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Misspellings, Improper Use of Homonyms, Redundancies

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6:12 pm on Oct 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Read somewhere on this board:

". . . from whence . . ."

Since the definition of whence is "from what place, source, or cause", the use of from appears to be redundant.

Anything on the web, in print, or otherwise common usage get your attention?

6:32 pm on Nov 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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>>combine leery and wary

How about anxious instead of eager?

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"Respectfully" instead of "respectively." Grrr!

Also, I know that we're not covering punctuation here, but may I just say that my teeth are set on edge by bizarre and unnecessary apostrophe placement. Example:

"I have two PC's." Grrr!

8:01 pm on Nov 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm not perfect and feel like I shouldn't be casting stones. But since everyone else is doing it. ;)

It bothers me when people write:

  • walla instead of voila
  • butt naked instead of buck naked
  • gg when they mean Google (gg means googleguy, not google)
  • scrapper when they mean scraper
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I had to stop shopping for a classic car because the geniuses advertising used automobiles on Craigslist kept chipping away at my fragile ability to tolerate other people. The problems are so numerous and frequent, I hardly know where to begin.

Let's start with Cadillac converters.

Yep, you read that right. There are guys out there assuring potential buyers that their Monte Carlos, Mercury Zephyrs, and Plymouth Voyagers will have no problem meeting California's strict smog inspections and maintenance standards, because they just had brand new Cadillac converters installed in the exhaust systems.

Just about everybody with a Chevrolet Camaro for sale spells it "Camero," for some reason,

The Oldsmobile Toronado, meanwhile, has never in the history of classified ads been listed as such. It's always the Oldsmobile Tornado. The variant offered in the early 1990s with touch-screen, computer controls on its dashboard was called the Toronado Trofeo, but if you want one, I'd suggest searching the classifieds for a Tornado Trophy.

If you think the private sellers are bad, you should see what the automakers themselves do in the interest of giving their products the most confusing, redundant, self-contradictory, or awkward names that their marketing departments can possibly dream up.

The Toronado's corporate cousin, for example, Cadillac's El Dorado, could be ordered from the factory with upgraded trim and equipment, in which case it was called the El Dorado ETC. No, there's no marketing tie in with "The King and I"-- it's not the El Dorado Etcetera. ETC stands for El Dorado Touring Coupe, meaning the vehicle's full name is Cadillac El Dorado El Dorado Touring Coupe. Fair enough, I suppose.

It reminds me of how biologists distinguish our upgraded trim and equipment level from that of our very recent ancestors by adding a third name to the binomial nomenclature, so that instead of being mere Homo Sapiens, we are the much newer, sportier, more distinctive Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

Similarly, as the four-door Seville (one of the El Dorado's stablemates) lost its bustle-back trunk and positioned itself for the first time as a credible threat to the European performance and luxury models, Cadillac chose to offer a quicker, better-handling, up-market edition, which they christened Seville STS.

STS, of course, stood for Seville Touring Sedan, meaning the proper name for the manufacturer's flagship was Cadillac Seville Seville Touring Sedan.

Don't even get me started on the subject of the Daihatsu Charade or the Mitsubishi Precis.

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Oh, and how about people who substitute "lowest common denominator" for "least common denominator," usually when accusing somebody of pandering to one or both denominators, as opposed to working out anything related to math or logic.

I'm not bothered by it, but my mother can't get over my ex-girlfriend's habbit of saying "lookit" when she's showing you something.

Has anybody already mentioned those folks who say "being that" when they mean "because?"

Sigh.

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Did I just say, "habbit?"

I guess that's what Hobbits go to twelve step programs to work on.

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the vehicle's full name is Cadillac El Dorado El Dorado Touring Coupe

speaking of recursive names, how about "the anaheim angels of los angeles"

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