Use your words…properly

I just love Weird Al’s latest parody called Bad Words – he rants about bad grammar and I applaud him.  It seems the English language is mangled all over the place – in newscasts, magazines and daily conversation.  Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy Bad Words by Weird Al.  I particularly love the “could care less” – which means you do care.

That’s one of the fun things about travel.  You see the strangest signs that are absolutely hilarious and of course it’s just because the translation went haywire. Like this one ….
restroom sign






Or this one….
English in Asian Airports



I particularly like that one ….. it’s vague enough to be totally believable.  Just standard airline talk in fact.  If all this makes you feel weak at the knees while at the airport don’t worry – there is a place for you ….





Just one more little rant – please humour me – these are some of my favourites……

The radio commercial urging us to Drive Safe.   No – drive safely.
News anchors who say the police are looking for someone in connection to….
No – in connection with.
People who shove in as many words as they can into a sentence with no apparent meaning as in “Going forward it has come to our attention that this win win solution brings a value-add equation to the relationship.”  –  What???

So having had a little rant about this it is true that English is an evolving language and we don’t talk today like we did in Chaucer’s time so maybe I am being over-picky here.   One of the new words for 2014 in the Webster dictionary is catfish.  What’s the definition?

“A person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.”

Hmmm – well I guess at some stage in the future people may be saying “Hey I got catfished today.”  Maybe that’s OK?




By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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