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Can you name the words that are commonly expressed incorrectly?
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Common Errors in English Usage
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I would like two shots of expresso in mine, please.
My amp electrocuted me yesterday.
My best friend lives caddy-corner to me.
Mama always said you will reap what you sew.
That guy on the street was hocking all kinds of fake watches.
He was running around butt naked.
The magician used slight of hand masterfully.
There is nothing like smelling food to wet your appetite.
There was no harm since it was all tongue and cheek.
Let's stop worrying about it, since it is a mute point anyway.
There's nothing like a bologna sandwich in the refridgerator.
Those two are inseparable--it is like they are yolked together.
Reading on a chaise lounge is much more comfortable.
The cacti in my zeroscape look great.
We should use a board that is six feet acrossed.
I don't think the statue of limitations has run out yet.
Dad was supposably going to take care of that.
College students visit the laundry mat all the time.
He offended everyone, irregardless of their race or creed.
They were selling shirts and pants, excetera.
Put a straightjacket on this crazy fellow immediately!
He was proberbly most interested in the action movie.
It was another one of his hairbrained schemes.
Roasting a marshmellow is rarely a simple act.
Does anyone know who's pizza crust this is?
The dog clanged up the rod iron stairway.
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Dec 8th, 2009 at 04:49 GMT
actually hawking and hocking are interchangeable. Hocking comes from a dutch word, hok, and Hawk from a german word, hoken both with similar meanings accepted as meaning selling when referenced to pawning.
Dec 8th, 2009 at 04:59 GMT
Er, yes, beardlust, but what you're doing "on the street" is hawking, not hocking. More importantly, though: it's not clear whether "butt-naked" or "buck-naked" is the original phrase (see http://184.108.40.206/~myl/languagelog/archives/001351.html), and "stark naked" isn't really an adequate substitute; "xeriscape" is a little obscure, as words go; and ironically, you misspelled both "insterested [sic]" and "inseperable [sic]".
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Dec 8th, 2009 at 05:06 GMT
Espresso is not an English word, hence it cannot be an English error.
Dec 8th, 2009 at 05:56 GMT
Fun quiz, but chaise lounge and straightjacket are now accepted variants. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straightjacket+ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chaise
Dec 8th, 2009 at 14:58 GMT
I think xeriscape is a terrific addition to the quiz- it may be slightly obscure in some areas, but as environmental awareness grows, it is becoming much more prevalent. After all, this is how language grows and changes; by being challenged! Go back and look at quizzes with spelling bee words from twenty years ago; many of the winning words then are everyday words now.
Dec 9th, 2009 at 05:57 GMT
Espresso is an English word, even if it is the same in its original language. Meanwhile I didn't like xeriscape because of that silly parry 'cacti.' AP style doesn't allow it, prefers 'cactuses.'
Dec 16th, 2009 at 00:10 GMT
You mean you won't accept 'prestidigitation' for sleight of hand?
Dec 16th, 2009 at 21:51 GMT
I was very happy to see xeriscape - the only one that I thought was kind of weak was the one about the amp. Thank you for including mute and irregardless, I want to punch anyone when they say either of those. And do people actually say rod iron? That is hilarious!
Dec 17th, 2009 at 20:54 GMT
Is "kitty-corner" a real word? Never heard of it. Also, I would say that "butt naked" is acceptable.
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Dec 29th, 2009 at 19:17 GMT
Irregardless is a word, I'm afraid. It is nonstandard and therefore it is incorrect to use it in formal writing, but to say "irregardless" in everyday speech is perfectly okay.
Feb 7th, 2010 at 18:27 GMT
Hmmm... I did eventually work out what you meant us to say in each case, but I don't see what's wrong with "butt naked". It's descriptive and it does the job. Over here we say "bollock naked". Nothing wrong with that either.
Mar 5th, 2010 at 17:55 GMT
It may make sense, but it's wrong. It came about from a misunderstanding of the original phrase, like "buttload" ("boatload").
Mar 5th, 2010 at 17:56 GMT
And yes, I know there is debate about which phrase actually came first, but I'm going with the way that I learned and that I agree with.
Apr 2nd, 2010 at 08:22 GMT
It didn't accept 'statute' as an answer.
Apr 2nd, 2010 at 11:38 GMT
i'm sure it does.
Apr 2nd, 2010 at 18:54 GMT
Sorry, but as much as people like xeriscape, it simply doesn't fit the title. The word is not used often enough to be 'commonly expressed incorrectly.' Otherwise great quiz.
Jun 26th, 2010 at 05:42 GMT
hahahah... FRIENDS! "It's a moo point"
Jul 19th, 2010 at 14:59 GMT
what gowhere said- I got all but harebrained (whoops- duh) and straitjacket (same reaction) but I have never, ever heard of a xeriscape before.
Jan 8th, 2011 at 07:36 GMT
Never heard of 'kitty corner'. Is it a US thing? I also think butt naked is acceptable.
Mar 11th, 2011 at 19:09 GMT
Kitty-corner (or catty-corner) is an Americanism that Brits won't get. Ironically, it is in turn an adopted misuse of "catercorner". Still, fun quiz.
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