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Forum: General Chat 25th Apr 2007, 22:41
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Thumbs up Re: Most Hated Words

It is noted as "informal" (in almost all dictionaries), Mike - but it has its uses (here, and in the northern US at least.)

For instance, if you're visiting a good friend and (god help us), you...
Forum: General Chat 24th Apr 2007, 3:38
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Post Re: Most Hated Words

Nice picks, BeccaK - do I sense another dictionary fiend on the scene? :-)

So - another speculation re: "pu"s: do we stand a better chance for pleasant/ beautiful associations if the word has to...
Forum: General Chat 24th Apr 2007, 2:53
Replies: 436
Views: 38,527
Posted By aemy
Re: Most Hated Words

I had heard murmurs and rumbles about this, Ang. It does sound alarming - and I will be guilt-ridden, if this (above) turns out to be me!

And it's no consolation, I'm sure, that business about...
Forum: General Chat 22nd Apr 2007, 23:47
Replies: 436
Views: 38,527
Posted By aemy
Re: Most Hated Words

Outstanding, JM.

Must be that wonderful, uncontaminated climate you live in (yes?)

Just watch out for "Pure" and "Purr", all the same; "Purulent" lurks right around the corner!



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Forum: General Chat 22nd Apr 2007, 2:28
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Posted By aemy
Post Re: Most Hated Words

It does egzackly that, ono - and why? You had me searching my dictionary.

Some thoughts: first I think there's an aversion in English to "pu-"words generally-(apart from remnants of school-yard...
Forum: General Chat 8th Jan 2007, 1:35
Replies: 436
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Posted By aemy
Re: Most Hated Words

Indict

Sneaky innocent-looking little number, which gives every evidence (Br. and Can,)that it should be pronounced "in/dict" - like "e/dict."

But no, it's "in/dite" -- like "in/vite"
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Forum: General Chat 23rd Dec 2006, 22:19
Replies: 436
Views: 38,527
Posted By aemy
Lightbulb Re: Most Hated Words

So, Bethy, who's the treacherous villain in Minneapolis?;-)

And I find sentences ending with that confiding "you know?" are almost as bad.

(But then again, some people are secretly pining to...
Forum: General Chat 21st Dec 2006, 5:25
Replies: 436
Views: 38,527
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Post Re: Most Hated Words

Not one word, exactly, but a 3-word expression that now seems indispensable (and self-important), especially in financial and military contexts:

"in excess of": "Smerck International announced...
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