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The last several weeks, I've been talking about some words that are intentionally misused, words used to decieve.  This week, I'd like to focus on some of the most commonly (and unintentionally) misused words. Some people seem to want to add to a word: Toward has no s at the end, though it must seem incomplete to some because you often see it used like this,  "I went towards the gate." Anyway also has no ending s.  It is incorrect to say that you don't like purple, though you'd take a purple car anyways. Some want to delete part of a word: You aren't supposed to omit the d.  You weren't suppose to. The same goes for the phrase used to. Do not write it without its d, even if you use to do it that way. Others change the word entirely: For all intents and purposes, this is correct.  To have intensive purposes would mean that your purposes were of high intensity, highly concentrated or increased. Still others want to accentuate the positive: Some people must be trying hard not to be a Negative Nelly, yet others just couldn't care less.  Because if you could care less, it would mean you still had some care left! As we just learned, we don’t move towards something anyways because we’re not suppose to.  Even if you are use to it, it’s incorrect, for all intensive purposes.  But if you could care less, go right ahead! A word of caution, I bring.  Though, unintentional misuse of words may be hidden to YOU, many of your readers and listeners will sea and draw their own conclusions.


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  • Carla

    Kim, you bring up a good point. For those of us who are “well over the age of consent,” we learned a somewhat different language. I am always scratching my head and going. . . “HUH????”. . . when I go to references and find that there is now more than one accepted way of saying something, especially some ways I thought (or was taught? can’t remember that far back :) of as wrong. It’s a learning experience. I have to be careful in school when correcting papers. Most kids don’t know the difference, but some will come to me and say, “Hey, Mrs. Ives, that’s NOT wrong.” And then, after we look it up, it’s one of those moments. . . ya know, “Boy, is my face RED!”

  • cindy holman

    These are so GOOD!! It does bother me when people don’t know how to use our language correctly. It makes people look ignorant – I’m always saying, ’weren’t they in English class too?’ So weird. And the ‘me’ or ‘I’ usage has really bothered me over the years – especially people speaking in public that SHOULD know better. And of course the ‘your’ or ’you’re’ dilemma – Ugh.

  • Merit K

    So glad that I know you folks (JoJo & Carla) who use such good Grammar :) I love to have reminders and JoJo, you just have a way of putting things that really helps me to remember to check!!!!! Love this posting :)

  • In Our Write Minds

    Funny you should post this. Just yesterday I was researching “backward/backwards” and “forward/forwards” to see if it was correct to move something “backwards and forwards.” Like you, I’m not a fan of the “s,” but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just me.

    Anyway, to my surprise, I found out that either is correct (with or w/o the “s”). However, British English favors the “s” and American English favors no “s.” Here are a couple of links re: towards/toward:

    “Intensive” purposes and “suppose” to are two of my own peeves. Another favorite is “would of” instead of “would have.” Isn’t English fun?

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