Thinking about it now, I have been incorrectly using the word ‘jealousy’ my whole life when I should have been using ‘envy.’ Go Homer Simpson. Go.
Read James Harbeck’s “In defense of ‘anyways’” (The Week) for an interesting history lesson in the origins of ‘anyways.’ Different from the use of ‘anyhows’ but similar to ‘besides,’ the word ‘anyways’ has become more socially acceptable to use in spite of its formal incorrectness.
Because people didn’t know where their words came from, and didn’t (and still don’t) bother finding out, anyways is not considered proper now. But that’s OK, because its slangy air adds a shade of meaning — and it maintains that slangy air by being reviled by language peevers. It belongs to the same set as the venerable ain’t: You can use it to show you ain’t talkin’ proper English anyways.
And there you have it. Just say it; don’t write it; you’ll be fine.
[link via The Week]
According to Oxford Dictionaries, the word affluenza is a noun that means “a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.”
Please note. Merriam-Webster has no official definition. Urban Dictionary has several definitions, but none has proper as Oxford’s (especially the second one, in reference to this unfortunate and tragic event).
“To many people the peripheral canal sounds like a celestial body, a place in Texas, or a cause of post-nasal drip.”
— The Bulletin, 31 March 1966
[link via Alex Breitler/The Record]