Fading English Words?

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  1. Miotch

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    Glum.
    Underutilized, but great word.
     
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    Herb
    “You’re such a herb”
     
  3. Nadnitram

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    It's almost as though language is functional and fluid, adapting to reflect our ever-changing culture.

    Remember, only a few hundred years passed between Beowulf to Chaucer, and only a few hundred more from Chaucer to Shakespeare. But you imagine that somehow, in the midst of all this change, the set of rules that you grew up with are the correct ones?
     
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    I use deliberately use a lot of underused words… “groovy” and “swell”, of course, and I actually described someone as seeming “glum” just last week. Back in Indiana, “groovy” used to make people chuckle, but in Cali nobody notices.
     
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    Some comedian I don't recall the name of... "In the USA, it's pronounced 'erb'. In England, they say 'Herb', because there's a f*ing 'H' in it!!!"
     
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    Not sure if I care about that one as much.
     
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    When you're ordering in a restaurant in NorCal,, they don't say, "Good choice" or "Got it." They say, "Perfect." I like it.
     
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    Yep.

    It seems the idea of a location selfie is "Look where I am now!". me me me me...pah-leeze...

    If you among friends and want to capture the moment all together, then maybe. I'm still not the type to do that.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go outside and find a cloud to yell at. :p
     
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    When I was growing up, my father emphasized that nothing in the real world is perfect. I guess it's partly his fault that when I hear someone use "perfect" like that it sounds very insincere to me. How can a choice of a menu item be a perfect choice?

    But I try not to get hung up on how everything sounds to me, since my interpretation is probably wrong a good part of the time. :)
     
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    ..now, its DOPE.
     
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    Have a friend who HAD a girlfriend (he dumped her) that HAD to be in every picture she took, or rather had taken. We took several trips /cruises together. She would have my friend Gerry take all her pictures, and that means pictures of everything from scenic to what was on the table for dinner, and she had to be in every picture. We went to Moscow on a 6 day Gate 1 trip and in every picture of the Kremlin , Red Square, St. Basil Church, GUM store, down in the subway, Gorky Park, dinner at restaurants, ....EVERY flipping pic had HER in the foreground posing with the REAL point of interest in the background.
     
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    My mother was the family photographer. Hundreds of photos...not a one of her. I wish they had selfies back then!
     
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    Hardly anyone uses "fewer" anymore, people always say "less." In fact, fewer is used for individual or separate items, fewer people or fewer guitars, for instance. Less is used for abstract or collective items: less money or less power. I think people don't understand the difference so just use "less" for everything.
     
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    Similar here. I do have some.
     
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    I do have some too, but you would think we didn't have one...
     
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    you should tell this guy that..

    GH selfie.jpg
     
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    I like the evolution of language, by and large - a dictionary is descriptive and not prescriptive - but one thing that bothers me is the dropping of the "ed" on adjectives. i.e. someone is chillED , not chill. something is clichED , not cliche. I see it increasing - it won't be long before I hear "I went to t he shop but it was close"...

    and exhale.
     
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    As I understand it, though, Brits say "an hospital" and "an horse" because (at least at one time) the "H" wasn't pronounced.

    My source on that was J.L. Baird, my Chaucer professor at Kent State. I also took him for History of the English Language, in which we had to recite lines in Old English. Amazing prof! He made me enjoy that!

    I see menus that offer "ice tea." It's ICED tea! Or at least it's suppose to be ... ;)