Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Author Calls Out Language Losers

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Annoying phrases have “snuck” their way into our everyday speech.

Paul Yeager is the author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words and Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again (Perigee), and he says words and phrases like “irregardless,” ‘I’m not one to complain,’ and “snuck” – which isn’t even an actual word – are damaging the sanctity of our speech.

He says, “When is the last time you heard someone says ‘I’m not one to complain,’ not followed by a list of complaints?’ Or how about ‘I have a lot on my plate?’ That’s why there’s an obesity problem in our country – everyone has too much on their plate.”

While Yeager isn’t calling for old cliches to come back, he says they should at least be updated.

He says, “‘Needle in a haystack,’ or ‘Don’t count your chickens before they hatch’ aren’t applicable anymore. It should be ‘Don’t count your tattoos before they’re dry.’”

Literally hits shelves today (May 6). For more info, check out languageandgrammar.wordpress.com.

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