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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    My Anatomy/Physiology professor wrote "*****" in huge letters across the board.

    "There no such word, it's purulent."

    We giggled anyway.

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Hmmmmm ..... apparently the RZ naughty word filter didn't find it funny.

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Awful Tragedy (yes, we often feel the need to distinguish between the good tragedies and the bad ones)
    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
    The word "tragedy" has been butchered in the contemporary parlance. Not all bad things that happen are "tragedies." A huge mudslide that kills 1500 people isn't a "tragedy," it's a disaster. A tragedy involves human volition.
    Nobody said that all bad things are tragedies. So the question is, can you offer an example of a 'good' tragedy?
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCasey
    Hmmmmm ..... apparently the RZ naughty word filter didn't find it funny.
    It's okay...I can figure out which word it was.
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable
    Can you offer an example of a 'good' tragedy?
    I probably wasn't clear: I don't mean that tragedies fall into camps of "good" and "bad." All tragedies are bad. I only mean to suggest that the word "tragedy" applies to a limited kind of "bad thing," specifically, a bad event or reversal of fortune brought upon one's self through one's actions.

    And yes, the word "tragedy" is used over and over and over in the news when the word clearly doesn't apply at all.
    Last edited by Falls City Beer; 02-28-2006 at 07:33 PM.

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
    I probably wasn't clear: I don't mean that tragedies fall into camps of "good" and "bad." All tragedies are bad. I only mean to suggest that the word "tragedy" applies to a limited kind of "bad thing," specifically, a bad event or reversal of fortune brought upon one's self through one's actions.

    And yes, the word "tragedy" is used over and over and over in the news when the word clearly doesn't apply at all.
    Thanks for clearing that up.
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    "I'd like to thank you for ..."

    Well, if you would like to do so, then JUST DO IT! Just say "Thank you for..."

    (And probably used with words besides "thank" but that's the most common, it seems)

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Than v. then
    Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable
    We specialize in all cars, foreign and domestic (just in case "all" leaves you wondering.)
    Not only that, but you can't specialize in all cars. If you work on all cars, you are generalized.

    spe·cial·ize
    To make specific mention of; particularize.
    To give a particular character or function to: specialized her field of research.
    Biology. To adapt to a particular function or environment; cause to undergo specialization.
    To specify the payee in endorsing (a check).

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Heeler
    Not only that, but you can't specialize in all cars. If you work on all cars, you are generalized.

    spe·cial·ize
    To make specific mention of; particularize.
    To give a particular character or function to: specialized her field of research.
    Biology. To adapt to a particular function or environment; cause to undergo specialization.
    To specify the payee in endorsing (a check).
    EXCELLENT point. And we've all seen signs that say stuff like that.
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Ready for more redundant phrases (or is this getting reduntant?)

    successfully escaped
    UPC code
    a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
    ACT test

    I hear this one all the time, "At 8:00 a.m. in the morning."

    bare naked
    baby calf

    Here's one that the Reds have: an advance scout.
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    People refer to the vehicle identification number as the "VIN number" or "PIN" as the "PIN number..."

    It's like it is the vehicle identification number....number.
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Heeler
    Not only that, but you can't specialize in all cars. If you work on all cars, you are generalized.

    spe·cial·ize
    To make specific mention of; particularize.
    To give a particular character or function to: specialized her field of research.
    Biology. To adapt to a particular function or environment; cause to undergo specialization.
    To specify the payee in endorsing (a check).
    You'd be a fox then, not a hedgehog?
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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    I used to beat up on Alanis Morrissette for destroying the meaning of the word, but when you look at its second meaning, she may have been on to something, perhaps
    It's fairly ironic that she wrote a song about irony, yet it contains no irony.
    "I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful

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    Re: Commonly misused words and phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
    It's fairly ironic that she wrote a song about irony, yet it contains no irony.
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