Thursday, February 4, 2010
How Do You Say It?
And then there’s this… 'Huh uh'. Again, I think it’s negative. Low low. What do you think?
On a different tact, twice now I’ve read the phrase, ‘He shook his head, yes.’ The first time I read it I stopped and said, say what? To me, shaking your head is a sideways-to-sideways motion meaning ‘no’. And nodding your head is an up-and-down movement signifying ‘yes’. So what’s this ‘He shook his head, yes’? I’ve read it twice now thinking it was an error. So you can imagine my surprise when I heard hubby saying it in a conversation.
And then there are the phrases I did say wrong for years. Like this one… ‘If that’s what you think, then you have another thing coming.’ And I continually hear and see other people using it. But it’s supposed to be, ‘If that’s what you think, then you have another think coming.’ You see, it makes sense in the sentence even though it sounds weird.
I found a neat site at yourdictionary.com which talks about the 100 Most Often Mispronounced Words and Phrases in English. Running down the list, the words ‘card shark’ caught my eye. Why would ‘card shark’ be on the list? I’ve used it many times although after seeing this, I’m glad I didn’t use it in my writing. Especially since I write Westerns. The word is actually ‘cardsharp’ as in someone who is sharp at playing cards or according to dictionary.com ‘a professional gambler, who cheats at card games’. Umm – okay – but card shark would work too, wouldn’t it?
So, what do you think? Do you use these the way they were intended or are you fine with how they’ve evolved?
Tshirt - Zazzle.com
Card Shark - tincuptees.com
Spitting Fountain - UndergroundDemocratic