There are Words You are Using Incorrectly and You Really Should Stop That

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Garry Hunter

NewsFeed is a hit at parties because we are always correcting people’s grammar and word choices. Now it appears we have a kindred spirit at Reader’s Digest.

The pint-sized mag has released its list of the 24 ways people are using the English language incorrectly. It’s perfect for passive-aggressively emailing to your ignorant friends!

Some highlights:

–Never say “I could care less,” if you mean “This isn’t important to me.” What you are saying is that you care a significant amount. You mean “I couldn’t care less.”

–You can rarely “try and” do a verb, (unless the verb is “fail,” really.) You can “try to” do something. An example: “Next time I will try to use the correct words in my sentences because I have some self-respect.”

–If you want to make a plural of a hyphenated phrase, the S does not always go at the end. “Brother-in-laws” and “Runner-ups” are both incorrect! To imprint the rule in your brain, try remembering this hilarious Onion headline: “William Safire Orders Two Whoppers Junior.”

–If you are saying that something “begs the question,” you are almost definitely using it incorrectly. Begging the question is a logical fallacy that you can read all about on Wikipedia. If you mean something brings up a concern, then you should say it “raises the question.” (This is, NewsFeed has noticed, a popular error in amateur political blog posts.)

Want to know other ways you’re accidentally revealing your ignorance? Read the rest of errors over at Readers Digest.

5 comments
ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Obviously, the U S Senate is in favor of rape in the military.  That is why getting rid of the draft was a bad idea.  The only ones with skin in the game are those who enlisted and their immediate families and thus you don't have broad representation from across the country and all economic levels demanding the change and a few general's heads on pikes as well.

Whatanotion
Whatanotion

Apparently The top Brass has delusions of yet being Julius Caesar .  It's too bad these idy ots can still claim to have come from women.  It is going to take some really really strong women to set this straight.  Hence the resistance against Hillary.  I can hear the Generalisimos now "BWWAAA its my army ______ (navy, air force, whatever)!" 

JaiGuru
JaiGuru

It's almost like building your military from the bottom %10 of the US populace was a bad idea.

Doxology
Doxology

These rapists should ask how it would feel if their mother, sister or daughter went through that ordeal. Food for thought.

championofwomen
championofwomen

The problem is most have issues with women so they don't care and branches like the marines beat it into their head women are for raping!

The us marines rape com