Friday, 14 September 2007

Mindless Pendantry

One odd new development in the evolution of English (the polite way to say: a newfangled expression that gets on my nerves) is the use of the word 'forces'. As in, "there are now 6,500 British forces in Iraq." Well, no, there are three forces actually - the army, navy and air force. There are 6,500 members of those forces. When did 'forces' become a synonym for 'personnel'?

And while we're at it, let's stop saying 'chocoholic', shall we? The food isn't called 'chocohol', after all.

Why am I so pedantic? Good question. Because it keeps me busy, mostly.


zero_zero_one said...

Any why do people say "PIN number"? PIN stands for Personal Identification Number! Why are people so stupid?!

zero_zero_one said...

And by the way: "Pendantry"???

mattiecore said...

Why did you misspell "pedantry"...?

And "chocoholic" is just a portmanteau...And portmanteaus are pretty common. I don't see the fuss