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    Feb 24, 2009 10:05 PM GMT
    I swear to GOD! If hear or read the word conversate used in the form of a noun, i'm going to blow my brains out! The word conversate is transitive verb not a noun! GOD!

    I just had a conversation with a guy who has an advance degree and he said...wait for it, perhaps we can conversate later! OMG! I'm usually not a grammar snob.But come on!

    Ok I'm done...exhale!
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    Feb 24, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    My parents are both language teachers .. so I usually react to grammar mistakes like you do ...

    Somehow people think that grammar and right spelling are secondary things .. it makes me angry, It's your language use it RIGHT !! we are in 2009 not in.. 9!!

    Ok .. I'm done too..
  • FrontRowIn

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    Feb 24, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
    I secretly laugh to myself when I see people use the word "conversate."

    I have this theory that if someone's using that word, it's being used incorrectly.

    Other grammatical errors, I let them go because I tend to make a lot them myself.
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    Feb 24, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    Is it a joke? Like y' know ironic?

    I've never heard it.

  • kaccioto

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    Feb 24, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    it's slang, but was used appropriately...time for your degree

    conversate, sex on the first date -biggie
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    Feb 24, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    conversate = social intercourse icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 24, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    Speaking of proper speech... Isn't it horrible how our language has deteriorated over the last 20/30 years? Sadly I am a "grammar snob". I know, I know, I just try to explain it away like a turrets type thing. icon_lol.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 24, 2009 11:33 PM GMT
    Ducky, perhaps we can converse later?
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    Feb 24, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    i know i mean i hate it when people use acronyms instead of real words. OMG that make me LOL.
  • jungleq

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    Feb 25, 2009 12:01 AM GMT
    Ducky45 I know what your talking about. But it get's worse the farther south you go. Here's my favorite in SoFlo "I was conversating wit" or "We was conversating". I'm with you bud, drives me up the wall. icon_mad.gif
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    Feb 25, 2009 12:13 AM GMT
    It's "converse". :-)

    What gets me is how organizational wannabes add "-ize" and "-ate" to words that are already verbs. When I hear it I immediately think "B.S. Artist".
  • Rookz

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    Feb 25, 2009 12:13 AM GMT
    Oh my GOD! It must be so irritating that it’s just GOD awful to hear people misuse the word 'conversate'! It's just so unGODly of people to continue abuse the word and not to correct them! Don't you dislike-it-with-a-passion (I don't use the word hate) that some GODdarn person ruins your day, or allow them to ruin your day!

    G-O-Ddarn it!

    Hopefully I don't burn in hell for this....

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    Feb 25, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    Ignorance is definitely not bliss since the people that do not care about grammar but sounding smart are destroying ours. I work for a major telecommunications company and can not stand to read the garbage listed in the account notes. People can sometimes make no sense whatsoever and yet when you confront them with their notes, act like you are the idiot.
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    Feb 25, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
    I have never heard the word before, so I had to look it up. Dictionary.com says:

    Main Entry: conversate
    Part of Speech: v
    Definition: to socialize and chat; to converse with another
    Etymology: back-formation from conversation
    Usage: slang



    As for your issue:

    "perhaps we can conversate later! "

    "Conversate" isnt being used as a noun there. "Can" is just a module auxiliary for the verb "conversate"

    modal auxiliary
    A verb characteristically used with other verbs to express mood or tense. In English, the modal auxiliaries are can, may, must, ought, shall, should, will, and would.


    Also, "conversate" appears to be used as a intransitive verb, not a transitive verb. A transitive verb requires an object to complete its meaning. "perhaps we can conversate later! " There is no object in that sentence and yet the meaning is complete.

    intransitive verb
    A verb that does not need a direct object to complete its meaning. Run, sleep, travel, wonder, and die are all intransitive verbs.

    transitive verb
    A verb that needs a direct object to complete its meaning. Bring, enjoy, and prefer are transitive verbs.

