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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    I just know I'm going to end up feeling stupid here but... I don't really see the problem? (Apart from it being an unnecessarily awkward term when "move" would suffice!)
    locomote isn't a word - he made it up! he's just taken a noun and decided to derive some sort of hideous pseudo verb from it. i cringe when people do that. bruno mars does it in one of his songs where he says "conversate". um, no. bruno, you may have a voice to melt hearts all around the world but when you say crap like that, my love for you dies a little

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil View Post
    I think the commando can say whatever he likes - so long as he takes his shirt off!
    i totally agree. however in this instance the shirt was well and truly on. more's the pity

    in a similar vein all i can concentrate on in this show now (aside from the commando's biceps) is the number of times people say "myself". (and "journey", but that's a separate issue).

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    Speaking of words that aren't actually words. Worser isn't a word, it's worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moxy View Post
    locomote isn't a word - he made it up! he's just taken a noun and decided to derive some sort of hideous pseudo verb from it.
    Unfortunately it is an official word! It's true that it is completely derived from "locomotion", but is now considered a word in its own right. The free Oxford on the internet doesn't list it, but my bought version (which has many more entries) defines it as "to move about from place to place".

    It's a case of "back-formation" which Oxford defines as "The formation of what looks like a root-word from an already existing word which might be (but is not) a derivative of the former."

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    One that I've heard recently is 'change tact' instead of 'change tack.'

    That and lots of 'loose' instead of 'lose.'

    I still smile about the 'magnaminous weight-loss' in Biggest Loser. When DH and I stand on the scales we now politely enquire as to whether or not the other person lost a magnaminous amount of weight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    I still smile about the 'magnaminous weight-loss' in Biggest Loser. When DH and I stand on the scales we now politely enquire as to whether or not the other person lost a magnaminous amount of weight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    Unfortunately it is an official word! It's true that it is completely derived from "locomotion", but is now considered a word in its own right. The free Oxford on the internet doesn't list it, but my bought version (which has many more entries) defines it as "to move about from place to place".

    It's a case of "back-formation" which Oxford defines as "The formation of what looks like a root-word from an already existing word which might be (but is not) a derivative of the former."
    Oh god. Tell me conversate isn't in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moxy View Post
    Oh god. Tell me conversate isn't in it.
    "No matches"

    There may be a vocabulary god after all!

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    Magnanimous weight loss, eh?

    I could do with some magnanimous weight loss. That would be ace.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MissPoss View Post
    Barista, not Batista! I'm blaming that one on autocorrect.

    *walks away mumbling to herself something about proof reading her posts...especially in a grammar thread*
    Teehee Batista is a wrestler! That made me laugh

    My ex-husband has a habit of saying he is "salubriously happy" when he is drunk... This just sounds wrong. It is wrong isn't it? It's not just my dislike of him showing through?

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    Default Grammar is not just about whether a word is actually a word

    Acclimate instead of acclimatise.
    Oftentimes instead of often.
    Conversate instead of converse.
    Orientate instead of orient.
    Locomote instead of move.

    Effect being confused with affect.
    Bought being confused with brought.
    Why being exchanged for how come.

    Barista instead of coffee maker or barrister.

    Bolognese/Bolognaise being confused with spaghetti bolognese (which, btw, isn't an Italian dish).



 

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