May 25 2012, 10:14pm
and not blatant misuses of language by people who clearly didn't think about, or didn't even know, what the words they've written actually mean. What really pains me, literally, the way being forced to listen to wrong notes makes a musician flinch, is when people in a position of teaching language/literature, commit really heinous crimes of language abuse. I remember reading a really bad one about half a year ago:
But at least these are legitimate spellings in American English
'... we were a boat askance in the middle of the Atlantic'.
Ouch, that really hurt. Askance??? I even checked my Oxford Thesaurus of English in case I might be wrong, but no. How could anyone confuse 'askance' with 'adrift'? And a highschool literature teacher at that? I was so tempted to fire off a hasty post but realised it wouldn't be any use as the perpetrator of this outrage was no longer among the living, and therefore desisted. However, I did wonder whether anyone else had noticed it at all!
'Goodness gracious, you really are a messie!' 'Oh no, I'm not, these are all just mathoms...'
(This post was edited by kiwifan on May 25 2012, 10:17pm)