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Werd Play

I like speaking and writing correctly.  Sometimes, I even succeed at so doing.  🙂

Perhaps a better title for this post would be Word Pet Peeves.


I loathe the use of this instead of the correct word, REGARDLESS.  Sadly, the O.E.D. (Oxford English Dictionary) has added this variant as a real word, because it is in common use.


My guess is people were trying to pronounce SUPPOSEDLY, and stumbled.  Or mis-heard.  Then adopted it as correct.  It’s not.


I used to work with an investigator.  An educated man, I can only surmise he mis-heard VERBATIM, and ran with it.

(One from my roommate)  FORTE

When one is good at something.  You may notice an accent is missing.  It is NOT FORTE’ !  And is pronounced fortAgain, something done wrong in common usage.  Look it up.  I had to.

And don’t get me started on mis-heard song lyrics!  I blame overly loud speakers, concert noise and the tinny AM radios of my youth.  Any suggestion that over indulgence in alcohol or other chemicals does not apply – to me, anyway!  😛

There have been books written about them.

Doughnuts make my brown eyes blue

There’s a bathroom on the right.

Hold me closer Tony Danza

‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy.

I’m certain you can add to the list(?)

h/t Tomi


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


10 thoughts on “Werd Play

  1. I’ve not had enough coffee to offer more than one peeve: those who use “then” when it should be “than”, i.e., “It’s more then forty yards away.” Or the variant that breaks several rules at once: “My situation is no different then yours.”

    Okay, I’m going to stop now, as I can feel a rant building.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | February 16, 2017, 8:58 am
  2. But “for-TAY” sounds French and sophisticated! So it’s correct! Irregardless of what you supposably think!
    My wife, a big HGTV fan, has noticed that now, kitchens are “functionable.”

    Posted by Old 1811 | February 16, 2017, 11:56 am
  3. I scream and shake both fists at the TV when our local weather man mentions ‘pop-up’ rain showers. What are these storms, like artisian wells?

    Posted by poletax | February 16, 2017, 6:38 pm
  4. “Ashley’s dishes”

    Posted by Dennis in SC | February 16, 2017, 7:42 pm
  5. Using “accurate” and “precise” incorrectly. Also, confusing “historic” and “historical.” A local business cluster has a big, professional, and perminent sign up that refers to “historical Charles Town.” Makes me want to yell at it every time I pass by.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | February 18, 2017, 7:37 pm
  6. I actually have a clip of John Fogerty using bathroom on the right at the end of Bad Moon as a joke!

    Posted by mbumgua | February 23, 2017, 2:13 pm

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