Language is a beautiful thing.... especially when used properly. The amount of words people aren't aware of is staggering ( (or "vertiginous"). There is a vast amount of knowledge that is dying to be read and used. So go out and pick yourself up a thesaurus and dictionary and do some reading and learning. You can begin with this piece...
Redditor u/Mandoe20 wanted to discuss some verbiage that is far too unknown. The more you know, the more you can share. The question was.....
Syzygy - when three celestial bodies are aligned, usually the earth, moon, & sun.
Meliorism (so unknown my keyboard is trying to say it's a misspelled word)
"the belief that the world can be made better by human effort"
Ameliorate - to make better 😃.
Followed closely by thank you.
Extant: the opposite of extinct; still in existence.
Upvoted for not being a BS ten-syllable word no one would ever use. This could easily show up conversation, but it doesn't.
Overmorrow - The day after tomorrow.
And ereyesterday - meaning two days ago.
Monies, most people don't believe it's an actual word.
There is the money you owe me for the building supplies.
There is the money you owe me for the building work.
There is the money you owe me for other expenses.
Together, these are the monies owed.
Crepuscule: The time of day immediately following sunset.
Cats. Cats are crepuscular.
Sprent. Although, to be fair, it is a word derived from Middle English, so it is pretty archaic.
It means to spray or sprinkle. My gran always used it to describe fat spitting off meat cooking on a grill. I'm not sure where she picked it up, I'm 99% certain that she wasn't around in the 14th century.
Suserration-the whispering, rushing sound that nature can make, like a brook running over rocks. To me, it's the distant sound of wind in the trees as the gust comes closer, closer, until it hits—all sound and motion.
Years and Years......
Sesquicentennial: 150 years from the founding of something.
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As blended cultures in the United States, we tend to butcher the English language in casual conversation and don't think twice about it.
We continue on speaking our "American-English" until an overly-observant foreigner points out our unique manner of speaking.
Sadly, they are so right.
How dare judgy non-Americans break our stride by making us self-conscious!
But we won't go down like that. Like, we're Americans and we totally persist, m'kay?
A Buzzfeed article highlighted old and new observations from the grammar police who pointed out our peculiar use of colloquialisms heard from sea to shining sea.
In response, some of the commenters agreed about proper English usage while others passionately defended our unique expressions.
Here are some examples of what people around the world are telling us Americans "like to say" and the hilarious responses that followed.
How many of these are you guilty of?
We love to emphasize things by verbally saying the punctuation mark.
Why do Americans love to say 'period' at the end of arguements as if it's like a mic drop or something— ya gal al (@ya gal al)1561913770.0
@_QueenAlex Same reason anyone does anything. Because we can— LordHeadass (@LordHeadass)1561938362.0
This statement applies towards expressing things are going swimmingly.
americans love to say “you’re good”— gabbylaur2n #2 (@gabbylaur2n #2)1551342314.0
@gabbyl4uren actually, it means, “You haven’t completely lost my respect with your big mouth. Shut up now before you do.”— Kimberly Arnold (@Kimberly Arnold)1562968246.0
Those with selective hearing are guilty of saying this when something bears repeating.
Americans love to say "wait, what?" and make start your story again instead of apologising for not listening or simply keeping quiet— THE BRAH DAWG (@THE BRAH DAWG)1560859368.0
@brah_dawg It’s an expression of disbelief, not an expression of “I wasn’t listening”— Isaac Price (@Isaac Price)1562964559.0
Americans love saying “It’s a free country!”— Hey Buzzfeed, I am American (@Hey Buzzfeed, I am American)1559626440.0
@BluntBuckeye Because we don’t have a king or a queen. Unless in drag.— MacMarine4 (@MacMarine4)1562958239.0
I bacon powder?
americans love to say ‘excuse me’ when someone’s in the way and it’s SO passive aggressive 😂😂— Jordan Beasley (@Jordan Beasley)1539097483.0
to clarify; you’re supposed to engage in the very British (and totally not passive aggressive 😉) act of waiting, tu… https://t.co/8hJb0UYyan— Jordan Beasley (@Jordan Beasley)1562967155.0
@JordyBeasley I’m American and this is what I do when people are in the way! https://t.co/3OEYidnVoo— The Equestrian (@The Equestrian)1562958567.0
Irish they were more clear about this.
