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criterias is NOT a word

topic posted Sat, March 13, 2010 - 5:26 AM by  Heather
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I just started a new job and am facing twelve weeks of training. One of the women doing the training is great with the technology, but she has a serious problem with words. She talks about the criterias for something. She uses the word implement and other words incorrectly. It is as if she almost knows what the word means, but not how it should be used. Then, she pointed out something on a website and stated that she did not like it and it is bad grammar. Aaaaarrrggghhh. The worst part about it is that I cannot discuss it with most people. For one thing, I will not gossip in the office. For another thing, there are few people who appreciate my frustration.

I just had to vent. Thank you for listening, or rather reading.
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Heather
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    Sat, March 13, 2010 - 5:33 AM
    Heather, I feel your pain! A family friend whom we see often does the same thing, and I always have to bite my tongue to keep from saying something to her, and I know if I did it would hurt her feelings. Maybe you could try taking the same word she just used incorrectly and using it more correctly in a sentence - unobtrusively?
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    Sat, March 13, 2010 - 8:06 AM
    Oh, sure. One criteria, two criterias. Does she utilize and prioritze, too?
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      Sun, March 28, 2010 - 10:57 PM
      When people make such eggregious errors, I get stuck on the error, and completely lose track of what they are saying. Whenevr George W Bush started speaking about nuculer weapons, I missed whatevr he said for the next several sentences. How does one obtain a degree from an ivy league school without learning simple words such as nuclear?
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        Tue, March 30, 2010 - 9:19 AM
        I guess the same way one becomes president without a majority. By utilizing and prioritizing.
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          Tue, March 30, 2010 - 4:24 PM
          And being proactive.
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            Mon, April 19, 2010 - 3:55 PM
            I heard a new one today. The trainer confused encompass with accomplish. I wanted to jab a pen in my eye!
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              Mon, April 19, 2010 - 4:10 PM
              Just tell her she's the verisimilitude of a great trainer. Then explain, "it's the highest compliment I can offer."
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                Thu, April 22, 2010 - 11:49 PM
                Tell her that AFER the course is finished, and you have to commit mayhem in order to be fired. Otherwise, you are running the big risk that she will understand exactly what versimilitude means.
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                  Thu, April 22, 2010 - 11:50 PM
                  OOPS!!! afTer, not afer
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                    Re: criterias is NOT a word

                    Mon, April 26, 2010 - 4:21 PM
                    Here are some new examples.....

                    inedible for indelible
                    except for accept
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                      Tue, April 27, 2010 - 1:55 PM
                      I do not except that your words are inedible.

                      I actually hear a lot of people say "inedible" when they really mean "inevitable."
                      So… what, did you fall asleep during that syllable?

                      And then we argue about "editable." Whether it's UNeditable or INeditable. So we just end up saying "not editable."
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                        Tue, April 27, 2010 - 10:26 PM
                        {And then we argue about "editable." Whether it's UNeditable or INeditable. So we just end up saying "not editable." }

                        That reminds me of a cartoon I saw once of a writer sitting behind a typewriter (this was a looooong time ago) surrounded by wads of paper, chin on palm and deep in thought.

                        The caption: "Confronted with another 'lay/lie' decision, Jane, too, would select a different verb."
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                          Thu, April 29, 2010 - 11:29 AM
                          In my line of work, we're also always discussing whether a certain item is "layed out" or "laid out."
                          You'd think I could just tell 'em once and they'd remember, but that's not the case.
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    Tue, May 11, 2010 - 6:37 AM
    I do stuff like this just to see if people pay attention. I do it a lot. I get strange looks from people who do pay attention but I have a lot of fun with those that don't.
    Do you REALLY listen to what So'n'so is saying or you just pretend to?
    I've told my boss, " I think the elepharhinoid needs an oil change." and he nodded and told me to take care of it, and told me to check the filter.
    I work in a plastic injecting molding factory and I got the head tech very upset when I told him I smelled hot plastic.

    If you're trying to convey some type of message and the person you're yattering at is thinking about something totally different, you can say a lot of silly shit and watch them nod and agree. "I welded the toilet to the doorbell and now it flushes when you push the button." "Yeah, I think that would work." ???

    is there a plural of criteria? Isn't that a collective noun?
    I can make up a word that might sound good.
    I love playing with the language and seeing who listens.

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