What common misuse of an English word drives you nuts?

What common misuse of an English word drives you nuts?

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  1. “Irregardless” is a real word with a real use but it’s not synonymous with “regardless”. It’s used in certain English dialects to shut down regardless.

    1-“I’m going out.”
    2-“No, you’re not. I forbid it.”
    1-“Regardless, I am!”
    2-“Irregardless, you’re not!”

    I’m aware that Webster’s just gave up and added it as a synonym but that’s just quitter talk.

    Edit: misremembered and changed a word

  2. Misnomer.

    In most cases, what they mean is “misconception”

    Misnomer means “misnamed”, for example a peanut is neither a pea nor a nut. If you don’t mean “misnamed” then “misnomer” is the wrong word.

  3. “I could care less” instead of “I couldn’t care less”

    Google tell me they now synonymous, but only because the 2nd is so common it’s now accepted.

  4. Ect.

    “I crave for — .” No, you crave — , or you have a craving for — .

    …and the ultra annoyant “basically” in every fourth sentence they say.

  5. – It’s “champing at the bit”. Not “chomping” (different word).

    – It’s “I paid him the money”. Not “payed” (which is a different word with different meaning)

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