“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” ~Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
Had Tupac said that? That would be the realest sh*t he ever spoke. Against all odds.
When tons of people send me the same article, I pay attention. Such was the case with this article that got passed around the Ninjanet (and clearly the Non-Ninjanet) since it dropped on Monday entitled “10 Words That You’ve Probably Been Misusing”.
As the title suggests, its a list of words that people are…misusing. Real spit, I actually learned something from this list. I’ve been using the word “travesty” wrong. Or at least wrong-ish. And I totes never knew what “enormity” really meant though as the author suggested, I’m perfectly fine using it as a word that tends to mean biggerness.
That rhymes with Tigger Dress. #BARS
Well there’s one particular misused word that people f*ck up on a daily basis. In fact, right before writing this post I had an at least 20 minute debate about this word:
What you may think it means: a funny coincidence
What it actually means: contrary to what you might expect
It’s not ironic that you bumped into a talking turtle in a sweater vest right after you told your friend how cool it would be to bump into a talking turtle in a sweater vest. It’s a coincidence, and believe it or not, those two words are not related. Also, you should probably lay off the drugs because I’m pretty sure animals shouldn’t be talking.
Can we rap for a second? We can? Good. Cool.
Why the f*ck do so many people struggle with irony? Seriously, that’s a real question. If irony were a person, it’s theme song would be Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” The debate I had this evening? It was based on the usage that I’m fairly certain that at least 95 percent of the dark community perpetuates….A coincidence.
Every time I hear that I IMMEDIATELY wait for a coincidence to saunter through the lips of the word criminal. It’s so common though…it’s just like conversate and irregardless. Two other words we all know get misused commonly since they don’t actually exist. Which begs the question, can you misuse something that doesn’t exist in the first place?
I think I just f*cked up the space-time continuum spectrum magnum opus triumvirae magna carta holy grail pimp chalice.
By the way, while “conversate” gets the red misspelled word line, “irregardless” does not. How you like them apples? And how you like your eggs…fried or fertilized?
All that to say, we might need to get deeply educated today. See, I’m fairly certain that on the list in the article, there are at least 3 words that most folks had no idea they were using wrong in the slightest: travesty, peruse, and redundant. Notice I said most. I’m sure some of you clearly know what all the words mean and use them properly at all times…after the hurricane.
A tree stands…after the hurricane. <—- Name that reference. 10 Kool-Aid points to the first person to get that right.
So let’s do some thinking today…what OTHER words get misused that people don’t eeeen know it. You need not pop a molly to participate, just a two palms with phalanges and a keyboard. I was trying to make a two turntables and a mic parallel but it worked much better in my head.
Oh well…anyway, good people of VSB…what other words can you think of that people have been misusing. This is harder than you think. Trust me. But its a field day for you word denizens (did I use that right?)
Let us inform and educate. Infucate.
(By the way, Infucate is a word already that means to stain or paint. Motherf*cker.)
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka MR. I’M NOT THE WORD NAZI aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3