    Note: Some verbs can be transitive in one sentence and intransitive in another: turned is transitive in “Brenda turned the wheel sharply” but intransitive in “Fred turned when I called.”
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    Feb 25, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    never even heard the word conversate before... we would converse later, not conversate... that's embarrassing.

    i hate when ppl say 'im doing good.' im like, you're doing what? 'good' what? 'goo...er, well. doing well' that's right.

    also can't stand, online, when people can't differentiate between they're, their, and there.... or your and you're.

    in an unrelated peeve, i hate when i ask someone 'how're you doing?' and they reply with 'hi'.... yes, i just greeted you, but it was in the form of a question after your general well-being, and you just told me you're high... great. thanx.



    grrrrr
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    Feb 25, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
    czarodziej saidnever even heard the word conversate before... we would converse later, not conversate... that's embarrassing.

    i hate when ppl say 'im doing good.' im like, you're doing what? 'good' what? 'goo...er, well. doing well' that's right.

    also can't stand, online, when people can't differentiate between they're, their, and there.... or your and you're.

    in an unrelated peeve, i have when i ask someone 'how're you doing?' and they reply with 'hi'.... yes, i just greeted you, but it was in the form of a question after your general well-being, and you just told me you're high... great. thanx.

    grrrrr

    You're right. The use of "do" in English as you just illustrated looks really weird. You dont find it in other languages....except Celtic languages, Welsh and Cornish, as examples. It is hypothesized that English picked up this quirky use of "do" from its association with the Celtic speaking peoples in Britain. Old English didnt have this use of "do." But it shows up starting in Middle English and it is now totally established and proper in Modern English.
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    Feb 25, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    Perhaps it's a matter of geography. It could be that I'm also first generation Cuban, on my dad side where he drilled us in diction and grammar! Spelling not so much because I am a terrible speller! lol!
  • Rookz

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    Feb 25, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    czarodziej said

    i hate when ppl say 'im doing good.' im like, you're doing what? 'good' what? 'goo...er, well. doing well' that's right.

    grrrrr


    Someone corrected me on that same response quite sometime ago. I no longer say "i'm doing good." Whenever someone ask me how I'm feeling or how's it going, I tell them

    'I'm doing GREAAAT" (like Tony the Tiger).

    The other response is I shrug and tell them, "Sometimes you feel like a nut..."
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    Feb 25, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    Conversate with me! Don't concealize it, or you'll explosionate! icon_lol.gif

    I forgive the your/you're, their/they're, its/it's mistakes, because I tend to do that a lot too. icon_redface.gif Especially when I'm in a hurry.
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    Feb 25, 2009 2:45 AM GMT
    Ducky45 saidI swear to GOD! If hear or read the word conversate used in the form of a noun, i'm going to blow my brains out! The word conversate is transitive verb not a noun! GOD!

    I just had a conversation with a guy who has an advance degree and he said...wait for it, perhaps we can conversate later! OMG! I'm usually not a grammar snob.But come on!

    Ok I'm done...exhale!



    "disrespect" as a verb hits me the same way! It's listed as a transitive verb, but I never heard it before the 80's. icon_evil.gif
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    Feb 25, 2009 2:50 AM GMT
    BiGymGuy said
    Ducky45 saidI swear to GOD! If hear or read the word conversate used in the form of a noun, i'm going to blow my brains out! The word conversate is transitive verb not a noun! GOD!

    I just had a conversation with a guy who has an advance degree and he said...wait for it, perhaps we can conversate later! OMG! I'm usually not a grammar snob.But come on!

    Ok I'm done...exhale!



    "disrespect" as a verb hits me the same way! It's listed as a transitive verb, but I never heard it before the 80's. icon_evil.gif

    Languages evolve and change with time....that's why we arent still speaking Old English.
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    Feb 25, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    Hmmm... Poor grammar is certainly unfortunate, but I guess it's one of the means by which languages evolve. I'm sure even the contractions we take for granted in the twenty-first century would have been heavily frowned upon fifty or more years ago.

    What's even more unfortunate than incorrect word usage is when the people who complain about poor grammar use it themselves while complaining! icon_rolleyes.gif

    (Disclaimer: If there are grammatical errors above, I apologize. Though I try to speak and write properly, I don't claim to use perfect English.)
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    Feb 25, 2009 3:13 AM GMT
    Oh, good Almighty MOTHER OF F**KING GOD.icon_eek.gif

    THIS is why I'm beginning to love this site as much as I do. (SARCASM)

    It's only a matter of time before the Grammar Nazis show up.

    Really?? THIS is the kind of thing that gets you all riled up? With all the f**ked up things going in our country and the world, your gon worry bout you're conversatin' mistakes wit others?? OMG!!

    AND BEFORE YOU GET YOUR PANTIES ALL IN A WAD: Yes, I'm well aware of any and all grammatical errors I made in my statement. I'm doing real good today.icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 25, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    Personally, I am waiting for "gonna," "wanna," and "prolly" to become standard English. I love them.
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    Feb 25, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    Caslon9000 saidPersonally, I am waiting for "gonna," "wanna," and "prolly" to become standard English. I love them.


    Add "dunno" to that. Ditto. icon_razz.gif