Wednesday, January 14, 2009

HUMP DAY GRAMMAR for January 14, 2008

Finally, a reader-submitted HUMP DAY GRAMMAR photo! (Despite the fact that everyone really likes commenting on the Hump Day Grammar posts, nobody ever actually sends me any Hump Day Grammar stuff, which means that I usually have to wade into the bowels of the Internets to find this crazy shit all on my own...thanks, guys! *wink*)

Thanks to SHILO for being brave enough to send in a HUMP DAY GRAMMAR picture. You'll notice that there are multiple errors in this picture, but I only highlighted one of them. The best mistake here is a misspelling; the others are (I'm hoping) really just examples of Chatlish. (Laura over at A WALK IN THE WORDS wrote a good piece on Chatlish the other day; click here to check it out!)

Ahhh, pregnate. There's a word pregnant, and a word impregnate, and I guess that pregnate is what you get when pregnant mates with impregnate. Little Pregnate, that squealing bundle of joy, pops out and visits--where else?--the Yahoos over at Yahoo Answers.

Thanks, SHILO, for sending in this one!

14 comments:

Patrick said...

Would pregnate be the opposite of impregnate, like possible is the opposite of impossible?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahaha! Good thought, Pat!

Laura Payne said...

Hi Nikki,

Thanks for the mention.

When it comes to Chatlish, I understand using "u" for
"you." However, since I am not a practitioner of Chatlish, I am not sure if "ure" is normal Chatlish for "your."

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

You're welcome, Laura!

I'm not sure if "ure" is proper Chatlish, either. Chatlish scares the hell out of me, so I stay away from it as much as possible.

Borat Sagdiyev said...

In Khazakstan, is consider good fortunes to do pregnate on womens who ride on inside of bus! Relex! I kidding! Everyone know a Khazakstan have most sophisticate system for make dealing with womens. It now establish that each and every Khazak women must a 3 years perform community service in brothel before age of 12! Nice!!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Borat, I get the feeling you really look foward to Hump Day ever week. ;)

Yvie said...

I am calling shenanigans on 'ure' because even in type-speak when you shorten 'you' to 'u', if you're changing 'your' to something it'd be 'ur'. Where the hell is that e coming from? Are they trying to shorten 'you're'(which would be the wrong version of the word to begin with). SHENANIGANS.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Very good point, Yvie. I'm gonna second those SHENANIGANS!

Stars Only said...

"Pregnate"

Definition: The purposeful misuse of the word, "Pregnant," by females in denial of the physical state of pregnancy.

The denial is accompanied by large expenditures of money at drug stores nearest the subject's residence. (A behavioral manifestation of the denial.)

Overcoming the denial is often followed by a number of accusatory phone calls to a male.

It is not uncommon for threats of various forms of physical violence to be directed at the male.

Though most of these threats are anatomically impossible, the taking of precautions is suggested.

Most of these threats will be repeated at the end of a nine month gestation period.

Source: The Male's Journal Of Survival Medicine.

LadyStyx said...

Oh goodness! I swear they never spell anything correctly on that site.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Stars Only: Hilarious! Great definition!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: You're right, they never spell anything correctly on that site...which is exactly why I keep goin' back there! ;)

ChicagoLady said...

I'm wondering how old the person asking that question is. Normally, teens are more commonly going to use chatlish, not adults over about 30. What teen is so concerned about the possibility of getting pregnant after having her tubes tied? Unless she's asking the question for a parent? Or maybe she's afraid her mom will get pregnant and she doesn't want a baby brother or sister?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ooh, interesting question, ChicagoLady. There's definitely a big inconsistency here, what with the child-like writing and the very adult question. Now I'm curious about this person, too.