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September 7th, 2006
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A grammar pet peeve.
"Myriad" is an adjective, not a noun. Therefore, while it is perfectly proper to say (for instance) 'a plethora of', one should not say 'a myriad of' any more than one should say 'a many of'.


Thank you.

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From:soniabunny
Date:September 7th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
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And people should avoid saying "a plethora of" because plethora = MORBID OVERABUNDANCE like a medical condition, not a tasty cornucopia.

The things people will do to say something only slightly smarter sounding than A LOT. eesh :3
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From:stormknight
Date:September 7th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Is it really that amazing that people will go out of their way to sound better/stronger/faster/smarter?

It's practically human nature. I'm certainly guilty of it from time to time. And am usually big about pausing and going "Now why the frak did I just use 45 10-letter words to say something that amounts to 'I don't know?"

Now THAT is an example of using a Plethora of words. :o)
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From:soniabunny
Date:September 7th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
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No, that was prolix. There are perfectly serviceable expressions in English and fuck people who think you're using a "big word." The thing is THOSE PEOPLE are grasping for stuff from a PSAT vocab list and don't bother learning any -new- words. Worse are the people who never read and type what they think they heard. For all intensive purposes, too many people are taking the written word for granite.

I'd rather need a dictionary and use/hear words like levarotary instead of listening to jibber jabber about COUNTERCLOCKWISE BUT SIDEWAYS.
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From:stormknight
Date:September 7th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Mein Gott....

*Nearly blows a blood vessel translating all of that from "Over-Inflated-12th-Grader" into Conversational English*

Owwwwwwwwwwww.
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From:soniabunny
Date:September 7th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
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How do you think people like me feel when we're explaining to the sysadmins why they're doing their jobs wrong. ;_;
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From:stormknight
Date:September 7th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Probably like when I have to deal with other techies (Usually co-workers on the same Tier or higher-up) harping about procedures that they don't even follow.

Such is life in the "Real World"
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From:soniabunny
Date:September 7th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah! Yeah!!!!

I'm all like, HEY CHANGE THE ELL PEE TEE TIMEOUT TO 3 INSTEAD OF 15

and she's all like WHAT IS THIS REGEDIT YOU SPEAK OF
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From:bountifulpots
Date:September 7th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I think they also use the word because they watched "The Three Amigos" too many times. ;)
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From:solan_t
Date:September 7th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
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*blush* that's where I learned it.
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From:bountifulpots
Date:September 7th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
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No worries, me too. ;)
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From:stormknight
Date:September 7th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Bad Grammar Day, K-chan?
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From:solan_t
Date:September 7th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
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More like, 'seen it one too many times recently'.
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From:skyflame
Date:September 7th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Myriad and Plethora are two of my favorite words, actually.

But I'm Weird Like That. :)
From:menziesclan
Date:September 7th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Myself, I am partial to "a veritable cornucopia". I have occasionally used "plethora", but only to humorously indicate a large quantity of something.

I also sometimes catch myself saying "it is to be hoped" rather than "hopefully". The first is actually more correct, but the second is more normal.

Just like RPGs and miniatures games: You gotta balance "technically correct" with "playability". But the only way to do that is to know what *is* correct. You can't bend the rules if you don't know what they are!
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From:themadblonde
Date:September 7th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)

I am...

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trying to break myself of the "hopefully" habit by switching to "with luck." I DID manage to ditch "gotten."

Aren't words WONDERFUL? ;-)
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From:themadblonde
Date:September 7th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)

oh my...

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what a fabulously fabulous icon that is!!!
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From:solan_t
Date:September 12th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)

Re: oh my...

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Hmmm, I don't recall getting an email notification about this. *sad face*


I encountered the icon in userpicks and was quite happy to grab it. :D
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From:the_geoffrey
Date:September 12th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)

A late reply from Avalon ...

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Sorry. I've been trying to catch up for a while. Couldn't resist adding that, while I knew of the word "plethora" before "Three Amigos" came out, since that time I have been unable to say it without the cheesy accent.
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From:solan_t
Date:September 12th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)

Re: A late reply from Avalon ...

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LOL
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