This list of misused words, sent by Chuckles, is largely about American misusage [is that a proper word?] and many of them I’ve not seen denizens of these isles misuse. One of the spellings I disagree with but in America it might be acceptable.
Here are a few I’d like to point out and then maybe some of my own:
# Enervate: To cause someone to feel drained; commonly misused to mean “to energize.”
# Fortuitous: To happen by chance; commonly confused with “fortunate.”
# Irregardless: Not a word, but commonly confused with “regardless.”
# Practicable: To be able to put together successfully; commonly confused with “practical.”
And there are some which are plain bollox the way he states them:
# New Age: Spiritualistic and holistic; commonly misused to mean modern or futuristic.
The term very much means futuristic, if futuristic means ‘pertaining to the future’, politically and this is an issue of both changing usage and political positions. English words have always changed in their usage, the purists might not like it but that’s what has happened. ‘New Age’, meaning ‘let’s throw out the old [politically] and look only to the modern, as in the ‘modern’ woman’, is very much correct, changing usage today.
# Politically correct: Inoffensive or appropriate; commonly misused to mean fashionable.
Harvard professor – that explains it all.
# Verbal: In linguistic form; commonly confused with “spoken.”
In some parts of this land, at the Arfur Daley level, to ‘verbal’ someone is appropriate usage. As for ‘spoken’, it’s very much correct usage – ‘written and verbal’. While we’re at it, ‘aural’ and ‘oral’ are two interesting ones.
One which is an interesting discussion point is:
# Refute: To prove something false; commonly misused to mean “to allege to be false.”
That’s a very good point he makes – ‘I refute what you say,’ actually means ‘I allege that what you say is bollox.’ For you to use the word ‘refute’, I’d like to see your credentials please.
One I often hear is ‘redundant’, as in ‘that’s redundant’, as in ‘irrelevant’ or ‘logically incorrect’.
Another is the old lay/laid/lain issue and that’s a post in itself.
One which annoys me is people writing ’60‘s’, meaning ’60s’. There’s so much of this going on, it’s almost as offensive as seeing news sites putting up pictures of gay men kissing.
Finally, as this article was ‘hat-tipped’ to the Independent newspaper, one wonders about the level of English attainment of the journos who wrote it unquestioningly … or is that unquestionably?
[And that’s mainly a spelling issue, rather than an issue of usage.]
Chuckles also sent this, on topic:
Yes, she can be fairly gross, quite decorative too. But last time I paid attention, she was an actress. And hasn’t it occurred to them that this destroys some of their other cherished narratives? (And note that it is a completely invented and redefined ‘metric’ related to movie ticket sales, not to remuneration.)
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