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Words don't mean diddley shitThe English language, my friends, has been bastardised by popular culture.Words don't mean diddley shit in Academic Essays
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I've been quite desperate to get this off my chest for a while, but I would like to go through a few extremely, unforgivably common travesties of malformed English with you - because chances are, you are using one of these words or phrases, and incorrectly at that.
I imagine this will be a 'rolling' article. If you have any moss of your own, throw it out and perhaps it will be gathered in an update. I would like to eventually have a comprehensive list, but will start for now with my four biggest irritants.
Please note that if one of these applies to you, I'm not singling you out. I see these words and phrases abused by everyone, that's why they're in the list.
I would say this is the single most abused term in popular culture ever. Every second amateur story you hear of likes to think it is a 'Chronicle'. I admit I succumbed to this myself, but I can assure you, I called it the Kodiak
Hatticus Headclamp: OriginsHatticus Headclamp: Origins in Fantasy
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The Professor loved his sister.
All incarnations of the Fate loved their sister - or, as it were, the form that soul took - and could never explain why.
It would have blown their minds to know that this omniversally eccentric and caring girl was, in fact, not of this world. But no one knew this yet - not even Karma herself.
In most dimensional reflections, this girl was destined to die. Fifteen was the unlucky number in this case, as most of their fatalities occured at this age. But when Karma, the Professor's beloved sister, reached that age, she disappeared in a very different way.
Professor Fate was a professor only by name. In truth, he barely had an understanding of what a professor actually was, but he knew that many of the men and women who had written his favourite books were a 'Professor'. One day, he would write a book just like them.
He was a skinny, stunted creature, who loved to sharpen his overgrown finger- and toe-nails into claws for the very sake of it. His hair border