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Blog Posted:6/29/2018 1:50:00 PM

ARRRRGH

When those who use English as a first language struggle to speak as well as those who don't, I am embarrassed for them. Those who have been trained by the current generation of media schools who already struggled with acceptable sentence structure seem to come out of those schools even more challenged than when they entered. One of my pet peeves is the overuse of the suffix "ity". Let's call it a lack of ability (which is an acceptable use of "ity") to form proper sentences otherwise. Like the sports announcers who use the term "physicality"--you know why, but PLEASE! Okay, let's look at more "new" lazy ways to describe whatever---unaswerability, unchangeability, religiosity, memorability, noncommutativity, irreproachability, intersubstitutability, irretrievability, extraterritoriality, and one of my favorites - intercomprehensability! I call it all stupidity!

One more thing while I'm on my proverbial soap box. What is up with the redundancy used by the champions of today's media. "The president of the Soviet Union, he said today" etc. HELLO< no need to use he there...it is redundant. The language is being prostituted by morons---no, moronity!

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Date: 6/30/2018 6:50:00 PM
when I moved south it took me months to learn my fixens...he's a fixen, they's a fixen, you's a fixen...I actually find language interesting when listening to commercials, the use of the word may is used quite often...as in may work...may be able to pay...may etc...I try to listen to what people actually say not what they want me to hear
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Date: 6/30/2018 12:26:00 PM
Pet peeves, those idiosyncrasies or dare I say oddities, that make each of us unique. I personally do not like it when people say "sorry" and then consider it a sufficient apology. You would not like living in the south Craig. Down here we slur our words to make new words. We have a language all our own. Most folks down here think ity means small:) as in itty bitty. lol
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Date: 6/30/2018 1:55:00 PM
Dear Daniel, I spend 4+ months north of Tampa (not hidden in Naples) and my favorite places to eat are where locals go - the "Cracker" restaurants. I made many friends while spending 7 months at Fort Polk Louisiana and traveled in the area in advanced training and on leave in DI school up outside of Oklahoma City with a friend who grew up there. My aunts and uncles and my wife's are or were farmers and country people who speak their own language but that's a totally different thing or "thang" than I'm talking about. Some Southerners pronounce war like a 2 syllable word wawa and many New Englanders don't pronounce their r's but that is priceless Americana. Where the sins exist is among the snobs who should know better but their itty bitty brains will never figure it out---take care my friend.
Date: 6/30/2018 6:04:00 AM
Craig, do you not realize that language is a living thing and must be a fluid expression of each generation's inability to speak it.
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Date: 6/30/2018 8:19:00 AM
(snicker) Yes John, and that should have been intuitively obvious even to the most casual observer! 8-)
Date: 6/29/2018 6:50:00 PM
ARRRRRRRRGH...I promise no verbosity. I never went to college but even I can see standards have slipped considerably in the media and in general. I've never noticed the "ity" phenomenon but I'll be looking for it now thanks to you, Craig. I have enough peeves of my own without having to deal with yours! I object more to the misuse of words. An example, among others, is the word "notoriety" - people always misuse it and it annoys me. Shoot, I promised no verbosity didn't I. I can't be trusted. Cheers.
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Date: 6/30/2018 8:21:00 AM
Thank you Keith-- though the school of hard knocks can have much more value than many colleges--in your case for sure.
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Date: 6/29/2018 10:27:00 PM
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