Why do Americans love saying that they're Irish when 1) the only link they have to Ireland is that their great-grea… https://t.co/eaaH70qm4z— Connor (@Connor)1552818520.0
There's quite a few angry kids in my mentions now so just to clarify: I'm not interested in your ancestry, and it's… https://t.co/dMcyx9WhHb— Connor (@Connor)1562965408.0
@arpeggpalegg LOL at all those people. “Actually someone in my family’s last name is O’Brien and I like beer and th… https://t.co/EsOQpsR1ky— not jim (@not jim)1562985220.0
Level of annoyance varies by tonal pitch.
Americans love saying “you guuuyss”— soniya 🍪 (@soniya 🍪)1551033266.0
@sXOniya And actually if you’re from philly we just say you’s. That’s a thing. “What did you’s do last night?”— Ryan (@Ryan)1562967879.0
What were they expecting?
americans love to say “we’re pregnant” when only one of them is pregnant— Hjönk (@Hjönk)1539945935.0
@heartseekerjhin Becoming pregnant is a team effort, that requires both a man and a woman... the man impregnated th… https://t.co/flF0ZxSZZk— Sheet of Paper! (@Sheet of Paper!)1562967609.0
In fast food joints, some of us start speaking before making a decision but fill the silence after the horse has left the gate.
Americans love to say "I'm gonna do theeeeeeee" instead of just ordering food like a regular person.— trash loser 👘 (@trash loser 👘)1537455198.0
@trash_loser I’m American and that drives me crazy. It’s like nails on a chalkboard when I hear someone say that.— Larry Kocen (@Larry Kocen)1562971346.0
This here is a dig.
For some reason Americans love to say “yuuup” as a response. Thank you! “Yup” Take care! “Yup” Sorry!! “Yup.” Ya’ll… https://t.co/8o6Kj3IXtT— Neil (@Neil)1537374816.0
@neilmuir22 We know what it means; it is regional/colloquial. Perhaps YOU need to broaden YOUR language comprehension skills.— Laurie Payne (@Laurie Payne)1562960280.0
Americans love to say "super", "super this, super that, super, super, super." -_-— Jacques Kitenge (@Jacques Kitenge)1407941698.0
@jacques_k23 SuperMan. SuperCuts. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! 😂— Doug Pearce (@Doug Pearce)1562965241.0
@jacques_k23 That’s only on the west coast like California if you’re talking about people who use it like- “Omg I g… https://t.co/l7zlDRibwn— beth dublin (@beth dublin)1563016844.0
This predates the use of emojis.
Americans love to say 'lmao'— 𝕂𝕦𝕕𝕫𝕒𝕚 (@𝕂𝕦𝕕𝕫𝕒𝕚)1391795580.0
@kaycee_xchigs Nope. We type that. Only.— AmyBranson (@AmyBranson)1562967191.0
We totes like to abbreviate things.
americans love to say veggies instead of vegetables and now you must also live with this cursed knowledge— gerard (@gerard)1554371706.0
@legerrid And most English speakers, no matter which side of the Atlantic, have forgotten that vegetable is a 4-syl… https://t.co/M9iAGqLEKp— Theresa (@Theresa)1562965353.0
It's like saying, "are you listening?"
Americans love to say ‘here’s the thing’— Jasmine (@Jasmine)1546810534.0
@jas_brazier Because I’m about to tell you the crux of the matter— The Equestrian (@The Equestrian)1562958413.0
@jas_brazier We’re giving you a heads-up in case you’re only half-listening to us as we are to you.— Just Kidding Jeez (@Just Kidding Jeez)1562956304.0
Okay, like, some things are a regional thing.
Americans love to say “like”— Foolish Prophet (@Foolish Prophet)1541550096.0
@megcarmodyy Horrible habit for sure.— Jeanette Shinsky (@Jeanette Shinsky)1562969003.0
Get off my lawn.
Americans love to say ”that’s my property”— mik (@mik)1532103259.0
@mmikkymik Because we like to own things— Josh Brunke (@Josh Brunke)1562961647.0
Adjectives are hard.
