Zestful Blog Post #207
So many things bug me. And the beauty of blogging is that I can air my grievances to you, my friend, who understands all. Mind you, I don’t air every damn grievance that comes up. This is neither a marital nor political blog. Today’s rundown:
I first heard the word “irregardless” from my band director in high school, who used it constantly. He also would, when conducting, occasionally remind us, “Alla grando!” mispronouncing “allargando.” (Allargando means the music should be played slower and with more oomph.) All one need note is that “regardless” is a word, meaning “nevertheless.” And “irrespective” is a word as well, meaning “notwithstanding.” They should not be combined.
[You can almost tell what those llamas are thinking. (See below.) And yes, that's me on ranch duty a few years back. Photo by MB.]
Now, here’s a Gordian knot that needs repeated untying. Many, many times I’ve heard people misuse and mix up the following:
We counted five traffic incidences at that crossing last month.
We counted five traffic incidents at that crossing last month.
Frankly, “incidences” should be avoided altogether. Usually somebody uses it when they mean “incidents.” Incidents is a clearer and simpler word. Going on, now:
My report shows a lower instance of sexual dysfunction in alpacas than in llamas.
My report shows a lower incidence of sexual dysfunction in alpacas than in llamas.
There were several instances in which male llamas attempted to mate with a fence post, despite the presence of receptive females.
In one instance, the veterinarian had to be summoned.
It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
Her exercise regiment consisted of an hour’s walk every day.
Her exercise regimen consisted of an hour’s walk every day.
A regiment is a group of military personnel. A regimen is a set course of action, or a plan, usually involving health/fitness/medicine.
As usual, I feel better. Thank you and you're welcome.
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