thepeopleseason: (Default)
bug-ger the ques-tion

Pronunciation: ˈbu̇-gər thə ˈkwes-chən
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English bougre heretic, from Anglo-French bugre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus, literally, Bulgarian; from the association of Bulgaria with the Bogomils, who were accused of sodomy

To misuse a word or phrase so prevalently that the incorrect/inaccurate meaning becomes linguistically valid.

"When you say, 'That literally blew my mind,' you're trying to bugger the question."

See also: ma-la-prop-en-si-ty, dinosaur comics on logical fallacies.
thepeopleseason: (burrito)
Thanks to a discussion with [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs, I would like to coin the following term:
ma-la-pro-pen-si-ty
Pronunciation: 'ma-l&-pr&-'pen(t)-s&-tE
Function: noun
Etymology: Mrs. Malaprop
: an often intense natural inclination or preference for vocabulary misuse
In recent years, journalists have developed a malapropensity for the word, "literally."


See also: an-ti-ci-point-ment.

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