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Post by mhhbook » June 9th, 2019, 6:31 pm

OK. Not a word, but a phrase: “At this point in time” drives me nuts! It gives me a mental image of some guy in front of a giant sized map of the stars, running back and forth with a pointer, stating: “Not At THAT point in time, (running over to a different area of the map,) “But at THIS point in time.” Apparently the words “then” and “now” were removed from the dictionary. :?
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » June 9th, 2019, 7:04 pm

Here is something that works for me, if you don’t mind saying it like an Aussie.
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In my everyday speech, I pronounce “peculiar” as “pe-KYULE-yah”.

Said this way, it is far easier to add the “-ly” on the end.

Thus “pe-KYULE-yah-lee”.


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Post by SonOfTheExiles » June 9th, 2019, 7:11 pm

mhhbook wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 6:31 pm
OK. Not a word, but a phrase: “At this point in time” drives me nuts! It gives me a mental image of some guy in front of a giant sized map of the stars, running back and forth with a pointer, stating: “Not At THAT point in time, (running over to a different area of the map,) “But at THIS point in time.” Apparently the words “then” and “now” were removed from the dictionary.
Could this be the origin of your mental image? :wink:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LXrorgYxl10


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Post by mhhbook » June 9th, 2019, 8:28 pm

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 7:11 pm
mhhbook wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 6:31 pm
OK. Not a word, but a phrase: “At this point in time” drives me nuts! It gives me a mental image of some guy in front of a giant sized map of the stars, running back and forth with a pointer, stating: “Not At THAT point in time, (running over to a different area of the map,) “But at THIS point in time.” Apparently the words “then” and “now” were removed from the dictionary.
Could this be the origin of your mental image? :wink:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LXrorgYxl10


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Makes sense, plus it's a great cartoon. However, the phrase drove me nuts during the Watergate era... hey, that's aging me! Here's a link to a great article about the interesting phrases used during those hearings. https://clickamericana.com/topics/politics/a-look-at-the-lingo-picked-up-from-the-watergate-hearings-1973 Telephonically...gotta love that one! :D
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Post by mightyfelix » June 9th, 2019, 10:25 pm

mhhbook wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Makes sense, plus it's a great cartoon. However, the phrase drove me nuts during the Watergate era... hey, that's aging me! Here's a link to a great article about the interesting phrases used during those hearings. https://clickamericana.com/topics/politics/a-look-at-the-lingo-picked-up-from-the-watergate-hearings-1973 Telephonically...gotta love that one! :D
That's a cool article! Some of those are now well rooted in everyday speech, such as "time frame" and to "sign off" on something. I never would have guessed that this is where they came from!

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Post by realisticspeakers » June 10th, 2019, 3:36 am

mhhbook wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 6:31 pm
...drove me nuts during the Watergate era...
What drove me nuts is that the hearings always pre-empted the after-school movies and I was so looking forward to The Planet of the Apes movie series that one week.
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Post by KevinS » June 10th, 2019, 4:26 am

realisticspeakers wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 3:36 am
mhhbook wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 6:31 pm
...drove me nuts during the Watergate era...
What drove me nuts is that the hearings always pre-empted the after-school movies and I was so looking forward to The Planet of the Apes movie series that one week.
And I thought I was watching the Planet of the Apes...
E agora, José?

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Post by ColleenMc » June 10th, 2019, 7:25 am

LikeManyWaters wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 7:43 am
I'm currently annoyed with benign, benignly, and benignness. The author of my solo having used them over half a dozen times. Not that I hate saying it, just thought he could have possibly found some other descriptive synonym to use. :) But by the time you've finished writing a really long book, you might not realize you've used it that much.

Sometimes easy words trip me up if I start to think about them too much. Like "asked" or whether or not I'm pronouncing "t" and "d" in certain words.
I don't mind those so much but I despise benignantly and benignity. So hard to say and writers seemed to LOVE those two words in the olden days!

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Post by ej400 » June 10th, 2019, 8:18 am

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Here is something that works for me, if you don’t mind saying it like an Aussie.
.
In my everyday speech, I pronounce “peculiar” as “pe-KYULE-yah”.

Said this way, it is far easier to add the “-ly” on the end.

Thus “pe-KYULE-yah-lee”.


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Eh mate, I'd do the same... if only I were Aussie.

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Post by KevinS » June 10th, 2019, 9:02 am

I have advanced well into my later years by saying pa-Kyule-yer-lee.
E agora, José?

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » June 10th, 2019, 4:51 pm

ej400 wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 8:18 am
... if only I were Aussie.
A lament heard across the planet and the centuries. :lol:

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Post by cowguy02 » July 3rd, 2019, 10:50 pm

Tele-anything bothers me right now! Im doing a superhero book for ACX and there is so many tele words and I can't seem to keep them straight! :roll: :oops: :cry:
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Post by verycherrey » July 7th, 2019, 10:11 pm

Tertiary or any other five-dollar word.

“Don't use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.”

― Mark Twain
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Post by realisticspeakers » July 8th, 2019, 8:43 am

verycherrey wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Tertiary or any other five-dollar word.

“Don't use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.”

― Mark Twain
I think that after secondary, tertiary is perfectly cromulent. It's quaternary that resounds superfluous.
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Post by KevinS » July 8th, 2019, 11:09 am

realisticspeakers wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 8:43 am
verycherrey wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Tertiary or any other five-dollar word.

“Don't use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do.”

― Mark Twain
I think that after secondary, tertiary is perfectly cromulent. It's quaternary that resounds superfluous.
Am I correct in saying that at 5 in the afternoon in the tropics everything is quininary?
E agora, José?

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