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    07/14/2017 My grammar is showing-take a meeting

    I am so irritated by the use of the sentence "I take a meeting." Every cable news network is using it to refer to a meeting with a Russian lawyer. (This is NOT a political statement.)

    I must be very old because I have never heard that usage before. The sentence sounds as bad to me as nails scratching across a blackboard. Anybody else?

    At least, the usage is not precise. Did you set up the meeting? Did you participate? Did you agree to a meeting? Did you join a meeting in progress?

    If this does not bother you, do you have a word usage that drives you nuts or is everything okay this day and age?

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    mornin peeps

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    pretty fast. A little responsive writing

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolyn View Post
    I am so irritated by the use of the sentence "I take a meeting." Every cable news network is using it to refer to a meeting with a Russian lawyer. (This is NOT a political statement.)

    I must be very old because I have never heard that usage before. The sentence sounds as bad to me as nails scratching across a blackboard. Anybody else?

    At least, the usage is not precise. Did you set up the meeting? Did you participate? Did you agree to a meeting? Did you join a meeting in progress?

    If this does not bother you, do you have a word usage that drives you nuts or is everything okay this day and age?


    I must be old as well. I take umbrage to I take a meating. One half of that statement is grammatically true.

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    Good morning!

    Quote Originally Posted by carolyn View Post
    If this does not bother you, do you have a word usage that drives you nuts or is everything okay this day and age?
    I've got a bazillion, but one is "irregardless," when all people mean is "regardless." I also don't like "I could care less," when what people mean is that they "couldn't care less." The meaning is changed if you don't care about something, but say you could care less about it.

    The problem with language is that it's always evolving, so as people keep using the inaccurate words or statements, these changes just become normal and accepted. People also don't value editing anymore (online news articles, for example, can be dreadful to read), which maybe is one reason you keep hearing this on the news.

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    Just wanted to update that Heather Walters has been really helpful and got things figured out with the HIT that took me (and a few others) about two or more hours. It turns out the time was due to my partner and me.

    The first HIT took people about 50 minutes to do, on average. For those of us who it took two or more hours, we had more conversation about our answers than others did.

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    The sun is almost up and the sky is brightening let's hope for a good day.
    Let the fun begin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mills View Post
    . . . one is "irregardless," when all people mean is "regardless." . . . The problem with language is that it's always evolving, so as people keep using the inaccurate words or statements, these changes just become normal and accepted.
    One thing that really ruffles my feathers is the over (mis)usage of the word "decimate" when what they really mean is "obliterate". To decimate something is to reduce it by one tenth. Once you know the real meaning of the word it doesn't really have the same impact. Another is the increasingly common mix-up of the words "then" and "than". T.H.E.N. is an adverb used to divide measured time. As in the example, "Hits are posted and THEN we accept them." This is being confused with T.H.A.N. which is most commonly used after a comparative adjective, or adverb, as in, "Are you smarter THAN a fifth grader?"

    As Mill's said, our language evolves over time. But, as much as the above issues do bother me personally, I have to disagree with the notion that this is "the problem with" language. After all, if it weren't for that very evolution we would all still be speaking middle english.

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    it was okay

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    Quote Originally Posted by turkingintheusa View Post
    Good morning, Nation.



    One thing that really ruffles my feathers is the over (mis)usage of the word "decimate" when what they really mean is "obliterate". To decimate something is to reduce it by one tenth. Once you know the real meaning of the word it doesn't really have the same impact. Another is the increasingly common mix-up of the words "then" and "than". T.H.E.N. is an adverb used to divide measured time. As in the example, "Hits are posted and THEN we accept them." This is being confused with T.H.A.N. which is most commonly used after a comparative adjective, or adverb, as in, "Are you smarter THAN a fifth grader?"

    As Mill's said, our language evolves over time. But, as much as the above issues do bother me personally, I have to disagree with the notion that this is "the problem with" language. After all, if it weren't for that very evolution we would all still be speaking middle english.
    I dont have a lot of pet peeves with grammar, but I have two friends from different parts of the country who say "Thats a great ideal".....IDEA people lol

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