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Say What You Mean

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

This stopped me dead in my tracks.
Because I doubt that my local Target is actually selling a product that cures the affliction of causing others to vomit.

Yes, you heard me.
Nauseous doesn’t actually mean what you might think it means.

Read here for more: You Might Be Sick, But You’re Not Nauseous

There are those who will argue that precise definitions do not actually matter. What matters is how a word is used by the majority of the population.

Frume Sarah cannot support such a ridiculous notion. Language ought not be left in the mouths…er, hands of ordinary people. We have seen what has happened to the misuse of “myself” and errant apostrophes.

And we are not amused.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, 8 May 2012 11:27 am

    This morning I myself don’t feel nauseou’s, nau’seating or even nau’seated. I am, however, amu’sed.

  2. Amitzah permalink
    Tuesday, 8 May 2012 4:12 pm

    Food for thought. I’m definitely going to think twice before sharing next time I feel ill.

    Also, Every time I see or hear “We are not amused” it makes me giggle. I am now greatly amused.

  3. pjgbooks permalink
    Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:22 am

    You are a bad-a– when it comes to correcting grammar. I wish I could be you…other pet peeves include: “lying/laying,” “between you & I” (this one drives me CRAZY) and “for all intensive purposes.” And this is from educated folks. ;-)

  4. bratschegirl permalink
    Saturday, 12 May 2012 12:02 pm

    Hear, hear! One of the most wonderful things about English is its richness in nuance; so many synonyms, making possible so many subtle shades of meaning. We are in danger of losing this when we treat it casually. Remember 1984 and good – plusgood – doubleplusgood? Keep up the good fight!

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