A Facebook friend noting a pet peeve

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 30 07:37:50 UTC 2013

"A 'near-miss' is NOT a shortened form of 'nearly missed' and, therefore,
it is not something that really means a 'hit'!"

Would you believe that a guy referring to himself as a "layman" defends the
re-analysis by bitching that "widely-known vernacular should be more easily

How does he account for the fact that the "vernacular" has become
"widely-known," if it's not "easily interpreted"?

This is almost as disheartening as some of your examples, Jon.

And there the guy in the pswaydo-anti-fattening-food TV ad who asks for a
"badunkadunk butt," apparently unaware that a badunkadunk *Is* a butt. Ne
might as well ask foe a "butt badunkadunk."
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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