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  • Stephen Judd,

    Or be a metasthetic Bert?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2936 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Couldn't Bret be missing an "n"?

    Unlikely. Name me a star of either stage or screen who is called Brent.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18709 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Couldn't Bret be missing an "n"?

    Unlikely. Name me a star of either stage or screen who is called Brent.

    Well, duh, that's obviously why he changed it when he got to the States. Ha, not so observant now are we mes amis?

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Bob Munro,

    Perhaps the missing letters explain the extra h in conchord, by way of compensation?

    Some people claim Bob Dylan added a "g" to the name of the gunslinger John Wesley Hardin to make up for all the 'gs'' he'd dropped in the titles of other songs.

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 418 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Google tells me that Bret with one t isn't an uncommon name - Bret Easton-Ellis for all you Psychos; Bret "the Hitman" Hart, for the wrestlemaniacs; Bret Wolfe, gay porn star, for, well, you know. They all appear above Bret McKenzie on the first page.

    OTOH, Brent mostly consists of Brent Borough Council in Middlesex, and some grade of oil called Brent Crude (who might also be a gay porn star for all I know).

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 840 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    There's... David Brent. I don't suppose he counts. And Brent Musberger.

    I believe the Conchords have that extra h to make a musical pun, Beatles-styles.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Members of the community are cordially invited to now come up with examples of words whose "wrong" meaning has become generally accepted through sheer currency in the language.

    Bimbo - I seem to remember this meant a silly person, if not specifically a man as late as the 1980s.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Leopold,

    Anyone brought up the usurpation of `uninterested' by `disinterested' - makes this old pedant want to go postal...

    Since Jan 2007 • 146 posts Report Reply

  • kowhai montgomery,

    Anyone brought up the usurpation of `uninterested' by `disinterested' - makes this old pedant want to go postal...

    I also hate that and I don't consider myself that pedantic.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 485 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Me three on the uninterested/disinterested thing. Ack!

    Uninterested: not interested
    Disinterested: unbiased

    How hard is that to remember? Seriously!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    My pet peeve is the increasing use of "orientated", a back derivation from "orientation", when the perfectly serviceable (and shorter), "oriented" could (should ?) always be used.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 401 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    "Invite" employed as a noun.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    My pet peeve is the increasing use of "orientated"

    Perhaps people use orientated because oriented might seem more like Oriented, suggesting something to do with the Orient.

    "Invite" employed as a noun.

    Well, you won't be receiving an invite to the Nouning Verbs Society's annual ball.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1851 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    My pet peeve is the increasing use of "orientated", a back derivation from "orientation"

    I recently heard an American politician use the "word" "evolutionized", for "evolved"

    @ Emma Hart,
    re: "either" being singular.
    Yeah, you got me.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye,

    Well, you won't be receiving an invite to the Nouning Verbs Society's annual ball.

    ..or from its rival organisation, the Verbing Nouns Association. This year we'll be cocktailing and barneying those Nouning Verbs misguideds.

    Under the western motorwa… • Since Nov 2006 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2936 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    May I add ironical?

    What on Earth is wrong with ironic?

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2996 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    "comaraderie",
    "maturer".

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Leopold,

    "free gift"

    Since Jan 2007 • 146 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Not so much a bastardisation of language, but maths:

    "two times less"

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2996 posts Report Reply

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