The Compulsive Copyeditor

April 18, 2010

Usage Find of the Day.

Filed under: language degenerating,Usage Find of the Day — amba12 @ 12:34 pm

“Calm, cool, and collective.”

From an e-mail in a caregivers’ group, a woman’s description of her husband’s temperament before he developed dementia.

What it sounds like:  a conservative’s description of our “socialist” president.

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7 Comments »

  1. A more liberal person, (egads, I first wrote “liveral” — Lefties who drink too much?) might say that’s subjective…

    You say collective, they say subjective, let’s call the whole thing off!

    Comment by Ron — April 18, 2010 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  2. I would like there to be a term for misspellings based on the closeness of keys on the keyboard… As above where “v” was next to “b”. A common occurrence, no? And yet, no term…

    Comment by Ron — April 18, 2010 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  3. So coin one! A proximipo?

    Comment by amba12 — April 18, 2010 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  4. hmmm… “Qwertake”?

    Comment by Ron — April 18, 2010 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  5. You’re good!!

    Comment by amba12 — April 18, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  6. Ah, but when I’m bad…I’m better! :)

    Comment by Ron — April 18, 2010 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  7. I’m not sure I’d use it here, but I like the sound of ‘proximipo’! Half Roman, half Zulu…maybe we can use it to mean ‘close to being invaded’.

    Saddam was proximipo when he failed to comply with the UN inspectors.

    Comment by Ron — April 18, 2010 @ 4:46 pm | Reply


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