Language Abuse

One of the little things that drives me up a wall is people who abuse words* – robbing them of their proper meaning.

For example, you ask?

Take the word “desperately”.  It seems like every few days I run into somebody who wants to castrate all of the meaning from desperately.  They’ll say things like:

“I desperately need to get my hair cut.”


“I need a night out, desperately.”

Look – the only things you need “desperately” are oxygen and water – and you can go a while without water.

So knock it off.

*Obligatory disclaimer – If you are guilty of abusing this (or any other word that I may choose to write about later), please take no offense.  But seriously, stop it.

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