Usage criticism hasn't changed much since the 1870s. Then as now, language critics were appalled by the profusion of illogical usages, incorrect meani...
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The English language is not sick.
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As a physicist, I notice that people commonly use terms with physics connotations that just baffle me.
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Words are everywhere, and many are strung together recklessly. People tend to pick up errant usages as easily as black velvet picks up lint. Next thing you know, someone sees that verbal atrocity as a viable expression, and the cycle continues.
When it comes to words, people have all sorts of pet peeves. Here are 11 made-up or misused words that drive us insane.
The seven commonly misused words that follow are but a smattering of the ways English can go off the rails. Take note. Get them right and you'll keep sticklers from boarding the crazy train.
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