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October 30, 2009

Cringe worthy word abuse

Filed under: rants,Weird Seen,Writing — chuck goolsbee @ 9:09 am

I’m not a grammar nazi. I don’t correct people in mid-sentence. I don’t flame people online who make language missteps. I can’t even profess to being mostly correct in my writing as lord knows I abuse it constantly with ellipses and parenthetical statements (as I’ll soon demonstrate … d’oh!) I’m sure all my English teachers would tell you I was nowhere near the top of their class when it came to grammar. Sometimes though I see things that make me cringe.

I have pre-built RSS searches that scour Craigslist’s “Free Stuff” section for things I use to make BioDiesel. One of those searches is the word “barrel”. When I was setting up my system I needed barrels and why pay for one when somebody is always giving it away somewhere? I no longer need barrels (in fact I should give a few away!) but occasionally people give away a barrel full of stuff (waste oil, veggie oil, methanol, Diesel, etc) that I can use, so I leave the search there in my preferred RSS reader, Safari.

I swear, at least once or twice a month, this one comes up…

It is not always this person Samantha giving it away. I’m sure she is not an idiot, and in fact could very well be a very nice person. Most people I’ve met named Samantha have been nice. I even dated a wonderful woman named Samantha when I was in college. But … THE WORD IS WHEELBARROW DAMMIT! Wheelbarrow. Look it up!

ah… there … I feel so much better now.


  1. You’re making me want to cut a barrel in half and make a wheel barrow out of it.

    Comment by jharbert — October 30, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  2. heh… perhaps that can be a “wheel barrel” then.

    Comment by chuck goolsbee — October 30, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  3. Two of my faves, from the want ads:

    “Chester draws.”

    And, my ALL time fave, from the Denver Post car ads, a number of years back.

    “FOR SALE: 1963 Common Ghia. Runs great, no body puddy.”

    Serious….like Dave Barry, I’m not making this up!

    Comment by vrooomie — October 30, 2009 @ 10:43 am

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