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The Constant Grammarian, Part 1: Seven Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

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incorrect prefixes

Submitted by Wes Smith (not verified) on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 9:44pm.

A truly bizarre thing I've heard NEWSCASTERS in Florida use is "irregardless." I firmly believe that these sorts of non-words are created by people trying to sound smart (and doing a poor job of it). The rest of us know that the "ir" and the "less" are a strange combination at best.

Here's one I hate

Submitted by Mark Cofta (not verified) on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 4:46pm.

Like a weed, this one has been spreading out of control: "Based off of." As in, "this film is based off of a book." No, it is BASED ON, or maybe adapted from.

You are Guardians of Civilization!

Off of = awful

Submitted by Carolyn on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 8:27am.

Yes! Couldn’t agree more. Even “based off” would be less offensive.

Off of = awful

Submitted by Carolyn on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 8:27am.

Yes! Couldn’t agree more. Even “based off” would be less offensive.

It's not a word that bugs me,

Submitted by Cait (not verified) on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 1:20pm.

It's not a word that bugs me, so much as a phrase. Being from the south, I heard this quite a bit: "I used to could be able to." What the what?!?!?! It drove me crazy.

I’ve never heard that

Submitted by Carolyn on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 8:28am.

I’ve never heard that one! Hilarious.