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Linguistic treats

This section of the blog is dedicated to interesting news and titbits on language as it is spoken by average Joes.

Linguistic snack number one:

Overheard:

“I’ll double-chase Dave. . . “

So are we adding ‘double’ as a prefix for anything now?

The End.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Linguistic treats

  1. Prefixes, my god. Everyday I hear ‘pre-‘ used with verbs which already mean ‘before’, such as ‘pre-warn’, ‘pre-arrange’, ‘pre-reserve’, and my personal bete-noir ‘pre-prepare’.
    If this continues I am soon going to climb the nearest pre-built water tower with my pre-loaded gun and start taking out the all the preemies.

    Posted by Adamus Bradleyhoops | April 3, 2009, 10:54
  2. “double-chase” is horrible.

    I have a confession, I caught this from a colleague, an American Iranian from San Francisco.

    Example: “I’d like to list a couple (delete: of) points”

    or even

    “I’d like to discuss a couple stuff!”

    Aaaahhh!! Not good but sometimes I say it!

    One from South Africa: “Yes. Well no, fine”

    What is that all about?

    Posted by John Goode | August 5, 2009, 09:26

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