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what if I told you these words don't exist

A lot of everyday words used by most of us are correct, but there are some words that just found their ways into our tongues and don't wanna leave again. After some deep thinking and extensive research I gathered some words and I'm almost sure you'd be guilty of using at least one.



Get ready for lessons


Here we go.............

Irregardless: Wait, so is that the opposite of ‘regardless’? So, regardful? With regards? Oh, wait, it’s not a word.

Conversate: "Conversate" is a combination of "conversation" and "converse." If you want to say that you've been talking to a close friend, say that you've been conversing with them, not conversating. Conversate isn't a word. It may sound right, but it's all wrong, so completely delete it from your vocabulary.

Participator: If you decide to participate in a marathon, you're not a participator. You're a participant. It's not much of a difference, except that one is correct and the other isn't. Be careful when you speak, because one tiny mistake can change the way others view you.

Firstly (and secondly, thirdly, etc.): Adding the suffix "ly" to words such as first, second and third is a correct usage. However, this addition is unnecessary because the words can provide the same meaning without the suffix. It is also a lazy and unimaginative mode of speech when initially, subsequently, and finally could be used instead.

Like: This is tricky because Like is actually a word. But it’s not, like, supposed to be a, like, conjunction, you know? I abuse this word too (we almost all do like...) but I, like, notify myself every time I do it, doesn't seem to make a lot of difference though, like it was hard-wired into my head. y’know?

What if I told you there's no word like Trafficate

360 Degrees: Again, this is actually a phrase. But it’s been misused to the point that I think we should strike it from the language. You'll actually hear things like “we’re going to turn this vehicle around 360 degrees”. Okay. So you’re going to make me dizzy, yet accomplish nothing?

Ain’t: I like this non-word myself. And it’s actually been added to the dictionary. But it still makes me sound like I fell headfirst off a truck as a young child.

Ruthfull: You've heard of the word "ruthless." Well, some people want to turn it into its opposite by saying "ruthfull." However, you can't just change the ending of a word in order to make it an antonym. English would be easier if that was the way that it worked, but it isn't. If you can't figure out the opposite of a word, type it into Google to get the correct one.

Supposably: Supposedly is the word you're looking for. You need to switch the "b" and the "d" and you should be fine. It's one of the easiest things to correct, but it's also one of the most common mistakes to make, especially when speaking aloud.

Dis-virgin: there nothing like called dis virgin it is deflower

Use the right words in the right places don't play yourself

Overwhelmed: Have you ever heard someone say they're whelmed? Not surprisingly, whelmed means to be completely overcome, inundated, or submerged. In other words, it means the same as overwhelmed. The unnecessary prefix was added in 14th Century England, presumably by irreparably brain damaged plague victims. All my friends with me spearheading the gang are guilty of this.

Reiterate: Anyone with a background in science or computing will know what iterate means. For those who don't, it means to repeat. Therefore, it's peculiar that the word entered mainstream culture with the prefix "re". Are millions of English speakers re-repeating themselves, or is this another literal travesty? Regardless, reiterate has made it into the dictionary.

Unequivocably: It's easy to add the suffix "ably" to longer words. In this instance, the correct spelling is unequivocally.

Administrate: Whilst being an accepted word, administrate can be substituted by the shorter alternative, administer. However, in popular usage, administer has come to mean "give out", while administrate generally refers to the official business of administrators.

Grammer: One of the most amusing quirks of the grammar is when people use "grammer" to correct the grammar of others. Basically shooting yourself in the leg. Few people have perfect spelling and grammar , but in these instances the guilty party deserves a humiliating rebuke.

Alright: There actually are not two ways to spell “all right”. And there are especially not three ways to spell "all right" (I'm looking at you, whoever's using “awright” or "aii" or "aiit"). And if you're even considering “owl write”, just start using “okay” instead.

Ginormous: This is where it gets a little tricky. In some dictionaries, “ginormous” (combination of “gigantic” and “enormous”) is listed as a real word, and in others, it’s listed as an informal word, the vocabulary equivalent of being a dwarf planet. But in any case, using the word “ginormous” in a school report, office presentation, or when bragging about certain body parts will only result in red marks and rejection.
Sun Tzu looking at you using wrong words like

Cunny: This is a word which most people use to describe someone that is being deceitful or crafty. The right word is cunning not cunny.



These ones can be a bit confusing

Anyways: 
Dating back to the 13th century, anyways was gradually shortened to anyway. Today, it’s only used colloquially, as in: “I’ve been blabbing about myself for hours. Anyways, why are you leaving?” The word is considered superfluous: Most dictionaries list it as an informal synonym for anyway. The Oxford English Dictionary goes a step further. It identifies anyways as being of North American origin and gives this snobbish example: “You wouldn’t understand all them long words anyways.” 

Literally: How long does it take for a word to be used incorrectly before linguists give up and alter its meaning? It’s happening to literally, which literally means “in a literal way or sense.” So many speakers are using it in place of virtually that the Oxford English Dictionary has redefined literally to say it can be “used for emphasis rather than being actually true, such as, ‘We were literally killing ourselves laughing.'” Meanwhile, English is left with no word reserved to mean “in a literal sense.” Result: Language purists refuse to use literally figuratively.

The Literal Meaning
Inflammable: Don't be burned by using inflammable in a sentence! It has exactly the same meaning as flammable (easily burns). As the prefix "in" often means an opposite (e.g. indecent, indescribable), fire safety experts have tried to phase inflammable out of the English language. It was actually the original spelling; having been derived from the Latin for inflame.



Nigerian English Category

Trafficate: Nigerians use the word to describe a situation where a driver indicates to other drivers that he/she wants to take a turn. It is used so often, that it has started to sound like proper English.

Opportuned: What exists in English dictionaries is ‘opportune,’ without ‘d’ at the end. Opportune means ‘timely’ or ‘well-time, especially convenient or appropriate for a particular action or event. Opportuned is only common in Nigerian English.

Yesss....we know ourselves

Pepperish: It is common to hear Nigerians describe a meal that has too much pepper in it as pepperish. The proper word should be ‘peppery’. No native English speaker uses the word pepperish” to describe the burning sensation we feel from eating pepper.

Next tomorrow: Most Nigerians generally use “next tomorrow” but there is not such word as next tomorrow. Instead you should say, “a day after tomorrow.”


Bonus Real Word

Gonna:
I'm gonna shock you with this one. Yes, gonna is a word—and it has been since 1806. So, next time you think you’re “short-texting” when you type “gonna” instead of “going to,” grammatically speaking, you’re not incorrect.

well, i'm disappointed

The dictionary is always changing, so these words might end up in there one day. However, at the moment they're considered wrong, which means that you should avoid using them. Have you used any of these words before? Are there any other made up words that you've heard others using lately?

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3 comments:

  1. Biko leave us with our grammar. We have enough to worry about

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  2. Nice one Xerxes.
    Confession... I am a victim of some of those words.

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