Sunday, April 5, 2009

Words

When did people start saying "governance" instead of "government"? I keep seeing and hearing it and wonder.

12 comments:

Pseudonymph said...

Joy, don't even start me. Voluntrilly. And a question - how do you pronounce laboratory? Each syllable or labritry? I have heard both from Americans.

frogponder said...

I think it's a fad of sorts. Remember when Bush picked Cheney as his VP and all of a sudden everyone was using the word 'gravitas'.

Miss Ginger Grant said...

I don't know why people "utilize" that word... or why they "use" it, for that matter!
My boss is one of those people that learns a word and overuses it. The latest is "transitioning". I'm like: "She's not "transitioning", she got axed! Pink slipped! Canned! Whatever"! Fired people don't transition- drag queens transition!

Joy said...

Pseu: Neither! If you mean "lah-bore-ah-tory" the way it was said in those scary movies, no. I don't say it that English way, either. I say "labratory" which is Southern for laboratory.

Miss Ginger: Excellent point about "transitioning" which it isn't. It also bothers me when nouns are used as verbs like that and "impacted" and others I can't think of right now.

FP: Yes, you're right, it's another word fad.

#Debi said...

I pronounce it "lab"...



Efforting...


I am efforting my eyes open at this point...

Bob said...

The phrase I hate is "going forward."

Do you mean "from now on"?
If so say, from now on.

Going forward I feel like I could cut a pretentious bitch!

Aled said...

Joy, I still think that my aim in life to teach Americans to speak English was in vain..... :-)

Dan said...

I must not be paying attention because I havnt heard it being used.

frogponder said...

That dredged up a really old memory from grade school. In Canada the bathrooms were called 'the lav'. Is there such a word as lavatory? Must be because spell check didn't fuss about it. Will go explore this further.

frogponder said...

lavatory - a room with conveniences for washing and usually with one or more toilets. Etymology:
Middle English lavatorie, from Medieval Latin lavatorium, from Latin lavare to wash

I loves the internets!

Berry Blog said...

After a Faulkner novel, it's a wonder anyone cares. He did that all on a typewriter...can you imagine? Editors and authors in those days truly had the great love/hate relationships.
Then again, Joseph Conrad, Polish and gaining fame in the English tongue. Did he even have a typewriter. Who read all that stuff and edited?
and what about all of us who taught the language for years...with the same errors over and over and over and over and over...and over...and over...
Why do we still care?
just wonderin'
Charlie

Joy said...

I remember hearing people call them lavatories.