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Have these been mentioned? Guy at work does these a lot -

- herd instead of heard and roll instead of role.
 

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I'm getting increasingly frustrated at the proliferation of "mom", especially around the recent Hallmark holiday.
 

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"from whence" instead of "whence"
Whence = from where.

Thence = from there.

Hence = from here.

Indicator boards (and announcements) on stations in Sydney used to say "Burwood, Strathfield thence all stations to Hornsby". Now thence has been replaced by 'then' in announcements and on signs.
 

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Who's going to the movies? Answer (these days) is often, "me and Jane". When surely it should be, 'Jane and I' (are going to the movies) which simply sounds so much more considerate and polite.
 

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Who's going to the movies? Answer (these days) is often, "me and Jane". When surely it should be, 'Jane and I' (are going to the movies) which simply sounds so much more considerate and polite.
And then the overcorrection when 'I' is used all the time, such as "The tickets were for Jane and I", which should be "The tickets were for Jane and me"
 

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Although, I do actually like 'unflammable'. *grin*.

flammable vs inflammable (vs unflammable *grin*)
Having just returned from the US, I often feel a warm inner glow that they are able to use 'fewer' correctly whilst we say 'less' than. And, they use 'may' as in, 'may I?' whilst most people here say, 'can I?' when they should say may.

And, whilst I am on a roll, how about the pronunciation of 'roofs'. (Hint, it isn't rooves. Horses hooves yes, rooves - no)
 

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Although, I do actually like 'unflammable'. *grin*.



Having just returned from the US, I often feel a warm inner glow that they are able to use 'fewer' correctly whilst we say 'less' than. And, they use 'may' as in, 'may I?' whilst most people here say, 'can I?' when they should say may.

And, whilst I am on a roll, how about the pronunciation of 'roofs'. (Hint, it isn't rooves. Horses hooves yes, rooves - no)
More like your pet Rufus?

I always note that Americans like to over complicate their words. The classic I always refer to is the use of "momentarily" instead of "soon", as in "our flight will be landing momentarily".
 

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On 'definately' - the EyeFone autocorrect must now be changing this to 'defiantly' as that word is showing up in the 'definitely' context with no rhyme or reason.
 

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Who's going to the movies? Answer (these days) is often, "me and Jane". When surely it should be, 'Jane and I' (are going to the movies) which simply sounds so much more considerate and polite.
Jane seems to be a busy person.
 

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"I could care less". I reckon that, even though it is wrong, it's actually more powerful than " I couldn't care less".

Don't get me started on fanny packs.
 

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