Monday, January 4, 2010

Irregardless of your time, can we just take a minute to conversate?

Seriously, I try not to laugh out loud when IMG_8070 parents and teachers use words that aren’t really words. At least not yet. And by not yet, I mean they aren’t currently listed in the God of Dictionaries – the Merriam-Webster (I could be wrong on this one since I’m not super vigilant about attending services).

Relax. I’m not a language slob. Especially since *I*, the hearing impaired one, mispronounces words regularly. I do happen to have mad phonics skills but we aren’t here to discuss those outlaw words that defy the phonics police.

Once when meeting with a parent about their child’s behavior, the father sat up and loudly said, “We’ve done every thing we know to do. We’ve taken things away from her. We’ve spanked her. Why we even grounded her and the groundation didn’t work.”

The groundation.

Personally, I think it is a word that makes good sense. I just wish I saw it in the vocabulary of more parents these days.


**Update - Hilariously, I didn't mean to write slob instead of snob. Nor did I intend to use the wrong verb tense. I blame the Nyquil.

39 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Irregardless is one of my biggest pet peeves. Boooo.

Brian Miller said...

i think i lived in groundation when i was a chillen.

erin said...

I always use Bush's 'strategery'. People will stop and politely nod, but they aren't sure if you're serious or if you're quoting Bush or if you're being goofy.

Debbie said...

I am loving the groundation! I love to make up words. I usually just use them with my family but I wonder how many times I slip:)

only a movie said...

I am confident that my child thinks groundation is a real word.

Fragrant Liar said...

OMG, when I saw your title, I thought, no . . . That can't be Beth! She wouldn't! She shouldn't! And I am now breathing a sigh of relief.

Irregardless is a huge peeve of mine too. Supposably, it's the worst mangling of a word, but maybe not . . .

Deb said...

my hubby can't stand irregardless. it is like nails on a chalkboard. my personal nemesis is "that's a whole nother such and such."

justsomethoughts... said...

if i had a dollar for every time i was groundationed...

Noelle said...

i have to admit...and i hate to admit it...that even though i was an english major in college and i am a freak about spelling and grammar, irregardless/regardless is just one of those words that won't "stick". i can NEVER seem to remember which one is a word and which one isn't.

TechnoBabe said...

I like to make up words, hubby and I sort of have our own language here in our little hippie house.

Cristin said...

"irregardless" makes my brain itch... "expecially" makes me cringe also.

Em said...

My mother-in-law says "Altheimer's."

It seriously makes me want to go all irregardless on her fanny.

otin said...

What bothers me are the words that I cannot spell! No matter how many times I write them, I just cannot remember how to spell them!

K13 said...

Ha!! Too funny! I can only imagine some of the words you must hear in your line of work..all of them not pretty either.

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said...

I'm just concerned that you said you're "not a language slob", if you're not a language slob are you a language clean freak? Sorry to be typo police...apparently I AM one of those people...

blueviolet said...

I make up words all the time! I slaughter the English language and enjoy it all the while!

ChiTown Girl said...

Just reading this title made me laugh out loud, because I knew where you were going with this post. Part of the reason my brother thinks I should write a book is exactly what you wrote about. Some parents really have some creative use of language. I have a few more that get me, and a couple of the comments above touched on them (supposably and expecially are right up there with irregardless!)

sherri said...

so I thought irregardless and conversate were both fake words, but found them on webster.com, who knew? Not me, and I am a word/grammar geek myself.

Groundation is hilarious. I hate it when people try to sound intelligent by adding too many words to a sentence. Often, this begins by starting sentences with the extraneous phrase "I feel that" Ex. I feel that his groundation did not work and therefore, to which, I conversated to himself that I would take away his allowance.

Masala Chica said...

I have always hated irregardless. Does it also count when people horribly pronounce something? I have a friend who won't say Baby Bjorn right - instead of Baby be-yorn, she pronounces it Baby BeJourn.

It's so darn cute that I can't correct her though.

Kiran

Jan said...

I think Beloved has just fallen in love with you - he IS a grammar Nazi and loathes the use of "irregardless."

mama-face said...

I a real regular groundator.

I love made up words. I wish I could think of one now.

Marinka said...

The title of this post totally scared me, so whew! Although I love "groundation".

Herding Cats said...

Groundation is brilliant! I know some students of mine that served some serious time in groundation.

Pearl said...

Groundation is a perfectly cromulent word!

Pearl

ArtSnark said...

classic

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

What? Groundation's not a real word?? Damn.

Midwest Mommy said...

Oh that's bad!

Paula said...

I'm still laughing. The things you must hear and see. How do you keep a straight face?

bernthis said...

is that graduation but on land as opposed to the ocean or Mars?

Yaya' s Changing World said...

I am a firm believer in creating a word when the situation calls for it. Just ask my kids.

~ Yaya
Yaya's Changing World

Paul Wynn said...

It just sounds too cool, sounds like a celebration like graduation

mo.stoneskin said...

That's a fabulous word and one I intend to use.

My name is PJ. said...

"Groundation" is definitely a should be....

"Fundage" (money) is another one, don't you think??

Deb said...

I am totally a word maker upper and I love doing it since it sends certain people over the edge! And yes, I was a literacy teacher in a past life ;0

Jules said...

I love when parents try to sound smart.

Christine Gram said...

Oh the joys of the English language. Words are so much simpler in Italian where it's perfectly acceptable to just slap together as many words as you like to get to what you really want to say. I've seen words more than 25 letters long...

Anonymous said...

You did this on purpose, right?

I’m not a language slob. (snob?)

Especially since *I*, the hearing impaired one, mispronounces words regularly. Tense? I so get it. You mispronounces due to hearing impairment. Ha ha. Good one.

Mr. Knucklehead said...

"Relax. I’m not a language slob. Especially since *I*, the hearing impaired one, mispronounces words regularly."

BZZZZ! Verb agreement problem. It should be "mispronounce", since the subject is "I".

You see, I AM a language slob.

Mrsbear said...

Haha, everyone knows the correct word is groundification. ;)