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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    As to whether. Whether is sufficient.

    Needless to say... If it's needless to say, then why are you saying it?

    He is a man who... redundant
    wrong: He is a man who is very ambitious. correct: He is very ambitious.

    Most. Not to be used for almost.
    wrong: Most everybody correct: Almost everybody

    Here are some more from the Department of Redundency Department"
    That was my actual experience.
    Let's do some advance planning.
    That was a nice unexpected surprise!
    The bag suddenly exploded.
    It's part of my regular routine.
    I've never understood this one: pre-recorded. Duh!
    Based on my past experiences.
    I'll meet you at 12 noon.
    Let's all meet together.
    I made advance reservations.
    She gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Really? It was a baby?
    We're in close proximity.
    Yeah, I commute back and forth.
    It's just a natural instinct.
    This one drives me absolutely crazy and I see it in stores and banks all the time: Free gift.
    This place is filled to capacity.
    The end result is...
    It's a difficult dilemma...

    Help me out with some other redundant phrases that are repetitive.
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Oh...just thought of another redundant one...

    ATM Machine.

    ...and one that goes with it...

    PIN Number.
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    For all intensive purposes ... gah ... it is for all intents and purposes.

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    I love this thread since so many of these things annoy me as well. I admit that I am occasionally guilty of some of these things, however, and like to try to eliminate things like the redundant phrases. I'm also a poor public speaker since I tend to use a lot of filler words out of nervousness. I don't even hear myself doing it. Not good.

    One mistake that I see people make in print quite often is screwing up your/you're. I'm consistently surprised at the type of people who make this mistake, since its fairly basic. I always cringe when I read something like: "Your going to go to the store later, right?"

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    States...

    There is not an "R" in Washington. It is not Warshington, it is Washington. My own mother is very guilty of this one. I never correct her (she's my mom), but it makes me think my "ma" should take the "root" on down to the holler to sit by the "crick" do do some "warsh" in the water, y'all.

    Should the "S" in Illinois be pronounced? I don't think so. Some people think it should. According to every dictionary that I have seen it should not be pronounced. Which leads me to ask... if it is not pronounced, then what in the world is it doing there? Did there used to be a bunch of singular Illnoi areas that were combined into one area called Illinois?
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Ignorant means lacking education or knowledge. It is not a synonym for stupid or dumb. Tremendous irony when it is used incorrectly.

    Also, it is a long row to hoe.

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
    States...

    There is not an "R" in Washington. It is not Warshington, it is Washington. My own mother is very guilty of this one. I never correct her (she's my mom), but it makes me think my "ma" should take the "root" on down to the holler to sit by the "crick" do do some "warsh" in the water, y'all.

    Should the "S" in Illinois be pronounced? I don't think so. Some people think it should. According to every dictionary that I have seen it should not be pronounced. Which leads me to ask... if it is not pronounced, then what in the world is it doing there? Did there used to be a bunch of singular Illnoi areas that were combined into one area called Illinois?
    Xenia and Xavier begin with a "Z" sound, too...not "ex".

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    I am shocked at the many times on this board I see "Your" used in place of "You're"....well, I guess that I shouldn't say SHOCKED.

    I also can't stand it when people pronounce Social Security as "Sosal Security"
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    More redundancies...

    Come on guys, that's just basic fundamentals.
    No, it's completely opposite.
    What's the current status?
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    foreign imports Is that different than a domestic import?
    Football announcers use this one all the time: forward progress...of course it's different than the player's backward progress.
    I swear--it's the honest truth...which, of course, is different from the dishonest or false truth.
    How 'bout this one when people write you notes: "Just wanted to drop you a note to say..." Yeah, we get that it's a note already...
    He might possibly...
    There's been a new development...
    I am personally responsible. Just say, I'm responsible.
    We'll have to postpone it till later. Oh, okay, I thought we might postpone it till now.
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    I forgot about the one that athletes seem to have great difficulty with these days...when somebody experiences a flip-flop on their positions, they are said to have "done a 180"

    They have not "done a 360"...that is, unless, you want to supplement that with the phrase, "they have come full circle..." which is another phrase I have a problem with....
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    a whole nother (another whole)

    RBIs (The R stands for "runs" which is already plural)

    vertebraes (the word vertebrae is plural for vertebra)

    alumnis (alumni is plural for alumnus)
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Heeler
    Ignorant means lacking education or knowledge. It is not a synonym for stupid or dumb. Tremendous irony when it is used incorrectly.
    Speaking of which, it's amazing how many people use the word "ironic" incorrectly. It's not ironic that something odd or coincidental happened, it's just odd or coincidental.

    Another one that drives me up a wall is "unanswered points", as in announcers saying something like "The Bengals scored 17 unanswered points before the Texans kicked a field goal." Um, that means the Texans just answered.

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
    "Enthuse" and "enthused" aren't words.

    They're back-formations of the word "enthusiastic." "Enthusiastic" is an adjective only.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=enthuse

    Apparently Enthuse is in good company as a back formation. I see no problem with it.

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    "Thought Process"

    As in "What was your thought process as you came around the last turn?"
    "What were you thinking?" is sufficient.
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    Sure, you can smoke near that tank. See? The sign says that it's inflammable...


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