I was just on a forum and read about someone receiving "exuberant bills" - she meant "exorbitant bills".
Then I clicked on another thread and read about someone who wanted to hear from people who had "brought" a house - she meant "bought a house".
I once laughed - out loud - at Luey's prep teacher when she told me she was "mortified" to find he'd dug up the dead and buried class hermit crab - she meant to say she was "horrified".
I get irritated because I try very hard to use the right words for the right context, and to know the meaning of the words I use.
I know language changes - I did a unit of linguistics during my undergraduate degree. I understand that it is fluid, and that "oriented" is now "orientated", whether I like it or not.
I just find it disturbing to think of bills dancing and whooping their way through my house, or having to lug my house around with me, or dying of embarrassment when a five year old does what five year olds do even though I had nothing to do with the five year old choosing the horrifying act of digging up a dead hermit crab.
I'm not perfect. You'll more than occasionally find a "there" where I meant to write "their", or a "to" where I meant to write "two" or even "too", but it saddens me because one of the great things about the English language is the vast number of words we've developed to distinguish the smallest of nuances in concepts. English is a hodgepodge of languages with a terribly inconsistent set of grammatical rules - it's neither phonetic, nor logical. So, the very best thing about this language is its amazing range of vocabulary, and the ability to pick a word that is so precise it can only pertain to one concept. If we decide the discrete meaning of words is not important, then we will lose the greatest asset the English language has - it's words!
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