Grammar Police

Discussion in 'The Late Night Cafe (off-topic)' started by teamfat, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. teamfat

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    I will go to my deathbed firmly believing "marinate" is a verb and "marinade" is a noun.

    mjb.
     
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  2. halb

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    I agree with that and about a million other misuses of words in the English language.
     
  3. phatch

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    As an English major I'll give you no argument on that.
     
  4. toddhicks209

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    Not something I'll concern myself with.
     
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  5. chefbillyb

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    I called down to my night shift cook asking her to make some Jello. She called me back an hour later asking me " What is Jello". I told her it was the packages on the shelf near the grill. She called me back laughing saying "OH Yellow" why didn't you say so.......You think I would be worried about the difference between marinate and marinade.
     
  6. foodpump

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    My Mom used to insist,” unthaw the frozen chicken”......
     
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  7. sgsvirgil

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    Now that Im retired, I should write a book about all the creative grammar I've heard flung around my kitchen like monkey poo.

    Funner
    Anyways
    Orientate
    Irregardless
    Prolly
    Ginormous
    Conversate
    Drug (as in past tense of "drag")
    Quicklier (my fav)
    Strategery
    Brung/brang
    Axed (I really had to work hard not to fix this one with a 12 inch cast iron skillet)
    Expresso
    Inflammable

    There are more but, I can only stand remembering them for a few minutes at a time before I get a migraine. lol!
     
  8. morning glory

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    You are absolutely correct.
     
  9. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    Because English is a hodgepodge borrower of words, flammable and inflammable are both correct and mean the same thing. Aggravating, isn't it.

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/flammable-or-inflammable
     
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  10. morning glory

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  11. morning glory

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    There is an expression I can't bear which has become rife in all kinds of cooking programmes and elsewhere:

    'My go to recipe'.
     
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  12. chrislehrer

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    "Orientate" is a legitimate verb, but I'm sure it was being misused: it means to face east.
     
  13. sgsvirgil

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    lalalalalalalalala I'm not listening!.............lalalalalalalalalala

    Lmao! :)
     
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  14. pete

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    I grew up the son of an English teacher. I cringe when I read resumes. Sorry, but auto correct doesn't catch everything! It's even worse when I'm on internet and even on here. Poor grammar is poor grammar no matter the forum. And don't get me started about grammar when people talk. Up here, in Wisconsin, people often use the word "seen" when they should use the word, "saw." It is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Or when someone pronounces the "L" in salmon.
     
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  15. chrislehrer

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    I agree with you, @pete . I used to teach college writing, among other things, and before that I remember that my parents were terribly strict about "fewer/less", "hopefully," and so on. So much spoken and written discourse now I find dreadful!

    For me, the big ones tend to be bits of business-speak that drift into the real world:
    • Impact/ed (=affect/ed)
    • Concerning (=worrying)
    • To contact a person
    ... and so on.
     
  16. fatcook

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    I have done that deliberately to be funny, sorry!

    I also pronounce 'coupon' as 'coop-in' for fun (it was an old Ron White sketch).

    Gifted as a verb makes my teeth ache.
     
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    Or what about "r's" in words that don't have r's like "warsh" and "lawr"?? lol
     
  18. peachcreek

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    Don't send out the police after my grammar. She is a nice lady who would not hurt a soul!
     
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    “Acrosst”? As in “ cut here acrosst the ribs”....
     
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    It's a tangential issue, but I for one find it very annoying that a lot of cooks -- pros and amateurs -- call breaking down a chicken "deboning." Deboning means removing the bones!