is irregardless slang?

    We label irregardless as “nonstandard” rather than “slang.” When a word is nonstandard it means it is “not conforming in pronunciation, grammatical construction, idiom, or word choice to the usage generally characteristic of educated native speakers of a language.” Irregardless is a long way from winning general acceptance as a standard English word. For that reason, it is best to use regardless instead.

    First Known Use of irregardless
    1795, in the meaning defined above
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  20. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Since the word contains two negatives("ir" and "less".....).it should simply be "regard". Oh wait, that already IS a word
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