I’m predicting about 30 home runs during the remainder of 2013 and 50 next year.
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My biggest language peeve is when people use "loan" as a verb. It is a noun only, the verb is lend/lent.
Is this really that common? Is it a spelling error/mental typing thing, or do people actually think dominate is the right word? Sometimes my thoughts will cross and I'll type the wrong word, but I catch it immediately in a proofread.
Also on the grammar front, yesterday I was corrected by a colleague when I said that we would have a committee meeting in spite of some other conflict that had popped up. She told me we would have the meeting despite the other conflict. I realize how silly my phrase sounds after being corrected but I am sure I have misused that phrase MANY times in my life.
#66 - Jack, I began to think, after I was corrected, that 'in spite of' certainly sounds as if I would do that in opposition to the other event where 'despite' seems less hostile.
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50, grew up in the NE, both parents were English teachers, and dilemna is the only spelling I recall. A friend and I even used to (this would have been third grade or so) mock the silly (but, we thought, correct) spelling and in conversation pronounced it "duh-lem-NUH".
That's my theory anyway.
Anyone over 50 who has never heard of this spelling version? Raise your hand.
I prefer the word "conundrum", so this whole conversation is moot. However I always thought it was "dilemna", and have probably used both.
As a verb, loan is attested from 1540s, perhaps earlier, and formerly was current, but has now been supplanted in England by lend, though it survives in American English.
I say both "offen" and "of-ten".
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