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e.g. to mean "nitpicking" but that's not what it means.
the phrase 'pretty sure that other guy is a prick' when trying to say 'sure that guy is a compassionate, thoughtful humanitarian we can all look up to'
3 of which were by you. Assuming you used the word correctly all 3 times that's 2 people who have used the word incorrectly, which isn't really "a lot" by any measure.
you just audited yo!!!!!!
you've said that 2 out of 3 people using it incorrectly isn't "a lot by any measure" despite it being the used wrongly by the majority of people, which is definitely one measure or "correct" usage.
which tips the balance in favour your quantitative analysis. Which in itself discredits your explanation of semantics.
Are you keeping up?
with the incorrect usage of the word 'semantics'
Myriad, and occurrences of "a myriad of". It's just myriad. There are myriad examples of the misuse of myriad.
"Excited for" - e.g. "I'm excited for the weekend." Or "I'm excited for the festival." No: you're excited ABOUT the weekend or the festival. You can be excited for a person. You can be excited about a thing or an event. You can't really be excited for a thing or an event.
Confused use of "used to" and "use to".
When talking about things that we did in the past but don't do now we can use the expression "used to".
e.g. I used to drive to work but now I go by car.
The negative form, to talk about things which we didn't do in the past but do now, is "didn't use to".
e.g. I didn't use to like coffee but I love it now.
As for "did you used to...". No: it's "did you use to". e.g. "Did you use to play netball?"
Or if 'accuracy' can even be applied here (prescriptivism seems pretty iffy), but by all accounts 'did you use to play netball?' sounds shit.
so don't worry about how it sounds.
I used to use my car to get to work. I used it for everything, in fact. Last year, that all changed. A DiS user sold me their used bike and so now I use that for my commute. I didn't use to think that cycling on the roads would be very safe, but really I just wasn't used to it. Have you got used to something that you didn't use to be? Did you use to drive everywhere, for example?
Some stuff here about it: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=428
'In English, "myriad" is most commonly used to mean "some large but unspecified number". It may be either an adjective or a noun: both "there are myriad people outside" and "there is a myriad of people outside" are in use. (There are small differences: the former could imply that it is a diverse group of people; the latter does not but could possibly indicate a group of exactly ten thousand.)
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary notes that confusion over the use of myriad as a noun "seems to reflect a mistaken belief that the word was originally and is still properly only an adjective ... however, the noun is in fact the older form, dating to the 16th century.
The noun 'myriad' has appeared in the works of such writers as Milton (plural 'myriads') and Thoreau ('a myriad of'), and it continues to occur frequently in reputable English.'
Prescriptivism: just say no. Actually don't, look at the data first and then derive conclusions from that.
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semiotics, I always think of that being such a big belfast word I WAS DOIN' A BIT OF THE AULD SEMIOTICS SO I WUZ
doesn't really matter though, like spelling and grammar
but you've got a secret smile.
is another word that some people say
using semantics correctly and incorrectly.
you know that correcting people's spelling, pronunciation, grammar and even the meaning they attribute to words can actually only ever betray your own ignorance about how language is an organic, ever developing process that can't be pinned down or defined by any one set of rules?
On the one hand, this is a fair comment.
On the other otoh, it's a really weak argument used to excuse straight up ignorance.
Sure, when the need arises, go ahead and find creative linguistic solutions. But have the decency to admit when you're going against an established logical convention for reasons you can't adequately justify.
Just seems to make up its own words every day.
if a community of people (dis) start using a word (semantic) in a different way to how other people have used it, then that's what it means to them.
the word "troll" has changed since it's been more prominent in the mainstream media. does that mean those of us who used it back in 2007 to mean what it meant then have a responsibility to educate everyone so that it can return to it's original meaning? No, it just means something else now. Deal with it.
If it is I *totally* get it.