Sunday

50 Mistreated Words and Desecrated Phrases: Pacifically




Here’s a misused word that makes me anything but pacific – to be specific.

What would it mean, if someone pacifically asked you a question?

Nope, that would not describe a targeted topic, a focused subject, or a pinpointed inquiry.

It wouldn’t even be an individualized interrogation, aimed directly at you.  

A pacific question would be a peaceful, tranquil, calming sort of query.


That may be an ocean of difference. The linguistical misuse may be enough to enrage a pacifist.

From Atlantic to Pacific and back again, it pays to be specific with language.

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Thursday

50 Mistreated Words and Desecrated Phrases: One in the same



My head is reeling over this one. How can something be one in the same? Does anything fit inside itself?

I am beside myself, just considering the possibilities.

Maybe that is one and the same as being fit to be tied.

Same difference. Oh, wait. That’s not correct, either.


Whatever. I can hardly contain myself, just thinking about “one in the same.” 

And that ain’t right.
 


 
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Friday

50 Mistreated Words and Desecrated Phrases: On accident


This one goes on and on and on … but it’s way off base.

Nothing ever happens on accident.

Sure, some people have faith. Others believe in fate or serendipity. And still others may rank happenings as random or haphazard. The latter may claim things happen by accident – but never on accident.

That would just be wrong – on so many levels.

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Tuesday

50 Mistreated Words and Desecrated Phrases: Old Timer’s Disease



Some people think aging is funny – at least, until it happens to them. And maybe it’s healthy for us to laugh at ourselves.

That’s where the “Old Timer’s Disease” expression comes in. Folks may find humor in their own forgetfulness.

Only it’s not really funny. Ask anyone who has Alzheimer’s Disease, or anyone who cares for someone with this difficult memory-stealing condition.

That’s the play on words people make, either intentionally or unintentionally, when they claim to have Old Timer’s Disease.

Sure, many of us think about the here-after. We climb the stairs in our homes, then wonder what we are up here after.

And maybe it’s better to laugh and let off a little steam, instead of growing frustrated. But let’s not drag an actual disease of dementia into the situation. Because that’s just not funny.

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