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Subject:Re: Most annoying word From:arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Tue, 28 Feb 2006 12:53:23 -0500
I, too, grew up in the 80s/90s and acquired such nasty speech habits...
as a survival tool! No one in school understands you when you use
And, yet, despite my verbal (nounal and adjectival) abuse of the
language, I learned communication skills, several foreign languages,
and have an MA in English/Tech Writing. And neither of my parents even
have a college degree, let alone could explain why "ain't ain't a word."
You have to learn your audience, even as a kid/teen. Watch what happens
when your 14-year-old uses a multisyllabic word to a drug-dealing
gang-banging punk-wannabe classmate. Or worse... to a teacher who
hasn't the vocabulary of an invertebrate!
Arroxane, playing devils' advocate again
From: Suzette Leeming <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Claire Conant <Claire -dot- Conant -at- digeo -dot- com>
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Sent: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 11:37:56 -0500
Subject: Re: Most annoying word
A little off-topic, but....
My daughter had picked up some disturbing language traits growing up,
as "he goes..., then I go..." when she really means "he said..., then I
said..." and "like" as in "and I was like, really surprised...".
I annoyed her endlessly by making comments such as "where did he go?
mean he SAID; why didn't you say that?" I kept that up for years. The
result? She no longer uses phrases like that, and in fact is currently
university studying (drum roll!!!!!!!) english and linguistics (along
philosophy, sociology, anthropology, etc.). She has also become a critic
among her friends.