Americans love to say that things are "addicting"— jack (@jack)1525265009.0
@sadness_tweets Things are not addicting, they are addict’ive’— Melanie Richer (@Melanie Richer)1562978239.0
You guuuys, here's the thing. It's a free country and we will continue speaking the way we do regardless of what y'all say. Yup. Period.
Anyway, you're good. LMAO.
If you need a definitive list of American-English sayings and slang, McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions: The Most Up-to-Date Reference for the Nonstandard Usage, Popular Jargon, and Vulgarisms of Contempos is available here.
When you were a kid, what made you look forward to the end of the school year?
All the end-of-year parties and movies during class?
The promise of summer?
No schoolwork for two to three months?
How about the chance to roast your teacher with dank memes?
Angelina Murphy is a high school English teacher. Like many teachers in this day and age, she is active on social media, sharing her teaching games, classroom ideas, and an Amazon Wishlist to add new books to her classroom.
However, she recently went viral for her end of the year tradition.
I give students the option to submit memes about the school year or our class and we look at them on the last day o… https://t.co/OGfEcioDIv— Angelina Murphy (@Angelina Murphy)1559322984.0
The cool teach gives her students the chance to submit memes about the year, or her class specifically. She compiles them into a slideshow and presents them back to her students.
As she mentions, many of the students use the opportunity to roast their teacher for her fun quirks and personality, but she's cool with it.
The memes get really creative, and even if a few end up being inside jokes, you can tell the kids love it.
Memes of the past few years are well represented, like the "And I Oop" meme, and screenshost from the shows Get Out, Spongebob and The Office.
Ms. Murphy tried to close out the long list of memes by thanking people for following along, but it seems it never ends. People keep engaging with the thread and asking for more, so Murphy is only too happy to oblige.
She was also very active over the weekend, answering people's questions about some of the specifics mentioned in the memes.
@MrKnoxSHS I tell students they can make any school appropriate memes about our class, school, any of the content w… https://t.co/olfiBOv7tA— Angelina Murphy (@Angelina Murphy)1559359594.0
@magicalmsmurphy I love so much that you teach HS and I can tell by their memes that they still embrace “kid” thing… https://t.co/fWJbBTpGgA— Hilary Black (@Hilary Black)1559392842.0
@MrKnoxSHS They submit them in Google Classroom. I compile them into one presentation so it’s easy for me to show t… https://t.co/OOj3umQuHJ— Angelina Murphy (@Angelina Murphy)1559360139.0
@magicalmsmurphy @WeAreTeachers Great validation of your routines, norms, high expectations, and positive classroom… https://t.co/TcpcV9oLRn— Tony Frontier (@Tony Frontier)1559388715.0
Her weekly schedule includes a quick grammar exercise on Monday, literary notes on Tuesday, vocabulary on Wednesday, and a free writing journal response on Thursday.
She also uses popsicle sticks with the kids' name to pick a presenter when the kids are reluctant to volunteer.
It's pretty great to see!
@magicalmsmurphy Ohhhhhhhh my these are great. I want all of the logistics!— Caleb Knox (@Caleb Knox)1559359189.0
Great thread and FUNNY! @magicalmsmurphy has captured hearts and built rapport with her students...they respectfull… https://t.co/tTFPRaqFQW— Cherie Boyd (@Cherie Boyd)1559388221.0
Teachers often share their own habits and tools online through social media. Earlier this year, a teacher's "Check-in" board to help students express their mental health went viral.
It was lauded for engaging students to consider their emotions and take care of their own mental health, as well as share their feelings with someone who shares a good portion of their day.
Ms. Murphy is currently on a social media break as she preps for her last week of the school year, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind if you shared your appreciation for her end of the year tradition.
In the age of autocorrect, it can be really frustrating to see spelling and grammar mistakes. Redditors are sick of it, so they shared their favorite grammar Nazi triggers. There are defiantly allot of them.
Acufosa asked grammar Nazis of Reddit: What mistake bothers you the most?
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
What common grammar mistake drives you nuts?
When Redditor TheNewOneIsWorse asked: "Non-native English speakers of reddit, what are some English language expressions that are commonly used in your country in the way we will use foreign phrases like 'c'est la vie' or 'hasta la vista?'" they probably didn't anticipate the responses they received. Information like this reminds us that we live in an ever more connected world.