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LostInWalmart



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he he

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I have a pet peeve. I hate the word 'normalcy' that Americans seem to obsessively use instead of 'normality'.
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I do believe that normalcy is an a-okay word, simply because we have an "Age of Normalcy" in U.S. history. But I rarely hear this word otherwise.
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Vahlee wrote:
I do believe that normalcy is an a-okay word, simply because we have an "Age of Normalcy" in U.S. history. But I rarely hear this word otherwise.


If you look the word up, it was coined by one of your presidents. Outside of the US, it is not a-okay. Normality is the word and remains so everywhere but here.
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Harding didn't make it up:

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Normalcy was popular with the voters. But since it was a newly prominent word uttered by a politician, reactions to normalcy were mixed. Language purists sneered that Harding's word was a mistake for normality. They explained that -ity is the usual suffix for words like normal, while -cy is only attached to words that end in t, as in democracy from democrat. However, there were language purists among Harding's supporters too, and they found normalcy lurking in dictionaries and articles as far back as 1857, attracting no criticism (or attention of any sort) before Harding used it.


http://www.answers.com/topic/normalcy

And GW didn't create "strategery" :O

http://www.answers.com/strategery

I think I knew that.
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It's still a pet peeve and have yet to see a good reason for its existence.
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Butch the Vizsla



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I'm still trying to figure out why people are starting to replace "regardless" with "irregardless". Unless, of course, you're writing dialogue for a character like Tony Soprano, or even better, Carmine Luprtazzi Jr. Otherwise, it's just annoying.
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LostInWalmart



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I heard someone say "irregardlessly" the other day and I gave myself a hernia doing a double-take Why not "neverthelessly"? Better yet, "Irreneverthegardlessly".

Howzabout "orientate" instead of "orient" - that one burns my biscuits too.

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Well, LIW, there seems to be some lack of awareness of already existing, perfectly useful adverbial expressions in English. The bane of my existence (if not already mentioned before here) is the generic phrase "on an X basis," e.g.:

    "on a weekly basis" (rather than simply "weekly")
    "on a daily basis" ("daily")
    "on an annual basis" ("annually" or "yearly")
    "on a regular basis" ("regularly"),
and it gets infinitely worse, well beyond time-expressions.
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LostInWalmart



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"It goes without saying..."

Does it? Does it really? Then don't say it.

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LostInWalmart wrote:
"It goes without saying..."

Does it? Does it really? Then don't say it.


BUT "That goes without saying" is a perfectly acceptable response to someone who has actually said something that goes without saying.
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How about the "physical" year? But my nomination for the most overused word is "obviously". But that should be obvious. Wink

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We all know what 'ruthless' is, but what's ruth?

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sgt_steve wrote:
We all know what 'ruthless' is, but what's ruth?

Ruth is the traditional alcoholic beverage of Ruthenians, and they'll do anything to get it. That's why, when they have run out of it, they are considered "ruthless." Laughing
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sgt_steve wrote:
We all know what 'ruthless' is, but what's ruth?
Isn't ruth Mrs. sgt_steve?

I believe it comes from "Rue"
rue v. rued, ru·ing, rues

v. tr.
To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for.

v. intr.
To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow.
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