Re: Most annoying word

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 proper English!

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

-----Original Message-----
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, such
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? oh, you
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 in
university studying (drum roll!!!!!!!) english and linguistics (along with
philosophy, sociology, anthropology, etc.). She has also become a critic
among her friends.


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RE: Most annoying word: From: Claire Conant
Re: Most annoying word: From: Suzette Leeming

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