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Bastardization of words

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Diabeetus, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    What made me start the topic is seeing the phrase "light years" used to quantify how far behind a team/player is in several different locations. Light years measure distance, not time, and the misuse of the word bugs the hell out of me. "Unbelievable" is another one that just drives me up the wall because almost always, the scenario is believable.

    What other consistent misuses of words make you cringe?
  2. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

  3. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member


    I also hate "on the season" and "on the year" and even "on Saturday" but I veer toward threadjackery and shall stop.
  4. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    You mean like, "He is literally on a high wire without a net," vis a vis Jerry Jones when referring to Pacman Jones?
  5. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    I could care less.

    No, really, too many people say that when what they mean is, "I couldn't care less."
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Notoriety to mean fame rather than infamy.
  7. I made that mistake in a story once and it was brought to me attention by a reader.
  8. cyclingwriter

    cyclingwriter Active Member

    "shocked the world/ surprised everyone"
    East Podunk beating West Podunk in table tennis was not shocking to the world...just the kids on the table tennis team and their parents.

    over/more than is also a pet peeve. I won't shop at stores that use over in their ads when they mean more than.
  9. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    "quantum leap". Refers to subatomic measurement, not vast improvement.

    Also, I was taught early on that 'very' is a meaningless word, and I live by it.
  10. Well, I always hate it when a coach throws out the phrase, 'One game at a time.' I want to say, no sh*t.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    That's more if a trite cliche than a bastardization, however.
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