Maybe it's just my imagination, but lately, I feel like I've been noticing a lot of people saying "supposably." And I'm talking about college-educated people who should supposably know better.
Supposably--not a word.
And neither is "irregardless."
But I'd probably sound like a jerk if I said that.
Edwin Newman said he stopped correcting his coworkers' grammar when he noticed that he was frequently lunching alone. Although, if you are lunching with people who mangle the language, you might prefer to lunch alone. (I suspect I would.)ReplyDelete
Perhaps people are just garbling “supposedly” very badly.ReplyDelete
way to give them credit ;)Delete
Lol, I remember that episode! I really think people who use it think it's correct!Delete
OMG. I haven't heard that but that would grate on me if I heard it often.ReplyDelete
One that seems to be getting more common even amongst people who should know better is anyways, which is not a word in the English language.
At least when I was teaching I had people I could correct and get some of that out of my system.ReplyDelete
The latest cause of tooth grinding? "Fewer". Where did it go? The only word used now - and usually incorrectly - is "less"
People! If it can be counted, it's "fewer".
If not, "less"
Less murder, fewer people garbling speech.
Yeah, but at least that one seems to be a short cut for a lesser number of people.Delete
The anyways is just so low class sounding.
And supposably makes me wanna cry.
I understand the difference between fewer and less, but I do see how it's easy to mix the two up if you're not thinking too hard about it. But "supposably" isn't even a word!Delete