Worst Misuses of Words and Phrases You Can Use

Humor - General
By: penelope7    
31-Oct-2010

Introduction:Okay. You know who you are. Nobody's gonna call you out but for sure, you are butchering the English language even though you say these words correctly, they are used so
inappropriately......

  • 01

    Basically

    Did you basically meet the man and did he basically buy you a drink and then basically asked for your number? Really? Did he basically take you out too and did you basically have a nice time? Well, according to you, he did this fundamentally or for the most part. Question is what is it that he didn't do? You see if you are basically honest, there's a possibility of being a little dishonest too right? This word is so over used it reeks now. In high school when my teacher told me that if I missed another swimming session I was basically going to flunk gym. I didn't need a dictionary to know I had to do a lot more, but I still had a chance of making up or at least bargaining. Basically is not all; it's the base of something, not the whole of it. It shouldn't be used as a pause, or a crutch to follow up with another sentence or idea or to sound better. The people that use it speak it quite nicely. But get to the point, it's just a sharper way of saying 'Uh', the most common pause. You don't need to use it this way. Just make your dialogue a little more fluid......please.

  • 02

    Whatever

    Does this mean whatever you say, whatever you think, whatever it is, whatever you mean, whatever what? Okay, talk about 'Blow Off' words. This is so ugly especially used outside of the Comedy Movie "Clueless". Yes, those little rich brats were using it and it was sort of cute because they weren't mouthing it to anyone but their peers. It was meant to be snotty and well, funny too and it was. 'Whatever' just seems like the deliverer of it has nothing valid to say and grasps at an insult instead. Older folks should be ashamed. This one drives folks bonkers.

  • 03

    Your

    Your is a pronoun and a possessive form of you. Therefore, my dear, 'your' not going to the store. You are or 'you're' going to the store. Time and time again these words are criss-crossed. "I have your test scores" is correct "your on your way to the store" so wrong.

  • 04

    Ridiculous

    Here we go. Just listen. A lady was on television following a pretty bad fire. These were her words loosely but the word ridiculous was used exactly this way "I watched the fire burn over to the other building and it caught fire. I mean it was ridiculous..." Can you actually ridicule a raging fire, may we ask? Ridiculous is from the base word ridicule. Having an affair with someone married could be cause for ridicule from others and thinking that he will marry you could make you 'ridiculous' but a fire that spreads is frightening, it's alarming, it can be tragic.....but ridiculous? Not.

  • 05

    Like

    Didn't the movie Valley Girls make this word 'Like' popular back in the 80's or so? Something similar to 'totally' which was a personal like for me. But to hear folks say "you know like" this or that is crazy man. Like means similar to or something that is agreeable or pleasant to you. So when you ask me something such as "you know like that dance we had" are you comparing something to the dance? Is it something similar to the dance? No, usually people don't use that word like that. They use it as another crutch or to sound cool perhaps. It's a filler word that is so obscure, I think I'm talking of someone in particular using it in this case. Please, like stop. No, I mean it. Stop.







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