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« Reply #165 on: January 09, 2017, 1:02:16 pm »

The construction only about three people now know:
Incorrect: "I didn't used to know that."
Correct: "I didn't use to know that."

Correct or not, it sounds ugly to my ear.  "I didn't always know that" or even "I used to not know that" or  better "I only learnt that when [hilarious anecdote]" make me cringe less.
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« Reply #166 on: January 09, 2017, 11:10:25 pm »

"The reason why." 

People from the US who, when traveling to other countries in North or South America, refer to themselves as "Americans."

"RBIs" (baseball).

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« Reply #167 on: January 10, 2017, 5:20:30 am »



People from the US who, when traveling to other countries in North or South America, refer to themselves as "Americans."


When I lived in one such country, I was constantly referred to as "Americana" even by people who knew my name.  We have the word "America" in our country name - none of the other countries in North and South America do.
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« Reply #168 on: January 11, 2017, 10:56:18 am »

"State of the state address"
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« Reply #169 on: January 11, 2017, 12:34:57 pm »

Assessment, assessment, assessment!  Oh, and "vast majority."  It's either a majority or it's not!
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« Reply #170 on: January 11, 2017, 12:55:56 pm »

Assessment, assessment, assessment!  Oh, and "vast majority."  It's either a majority or it's not!

So what would you use to succinctly denote a proportion much higher than 50%, or would you feel that's not needed?
(By that same token, is "significant minority" similarly annoying?)

There are honest questions, BTW. This thread has pointed out that a phrase that annoys someone may seem reasonable to someone else.
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« Reply #171 on: January 11, 2017, 1:12:48 pm »

Apparently, given the recent election results, "a significant minority" is the new majority.  Sigh.

"Tasked with" is another unfavorite of mine.

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« Reply #172 on: January 11, 2017, 2:17:20 pm »

Signing off with "cheers" on email.

gaaaack!

Also has added PhD advisor ptsd flashbacks...
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yellowtractor
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« Reply #173 on: January 11, 2017, 3:44:22 pm »

Signing off with "cheers" on email.

gaaaack!

Also has added PhD advisor ptsd flashbacks...

Sorry, I am part of the cheers tribe.  Henceforth I shall sign all e-mails to you "Regards," as the Brits hereabouts do.

"Tasked with" is another unfavorite of mine.

I once had a dean who liked to me "task with" in my direction.  I always invented rules to new games and...tasked it right back at him.  Eventually he stopped tasking me with anything.  I felt good about it.  It was a voyage, via prepositions.
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« Reply #174 on: January 11, 2017, 5:15:45 pm »

Signing off with "cheers" on email.

gaaaack!

Also has added PhD advisor ptsd flashbacks...

How about "Ta," or "Ciao"?
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« Reply #175 on: January 11, 2017, 5:28:37 pm »

I'm still stuck on this construction --

The construction only about three people now know:
Incorrect: "I didn't used to know that."
Correct: "I didn't use to know that."


 What does it mean?  I used to know that means you knew it, but have since forgotten it.  I didn't use to know that means what?  I didn't forget it?  I never knew it?   Hmmm.
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« Reply #176 on: January 11, 2017, 5:32:16 pm »

You may or may not agree that "I didn't use to know that" is a useful construction, but people do write it, and if they're gonna write it, they should use the correct tense forms.
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« Reply #177 on: January 11, 2017, 5:39:09 pm »

They shoont of used it at all.
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« Reply #178 on: January 11, 2017, 6:37:54 pm »

I'm still stuck on this construction --

The construction only about three people now know:
Incorrect: "I didn't used to know that."
Correct: "I didn't use to know that."


 What does it mean?  I used to know that means you knew it, but have since forgotten it.  I didn't use to know that means what?  I didn't forget it?  I never knew it?   Hmmm.

Overheard at the University of Cincinnati:

Student: "I just read an article that says domestic turkeys can't fly."

Guest lecturer Les Nessman: "Yeah, I didn't use to know that, either. I discovered it the hard way."
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« Reply #179 on: January 11, 2017, 7:39:29 pm »

Signing off with "cheers" on email.

gaaaack!

Also has added PhD advisor ptsd flashbacks...

How about "Ta," or "Ciao"?

personally, Ta would be novel enough to be just fine, and has no past trauma associated. Ciao is a borderline case- I had an Italian post-doc for a spell, and he would bombard me with emails, all of which concluded with Ciao (understandable, but still has slightly poor personal association. Maybe some therapy, where a few, very occasional and short messages, with Ciao, might help me to be more accepting of Ciao in the future).
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