Thursday, January 27, 2005

I'm not normally a pedant, BUT...

Three things that really bug me:

-Overuse of the word "literally" to mean "I really, really mean it." The band wasn't literally on fire unless they were acutally combusting.

-Saying "I'm like, ..." or "I was going to say, ..." all the time, as if the speaker is merely a narrator in his or her own life.

-Using "media," "data," or "nuclei" as if they are singular.

(okay, maybe I am a little bit of a pedant.)

1 Comments:

At January 31, 2005 at 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, we all know that Cmdr. Data was a singular person, and yet he was not called Cmdr. Datum. Thankfully. And certainly media can be singular when in reference to physicall storage. As in "the media was scratched." Maybe the proper English would be "the medium was scratched," but ick, just not proper computer speek.

Oterwise, right on.

 

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