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2 more things that bug me:

  • when people write that something is ‘completely full proof’. What do you mean, that the thing contains 100% alcohol?! IT’S FOOLPROOF, FOOL! (here’s what Paul Brians has to say about the distinction – note that most people who use ‘full proof’ aren’t doing it in a mathematical context (it has also led me on a trail to investigate mondegreens and eggcorns – even the terms for these things sound funky – and discovered that in the US there’s a PBS show coming up featuring a heroine named WordGirl and I think I want to see it…(do you remember me saying I was a nerd of some sort?)))
  • the way ABC journalist Philippa McDonald says ‘pleece’ instead of ‘police’. Every time she does it, it makes me want to scream.